The Labor Market Conditions Index for June Remains Negative

wall-street-etfDoug Short:  Despite last week's favorable jobs report, today's update of the Labor Market Conditions Index remains negative.
NYSE:DIA July 11, 2016 10:53am

June New Jobs Bounce Back, Surprise Forecast

jobsJill Mislinski:  Here are the lead paragraphs from the Employment Situation Summary released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
NYSE:DIA July 8, 2016 1:57pm

Setting Investment Goals and Reviewing Targets

target-date1David Fabian:  The mid-point of any year is a great time to review your investment goals and targets.  Each investor should soon be receiving their monthly or quarterly statement from their broker.  This key document lists your individual positions and account values. 
NYSE:AGG

NYSE Margin Debt Decreased In May

debtDoug Short: The New York Stock Exchange publishes end-of-month data for margin debt on the NYX data website, where we can also find historical data back to 1959. Let's examine the numbers and study the relationship between margin debt and the market, using the S&P 500 as the surrogate for the latter.
NYSE:DIA

Weekly Unemployment Claims: Down 16K from Last Week, Better Than Forecast

Wall streetJill Mislinski:  Here is the opening statement from the Department of Labor:
NYSE:DIA July 7, 2016 4:35pm

Defensive Assets Saying Be Careful With Brexit Stock Rally

bearbull1Chris Ciovacco:  Looking at the stock market in isolation last week, it appeared “risk-on” was back in a big way.
NYSE:DIA July 6, 2016 2:40pm

May Trade Deficit Up 3.8B From Revised April

wall-street-etfJill Mislinski:  The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, also known as the FT-900, is published monthly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis with data going back to 1992. The monthly reports include revisions that go back several months.
NYSE:DIA

Do The Charts Agree With George Soros On Brexit?

british poundChris Ciovacco:  Stocks have staged an impressive rally off the recent Brexit low, which may turn into a push to higher highs.
NYSE:DIA June 30, 2016 2:32pm

Chicago PMI Rebounds In June

wall-street-etfJill Mislinski:  The Chicago Business Barometer, also known as the Chicago Purchasing Manager's Index, is similar to the national ISM Manufacturing indicator but at a regional level and is seen by many as an indicator of the larger US economy.
NYSE:DIA

Post-Brexit: European Stock Market Is Not In A Bear Market

EuropeTaki Tsaklanos:  It seems that investors already forgot about the Brexit. On Monday, stock markets globally continued to slide, but that was followed by a huge rally on Tuesday and Wednesday.
NYSE:DIA

Pending Home Sales Declined In May, Disappoint Expectations

real estateJill Mislinski:  This morning the National Association of Realtors released the May data for their Pending Home Sales Index. "With demand holding firm this spring and homes selling even faster than a year ago, the notable increase in closings in recent months took a dent out of what was available for sale in May and ultimately dragged down contract activity," he said.
NYSE:DIA June 29, 2016 11:29am

Will A Petition Prompt A Brexit “Do Over” Vote?

vote ballot greeceChris Ciovacco:  Tough To Ignore The Will Of The People.  You may have heard about the number of signatures on a “do over” petition regarding the recent EU referendum in the United Kingdom.
NYSE:DIA

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Weakens In June

manufacturing growthJill Mislinski:  Today the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Composite Index fell 6 points to -7 from last month's -1. Investing.com had forecast 2. Because of the highly volatile nature of this index, we include a 3-month moving average to facilitate the identification of trends, now at 2, still indicating expansion.
NYSE:DIA

What Happened To The Bull Market?

bearbull1Russ discusses why the bull market has stumbled, but that doesn't mean we are headed towards a bear market.
NYSE:DIA June 28, 2016 12:34pm

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