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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: All investors want is a slow news day

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Money | Seeking normalcy. Stocks were generally higher last week, though some days it was hard to find any real news driving them either up or down. I heard one…

Dollars and Sense: On the watch for retail sales numbers

Dollars and Sense: On the watch for retail sales numbers

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Money | Sleepy Hollow? If Rip VanWinkle had gone to sleep on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on New Year’s Day, he might wake up today and wonder if…

Dollars and Sense: Geopolitics trumps positive economic news

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Money | Stocks drop. The big news for the week came on Thursday, when the markets both here and abroad dropped significantly. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for…

Dollars and Sense: No stock market bubble here

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Money | Earnings strong. The stock markets didn’t have a lot of direction last week, although earnings reports were good. We’re now far enough into earnings…

Dollars and Sense: Is Wall Street showing signs of ‘irrational exuberance?’

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Money | Wall Street rising. Stocks rose last week. In fact, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday continued a winning streak on the Dow that began the week before. The…

Dollars and Sense: Europe spooks U.S. markets … again

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Money | European slowdown. Before we talk about earnings season getting underway here in the United States, I can’t help observing that Europe is back in the…

Dollars and Sense: What’s spurring the market’s bull run?

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Money | Markets continue skyward. On Thursday, the last day the markets were open before the Independence Day holiday, the Dow finished above 17,000 for the first…

Dollars and Sense: Positive economic signs can’t erase long-term problems

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Money | GDP shrank. The big news last week was the announcement that the gross domestic product shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter. We got…

Dollars and Sense: The Fed speaks, and the markets shrug

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Money | The Fed speaks. The big news this week came out of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, held last week for two days, At the end of that meeting,

Dollars and Sense: Companies are spending money, but will consumers?

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Money | M&A news. The economic news was pretty good last week, but the stock markets’ performance was mixed. Among the positive economic news: We got more…

Dollars and Sense: Exuberant markets shrug off underemployment warnings

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Money | Markets still high. Now that we’re into June we can say May was the best month for U.S. investors since February. The Standard &Poor’s 500 rose 2.1…

Dollars and Sense: Economic rising tide or financial flash flood?

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Money | S&P setting records. The Standard and Poor’s 500, an index of the 500 largest stocks in the country, keeps setting records. The S&P 500 went above…

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