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Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Thursday brings more information on two major concerns for the U.S. market: the Federal Reserve and China. “The language in these (Fed) minutes will be important for what the Fed’s reasons were for not raising (rates) in September. The market has been very confused about the messages coming from the Fed and the data and …

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The $1.2 trillion high-yield debt market could face a double whammy as spreads tighten and investors use the corporate earnings season starting in the second week of October as an excuse to take even more profits. “I think there’s a huge story in high yield that’s been brewing for some time. Even in the non-commodities …

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Thank you, Janet Yellen, for finally taking a side and clearly stating that an interest rate hike seems likely sometime this year. And thank you for finally clarifying the sudden emphasis that was placed on developments abroad in the last FOMC statement. Specifically, thank you for this clarification: “The Committee is monitoring developments abroad, but …

Warren Buffett isn’t worried about the markets

Becky Quick tells us why Warren Buffett isn’t worried about this extreme market volatility.


With the jobs report out of the way, it’s time to look ahead. Two developments next week may impact markets: 1) China economic data, and 2) the start of the analyst conference season. Next week there will be a raft of China data that will get a high degree of scrutiny, including Trade (9/8), CPI/PPI …

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U.S. stocks closed more than 1 percent lower Friday ahead of a long weekend as uncertainty about the timing of a rate hike and Chinese economic growth continued to weigh. The major averages ended off session lows but still logged losses of about 3 percent or more for the week. “You’ve got a buyers’ strike …


U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment. The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent after a failed attempt in the minutes prior to cut some losses. The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 470 points lower, …

September market outlook

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Traders emerging from one of the most turbulent weeks for stocks in history will likely need to brace for more volatility as the Street gears up for next week’s jobs report. While stocks Friday traded within a relatively tight range and ended just around the flatline, the VIX held little changed near 26. “You can …

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Most non-Chinese don’t trade stocks in China, but the continuing crash in the Shanghai market still threatens to change their lives. The challenge is that China is the world’s largest exporter ($2.2 trillion worth in 2013) and second-largest importer ($2 trillion), so its struggles are potentially the world’s problems. Compounding the importance of China’s sheer …

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Plunging oil prices and China’s market meltdown have been cited as two big culprits behind market volatility this summer, but history shows less correlation between these markets and U.S. stocks than many investors might expect. In the case of Shanghai stocks, the S&P 500 has been very loosely correlated, but in the last several sessions …

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While many investors are pegging the global markets’ recent plunge to wild swings in Chinese equities and the drop in oil prices, strategist Jim Paulsen said Thursday there’s a more fundamental reason. “I think the drop had more to do with the vulnerabilities of the market,” Paulsen said in a CNBC “Squawk Box” interview. “We …