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Charles Brown
19 Mar, 2014 | 09:51 AM
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From The Trading Floor: Markets are trading in mixed territory this morning as traders are unwilling to make bets ahead of the FOMC rate decision and Janet Yellen’s first press conference at 2:00 today. Mortgage Applications for the week ending March 14th fell -1.2% Current account gap fell to $81.1 billion from 96.4 billion The FOMC rate decision is at 2:00 today. With the Fed expected to taper some more and abandon its 6.5% unemployment threshold for considering rate hikes, punters are focusing on what would push the Fed to finally raise rates. ...
Charles Brown
12 Mar, 2014 | 09:59 AM
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From The Trading Floor: Continued concerns over a weak economy in China and an unsettled situation in the Ukraine has the S&P 500 trading in negative territory for the 3rd consecutive day. Mortgage applications fell by -2.1% for the week ending March 7th Puerto Rico has sold $3.5B in tax-free bonds, above the $3B that the Commonwealth planned to auction, with the high yield of 8.727% helping to attract $16B in orders from 270 investors President Obama gets ready to meet the interim Prime Minister of the Ukraine ...
Parasnand Madho
11 Mar, 2014 | 08:25 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 6 points and S&P futures are trading down 2 points. Market participants remain cautious amid volatile trading in the past few weeks over the crisis in Ukraine and the pace of growth in China. Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine with diplomacy at a standstill as the US and other European allies get ready to impose additional sanctions against Russia. ...
Parasnand Madho
27 Feb, 2014 | 09:19 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading down 31 points and S&P futures are trading down 4 points. The focus will be on global central banks today. Fed Chair, Janet Yellen heads to Capitol Hill to testify before congress. Yellen's original appearance was cancelled because of the huge snow storm that shutdown federal buildings in the Washington DC area. ...
Parasnand Madho
21 Feb, 2014 | 10:05 AM
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Ahead of the Bell: Dow futures are trading up 33 points and S&P futures are trading up 4 points.  Investors are optimistic following upbeat factory activity data in the US in the previous trading session and the likelihood of more stimulus from Japan which is pushing global markets higher. The Bank of Japan is likely to ease policy further by this summer to help boost their economy and pull it out of a 15-year deflation, as the current regime's efforts seems to be losing momentum. ...
Charles Brown
12 Feb, 2014 | 10:56 AM
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From The Trading Floor: Data showing an unexpected increase in imports and exports for China have the markets trading in positive territory this morning attempting to extend the largest 4 day gain on the S&P in more than a year The House has authorized a one-year extension to the government's borrowing authority - until March 16, 2015 - without any conditions by a vote of 221-201 ...