Urban Carmel's picture

The US indices have been struggling to produce gains for the past four months. In fact, the S&P is lower today than it was before Thanksgiving. There are any number of reasons for this pattern but the one that is currently most often referred to is falling...

Doug Short's picture

Was the March 2009 low the end of a secular bear market and the beginning of a secular bull? At this point, over five-and-a-half years later, the S&P 500 has set an inflation-adjusted record high based on monthly averages of daily closes...

Sheraz Mian's picture

This morning’s soft private-sector jobs report from the ADP jobs report is in line with the recent trend of weakening economic momentum — the data is still strong, but nevertheless on the weak side. The picture emerging from the data thus far is that the...

Chris Puplava's picture

Financial commentators have recently been highlighting the deterioration in financial stress indices. This is noteworthy given their tendency to lead equity markets, however, digging into these stress indices highlights that much of the stress they are showing...

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

So far 85 companies in the S&P 500 have issued negative EPS guidance, and only 16 have issued positive guidance. We could be in for a tough earnings season and if that’s the case, there’s a good chance more choppy trading lies ahead for stocks...

Marc Chandler's picture

There is a legal concept called "odious debts." It can be traced back more than a century. The US helped create a precedent for it by denying Cuba's responsibility for the debt incurred under Spanish colonial rule. The concept took on added significance...

George Friedman PhD's picture

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported...

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold prices erased last week's gain versus the dollar Monday morning, briefly trading below $1183 per ounce as the US currency extended its recovery from mid-March's drop. Silver also erased last week's dollar gain, falling almost 4% from Thursday's 1-month high...

Chris Puplava's picture

So far the bullish themes for this year are foreign equities and U.S. bonds with the continued surge in the USD. These themes are borne out when looking at flows into exchange traded funds (ETFs) by asset class and geographic focus.

Michael Shedlock's picture

Amazon is sponsoring a robot warehouse automation contest to see who can pack the most boxes in the least amount of time without dropping any packages or crushing anything delicate such as cookies.

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