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Find out what traders should watch for during earnings season.
U.S. equities finished mixed, with the Financials sector leading the laggards, despite a sharp rise in Treasury yields, in the wake of mixed results from Dow member JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo & Company. Concerns that the Fed may need to move more aggressively down the monetary policy tightening path to combat still surging inflation pressures added to the negative sentiment. Meanwhile, investors were given a dose of disappointing economic data, headlined by a sharp drop in December retail sales, a larger-than-expected deterioration in January consumer sentiment, and a dip in industrial production. The U.S. dollar gained ground, along with crude oil prices, while gold traded modestly to the downside. Europe finished lower despite a plethora of upbeat U.K. economic data, while markets in Asia also posted losses.
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The effects of the COVID-19 virus have continued to drive—and brake—economic growth.
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The December payrolls report was mostly underwhelming and underscored persistent virus-related data distortions within the labor market.
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Despite the strong year for stocks in 2021, markets have confidently priced in some negative trends gathering more momentum in 2022 which may help markets, should trends reverse.
As we look to the new year, what can investors expect from the markets in 2022?
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Will a chip shortage give way to oversupply?
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Find out why you should have a trade plan—and the five elements that may help you put it to work successfully.
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Schwab's views on the Communication Services sector.
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Schwab's views on the Consumer Discretionary sector.
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