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Administrator - Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:50

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Gold closes above $1,200 as dollar’s recovery wanes
Gold settled higher on Wednesday as the dollar pared gains after weaker than expected U.S. economic data, although stronger European shares limited the upside.

Spot gold, lower initially, closed up $8.70 at $1,201.3 an ounce. It had fallen as much as 1.2 percent to a two-week low of $1,183.68 on Tuesday.

The dollar cut initial gains and was unchanged against a basket of currencies, after data showed U.S. industrial output fell 0.6 percent in March.

“The dollar’s retreat is mainly due to the weak U.S. economic data …as long as we have weak economic figures out of the U.S., it is less likely that the Fed will start raising interest rates sooner rather than later,” Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said.


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U.S. stocks advance; Russell 2000 hits record
Wednesday’s gains on Wall Street sent key U.S. stock indexes close to record levels, as better-than-expected earnings and a jump in oil prices invigorated stock market bulls.
Small-cap stocks led the rally, with the Russell 2000 closing at a fresh record.

Broadly, investors appeared to have brushed off weaker-than-expected economic reports, while the ECB’s success rolling out its quantitative-easing program over the past month has provided a favorable backdrop for global stocks.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.51%  closed 10.78 points, or 0.5%, higher at 2,106.62, within striking distance from the record level reached in March. Energy stocks rallied more than 2% following a nearly 6% jump by crude-oil futures, which settled at the highest level this year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.42%  added 75.71 points, or 0.4%, to 18,112.41, wit more than two-thirds of its 30 components finishing with gains.

The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.68%  ended the session up 33.73 points, or 0.7%, to 5,011.02.

James Abate, chief investment officer at Centre Funds, with over $1 billion in assets under management, said companies so far are beating or meeting lowered expectations, driving bullish sentiment.

“The main reason equity markets are inching higher in an environment where the economic growth is decelerating and earnings falling, is because of monetary policy of abundant liquidity from the ECB, Bank of Japan and even the Federal Reserve,” Abate said.

“So far in the earnings season, 35 of 37 companies on the S&P 500 either beat or met expectations,” Abate said. Most estimates for quarterly results had been lowered heading into this earnings period, Abate noted. “Companies have become very adept at boosting their earnings per share by cutting cost, managing taxes and share buybacks,” he said.

Investors also dismissed weaker-than-expected manufacturing data released ahead of the opening bell.

In economic news, the Empire State manufacturing index plunged, falling to a negative reading, while, industrial production fell by more than expected in March. Both reports suggested a deceleration in economic growth. Meanwhile, a gauge of confidence among home builders rose in April, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing-market index released Wednesday.

4/13 Gold settle below $1,200 as investors look for Fed rate-hike hints

Administrator - Monday, 13 April 2015 02:53

S&P pullback may be investors’ last chance
As much as the market rallied this past week, we still have not seen dissipation of the bearishness in the financial media. Most seem way too focused on corporate earnings, and believe that will be the next shoe to drop, and cause the market to drop.


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Gold settle below $1,200 as investors look for Fed rate-hike hints
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures settled back below $1,200 an ounce Monday, taking a cue from a rising dollar as investors weigh the timing of an interest-rate increase by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Gold futures for June delivery GCM5, -0.44%  fell $5.30, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,199.30 an ounce on Comex following a 0.3% gain last week. May silver SIK5, -0.59%  fell 9.1 cents, or 0.6%, to $16.291 an ounce.

Gold is in a “continuous seesaw,” struggling to stay above $1,200, a critical psychological level, said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade. The metal, however, still holds key support at $1,180, he said.

Looking ahead, Aslam said major events this week that can “bring more clarity in terms of a Fed rate hike decision” are reports on producer prices and retail sales on Tuesday as well as speeches by the FOMC members, including Richard Fed President Jeffrey Lacker on Wednesday and Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer on Thursday. See economic calendar.

Expectations for a Fed rate hike later this summer are keeping a lid on gold futures. A move toward higher rates is seen supporting the dollar and pushing up bond yields. Higher U.S. bond yields can be a negative for gold, since the commodity offers no yield.

But strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch contend near-term pressure on gold could soon give way to a bull market once the Fed finally pulls the trigger on rates.

Government bond yields across much of Europe are near zero or in negative territory, a factor seen as supportive of gold since a yield of zero is superior to a negative yield.

“Despite falling and negative rates in large parts of the world, a sustained rally has so far not happened, because the Fed has remained steadfast on normalizing policy rates, with all the implications this has, for instance on the U.S. dollar,” the B. of A. Merrill strategists wrote.

They argue the U.S. economic recovery, however, isn’t as robust as thought and that the Fed’s policy tightening will be delayed and relatively muted, which will then allow gold to break out of its recent range and rise to $1,500 an ounce by 2017.

4/06 Stocks end higher as jobs report seen delaying rate hike

Administrator - Monday, 6 April 2015 07:48

Crude oil, US dollar could drive stocks on Tuesday


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Stocks end higher as jobs report seen delaying rate hike
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks erased early losses to finish with solid gains Monday, as the Dow industrials rose nearly 120 points.

The stock market’s switch to rally mode was attributed to bets that the Federal Reserve will move more slowly in raising interest rates given Friday’s disappointing jobs report.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.66% rose 13.66 points, or 0.7%, to end at 2,080.62, with energy stocks XLE, -0.04%  performing best as crude-oil prices jumped. The benchmark is up 1.1% for the year and stands 1.7% off its March 2 record close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.66% gained 117.61 points, or 0.7%, to close at 17,880.85 after dropping more than 100 points out of the gate. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.62% added 30.38 points, or 0.6%, to finish at 4,917.32.

The “dismal” jobs report, which came out while the market was closed for Good Friday, and a Monday speech by New York Fed President William Dudley helped stocks advance, said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. Dudley reiterated the central bank’s mantra that it will be data dependent in deciding when to raise rates, Cardillo told MarketWatch.

“That renews the theme of lower interest rates for six to nine months,” Cardillo said.

The disappointing jobs report could result in a “Goldilocks” period for investors, said Michael Jones, chairman and chief investment officer at RiverFront Investment Group, in a note Monday. “We believe that financial markets, perhaps after some volatility, will eventually celebrate the combination of economic growth hot enough to avoid recession, but not hot enough to force the Fed to tighten policy in the near future,” Jones said. Market watchers also talked about Goldilocks-type economic data last year and in 2013.


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Gold attracts buyers on tepid economic data
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold prices shot higher on Monday, supported by Friday’s surprisingly weak jobs report.

June gold GCM5, -0.25%  rose $17.70, or 1.5%, to settle at $1,218.60 an ounce. May silver SIK5, -0.82%  added 41 cents, or 2.5%, to $17.11 an ounce.

Major markets were closed on Friday as the U.S. reported a far smaller increase in jobs in March than analysts had expected.

On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management said its nonmanufacturing index fell to 56.5% in March from 56.9% in February, indicating the service sector grew at a slower pace.

Investors believe weak economic data will forestall an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, which is a boon for gold, as the metal is often used as a hedge against inflation.

“With concerns about the amount of gold reserves, expectations for huge Asian demand around the corner and a U.S. stock market that is vulnerable for a turn, gold could be looking relatively cheap now compared to what could lie ahead,” Kira Brecht wrote on Kitco.

Still, the big move higher on gold could be signaling an “immediate-term overbought” on the commodity, said Keith McCullough, chief executive officer at Hedgeye Risk Management.

In other metals trading, May copper HGK5, -0.09%  fell 2 cents to $2.72 a pound. July platinum PLN5, -0.30% surged $25.90, or 2.2%, to $1,180.40 an ounce, while June palladium PAM5, +0.06%  tacked on $22.50, or 3%, to $768.80 an ounce.

3/30 U.S. stocks rally; Dow jumps 264 points

Administrator - Monday, 30 March 2015 06:35

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U.S. stocks rally; Dow jumps 264 points
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — U.S. stocks ended Monday’s session with solid gains, as hopes for monetary stimulus form China’s central bank and a flurry of acquisition activity boosted confidence. The main indexes recorded their second-straight session of gains. The S&P 500 SPX, +1.22% closed 25.22 points, or 1.2%, higher at 2,086.24. Energy stocks led the gains, rallying more than 2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.49% jumped 263.65 points, or 1.5% to 17,976.31. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.15% ended the session up 56.22 points, or 1.2%, to 4,947.44.


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Gold settles 1.3% lower as dollar, equities climb
Friday’s jobs report is key to this week’s numbers flow
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures settled lower for a second session on Monday as strength in the dollar and a rally in equities drew investors away from the precious metals market.

Gold for April delivery GCJ5, +0.08%  shed $15, or 1.3%, to settle at $1,184.80 an ounce on Comex. May silver SIK5, +0.28%  lost 39.5 cents, or 2.3%, to $16.674 an ounce.

“Gold is struggling with rally fade once again with the shine being taken off by prevailing dollar strength,” said Ross Norman, chief executive officer at Sharps Pixley.

Prices for the metal fell on Friday following a seven-session streak of gains. During its climbing streak, gold tallied a total gain of 4.9% thanks to weakness in the stock market and uncertainty overseas.

U.S. equities on Monday rallied amid dovish comments from China’s central-bank chief. The U.S. dollar DXY, +0.00%  also strengthened, luring more investors away from the yellow metal.

For now, the gold market is “supported by good buying on price dips, but it is proving insufficient to drive the market beyond overhead chart resistance points — such as $1,198 and the psychologically important $1,200 level,” said Norman.


Oil could fall below $30 a barrel, but here’s why that’s a good thing
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)—Oil futures could tumble as far as the mid-$20s before bottoming. But if history is a guide, that could be a positive scenario for stocks as corporate earnings and consumers reap the benefit of lower energy prices, said Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners.

But first, Minerd sees little reason to expect a significant near-term rebound for oil prices.

The supply-demand dynamics remain decidedly unfavorable, he said in a meeting with reporters Monday, particularly with storage capacity at the Cushing, Okla., delivery hub likely to run out in coming weeks. That will put even more crude on the spot market. He also isn’t convinced rig counts have fallen far enough to stop U.S. oil production from rising.

From a technical standpoint, the next stop for oil could be around $34 a barrel, he said, and “could possibly break into something in the mid-$20s.” Nymex West Texas Intermediate futures CLK5, -0.08%  closed at $48.68 a barrel on Monday, down 19 cents. Oil traded above $107 a barrel in June 2014 before beginning a steep plunge.

It’s no surprise that the drop has been tough on the energy sector, while broader indexes have at times rallied on the prospect of cheaper energy prices and at other times dropped in lock step with crude.

All in all, oil weakness should be a positive for U.S. equities, Minerd said, drawing a parallel with 1986, when the beneficial effects of a plunge in oil helped stocks rally even as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.

That year, Nymex crude oil prices plunged more than 60% in the first quarter as investors came to terms with a global oil glut, ending the first three months of that year at $10.42 a barrel. Crude clawed back less than half of those losses first-quarter losses, ending 1986 with an annual loss of nearly 32%.

Stocks rallied in 1986 but posted a third-quarter pullback of 7.8% before ending the year with a 14.6% annual gain and then adding another 20.5% in the first quarter of 1987. (Stocks famously crashed in October 1987, leaving the S&P 500 to eke out a 2% annual gain for the year.)

In an echo of 1986, Minerd said he sees an eventual bottom in oil having a positive impact on equities in terms of earnings and a “positive feedback loop” to consumers, who will benefit from lower energy prices.

3/29 Everything in the economy’s slowing down except for job creation

Administrator - Sunday, 29 March 2015 08:35

AAR, Cal-Maine, American Realty Capital earnings in focus:


Everything in the economy’s slowing down except for job creation


WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy has slowed down by almost every measure except for perhaps the most crucial one: jobs.
Sales at retailers have been soft, manufacturers are growing more slowly and business investment has fallen six straight months, a batch of recent reports show. No matter. Companies continue to hire at the fastest pace in 15 years, with little sign they are ready to apply the brakes.

The willingness of companies to hire and to shun layoffs might be a sign they expect the economy to speed up again in the spring. The first quarter may have been held back by headwinds that are short-lived, such as heavy snowfall, a soaring dollar and a plunge in oil prices that forced companies in the fast-growing U.S. energy sector to retrench.

Yet if the pace of hiring also slackens, beware. Wall Street could get knocked for a loop and the Federal Reserve would almost certainly push back the timing of its first interest-rate increase in years.

But that’s not what investors expect when the latest monthly employment report is issued on Friday. In March, the U.S. likely added a healthy 255,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate holding at a seven-year low of 5.5%, according to economists surveyed by MarketWatch. That would be just a touch slower than the 288,000 average gain from December through February.

“On the bright side, labor markets continue to improve,” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors. Case in point: Jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, have been under the key 300,000 threshold for three straight weeks and remain near a 15-year low.

The strong run of job creation is also expected to help lift consumer spending in February and keep consumer confidence near a postrecession high. They are part of a data deluge this week in the runup to employment report.

Even another strong job gain, however, probably won’t be enough to soothe heightened anxiety about the slowdown in the economy early in the new year.

An ultra-strong dollar that makes exports more expensive and harder to sell probably will remain a mild drag on U.S. growth for months to come, for one thing. Consumers are also still cautious even though lower gasoline prices and an improved labor market have lifted their confidence to a postrecession high.

The puzzling lack of business investment is another reason to fret.

Scott Anderson, chief economist of Bank of the West, points out that the level of manufacturing inventories relative to shipments of goods has climbed to the highest level since the Great Recession. If manufacturers have increased inventories faster than they can sell their products, they’ll have to cut back on production for several months to work off the excess.

“Manufacturers may have made some misjudgments about future demand,” he said.

If Anderson is right, factory orders in February and pair of surveys of manufacturing executives this week should supply some evidence.


10 retailers closing the most stores
With the growth of e-commerce still outpacing the overall growth of retail sales, retailers are continuing to close brick-and-mortar outlets. While total U.S. retail sales grew 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter in 2013, e-commerce sales jumped 14.6% in the fourth quarter. One year earlier, total sales grew 3.8% year-over-year, while e-commerce sales increased 16.0%. As e-commerce increasingly grabs a larger share of retail sales, several major retailers are reducing their physical presence, including department stores and specialty retailers such as clothing stores, bookstores and electronics outlets. Some retailers saw sales reduced due to strategic mistakes or consolidation through mergers and still others due to overexpansion. To identify the companies closing the most stores, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed large U.S. retailers that have announced store closings for 2015, or that are in the process of multiyear plans to reduce their physical footprints. Company earnings, store and employee counts, as well as other financial information came from the companies’ SEC filings. These are the 10 retailers closing the most stores.


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Health care, financial stocks looking best going into tough earnings season
S&P 500 earnings expected to come in 4.6% lower than a year ago


 SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Health care and financial earnings are looking to be some of the relatively few bright spots in what promises to be a dreary reporting season.

Stocks are getting hit hard as the first quarter draws to a close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.19% the S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.24% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.57%  all finished down more than 2% last week. On Friday, government data showed the rise in fourth-quarter GDP unchanged at 2.2% and the first decline in quarterly profits since 2008.

What’s more, U.S. stocks are starting the year with $44 billion less in investment capital, the biggest outflow since 2009.

Over the first quarter, projected earnings for the S&P 500 went from forecast growth of 4.2% to a decline of 4.6%, in large part because earnings declines in the energy sector widened considerably, according to John Butters, senior earnings analyst at FactSet.

In fact, forecasts over the quarter did not improve for any one sector, with the tech, consumer staples, and materials sectors all swinging from projected gains to declines over the quarter.

That leaves health care, financials, consumer discretionary, and industrials as the only sectors left expected to post earnings gains this season.

With guidance fairly negative this earnings season, the least negative guidance is coming out of the health care and financials sector, according to FactSet. Of financial companies providing guidance, 33% expect to top the Wall Street consensus, and 20% of health care companies expect to do the same. In contrast, only 16% of companies in the S&P 500 have provided a forecast that tops estimates

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