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Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

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US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

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Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.

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How Economic Sentiment and GDP Growth Are Trending

In this series, we’ll take a look at the ZEW Economic Sentiment Index for Germany (EWG) and the Eurozone (EZU) (VGK) (N100-INDEX) for May 2017.

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South Korean Stock Market Surges despite Geopolitical Tensions

South Korea’s (EWY) stock market soared to a new high recently, posting large gains across the Asia-Pacific region (VPL)(EPP). In this series, we’ll discuss what we can expect from South Korea for the rest of the year.

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Is Mexican Economy Showing Resilience amid Trade Uncertainty?

The Mexican economy expanded 0.6% in 1Q17, beating market expectations. Exports and private spending have continued to support growth in Mexico this year.

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Does the US Healthcare System Need an Overhaul?

The US economy is dealing with rising healthcare costs. The national healthcare expenditure grew 5.8% to $3.2 trillion in 2015 or $9,990 per person.

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Are US Markets Being Driven by Fundamentals in 2017?

A week of political unrest in the United States (SPY) (QQQ) led to losses across indexes, but they regained by May 19, 2017.

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Is India's Stock Market Surging amid Economic Reforms in 2017?

India’s equity markets are soaring so far in 2017, pushing valuations above their long-term averages. India’s economy is scoring well due to high GDP growth and government reforms.

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Weekly Indicators: Global Manufacturing and Services PMIs

Economic indicators are important because they shed light on a country’s economic health and help us identify economic trends and changes in market sentiment.

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Is China Losing Momentum in 2Q17?

China’s (FXI) economic activity slowed down more than expected in April 2017 due to fading factory demand. Markets expected a gradual slowdown.

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Latin America's Surging Equities: A Whirlwind Tour

As the global economy continues to grow at a moderate pace amid geopolitical uncertainties, Latin America has experienced a phenomenal start in 2017,

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Tech Sector Overview for the Week Ended May 5

The tech sector has been the best-performing sector year-to-date. The sector has returned 15.1% YTD through May 11, 2017, compared to the S&P 500’s YTD returns of 5.8%.

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Are Investors Still Betting on Trump’s Policy Reforms?

The NASDAQ Index in 2017 so far has risen nearly 12% as of May 9, outperforming the other major US indexes.

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Interpreting April's Emerging Market Manufacturing PMIs

Global economic growth has appeared to be on the rise since 3Q16, but more recently, we’ve seen a mixed performance from emerging markets.

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What's the Impact of Puerto Rico's Filing for Bankruptcy in 2017?

The board overseeing Puerto Rico (PZT) (HYMB) filed for bankruptcy protection in a much-anticipated move in 2017.

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Greece: Another Default on Its Debt or an EU Exit?

Greece and its international creditors recently reached a deal for a bailout in 2017. It will pay off international loans rather than aid economic recovery.

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Can Crude Recovery Get Russia Back on Track?

The recovery of oil prices in the second half of 2016 has helped the Russian economy recover from negative growth in 4Q16.

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What Key Global Indicators Are Saying about the Economy

In this series, we’ll take a look at the performances of the US Consumer Confidence Index in April and the US GDP in 1Q17.

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The S&P 500 Index Saw Slight Improvement in April: What's Next?

The S&P 500 Index (SPY) (QQQ) showed marginal improvement in April 2017 as compared to March 2017.

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Are Mexico's Economic Woes Finally Fading?

Mexico recorded a modest trade deficit in March 2017, as compared to its trade surplus in the previous month.

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Argentina’s Economic Recovery: Advancement in Emerging Markets?

The economic situation in Argentina was in disarray with high inflation, fiscal deficit, and a host of other issues. Then a new president was elected in December 2015.

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How BlackRock’s Larry Fink Sees Global Growth and Geopolitics

In an April 21, 2017, interview on Wall Street Week, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink shared his views on US economic growth, tax reform, and job creation.

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