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Stocks Edge Lower After Yellen, But Bank Stocks Rise – Yahoo Finance

Brent crude lost 1 percent as rising supplies from Libya overshadowed renewed violence in the country. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.26 points, or 0.03 percent, to 17,060.68, the S&P 500 lost 3.82 points, or 0.19 percent, to 1,973.28, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 24.03 points, or 0.54 percent, to 4,416.39. The MSCI World Index fell 0.3 percent while European shares ended down 0.4 percent, pressured by a drop in Germany’s ZEW index of economic sentiment. The MSCI International ACWI Price Index fell 0.25 percent. BANK EARNINGS While Yellen’s comments were the day’s primary driver, financial shares helped major indexes recover from early losses.(Full Story) Both JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs rose after their results.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/asian-shares-firm-count-feds-003105613.html

Stocks Extend Winning Streak as Earnings, M&A Activity Continues to Buoy Wall Street – NASDAQ.com

Reynolds American ( RAI ) agreed to acquire its rival Lorillard ( LO ) for $27.4 billion, creating the second largest tobacco company in the U.S. The two companies will sell their Kool, Salem, Winston, Maverick and blu e-cigarette brands to British-based Imperial Tobacco Group ( ITYBF ) for $7.1 billion. British American Tobacco ( BTI ) will maintain its 42% stake in Reynolds. Reynolds American fell $4.34 to end at $58.84 while Lorillard finished $7.05 lower at $60.17 — a 10.5% loss.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/hot-stock-minute/stocks—–170717119.html

Stocks End Mostly in Red After Yellen, Earnings, Data – Yahoo Finance

Each reading came in ahead of Wall Street forecasts. The firm saw a drop in revenue in its fixed-income, currencies, and commodities trading revenue, but that decline was not out of line with industry peers. Goldman saw improvement in its investment-banking and lending divisions. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported strong second-quarter results that exceeded both Morningstar analysts’ and consensus expectations largely because of stronger-than-expected pharmaceutical sales. In particular, sales of hepatitis C drug Olysio significantly outperformed expectations.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-end-mostly-red-yellen-202000326.html

Stocks finish mixed; Yellen’s comments hurt biotech and social media shares | Hot Stock Minute – Yahoo Finance

The Fed’s Beige Book showed a pickup in economic activity overall and a stronger labor market. Manufacturing, consumer spending and tourism were the strongest sectors, while New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco regions were the strongest regions. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was back on Capitol Hill today for her second day of testimony to Congress. Yellen didnt rock U.S stocks to buy the boat when it came to equity valuations, like she did on Tuesday. However, she defended the central bank’s independence when grilled by Republican lawmakers about legislation to make the Fed more transparent. Time Warner ( TWX) shares gained 17%, or $12.12, $83.13 after the media conglomerate said it rejected an $80 billion takeover offer from Rupert Murdochs 21stCentury Fox ( FOXA ). IBM ( IBM ) shares rose $3.87 to $192.36 while Apple ( AAPL ) shares fell 54 cents to $94.78 after the former rivals announced they would join forces to develop apps for iPhones and iPads to sell to business customers.The news of the partnership drove down shares of Blackberry ( BBRY ) down by $1.33, or 11.8%, to $9.97.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/hot-stock-minute/stocks-end——-173754299.html

Stocks end higher; the Dow sets another record close | Hot Stock Minute – Yahoo Finance

Energy stocks were outperforming due to a bounce in oil prices while tech issues were getting a bounce from better-than-expected earnings from Intel ( INTC ), but interest-rate sensitive sectors were again being weighed down by recent gains in Treasury yields and expectations for higher U.S. interest rates. The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Copyright (C) 2014 MTNewswires.com. All rights reserved.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/stocks-extend-winning-streak-as-earnings-ma-activity-continues-to-buoy-wall-street-cm370595

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Etf Asset Report For The First Half Of 2014 – Yahoo Finance

The non-energy oriented companies enjoying partnership taxation treatment get an entry pass to the index. KKR & Co LP, Blackstone Group LP and Lazard Ltd are the top three holdings of the index, with each accounting for about 10%. The fund charges about 85 bps a year which is reasonable either from an MLP ETFs point of view or from the leveraged ETFs’ standpoint. Notably, the average expense ratio in the MLP ETF space is 80 bps while the same for leveraged space stands at 92 bps, as per ETFdb.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/leveraged-etf-launch-non-energy-mlp-etn-hits-market-etf-news-and-commentary-cm367719

New Iowa law allows for additional future votes to increase Iowa corn checkoff | Fox Business

The top-and-bottom five asset generators/losers in the first half of 2014 are given below. Developed markets were the star performers in terms of asset gathering with these five ETFs seeing maximum inflows: Top Gainers in 1H14 ($, Million) Ticker VEA-Developed Markets Developed markets won investors faith the most in the first half of the year. A super easy monetary policy prevailing in most developed nations ranging from the U.S. to Japan and Europe bolstered the respective equity link markets.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/etf-asset-report-first-half-195022971.html

Bond ETF Strategies to Shield Against Rising Rates – Yahoo Finance

Checkoff funds have been used to promote ethanol, such as sponsoring an Indy Car race. The checkoff can only be increased after farmers approve it in a referendum. The first authorization on the checkoff in 1977 set a maximum of 1 cent per bushel sold. In 2012 corn producers approved that amount, which meant state legislators had to update the law for the checkoff to go any higher. Corn promotion officials say they have no plans to increase the checkoff, which generates as much as $20 million a year.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/07/06/new-iowa-law-allows-for-additional-future-votes-to-increase-iowa-corn-checkoff/

Democrats try to break GOP lock on Cuban vote by opposing US trade embargo against Havana | Fox Business

Associated Press Stocks hit a new all-time this last week on the heels of a strong unemployment and jobs number. Now investors have to decide whether the next year or more will simply be a sustained bull market or if it … 24/7 Wall St. WASHINGTON (AP) How does the U.S. economy do it?
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bond-etf-strategies-shield-against-120014531.html

Leveraged ETF Launch: Non Energy MLP ETN Hits Market – ETF News And Commentary – NASDAQ.com

But Democrats, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, see an opening with newer Cuban arrivals and second-generation Cuban-Americans who favor resuming diplomatic relations. Republicans and some Democrats say the efforts are a betrayal of the Cuban-American community. Crist’s campaign will be the first statewide test of whether the trade restrictions are still a live wire for Florida politicians. The outcome could help reshape American foreign policy and Florida’s political landscape. Wall Street has emerged from the financial crisis deeply changed.
Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/07/05/democrats-try-to-break-gop-lock-on-cuban-vote-by-opposing-us-trade-embargo/

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Obama To Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls: It’s Your Fault If You Lose – Washington Times

Warren and other populist liberals, took direct aim at Mr. Obama while pushing wholesale changes in the Democratic Party. The White House failed to define any agenda for voters in 2014, the PCCC said in a statement. Progressives will remold the Democratic Party in Elizabeth Warren s image focused on big ideas and popular economic issues. Well organize in New Hampshire and Iowa to ensure that all Democrats running for president take a position on Warren s populist agenda of reforming Wall Street, reducing student debt, and expanding Social Security benefits. But the White House clearly views Tuesdays election results much differently. SEE ALSO: Obama: Worst possible midterm scenario for Dems in 50 years As Americans headed to the polls, administration officials shot back at liberal critics and argued that any candidate who blames Mr.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/4/obama-not-blame-if-dem-gubernatorial-candidates-lo/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Obama switches planes after mechanical problem | Fox News

The White House described the problem as minor. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obama on Sunday traveled to Connecticut and Pennsylvania to campaign for Democrats in gubernatorial races. He had flown on a US government C-32 plane, smaller than the 747 jet he typically flies in. Any aircraft the president is used is identified as Air Force One. After discovering the mechanical problem, Obama and other travelers with him switched to a backup C-32.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/02/obama-switches-planes-after-mechanical-problem/

Obama laughs off ‘s—-y golfer’ remark | TheHill

McConnell rips Grimes front page over tornado The Republican’s campaign criticizes charges billed to Morgan County. Maine ends standoff with Ebola… Doctors Without Borders volunteer will no longer be subject to strict… Female vets charge into office Eleven female veterans are running for the House or Senate. Nate Silver: GOP ‘probably’ wins… “It’s still a close election,” the statistician and political analyst said. Clyburn blames messaging for Dems…
Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/222837-obama-laughs-off-jordans-s-y-golfer-insult

Obama to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar – Yahoo News

Last month, the parliament agreed to consider changing the constitution to allow her candidacy. Obama called the Myanmar president last week to underscore “the need for an inclusive and credible process for conducting the 2015 elections.” The government has promised the vote next year will be the freest in the country’s modern history after the military ceded direct power to a quasi-civilian government three years ago. Thein Sein has surprised the international community in recent years with a number of dramatic reforms that have seen international sanctions removed as the country opens up to the world. But the country still faces a myriad of challenges — including an opaque legal system, creaking infrastructure and significant poverty levels — that will need to be tackled by any new government after next year’s election. Obama’s Asia trip will also include a stop in China from November 10-12, where he is to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and have a state visit with President Xi Jinping.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-meet-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-140126706.html

Obama declares Hawaiian lava flow to be major disaster – Yahoo News

The statement added that elections would go ahead on Tuesday at polling stations in the area. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a finger of lava on Monday was trudging downslope, parallel to a larger flow that crossed onto a residential property last week before stalling. Kilauea has erupted continuously from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island was at the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana in 2012.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-declares-hawaiian-lava-flow-major-disaster-034358760.html

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Obama To Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls: It’s Your Fault If You Lose – Washington Times

Warren and other populist liberals, took direct aim at Mr. Obama while pushing wholesale changes in the Democratic Party. The White House failed to define any agenda for voters in 2014, the PCCC said in a statement. Progressives will remold the Democratic Party in Elizabeth Warren s image focused on big ideas and popular economic issues. Well organize in New Hampshire and Iowa to ensure that all Democrats running for president take a position on Warren s populist agenda of reforming Wall Street, reducing student debt, and expanding Social Security benefits. But the White House clearly views Tuesdays election results much differently. SEE ALSO: Obama: Worst possible midterm scenario for Dems in 50 years As Americans headed to the polls, administration officials shot back at liberal critics and argued that any candidate who blames Mr.
Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/4/obama-not-blame-if-dem-gubernatorial-candidates-lo/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Obama switches planes after mechanical problem | Fox News

The White House described the problem as minor. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Obama on Sunday traveled to Connecticut and Pennsylvania to campaign for Democrats in gubernatorial races. He had flown on a US government C-32 plane, smaller than the 747 jet he typically flies in. Any aircraft the president is used is identified as Air Force One. After discovering the mechanical problem, Obama and other travelers with him switched to a backup C-32.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/02/obama-switches-planes-after-mechanical-problem/

Obama laughs off ‘s—-y golfer’ remark | TheHill

McConnell rips Grimes front page over tornado The Republican’s campaign criticizes charges billed to Morgan County. Maine ends standoff with Ebola… Doctors Without Borders volunteer will no longer be subject to strict… Female vets charge into office Eleven female veterans are running for the House or Senate. Nate Silver: GOP ‘probably’ wins… “It’s still a close election,” the statistician and political analyst said. Clyburn blames messaging for Dems…
Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/222837-obama-laughs-off-jordans-s-y-golfer-insult

Obama to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar – Yahoo News

Last month, the parliament agreed to consider changing the constitution to allow her candidacy. Obama called the Myanmar president last week to underscore “the need for an inclusive and credible process for conducting the 2015 elections.” The government has promised the vote next year will be the freest in the country’s modern history after the military ceded direct power to a quasi-civilian government three years ago. Thein Sein has surprised the international community in recent years with a number of dramatic reforms that have seen international sanctions removed as the country opens up to the world. But the country still faces a myriad of challenges — including an opaque legal system, creaking infrastructure and significant poverty levels — that will need to be tackled by any new government after next year’s election. Obama’s Asia trip will also include a stop in China from November 10-12, where he is to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and have a state visit with President Xi Jinping.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-meet-aung-san-suu-kyi-myanmar-140126706.html

Obama declares Hawaiian lava flow to be major disaster – Yahoo News

The statement added that elections would go ahead on Tuesday at polling stations in the area. The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a finger of lava on Monday was trudging downslope, parallel to a larger flow that crossed onto a residential property last week before stalling. Kilauea has erupted continuously from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island was at the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana in 2012.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-declares-hawaiian-lava-flow-major-disaster-034358760.html

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Us Stocks Open Higher, Head For Weekly Gain – Yahoo News

Stocks May See Early Strength On Tame Inflation Data – U.S. Commentary

View photo FILE – This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets mostly rose Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 cheered by the prospect of more gains on Wall Street and a sense that Ukraine tensions are easing.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/us-stocks-open-higher-head-133402932.html

stocks were looking at a fifth day of gains out of six on Friday, as the U.S. economy appears to be on track for a solid, sustained recovery. The eurozone shrugged off bad economic news that’s been offset by hopes of more central bank stimulus. Geopolitical tensions eased a bit. The S&P 500 was rising 0.29% to 1,960.82, poised to move even further after breaking through its 50-day moving average level.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/stock-market-today-stocks-break-134000831.html

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Stock Market Today: Stocks Break Through Resistance Levels; Correction Fears on Back Burner – Yahoo Finance

Production is expected to increase by about 0.3 percent. Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan are also scheduled to release their preliminary consumer sentiment report for August not long after the open. Economists expect the consumer sentiment index to edge up to 82.3. In corporate news, shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) have moved sharply higher in pre-market trading after announcing a long-term strategic partnership with beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO). As part of the agreement, Coca-Cola will acquire an approximately 16.7% ownership interest in Monster.
Source: http://www.rttnews.com/story.aspx?Id=2371253

Premarkets: 4 things to know before the open – Aug. 15, 2014

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Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/15/investing/premarkets/index.html?section=money_news_international

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Slv: Etf Inflow Alert – Nasdaq.com

The chart below shows the one year price performance of SLV, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, SLV’s low point in its 52 week range is $17.91 per share, with $23.84 as the 52 week high point – that compares with a last trade of $19.19. Comparing the most recent share price to the 200 day moving average can also be a useful technical analysis technique — learn more about the 200 day moving average . Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ”shares” investors are actually buying and selling ”units”. These ”units” can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand. Each week we monitor the week-over-week change in shares outstanding data, to keep a lookout for those ETFs experiencing notable inflows (many new units created) or outflows (many old units destroyed). Creation of new units will mean the underlying holdings of the ETF need to be purchased, while destruction of units involves selling underlying holdings, so large flows can also impact the individual components held within ETFs.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/slv-etf-inflow-alert-cm378258

The Allure of the Taiwan ETF – Yahoo Finance

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done The Allure of the Taiwan ETF By ETFtrends.com 1 hour ago 0 shares Content preferences Done Taiwan is not a giant on par with Asian rivals, such as China and South Korea, but the countrys equity market and the relevant exchange traded funds offer opportunity for the conservative global investor. Insofar as Taiwan is still quite vulnerable to a military takeover by mainland China and its GDP rates thirty-fourth in magnitude internationally, the fact that Taiwanese stocks are outperforming those of China and South Korea thus far this year represents an enormous feat in the face of student-led demonstrations opposing Taipeis struggle to negotiate a bilateral trade pact with Beijing. Even so, favorable economic trends will proceed to buttress domestic equities against any further political flare-ups, said S&P Capital IQ . Investors can access Taiwanese stocks through several popular, diversified emerging markets ETFs, including the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF ( VWO ) .
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/allure-taiwan-etf-170122116.html

ETF Outlook: Consumer Staples Select SPDR ETF (XLP) – NASDAQ.com

Rather than treat this underperforming sector as a short side trading vehicle, my recommendation is to use a tool like our Portfolio Health Check to zero in on http://www.etftradingsignals.com the strongest and weakest stocks in the XLI and trade on the right side of the market with those bullish stocks. The Chaikin Power Bar below indicates that 5 stocks in the XLP have a bullish Power Gauge rating while 18 have a bearish rating. Investors who want some participation in this defensive sector should avoid the XLP ETF and buy the strongest stocks in the XLP, based on their Chaikin Power Gauge rating , preferably on short-term pullbacks. These stocks are likely to outperform the market and the XLP ETF itself. The Portfolio Health Check is an excellent tool to help zero in on the strongest stocks in any ETF and with the SPDR S&P Consumer Staples ETF a mixed bag of strong and weak industry groups, it is the most effective way to find profitable stocks in the XLP.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-outlook-consumer-staples-select-spdr-etf-xlp-cm377304

Big ETF Stories of the Week – Yahoo Finance

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Big ETF Stories of the Week By ETFtrends.com 2 hours ago 0 shares Content preferences Done It was another week marked by escalating geopolitical tensions and select sectors again dragging on U.S. stocks. U.S. stocks rallied on Friday with Treasury yields careening to their lowest levels in 14 months.
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Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes In Iraq: ‘we Cannot Turn A Blind Eye’ | Washingtonexaminer.com

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Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq – Yahoo News

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina praised Obama’s proposed actions Thursday night but said much more will be necessary. “This should include the provision of military and other assistance to our Kurdish, Iraqi and Syrian partners” who are fighting the militants, airstrikes against the militants’ leaders and forces and support for Sunni Iraqis who seek to resist the extremists, they said in a statement. In light of the militants’ advances, Obama dispatched about 800 U.S. forces to Iraq earlier this year, with those troops largely split between joint operation centers in Baghdad and Irbil.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-threatens-airstrikes-militants-iraq-073715970–politics.html

Obama considering Iraq air strikes – Yahoo News

View gallery Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush rest upon their arrival at the Sai The group, along with allied Sunni factions, is at war with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s mainly Shiite government forces and with the peshmerga forces of the Kurdish autonomous region of the country. In late June it proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling rebel-held areas of Syria and Iraq and seized the major city of Mosul. In recent days it has seized towns formerly populated by Christians and Yazidis. Iraqi religious leaders say Islamic State militants have forced 100,000 Christians to flee and have occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts. Meanwhile, several thousand Yazidis, members of an ancient pre-Muslim religious minority, are stranded on high ground after being driven out of their home town of Sinjar by IS fighters.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-considering-iraq-air-strikes-173234202.html

Obama authorizes airstrikes, airdrops of aid in Iraq – The Denver Post

“This bill covers a lot of ground – from expanding survivor benefits and educational opportunities, to improving care for veterans struggling with traumatic brain injury and for victims of sexual assault,” Obama said at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, speaking to an audience of service members, veterans, and their families. The VA was thrust into the spotlight this spring after allegations surfaced that it had covered up the months-long wait times some veterans had to endure before receiving medical care. Former head of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned in late May as the scandal mounted, and last week the Senate unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble Co Chief Executive Officer Robert McDonald. “As a new generation of veterans returns home from war and transitions into civilian life, we have to make sure the VA system can keep pace with that new demand,” Obama said. View gallery President Barack Obama speaks about H.R.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-signs-bill-fix-delays-veterans-healthcare-193348285.html

Obama signs bill to fix delays in veterans healthcare – Yahoo News

He said there were no casualties because the pullback took place “without a fight.” “Our capability is limited,” said a Kurdish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. “We do not have the ammunition; we do not have weaponry.” In a statement, the Islamic State listed what it said were 17 military advances against the Kurds over the past five days. It said it had launched the offensive to avenge alleged shelling by the Kurds on Mosul, which the Islamic State seized in June. The Washington Post contributed to this report. Who are the Yazidis? The Yazidis, globally, number about 700,000 people, but the vast majority of the community about half a million to 600,000 live concentrated in Iraq’s north.
Source: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_26297461/obama-authorizes-airstrikes-airdrops-aid-iraq?source=rss