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Showing up for the first trading day of the New Year is a little like arriving for the first day of school. Good grades from last year no longer count, and the books are no longer relevant. That feeling is especially strong when the old year rang in some very comfortable double digit gains for stocks, and the path to the next year's profits is not so clear. The first week of 2007 is awash in data, including the Friday jobs report, auto sales, retailers'.....
U.S. loan issuance soared to a record $1.67 trillion in 2006 as mergers and leveraged buyouts spurred new sales of loans and high-yield bonds, with J.P. Morgan leading the pack.
The latest Russell Investment Management survey is out and it shows that the lion's share of money managers are bullish for the new year. Randy Lert is chief portfolio strategist for Russell Investment Group. He was on Morning Call to discuss the survey results with Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Junk bonds are known for being one of the riskiest investment vehicles available. It’s interesting to note then that $100 invested in 1987 in both the S&P 500 and the Bear Sterns Junk Bond Index would garner the same return – with less volatility. At the turn of the century, the S&P jumped during the dot-com boom, then crashed back to the same level as the junk bond market.
Here are the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers for November: unchanged--which is far better than the 0.2% increase than many economists had expected. The core rate--which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors--was also unchanged. Economists had been looking for a 0.2% increase there as well...
It's a big day for the Federal Reserve as they hold their last meeting of the year. Their statement comes out around 2:15 p.m. ET--but we'll have outlooks from analysts before then. And we'll have reaction to what they do. Among the scheduled guests for post Fed statement release: Bill Gross from Pimco. He'll be on "Street Signs."
Good morning. Our quote of the day comes from Thomas Jefferson: "You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart." The economic calendar will get attention today as the revised Q3 Productivity--Factory Orders and ISM Services reports are due to be released.
The yield curve has not been this inverted (where short term interest rates are higher than long term) since December of 2000--and the last time around--that level of inversion foreshadowed a steep decline in the equity market.