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Stock Market Today

Tuesday, August 4 2015

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Stock Market Today: August 3, 2015

Harvey S. Katz, Adam Rosner, William G. Ferguson | 08/03/2015

The month of August, a seasonably warm month for much of the United States, did not get off to a very hot start for those long equities. In fact, it was a difficult day for stocks, led lower by the long-struggling commodities stocks.

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Manufacturing Slows Its Rate Of Growth In July

Harvey S. Katz | 08/03/2015

The manufacturing sector slowed its rate of growth in July, with its closely watched survey securing a score of 52.7. Now, while that result was clearly in expansionary territory, as the survey exceeded the dividing line between a contracting and a growing industrial sector of 50.0, the outcome was disappointing, as it fell shy of the 53.5 reading tallied in June and expectations for July of 53.5.

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Dogs of the Dow Midyear Review

Mario Ferro | 07/27/2015

Although the year has been notable for the major indexes hitting new all-time nominal highs, stocks have had a tough time staying in positive territory. Among the factors making up this year’s “wall of worry” have been low oil prices, debt woes in Greece, and the Federal Reserve’s imminent first step toward monetary tightening. As it pertains to the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, a 2.5% dip in June landed the index 1.3 percentage points in the red for the year to date. Meanwhile, the Dogs of the Dow have largely underperformed, beating their benchmark index in only two out of six months in the first half. June marked a second-consecutive month of losses for the mutts. But, on the whole, they were not trailing by an exceedingly wide margin at the half.

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