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Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Rises in September

September's Chicago Purchasing Managers Index reading came in better than expected. The monthly index rose to 54.2 from a 51.5 reading in August. Bloomberg had its consensus estimate placed at just 52.0 for ...
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Credit Managers Showed Recovery in September

Most economists and investors might be tempted to overlook the national Credit Managers Index (CMI) released by the National Association of Credit Management each month. The reading never moves the ...
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Personal Income Rises for August, Spending Not So Much

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released its reading for personal income and spending for the month of August. Personal income increased by $39.3 billion, or by 0.2%, and ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, Coach, Encana, NXP Semiconductors, Sina, Under Armour and More

Stocks were indicated marginally higher on Friday, but nowhere near Thursday's Deutsche Bank-led selling pressure roiled the financial sector and the markets in general. Investors have proven over and over that ...
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10 Things That May Scare the Hell Out of Investors Going Into the Fourth Quarter of 2016

It is no secret that 2016 has been a complicated year. U.S. stocks have risen while bond yields remain muted. The election has many on edge, as does the central ...
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Oil Rises Even as OPEC Oil Production Cuts Already Questioned

The price of oil has responded to news of OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, production cuts. If there is one thing that seems true more often than not, ...
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2 Animal Health Stocks Still Look Attractive for Investors

If there is one trend that has worked in America, it is the trend of betting on the public taking care of their pets. Now Merrill Lynch has issued a ...
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Mylan Woes Pushing Stock Back Toward 52-Week Low

Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) just has been unable to recover from its EpiPen pricing hike issue. Shares were down over 4% on Thursday morning, and now the stock is dangerously ...
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Exports of Goods in August Help International Trade Data

Each month's reading on international trade in goods is one of the preliminary reports for what the rest of us refer to as the trade deficit, which will be released ...
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Q2 GDP Revised Higher

The broadest measurement of the overall economy is the gross domestic product (GDP). Economists and investors alike have grown to know that some 70% or so of GDP comes from consumer spending trends, ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Keep Looking Great

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported its weekly jobless claims for the week ending September 24. Its preliminary figure was an increase of 3,000 to 254,000 claims. The ...
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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Apple, BlackBerry, eBay, Fitbit, Lululemon, Nike and More

Stocks were indicated lower on Thursday after trading higher on Wednesday. Regardless of a day's trading, the reality is that investors keep proving that they will still buy stocks after ...
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14 Top S&P 500 Stocks Raising Dividends for 25 Years, With More Hikes Expected

Investors have enjoyed many years of cheering for dividend hikes. Now there is some belief that after a seven and a half year bull market run that many companies will have a ...
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SEC Taking Insider Trading Charges All the Way to Peru

When most investors hear about insider trading charges being filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, they probably think of someone profiting from leaked merger news. They probably are not ...
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Student Loan Default Rate Continues to Decline

It is no secret that the student loan burden has reached a serious level in America. In fact, student loans for college and graduate degrees are muting the ability for ...
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