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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Stable on October 17

After rising last week, China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell on Monday and started this week on a weaker note. The index opened lower on October 17.

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Wall Street Started the Week on a Stronger Note

Following a rally for five consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 maintained its strength and opened higher this week.

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What Did the Market Say about Halliburton on October 13?

Halliburton’s (HAL) one-week stock price didn’t change in the week ending October 13, 2017. Since October 6, 2017, XLE also remained unchanged.

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Important Events that Could Drive Markets this Week

President Trump’s executive order on healthcare, the Iran nuclear agreement, and news about North Korea preparing for a launch ahead of US–South Korea military exercises failed to trigger higher volatility.

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High Yield: Equity-Like Returns…with Half the Risk?

In this series, we’ll discuss the many advantages of high yield bonds, their correlation with other asset classes, the rise of global high yield markets, and why high yield bonds should command a place in a portfolio.

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Eurozone Market Recovery Looks Like This (More or Less)

Global recovery and resilient domestic demand are expected to support Eurozone (EZU) (FEZ) recovery in 2017.

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Investor Update: What Key Indicators Are Saying about Economy

In this series, we’ll take a look at the final US GDP growth rate for 4Q16. We’ll also look at US consumer confidence and US consumer sentiment for March 2017.

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How the Tech Sector Could Drive the Market's Performance in 2017

The technology sector’s growth has mostly been driven by consumers from others sectors, as they depend on technology to facilitate their smooth functioning.

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Will the S&P 500 Index Rally in April 2017?

The S&P 500 Index (SPY) (QQQ) showed a weaker performance in March 2017 with returns of nearly -1.4%.

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The Bond Market Is Showing a Mixed Response in 2017

The recent fallout surrounding healthcare reform efforts in the United States is raising doubts in the minds of investors.

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Why You Should Stay Cautious in a Low Interest Rate Environment

In a recent interview on March 16, 2017, on CNBC’s Closing Bell, billionaire investor Howard Marks shared his views about investment expectations in a low interest rate environment.

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Global Outperformance and US M&A Persist

The U.S.-oriented Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR, or “U.S. Moat Index”) continued its strong start to the year by outperforming the S&P 500® Index (5.15% vs. 3.97%) in February.…

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Weekly Indicators: Global Flash Manufacturing PMIs and More

In this series, we’ll take a look at the global (VT) flash manufacturing PMIs for March 2017. We’ll also look at the Eurozone consumer confidence and the US weekly crude oil inventories.

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Global Outperformance and U.S. M&A Persist

US stocks have performed well since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Recent economic indicators suggest that the economy is gradually gaining traction.

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Analyzing China’s Stock Market and Expectations for 2017

The bubbles created in China’s stock market in 2007 and 2015–2016 show that stocks fell ~65.0% and ~41.0%, respectively.

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Weekly Indicators: Sales, Global Services PMIs, and Inflation

In this series, we’ll take a look at recent global services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) releases. Like manufacturing PMIs, services PMIs are important economic indicators.

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Interest Rate Ripples: The Fed's Latest Hike, Investor Concerns

US stocks rose slightly on March 15, the day of the Fed’s latest interest rate hike, with technology stocks leading the market after the announcement.

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How Long Can Trump's Policies Support the Market Rally?

In a March 3, 2017, Wall Street Week interview, Paul Schatz of Heritage Capital said he believes the Dow will reach 23,000 by Labor Day 2017.

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Rising Inflation: How Should Investors React?

As oil prices bottomed out in early 2016, inflation started to take off. Headline inflation was at 2.5% in January—near a five-year high.

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Probability of Rate Hike Is Rising: What It Means for Investors

Fed chair Janet Yellen recently said at the Executives’ Club of Chicago that the economy is showing strength. The Fed is sounding more hawkish in regards to a March rate hike.

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Finding Investment Opportunities: Higher Interest Rate Scenario

The 30-year Treasury yield was close to its month high as of March 10, 2017, at 3.20% in anticipation of an interest rate hike by the Fed on March 15, 2017.

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Can Germany Ingenuity Survive the Uncertain Eurozone?

The German Stock Index DAX 30 (DAX-INDEX) surged over its 12,000 historical mark in March and was trading at 11,941 on March 9, 2017.

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Monitoring the Increasing US Debt: How Important Is That?

The gross federal debt at the end of 2016 was $19.5 trillion. It’s estimated at more than $20.0 trillion for 2017.

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What February Global Manufacturing PMI Reports Indicate

In this series, we’ll take a look at final global (VT) (ACWI) manufacturing PMIs for February 2017.

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