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Weekly Trader's Outlook

Equities rally despite higher rates and a historically strong labor market.

Schwab Market Update: Stocks Lower Amid Key Labor Report and Corporate Data

U.S. equities declined in a choppy trading session following a stronger-than-expected January labor report, and some uninspiring earnings results from mega-cap stocks.

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks mixed as investors digest strong employment data, earnings.

Looking to the Futures: Live Cattle Rallies on Inventory Report

The April Live Cattle futures, LCJ23, rallied as traders digested the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Cattle inventory report. LCJ23 closed at $1.63825 per pound, up $.016 per pound from previous close.

Stocks Lower Amid Key Labor Report and Corporate Data

U.S. equities declined in a choppy trading session following a stronger-than-expected January labor report, and some uninspiring earnings results from mega-cap stocks.

The Difference Between Public & Private Companies

What's the difference between publicly traded versus privately held companies, and why do public companies sometimes return to private?

Stocks Mixed Amid Central Bank Rate Hikes out of Europe

U.S. stocks ended the day mixed, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq adding to yesterday's rally that came as the Fed hiked rates by a decelerated amount and suggested that it may be nearing the end of its tightening cycle.

Fed Chair Comments Boost Stocks

U.S. equities came well off the lows of the day to finish higher, as investors shook off the Fed's decision to raise rates for a seventh time.

Waiting for the End…Just Not Yet

Though the Fed is close to the end of its rate-hiking cycle, additional increases in the fed funds rate are still likely, albeit less aggressive in magnitude.

Stocks Finish Lower as Markets Await a Busy Week

U.S. stocks declined, trimming a strong start to 2023, as investors prepared for a busy week full of earnings data, economic reports, and monetary policy decisions.