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Stock Market Today

December 17, 2018

Following an up-and-down, in-and-out, and altogether unsettlingfirst four days of this final full-week of 2018, the stock market beganFriday's session notably to the downside. As the final bell sounded, the major market averages settled in near the day's lows on those off-shore economic worries. Now a new week begins, and one that will be dominated by news from the FederalReserve, as the central bank will be meeting this week to decide on interest-rate policy. As to the day ahead, shares were higher in Asia overnight, while in Europe, the major bourses are trading lower at this hour. In other markets, oil prices are up, but Treasury note yields are slightly lower. Finally, ahead of trading here, our equity futures are poised for a lower openingRead more

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Telecom Services

Research Staff | 05/24/2018

Within the global Telecommunications Services Industry, investors will find equity selections for income, growth and income, and growth. Also, speculative opportunities arise during periods of merger and acquisition activity. Major business segments include wireline, wireless, broadband, and enterprise services. The industry has a history of regulation. In recent years, deregulation has been in vogue, but telecom authorities still make their presence known, from time to time.

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Internet

Research Staff | 05/24/2018

The Internet Industry consists of companies that provide a wide variety of products and services primarily online through their Web sites. Operations include, but are not limited to, search engines, retailers, travel services, as well as dial-up and broadband access services. As product offerings can vary widely within the industry, participants don't all compete with each other.

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Foreign Electronics

Research Staff | 05/24/2018

The Foreign Electronics Industry is comprised almost exclusively of Japanese companies. These firms, which possess some of the world's oldest and most recognizable brand names, have their roots in the electronics business. But many, during the boom times of the 1980s, acquired entertainment outfits in order to benefit from the marriage between consumer content and audio-visual hardware and software. The companies here are a diverse mix, marketing everything from copy machines, digital cameras and flat-panel televisions to power plants and blockbuster Hollywood-style movi

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    Stock Market Today:

    December 17, 2018

    Harvey S. Katz, CFA | 12/17/2018
    Following an up-and-down, in-and-out, and altogether unsettlingfirst four days of this final full-week of 2018, the stock market beganFriday's session notably to the downside. As the final bell sounded, the major market averages settled in near the day's lows on those off-shore economic worries. Now a new week begins, and one that will be dominated by news from the FederalReserve, as the central bank will be meeting this week to decide on interest-rate policy. As to the day ahead, shares were higher in Asia overnight, while in Europe, the major bourses are trading lower at this hour. In other markets, oil prices are up, but Treasury note yields are slightly lower. Finally, ahead of trading here, our equity futures are poised for a lower opening.
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    Stock Market Today:

    December 14, 2018

    Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John E. Seibert III | 12/14/2018
    Today’s stock market trading was rather unsettling, as the indices primarily fell on weaker economic growth prospects abroad. Indeed, China’s economy showed another sign of weakening in its industrial production output, while the Eurozone PMI fell to its lowest level in four years. The Dow Jones industrial Average headed lower in the early part of the trading session, and made a series of lower highs and lower lows throughout the course of the day.
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    Stock Market Today:

    December 13, 2018

    Harvey S. Katz, CFA and John Seibert III | 12/13/2018
    The markets started trading higher in the futures market, as news that China’s government had bought around 500,000 tons of soybeans from the United States broke. This represented the first major purchase from that country in several months, and caused investor sentiment to improve concerning a trade deal between the two countries. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by around 215 points in early market trading, while the S&P 500 added 19 points. However, sentiment trailed off during the session, and the indices made a series of lower highs and lower lows, causing the markets to give up much of the day’s gains.
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