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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: Economy, markets continue dispensing good news

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Money | Healthy jumps. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and lots of merger and acquisition (M&A) news in the…

Dollars and Sense: Markets brace for Greek impact

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Money | No fed action—for now. The Federal Reserve met on Tuesday and Wednesday and decided that even though the economy is getting better, it’s still too early…

Dollars and Sense: The summertime doldrums may not last long

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Money | Summertime blues. The markets seem to have settled in to a bit of summer doldrums. We’ve had a couple of big moves—200-point-movess, or more, in the…

Dollars and Sense: Government manipulation and market distortion

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Money | Government manipulation. It has been a strange couple of weeks, even months, in the stock market. The U.S. economy keeps growing, but it’s slow and not…

Dollars and Sense: Mixed economic news hasn’t hurt the stock markets—yet

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Money | Bad news is good news. The stock markets keep setting record highs, but the economy itself seems to be sputtering. The explanation is pretty simple:

Dollars and Sense: Record highs on mixed news—the Fed speaks again

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Money | Record highs. Last Monday, the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new records, and then again several times later in the week these indexes bounced around and hit…

Dollars and Sense: Markets remain jittery on mixed economic news

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Money | Markets jittery. We saw a lot of volatility in the markets last week. On May 8, the markets had their best day in several months. Then they dropped Monday,

Dollars and Sense: Jobs picture improves as recovery plods along

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Money | Earnings season winds down. First-quarter earnings season began with lowered expectations, proceeded with better-than-expected performance, and ended with…

Dollars and Sense: U.S. Stocks continue to soar despite a global slowdown

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Money | Nasdaq soars. The Nasdaq exchange hit a record high Thursday. It rose to a new record on Friday. The Nasdaq tends to be heavy with tech stocks, and it was…

Dollars and Sense: Are jobless claims bottoming out?

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Money | A CEO resignation. The CEO of Angie’s List resigned last week, and there’s a story there. Bill Oesterle had been a co-founder and president of Angie’s…

Dollars and Sense: Earnings season might actually matter this quarter

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Money | Earnings season matters. We’re in earnings season again, and this quarter people are actually paying attention. It almost sounds funny to say it that way,

Dollars and Sense: At quarter’s end, the markets lack conviction

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Money | A new quarter. In the past week, we turned over a new month and a new quarter. Though we still have plenty of problems in the economy, it’s fair to say we…

 
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