Sheraz Mian's picture

Another day, another China-centric market sell-off, with the US indexes deeply in the red following losses all over the world. To say that markets have been volatile in the New Year would be an understatement. One recurring theme of market activity...

Sheraz Mian's picture

The Alcoa (AA) report after the close on January 11th will put the spotlight on the Q4 earnings season. We have a total of 11 S&P 500 members reporting results next week, including J.P. Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Citigroup (C) and Intel (INTC). But the reporting cycle will really ramp...

Marc Chandler's picture

With equity markets tumbling, escalating tensions between a Saudi-led Sunni bloc against Iran, ongoing hostilities in Syria, North Korea testing what it claims to be a hydrogen bomb, the once precious yellow metal is looking perky.

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

The rout in US manufacturing began when the dollar took off during 2014. With major economies such as China continuing to guide their currencies lower, it’s unlikely the sickness here will be alleviated anytime soon. On Wednesday, we’ll see the ISM’s latest...

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Today’s weak factory sector data out of China reminds us of the market’s persistent China growth worries. The December PMI survey by Caixin Media and Markit came in weaker than expected at 48.2 vs. 48.6 in November, the 10th straight month of a sub-50 reading from this key private...

Clif Droke's picture

Stocks are trying to live up to the expectations for a year-end “Santa Claus” rally. Most of the market’s improving internal condition is due to the latest strength in the energy sector, with the NYSE Oil Index (XOI) rallying some 6% from its recent lows. Although recent trading volume has been far...

Jeffrey D Saut's picture

Men can be trained to be inventors by the simple process of telling them that it is not a disgrace to fail. In research work there is no such thing as failure in the accepted sense of the word. It is as important to know how not to do a thing sometimes as it is to know how to do it. And out of...

Sheraz Mian's picture

Next week will bring some top-tier economic readings, but the major coming catalyst for the market is the Q4 earnings season that gets into the spotlight following the January 11th earnings report from Alcoa (AA). To that end, the ongoing weakness in oil prices...

Robert Rapier's picture

As I have done for several years now, I like to close out the year by highlighting the top stories in the energy sector. The 2015 list was challenging, because so many of the stories are interrelated. Commodity prices continued to plummet, but oil, natural gas...

Michael Shedlock's picture

Christmas is just over a day away. Package delivery is at record volumes. Does that portend a huge Christmas shopping season? Before addressing that question please consider the Supply Chain article UPS Delivers 36 Million Packages - Double Normal.

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