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"People Buy Payments" & Why Rates CAN'T Rise

In 1968 the average American family maintained a mortgage payment, as a percent of real disposable personal income (DPI), of about 7%. Back then, in order to buy a home, you were required to have skin in the game with a 20% down payment. Today, assuming that an individual puts down 20% for a house, their mortgage payment would consume more than 23% of real DPI. In reality, since many of the mortgages done over the last decade required little or no money down, that number is actually substantially higher. You get the point. With real disposable incomes...

Financial Advisors Are Curious About These 5 Stocks

Even though last week was shorter due to the 4th of July celebrations, it was still eventful. On Wednesday afternoon, the Fed released minutes from its last FOMC meeting, which showed that the Committee is still committed to continue gradually increasing interest rates...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

After the US economy showed a growth of 2.9% in the third quarter, topping the expectations of 2.5% investors became more convinced that the Fed will raise the interest rates this year. Even though stock futures had a positive reaction to the data released on October 28 in pre-market trading, in intraday trading both Dow Jones and S&P 500 inched down.
Nevertheless, the spotlight is focused on the earnings season as it could be seen by looking at TrackStar’s last-week compilation of the 20 most searched tickers among financial advisors. Affected by disappointing results by a number of companies, S&P 500 lost around 0.70% between Monday and Friday, while Dow Jones ended the week slightly in the green.
The data presented by TrackStar, the official newsletter of Investing Channel’s Intuition division, showed Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) as the most searched tickers in the trading week between October 24 and October 28...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The earnings season is in full swing, determining the trends that the indexes follow on a day-to-date basis. In this way, during the trading week between October 17 and October 21, the S&P 500 inched up by 0.38%, while Dow Jones advanced by 0.67 and NASDAQ appreciated by 0.83%. Last week, FactSet issued its “Earnings Insight” report, in which it stated that based on 23% of the S&P 500 companies that had reported their third-quarter earnings, 78% managed to beat the top-line estimates, while 65% posted better-than-expected revenues.
Several M&A deals that have been announced recently also had an impact on the stock market. With most experts considering that the Fed will hike the interest rates until the end of the year, some investors are worried about the impact it will have on the...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The US stock marked had a rough last week with both Dow Jones and S&P 500 declining by 0.50% and 0.96% respectively. The decline was mainly attributed to a disappointing start of the earnings season. The earnings are likely to determine the course of the market in the next weeks, although the upcoming elections will likely also have a say in where things are going. Investors are also looking forward to the start of the holiday season, which is expected to have a positive impact on retailers, although much of the gains are most likely already priced in. The release of the FOMC minutes last week also showed strong prospects of a rate hike in December and on Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen held a speech suggesting that the Fed may have to run a "high-pressure economy” in order to turn around the damages created by the last financial crisis...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The fourth quarter is turning to be pretty eventful for the US, with the upcoming elections bringing up scandalous moments from the candidates’ past, with some even provoking disgust among both voters, politicians and experts. Hurricane Matthew raged across the Western Atlantic, last week affecting parts of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and taking 39 lives, although the damages are not as bad as they are in other regions, particularly Haiti, which was the most affected. The stock market also inched down in the first weeks of trading in October, dragged lower by some developments that transitioned from the previous month, such as the hack at Yahoo, fake accounts at Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank’s settlement with the DoJ.
Last week alone, the S&P 500 edged down by 0.70% and Dow Jones Industrial Average inched 0.40% lower. Both indexes were affected by the release of the non-farm payroll data by...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The US stock market ended in the green the last week of the third quarter with the S&P 500 up by 0.17% and Dow Jones gaining 0.26%. Among the catalysts behind the appreciation is the boost registered by oil prices in the second half of the week, on the back of OPEC countries reaching a deal to limit production output at its meeting on November 30. The countries agreed to limit production between 32.5 million and 33 million barrels per day and will decide on the production levels for each member country during the November policy meeting.
Meanwhile, investors are bracing for a new round of earnings and analysts expect that overall S&P 500 third-quarter earnings will inch down slightly, pushed lower by bottom-line declines among oil companies, but lifted by increases in materials, healthcare and technology sectors...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The US stock market received a major boost last week on the back of the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to leave the interest rates unchanged. Even though, the Fed lowered the expectations for rate hikes in the next couple of years, it is still highly anticipated that the rates will be increased by the end of the year. The FOMC expressed its confidence in the labor market, but pointed out that the inflation rate is still below the 2% and stated that the economic growth is still not strong enough to justify an increase in interest rates. As the market was uplifted following the FOMC statement, the S&P 500 ended the last trading week with gains of over 1.10%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up by around 0.90%.
Let’s turn our attention to individual stocks that were in the spotlight of financial advisors last week, according to TrackStar, the official newsletter of Investing Channel’s Intuition division...

20 Stocks Matter Most to Financial Advisors

The US stock market lost ground during the shortened trading week between September 6 and September 9 as investors were still unsure whether or not the Fed will raise the interest rates at the FOMC meeting scheduled later this month. On Thursday, well-known investor Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, said during an investor webcast that the Fed intends to show that they are not depending on the market in decision-making and are likely to hike the interest rates when the market does not expect it. The information may have spooked investors both Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 indexes slipped on Friday and ended the week with losses of 2.2% and 1.98%, respectively. On the other hand, on Tuesday the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index data showed a drop to 51.4 in August from 55.5 a month earlier and lower than the expected 55.0, which the market took as a sign that the...

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