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Turbulence in emerging markets has become the main course for what has been a rather unappetizing start to 2014.
BOSTON, Jan 23- Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey is asking for more information about the business practices of Herbalife Ltd, his office said on Thursday, making him the most prominent lawmaker to call for an investigation into claims the nutrition company is running a pyramid scheme.
Chinese manufacturing dropped notably in January, with major components all logging declines.
We got an earnings report from IBM, and the picture they paint isn't pretty. The technology bellwether had a rough quarter.
IBM earnings after the close are important. They've missed the last couple times, and traders say the company may be primed for a beat.
It's bad enough to have an earnings miss, but guiding lower before earnings even come out can be a real momentum killer.
The S&P 500 closed at an historic high on Wednesday, underscoring how pullbacks remain shallow.
Decent U.S. data is leading most traders to think the economy is showing improvement, and to stock pick based on "micro" developments.
December retail sales data was actually mixed, but Internet sales are soaring.
Retailers responded to weakness last year with deep discounts and promotions. Still, the softness is creeping into January.
Macy's is becoming an innovator, but don't expect that to carry through to other retailers.
Earnings season begins with hopes for improving guidance, with the improving economy leading to a better outlook for corporate profit.
The belief that 2014 will see higher interest rates is the primary story so far.
The biggest problem with the stock market is that participants think there's something wrong if stocks don't go up every day!
We start the first full trading week of 2014 with Asia notably weaker. Overnight, Japan and China's benchmarks buckled.
Your view on how 2014 will go depends on your view on two subjects: earnings and interest rates.
Stocks begin 2014 on the downside—but some of this may be tax related. Traders say investors are reluctant to book profits.
As 2013 ends, global market indexes are basking in some fairly meaty gains. Left out of the party, however, were emerging markets.
Stocks are at new highs, with the Volatility Index near the lows for the year.
Just before Christmas, the market has been gifted with more strong economic data--this time, in the form of November durable goods.