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Joe Sixpack Not Sharing In Productivity Gains
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 - Apr 20, 2014

Recent posts have shown that productivity gains are not being reflected in Joe Sixpack's paycheck. Follow up: The proof of this is shown in charts and statements such as the following: So where are...

 
Chicago Fed National Activity Index: March 2014 Preview
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 - Apr 20, 2014

The three-month average of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is expected to decline slightly to -0.26 in the March update that’s scheduled for release on Monday (April 21), according to...

 
Company Notes: Slow Loan Growth Function Of Demand
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 - Apr 20, 2014

The Macro Outlook Comerica's (NYSE:CMA) banking customers are more optimistic, but still hesitant to make investments “Our customers and that is they are mildly or modestly more optimistic, but they ...

 
US Economic Profile
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 - Apr 18, 2014

So much for pessimism. Most of the key economic reports for March are in and the general message looks encouraging… again. You can never say anything definitive about the business cycle in real time, ...

 
A Short Note On Good Friday
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 - Apr 18, 2014

Most of the world's markets are closed, but there are a few developments to note. First, a few Asian equity markets were in fact open and most posted small gains. The Shanghai Composite is an ...

 
Historical Market Comparisons Are Meaningless
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 - Apr 18, 2014

As Chief Strategist for STA Wealth Management I start each and every day by consuming copious amounts of a heavily caffeinated beverage and a data feed from a litany of web and blog sites. Over the ...

 
No One Will Ring The Bell At The Top
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 - Apr 18, 2014

The market has had a rough start of the year flipping between positive and negative year-to-date returns. However, despite all of the recent turmoil from an emerging markets scare, concerns over how ...

 
Philly Fed Business Outlook Again Beats Forecast
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 - Apr 18, 2014

Note from Doug: Having lived for two wonderful years in Paoli, PA, a suburb west of Philadelphia just south of Valley Forge, I have a special interest in this regional indicator. But, more ...

 
New Jobless Claims Fall To Pre-Recession Levels
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 - Apr 18, 2014

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report was released this morning for last week. The 304,000 new claims number was an increase 2,000 from the previous week's 302,000 (revised from 300,000). ...

 
Emerging Markets: What Has Changed
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 - Apr 18, 2014

1) Tensions in Ukraine have risen again2) The Ukrainian central bank hiked rates for the first time during the current crisis3) Moody’s revised the outlook on Turkey’s Baa3 rating from ...

 
Markets Show Slight Improvement
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 - Apr 17, 2014

Over the past week our market health indicators had a slight improvement. However, the improvement isn’t keeping up with the rally in the S&P 500. Overall the indicators are very weak considering the ...

 
when To Cover In A Rising Market  
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 - Apr 17, 2014

Today's hangout deals with strategy and trading approach. Namely, when to cover in a rising market and how to time your entries using the market action as the primary driver.

 
Seasonality Eyes Inflection Point
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 - Apr 17, 2014

We’re more than halfway through April and the S&P 500 still hasn’t really gone anywhere this year.  The index is only up 1% ytd, which has been frustrating for both bulls and bears.  Market forces ...

 
Stocks, Gold And The Miners
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 - Apr 17, 2014

Ukraine war hype, China demand drop, GOFO mysteries… these are the short-term noise inputs on the Gold sector. US Treasury bond yield spreads, gold vs. commodities (i.e. the ‘real’ price of gold), ...

 
The Disappearing Jobs
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 - Apr 17, 2014

TECHNICAL SCOOP CHART OF THE WEEK Charts and commentary by David Chapman April 17, 2014 The disappearing jobs! Source: www.stlouisfed.org Why has the level of employment in the US been falling? One ...

 
FX Markets Likely To Goad ECB Into Action
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 - Apr 17, 2014

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, is probably one of the most effective central bankers when it comes to talking the markets in a particular direction – but if he wants a...

 
U.S.D. Index: Sideways Again
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 - Apr 17, 2014

On Wednesday, the U.S. Dollar Index has been in sideways for the second day in a row. The Fed Chairman, Janet Yellen tries to be cautious in her statements. Previously, her words evoked strong ...