Tue07072015

Business & Real Estate

Greece plays into short week

With the dog days of summer approaching, investors face a short workweek – the markets are closed Friday in observance of Independence Day.

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Another flat week for Dow

Stocks fell in another seesaw week, erasing any weekly gains on fears that Greece won’t reach a debt deal.

Investors are staying on the sidelines until the U.S. Federal Reserve meets this week. Investors are edgy and hope that the meeting will provide clues on the timing of an interest-rate hike. An increase in rates will tighten the flow of easy money and raise borrowing costs for companies.

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Prepare for a positive market

Last week’s stock activity was like a seesaw: up and down. When the news was lackluster, the market rallied. When the news was good, the market dropped 160 points because weekly jobless claims hit close to a 15-year low.

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Is the sell-off a wake-up call?

The most effective stock planning can’t determine every outcome, because bad days arrive on the stock market that make you check your cash position. Last week provided a great example.

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Be prepared for a correction

The stock market is exhibiting some weird behavior these days, with volatility and new highs by the day without a correction.

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S&P 500 hits record highs again

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at a record high Friday after a rough start. Investors are counting on the stock market to bounce back in 2015 like it did in 2014, despite an unexpected drop in consumer confidence.

Because of the economy’s weak first-quarter data, many forecasters expect U.S. Federal Reserve officials to wait until September to raise interest rates.

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Markets flirt with new highs

A strong employment report helped lift the stock market Friday, even after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen reported that stock valuations “generally are quite high.”

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 18,191.11 Friday, ending the week 0.9 percent higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index reached 2,116.09 – 28.09, or 1.4 percent, higher than the previous market close and a 0.4 percent gain for the week. Both are close to all-time highs and could march into record territory this week.

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