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August 27th, 2016 4:57 pm
Financial Markets and Economy
Before-tax corporate earnings fell 4.9 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the fifth consecutive decline and the worst streak since the end of the recession in mid-2009, Commerce Department figures showed on Friday.
Central bankers ponder moving the goalposts (Financial Times)
Central bankers gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the annual Federal Reserve symposium on economics are in a challenging position....
August 27th, 2016 4:30 pm
As Conservative Review's Jen Kuznicki explains, in 1993, the president of Wellesley College approved a new rule upon being contacted by Bill Clinton’s White House. The rule stated that all senior theses written by a president or first lady of the United States would be kept under lock and key. The rule was meant to keep the public ignorant about the radical ties of the first lady, ...
August 27th, 2016 3:12 pm
By VW Staff. Originally published at ValueWalk.
Mairs & Power Growth Fund update recording for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
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August 27th, 2016 11:57 am
Courtesy of Mish.
Once-revered central bank heads failed to foresee the housing bubble and the great financial crisis that followed. As a result, faith in the Fed has plunged.
People had high confidence in Alan Greenspan for much of his tenure, but that confidence tailed off towards the end. Confidence in Ben Bernanke declined further, and confidence in Yellen is at or near record lows.
The following chart shows the shift in confidence under the last three Fed chairs.
Shift in Confidence
The above chart from the Wall Street Journal article ...
August 26th, 2016 5:12 pm
Courtesy of Doug Short's Advisor Perspectives.This morning's Second Estimate of Q2 GDP at 1.1% was a ho-hum event in advance of Fed Chair Yellen speech at Jackson Hole. And indeed the intraday range volatility of today's session was at the 70th percentile of the 165 market days of 2016 and the widest in 37 sessions. The S&P 500 opened higher, rallied with the opening of her speech, and then sold off sharply during with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer's suggestion that a couple of rate hikes this year were possible. The index bounced back later in the afternoon to its -0.16% Friday close. The index is down 0.68% for the week.
The yield on the 10-year note closed at at 1.62%, up four basis points from the previous close.
Here is a snapshot of past five sessions in the S&P 500....
August 26th, 2016 10:12 am
Courtesy of Chris Kimble.
Basic Materials stocks can often times give a decent snap shot of how an economy is doing from a growth or lack of perspective. Below looks at Basic Materials ETF (IYM) over the past decade.
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IYM remains inside of an upward sloping mult-year rising channel (1), since 2009. It hit the bottom of this channel earlier this year and has bounce off support. Currently IYM is testing f...
August 26th, 2016 12:00 am
Courtesy of Benzinga.Related BABA Strategies For A Sleepy Bull Market Brean Makes The Technical Analysis Case For Buying The Dip In Alibaba ...
August 22nd, 2016 1:15 pm
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Epizyme was founded in 2007, and trying to create drugs to treat patient's cancer by focusing on genetically-linked differences between normal and cancer cells. Cancer areas of focus include leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast cancer. One of the Epizme cofounders, H. Robert Horvitz, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2002 for "discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death."
Before discussing the drug targets of Epizyme, understanding epigenetics is crucial to comprehend the company's goals.
Genetic components are the DNA sequences that are 'inherited.' Some of these genes are stronger than others in their expression (e.g., eye color). Yet, some genes turn on or off due to external factors (environmental), and it is und...
August 22nd, 2016 9:46 am
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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).
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August 19th, 2016 11:17 am
Man Who Introduced Millions to Bitcoin Says Blockchain Is a Bust
Stefan Thomas, who introduced millions of people to bitcoin, has had a change of heart.
Blockchain, the ledger software that makes the digital currency possible...
July 27th, 2016 1:08 pm
Looks like we are down to about 10 companies for our consumer goods:
Just like banks, airlines and cable companies!
The Illusion of Choice in Consumer Brands
Explore the full-size version of the above graphic in all its glory.
If today’s infographic looks familiar, that’s because it originates from a well-circulated report that Oxfam International puts together to show consolidation i...
May 13th, 2016 2:40 pm
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December 15th, 2015 2:15 pm
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May 22nd, 2014 5:03 pm
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