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NASDAQ: Here’s Why Stocks Are Heading Higher Today

By Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Stocks Are Heading Higher TodayThe NASDAQ opened flat on Tuesday July 14th amid disappointing data in retail sales. Abroad, investors remain uneasy about talks surrounding Greece’s bailout package. European shares turned lower on Tuesday after a four-day rally due to uncertainty over whether the measures would be passed in Greece’s parliament. The yield 10-year German bond was at 0.87%, marginally higher on that day. Following the sharp drop on Monday, the euro was 0.21% .

U.S. Retail Sales Jump in May

By Thursday, June 11, 2015
Economic Recovery ImminentRetail sales jumped in May, suggesting the U.S. economic recovery is picking up momentum. On Thursday, June 11, the Census Bureau reported better-than-expected retail and food services sales. For the month of May, total retail and food service sales came in at $444.9 billion, representing a 2.7% increase compared to same time last year. The Bureau also revised its April sales figures upward to 0.2%. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, June .

China: April Industrial Output, Retail Sales, Investment Lower than Estimates

By Thursday, May 21, 2015
China April Economic DataEconomic data coming out of China does not look good. At the very least, they’re collectively saying that Chinese economic activity is slowing at a staggering pace. China’s Dismal Factory Output, Retail Sales, and Investment Miss Estimates April’s factory output increased 5.9% year-over-year, beating March’s 5.6% increase. However, the growth is slightly less than the six percent expected by analysts. Moreover, the 5.6% reading in March was the lowest since .

Retail Sales Disappoint Again in April

By Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Retail Sales DataI am not surprised that the retail sales remained unchanged in April. Although warmer weather is upon us, the April retail sales data did not warm up the way the industry would have liked. Retail Sales and Consumer Confidence Fading After barely growing in the first three months of 2015, U.S. retail sales were flat in April and continue to disappoint. Consumers cutting back on their purchases could be an .

Three Statistics That Say No Economic Growth Yet

By Friday, January 23, 2015
ECB Money PrintingLook at any newspaper or watch any financial news channel and you will hear someone saying the U.S. economy is growing. To prove their point, they will refer to gross domestic product (GDP) figures and unemployment data. Yes, the GDP numbers and the unemployment picture do look better, but our economy is still in very big trouble.

Wal-Mart Sales Concerns Bad Sign for Retail Sector This Holiday Season?

By Friday, November 14, 2014
Bad Sign for Retail Sector This Holiday SeasonIn two weeks from today, all eyes will be on Black Friday and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, which for some in the retail sector is the most critical time of the year. While I do expect consumers to be out and spending in full force, I’m not sure about the retail sector and margins. The decline in gasoline prices should help add some money to the .

About That QE4…

By Monday, October 20, 2014
Another Round of Money Printing Coming SoonIt’s widely expected that at the end of this month, the Federal Reserve will end its third round of quantitative easing (that began in September of 2012). This is QE3, where the Federal Reserve was printing $85.0 billion of new money every month and using it to buy U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities (MBS). In the beginning of 2014, the Fed started reducing the amount of money it was printing .

What the Fear Index Is Telling Us About Stocks Now

By Friday, October 17, 2014
Why This Stock Market Rout Is Here to StayOver the past few months, I warned my readers the stock market had become a risky place to be. While I also suggested euphoria could bring the market higher than most thought possible—to the point of irrationality—the bubble has now burst. Key stock indices are falling and fear among investors is rising quickly. Please look at the chart below of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index (VIX). This .

Two Important Economic Signals to Share with My Readers This Morning

By Monday, August 25, 2014
U.S. Consumer Confidence CollapsingA good gauge for me on how consumers in the U.S. economy are faring has always been the statistics coming out of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) reported its operating income in its second quarter (ended July 31, 2014) declined by 2.4%. Its subsidiary, Sam’s Club (wholesale store), saw its operating income, after taking out fuel, decline by 10.2%. (Source: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., August 14, 2014.) For its entire 2015 .

U.S. Economy to Enter Recession in Next 12 Months or Less

By Monday, April 28, 2014
Consumer Spending Telling Us About U.S. EconomyAn economy is said to be technically in a recession when it experiences two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The biggest portion of the U.S. GDP calculation is consumer spending; then comes investments, government spending, and, finally, net of exports. By far, consumer spending is the biggest factor in calculating GDP. All you need is a slight decline in consumer spending for GDP to fall. And .

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