Major U.S. markets opened lower Tuesday amid ongoing budget talks and a dearth of economic data.
Stock markets edged higher Monday as increasing Chinese exports offset speculation the Federal Reserve will reduce its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program as early as next week.
Markets moved sideways amid strong export data from China as investors await a potential wind-back of stimulus after the Fed Reserve meeting next week.
Europe, Japan and emerging markets are likely to outperform U.S. stocks next year, with Barclays strategists pointing to a greater-than-expected pickup in the domestic economy as a risk to valuations.
How effective has the Federal Reserve been in managing the U.S. economy? Unemployment remains above the Fed's 6.5% target while gains in inflation have progressively lost steam since 2012.
Stock futures are pointing to little change as increased Chinese export data was offset by a potential cut in the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program.
Markets finished higher Friday, as a strong November government job report and better consumer spending bolstered confidence that the market will be able to weather an early Federal Reserve tapering.
Markets close lower as an ongoing raft of positive economic data raises expectations that stimulus will be wound back.
Markets traded lower Thursday as investors consider the possibility of Federal Reserve tapering in December and keep close tabs on this week's mostly upbeat economic data.
The 'Santa Claus rally' has proved elusive so far, with major U.S. markets closing in the red for a fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.