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Stocks look for direction as investors remain focused on trade.
While all eyes are on estimated sales throughout December, sector performance for the month is historically not impressive.
Energy market expectations for further production curbs to be announced by OPEC this week have boosted Crude prices.
The market is a fickle beast—reacting strongly to some actions from Washington while shrugging off others. So what should investors focus on?
Market valuation is always a factor; but often misunderstood is the vastness of the spectrum of metrics, and the sentiment nature of valuation.
As we head into 2020, investors should be cautious in assuming that the return of central bank balance sheet growth means stocks will follow along.
Neither the US nor China seem to know what they want with regard to a phase-one trade deal; one day we’re close to a deal; the next day we’re not. With these endless day-to-day gyrations, it’s no wonder traders can’t decide how to position themselves; precisely why the indicators are literally all over the map. With much lower trade volumes likely due to the shortened holiday week, traders should be on high alert for potentially larger price swings and higher volatility.
The media scrutinizes the Fed’s every move. But what do investors really need to know about the Federal Reserve’s impact on their fixed income portfolios?
Can trading volume indicate entry and exit points? What does it signal in different market conditions? Explore volume as part of your trading strategy today.
U.S. stocks have broken out of their post-January 2018 trading range and it’s worth a look at sentiment and whether elevated optimism represents a near-term risk.
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