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December 18, 2017

Market Merrymaking: Stock Prices Up Around World Amid Tax Reform Hopes

It looks increasingly likely that tax reform could be under the tree this holiday season, and investors appear to eagerly anticipate possible lower corporate rates.

December 15, 2017

Tax Burden: Washington Wrangling Takes Center Stage as Weekend Nears

Corporate news and fresh data seem a little lacking today, meaning focus could turn once again toward a policy debate underway in a certain city along the Potomac.

December 14, 2017

Hollywood Lights: Disney Deal On Marquee But Central Banks Aren't Off Stage

It’s a deal. Disney (DIS) announced Thursday it would buy assets of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) for $52.4 billion in what media experts are calling a historic Hollywood merger.

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December 13, 2017

Yes, Rates Went Up Today and They Could Again in 2018, 2019, 2020

Fed worries about inflation but feels good about economic outlook; forecasts interest rates hikes to reach 3.1% by end of 2020

December 13, 2017

Wait Is On For Fed Move, But Highlight Might Be Yellen’s Press Conference

Drama is seriously lacking as today’s Fed decision looms, but things could get more interesting at Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s press conference afterward.

December 12, 2017

Is Snooze Fest Over? Dow, SPX Moved Higher in Early Going; Fed Meet Starts

Economic reports show that inflation is ticking higher; Federal Reserve policy makers start two-day confab today with rate-hike decision expected tomorrow.

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December 11, 2017

Fed Week Ahead, But Tax Debate, ECB, And Inflation Data Also Loom Large

Buckle your seatbelts. The coming week is chock-full of potential news, with a Fed meeting, inflation data, and continued tax debate in Congress.

December 8, 2017

Jobs Jubilee: Positive Tone On Street As Payroll Growth Crushes Estimates

November brought a jobs bonanza, with 228,000 new positions added and really high quality ones, too. If anyone needed another sign of economic vigor, this could be it.

December 7, 2017

Tax Bill Uncertainty, Potential Gov’t Shutdown Might Put Markets on Pause

Trading looks muted, but items on economic calendar like jobless numbers might provide oomph; remember end-of-year portfolio rebalancing is in play too

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December 6, 2017

Defensive Unit In: “Safety” Investments Draw Interest As Asia, Europe Weak

Pressure from falling overseas markets and a lack of positive catalysts could weigh on U.S. stocks. Defensive investments like gold, the Japanese yen, and bonds rose.

December 5, 2017

No Holiday Break: Volatility, Volume Up Amid Info Tech Shakeup, D.C. Drama

The question Tuesday is whether recent pressure on info tech might continue, and how much it might be countered by strength in other parts of the market.

December 4, 2017

Tax Party: Futures Point Toward Rally As Optimism Grows After Senate Vote

Stocks looked poised to leap out of the starting gate Monday as enthusiasm built about the possibility of tax cuts after the weekend’s Senate vote.

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December 1, 2017

Volatility Back In Town As Tax Reform Hits Snag, Putting Markets on Edge

The stall last night in Republican tax reform efforts scared the market a bit and appeared to take the edge off many of the positive feelings generated Thursday.

November 30, 2017

Gas and Taxes: OPEC, Senate Vote Move To Center Stage After Tech’s Trounce

Taxes and gasoline prices, two of those unavoidable facts of modern life, take the spotlight today as the Senate prepares for a vote on tax reform and OPEC meets.

November 29, 2017

Perched at Record Highs, Market Awaits Yellen After Strong GDP Reading

Stock futures moved solidly higher ahead of the opening bell Wednesday as the market appeared ready to build on its gains. Yellen testifies to Congress today.

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November 28, 2017

Is it Summer? Markets Move in Slow Motion ahead of Powell's Visit to Senate

Market benchmarks tiptoe into positive territory in early going after Monday's mostly muted session. All three indices are within record-breaking territory. Again.

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