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Today’s perfect storm batters stocks

Today’s perfect storm batters stocks

It’s actually surprising that markets aren’t down more so far today. As of noon New York time, the Standard & Poor’s 500 is lower by 1.62% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 1.75%. The NASDAQ Composite has lost 1.65% and the NASDAQ 100...
More evidence of a strong economy in latest retail sales report–I’m sure the Fed is paying attention

Retail sales growth disappoints in November

Retail sales rose a scant 0.3% in November from October. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 0.8% gain. And the November growth was a huge drop froth 1.7% month to month growth in September. On a year to year basis retail sales are up 18.2% from the...
Initial claims for unemployment even worse than expected as coronavirus shutdowns bite

Weekly new claims for unemployment dips–a bit

New claims for unemployment in regular state programs fell to 787,000 last week. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had been expecting 875,000 for the week ended October 17. The total showed a drop of 55,000 from the revised figure of 842,000 for the prior week. The...