Unrest in the Middle East usually means supply-side problems for oil, and the current month-long conflict raging in Libya is no exception.
As we prepare for Friday’s employment report, it is a good time to review both the market’s outlook for the next few months and our possible investment approach. For those keeping score at
Kerri Shannon: Civil unrest in the Middle East continues to push oil prices higher as companies with Libyan operations shut down production, threatening oil exports to Europe.
Last week was a quiet but generally positive one for the markets as shares rose in a variety of sectors thanks to stronger commodity prices and quality earnings reports. The biggest gainers
Recent months have brought some indications that the storm clouds over the U.S. economy are beginning to clear. Manufacturing activity is picking up again, earnings reports have been generally
Last week saw the end of a year that was relatively kind to investor portfolios, as most major asset classes managed to post strong results in 2010. As the calendars flip to 2011, the outlook remains
In Wednesday’s trading, the major indices made swift and powerful advances that put the bears on the defensive. All five indices closed the session up over 2%. Further, the Dow and the S&P 500
For the second consecutive day, the major indices gapped down to begin the session, but fought back to pare a significant portion of the intraday losses, only to dwindle into the close.
As the dollar continues to suffer from a crisis of confidence and emerging markets continue to display insatiable appetites for raw materials, commodities have become one of the best
In a down week for indices world-wide, the top ETF gainers for the period were primarily short ETFs, with some strength in the energy sector evident. Oddly enough, following the widely
“Because the natural gas market is highly sensitive to a broad variety of political, social and economic events, even mild changes in weather, political sentiment, or consumption patterns can
With anxiety building ahead of mid-term elections later this year, the Obama administration used the Labor Day holiday to announce a plan designed to kickstart job creation and further boost the
It looks like the climate bill has about the same chance of passing this year as a snowball in… well… a very hot place. Though that hardly means the coal industry is safe. Congress may not be able to get anything done. But United States environmentalists have a lot more fight left in them. Wall […]
It was an ugly week and month as the major indexes and all sectors continued their declines for the third week in a row
“Despite the fact that there are now 1,000 members of the ETF club and more joining everyday, it seems that a select few garner most of the headlines