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PMI Services disappoints; stocks recover on Fed cut speculation

The Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers Index for Services fell to 52.6 for September, according to reports this morning, October 3. That was a drop from August's 56.4 and below the 55.0 that economists surveyed by Bloomberg had projected. That left the index still solidly in expansion territory but with suggestions of a slower […]

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Growth worries about U.S. economy mount today ahead of critical Friday jobs report

In a different environment, the disappointing jobs numbers from the private ADP employment survey and the weak quarterly sales reports from Ford and General Motors would not have taken the Standard & Poor's 500 down 1.79% and the Dow Jones Industrials lower by 1.86% today. But this news came in a context of worries about […]

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Retail sales stronger than expected–there’s hope yet of fending off a recession

Retail sales in July climbed 0.7% from June. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had predicted a 0.3% climb. Retail sales excluding autos were up 1.0% month over month. Economists had projected a 03% gain.. Nonstore retail sales (that is the Internet) were up 2.8% after a 1.9% jump in June. Food services were among the strongest […]

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The drop in job openings worries me more than an inverted yield curve

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 800.49 points today, or 3.05%; the Standard & Poor's 500 finished 2.93% lower; and the NASDAQ Composite lost 3.02%. One reason for the plunge was an intraday inversion in the Treasury yield curve with the yield on the 10-year Treasury dropping below the yield on the 2-year Treasury.(For […]

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Trick or Trend: Despite the good news from consumers, the U.S. manufacturing sector slips into a “technical recession”

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. The overall U.S. economy grew at a better than expected 2.1% year over year rate […]

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Shockingly low February jobs report this morning–but what’s the trend.

The U.S. economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported this morning. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected 173,000 jobs for the month. In January the economy added 304,000 jobs. The huge swing left economists and Wall Street analysts trying to figure out the trend. Everybody believes that the February 20,000 is […]

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The U.S. stock market starts to play the Fed game again

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Back to normal–and the market gets earnings news to worry about

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

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The big numbers this week? U.S. employment figures on Friday

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