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3 Top Dividend Stocks for Volatile Markets

By Saturday, October 3, 2015
Dividend Stocks for VolatileIt would be great to have a crystal ball and see what 2016 will bring. But with so much volatility going on, many investors cannot look beyond the current quarter. Especially after the abysmal third quarter that just ended. For momentum and income investors, there are some great dividend stocks out there that will protect your capital over the long-term and get you through volatile periods. Volatile Markets to Get .

3 Best Consumer Discretionary Stocks for 2016

By Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Discretionary Stocks for 2016While most stocks and the underlying sectors are struggling to post gains in 2015, the consumer discretionary sector has been one of the top performers this year. With the U.S. economy showing signs of sustained growth, consumer discretionary stocks may continue to be the top performers in 2016. Consumer Discretionary Sector The poor will, unfortunately, always be with us. So too will the rich. That’s why it’s always a good .

Consumer Spending Anemic as 58% Say Economy “Getting Worse”

By Monday, August 31, 2015
Consumer SpendingI have written over and over again on how distorted the U.S. business sales and inventory figures are. Manufacturers are stockpiling products. Retailers are experiencing a decline in sales. Consumer spending is getting softer. But it’s more than just retail that is becoming a drag on the U.S. economy. Statistics from the U.S. housing market also point to very soft consumer spending. In July, the annual rate of new home .

U.S. Economy: Why Recession’s Knocking

By Friday, August 21, 2015
RecessionWhat used to be a leading indicator, the stock market has now become a lagging indicator. For months (in these pages), I have written about how sick the U.S. economy has become. Stock market investors are waking up to the reality that world economic growth is either non-existent or even contracting—albeit too late. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now solidly in the red for 2015, down 832 points since .

Consumer Confidence Plunges in July as U.S. Economy Heads Wrong Way

By Monday, August 3, 2015
Consumer ConfidenceIn the month of July, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined nine percent from May. The index stood at 99.9 in June and plunged to 90.9 in July—the lowest level since September of 2014! A sub-index of this confidence index, called the Expectation Index, which measures how U.S. consumers feel they will do going forward, saw a massive decline to 79.9 in July from 92.8 in June—14% month-over-month. These .

U.S. Inventory Stockpile Up to Size of Canada

By Friday, July 17, 2015
U.S. Consumer SpendingIn June, retail and food service sales in the U.S. economy declined 0.3% from May. When calculating these sales figures, the Census Bureau looks at 13 different kinds of businesses. In June, seven of those business types reported an outright decline in sales. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 14,2015.) In particular, American consumers are pulling back on their spending of discretionary staple items such as furniture and clothing, building material, .

S&P 500: Stocks Open flat on Greece, China

By Friday, June 26, 2015
Stocks Open Flat on Greece and ChinaThe S&P 500 is set to be flat on Friday, June 26th, as investors are keeping an eye on a deal to avert a Greek default on a proposal from its creditors and China’s stock market continues to sell off. Although there was some encouraging news earlier this week about the Greece deal with its creditors, the differences between sides stretched the negotiations into the weekend. European Union leaders made .

S&P 500: Stocks Open Higher on Greek Economic Data

By Thursday, June 25, 2015
Stocks on S&P 500 Open HigherThe S&P 500 is opening the trading session higher on Thursday, June 25, as investors are optimistic for a deal to avert a Greek default on a proposal from its creditors. The differences between Greece’s proposal and that of its creditors are not big enough to justify failing to reach an agreement, a senior Greek government official said. Greek officials said that if talks fell apart, the country does not .

Visa’s Spending Monitor: Retail Spending Increased

By Monday, May 11, 2015
VisaVisa Inc. (NYSE/V), the credit card company, recently published its Retail Spending Monitor report, which keeps track of consumer spending in the U.S. The report shows that, excluding autos and gas, retail sales went up by 4.5% in April 2015. Big Increase in Consumer Discretionary Spending Things look quite good as far as Visa is concerned. Wayne Best, the company’s chief economist, stated, “Across the country, we’re seeing consumers continue .

Why the Housing Market Points to Very Weak 2015 Economy

By Monday, November 3, 2014
Housing Market Points to Very Weak 2015 EconomyThe chart below shows us that between April and August of this year, home prices in the U.S. declined. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index is only released 60 days after each month’s end, so while data for September and October are not yet available, based on what I’m about to tell you, five years after the Great Recession, the U.S. housing market is on shaky ground again. According to .

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