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Dollars and Sense: Markets continue to soar, but reasons for caution abound

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | More records. Another week goes by, and we have another week of records for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500. The S&P…

Dollars and Sense: Janet Yellen speaks, and the markets yawn

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Bull unbound. The markets just keep rising. A couple of weeks ago we were lamenting July, when losses pretty much erased the year-to-date gains. But since the…

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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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: No stock market bubble here

By Warren Cole Smith
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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: Positive economic signs can’t erase long-term problems

By Warren Cole Smith
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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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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?

By Warren Cole Smith
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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…

Dollars and Sense: Economic growth but no big boom

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Retail regales. Last week retail was in focus. As we’ve discussed before, retail companies often have different year-ends than the Dec. 31 year-end of…

Dollars and Sense: Too much good economic news?

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Money | Unemployment uncertainty. This week’s big surprise: the unemployment number. The big question remains, what does it mean? Most analysts had expected the…

 
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