[BRIEFING.COM] The main U.S. indices have seen some volatility since our last update upon the release of prepared remarks from Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech on the economic outlook. The S&P 500 briefly moved into positive territory but has since faded back into the...
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Emerging Growth Stocks
Emerging Growth component Installed Building Products (IBP) reported Q1 results this morning. It was a slight beat on the top line but EPS came up a bit short. Q1 is a seasonally slow quarter for insulation installation so we would not read too much into the EPS...
The Next Big Thing
The IPO market has been quite active of late, although, many deals have been pushed back, or postponed altogether. Many of these delayed IPOs have been clinical-stage pharmaceutical or biotech companies, as investors have finally seemed to get their fill of them -- at...
At the start of every quarter, we recalibrate our economic model and plug in a series of assumptions about monthly spending trends. During periods of normal economic activity, the model tends to produce forecasts in the 2.5% – 3.5% range. That is in-line with estimates...
Ahead Of The Curve
Today’s ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court negating a 2013 law that altered Illinois state employees pension plans highlights what will become a nationwide crisis, probably in less than 20 years. Government pensions, with their comfortable retirement provisions,...
Sometimes, you just have to take what you get, and while the market hasn't given a lot this week, the little it has given so far has gone to the bulls. Entering today's session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 400, and Russell 2000...
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