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Stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for Wall Street Wednesday, with home sales data and a final figure for third-quarter economic growth among the main macroeconomic highlights.
Existing home sales and revisions to third-quarter GDP are among the highlights for Wednesday's stock market, which could continue its quiet drift higher.
Many see the S&P 500 scoring double-digit gains next year, finishing at 1400 or higher, because of a better economy, better earnings, better tone from Washington, and a better case for equities versus bonds.
Whether it's restaurants, software, retail or autos, these are the quarters to watch.
Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.
Stocks ended positive, with the Nasdaq reaching a three-year high, despite a disappointing employment report as investors found comfort in other economic news and in expectations the jobs figures would push the Federal Reserve to continue efforts to stimulate the economy.
Stocks turned positive despite disappointing employment news as investors found comfort in other economic news and in expectations the jobs figures would mean the Federal Reserve will continue with efforts to stimulate the economy. DuPont and Bank of America rose, while AT&T fell.
Stocks traded mixed after news the jobs picture hasn't improved despite a string of more hopeful economic data, and despite a report the services sector continued to grow in November. AT&T and JPMorgan fell, while DuPont and Alcoa rose.
What follows is a look at stocks in the S&P 500 displaying unusual volume in today's trading session.
Trading was focused yesterday on the November 60 calls, where more than 3,600 were bought for $0.55 to $0.65 at more than double the open interest.
Although retailers are expected to report monthly sales gains that are below last year's levels, there are still expected to be some bright spots in the report that bode well for the upcoming Christmas holiday shopping season.
A confluence of economic and market conditions make them an excellent option for diversifying a portfolio: low interest rates, a strong potential for inflation, lots of available capital and real estate bargains.
As stocks ended off session highs Wednesday, the traders discussed some stocks that caught their attention.
After a couple of great recent reports, Cramer thinks it might be.
Stocks closed near the highs of an upbeat session as investors gained confidence in the strengthening U.S. economy and the likelihood the Federal Reserve will resume quantitative easing. Boeing and Bank of America rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks advanced across-the-board Tuesday ahead of the closing bell as investors gained confidence in the strengthening U.S. economy and the likelihood the Federal Reserve will resume quantitative easing. Boeing and Bank of America rose, while American Express fell.
Stocks continued to add to gains after a report that the service sector grew more than expected, and that new orders and hiring in the sector are on the rise. Caterpillar and DuPont rose, while Amex fell.
The Bank of Japan cut interest rates ... to a range of zero to 0.1 percent, from 0.1 percent (seriously)...and pledged to keep rates at "virtually zero" until deflation has ended.
Stock index futures pointed to a higher open after the Bank of Japan cut interest rates and pledged to keep rates at zero until prices stabilize.
Well, at least one of them has had a tremendous amount of good fortune lately by playing long and short positions against each other on drug store chain Walgreen and pocketing nearly half a million dollars in profit.