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Consumers Remain Confident as Economists Fret Over Quality of U.S. Data

Consumers Remain Confident as Economists Fret Over Quality of U.S. Data

The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment rises to a reading of 95.5 in February from 91.2 the prior month, contrasting with a separate report earlier this week from the Census Bureau that showed retail sales fell in January by the most in nine years.

JPMorgan's Foray Into Cryptocurrency Shows CEO Dimon's No Luddite

JPMorgan's Foray Into Cryptocurrency Shows CEO Dimon's No Luddite

JPMorgan Chase, whose CEO Jamie Dimon once described bitcoin as a fraud, introduces a new 'JPM Coin' for customers to use to make payments among themselves.

ICYMI: Google's $13 Billion Investment, Major Tailwinds Powered U.S. Stocks

ICYMI: Google's $13 Billion Investment, Major Tailwinds Powered U.S. Stocks

Wednesday's market movements were, in several ways, a microcosm of what U.S. are most focused on.

Gadfly Bove Quits Bank Stock Picking Because He Thinks Banks Are Going Down

Gadfly Bove Quits Bank Stock Picking Because He Thinks Banks Are Going Down

The five-decade Wall Street analyst Dick Bove just couldn't bring himself to raise money for a bank-stock fund at a time when he thinks banks are likely to be lousy stocks.

Calif. Gov. Newsom Wants to End High-Speed Rail Program to Link LA and SF

Calif. Gov. Newsom Wants to End High-Speed Rail Program to Link LA and SF

Newsom cites costs, delays for limiting rail program to California's central valley.

Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Wall Street Sees No Evil as Junky Loans Surpass $1.3 Trillion

Loans to companies with low credit ratings swelled by 15% last year to $1.3 trillion, prompting warnings from the Federal Reserve and International Monetary Fund. Yet Wall Street firms that are deeply immersed in the market, from banks including JPMorgan Chase to private-equity firms like Blackstone, say they don't see what the problem is.

A Shift From Stocks to Bonds Is a Classic Example of a Risk-Off Trade

A Shift From Stocks to Bonds Is a Classic Example of a Risk-Off Trade

So, if there's no inflation anywhere, why have gold prices rallied 11% in six months?

February's Market Outlook: Both Dangerous and Fruitful

February's Market Outlook: Both Dangerous and Fruitful

Rob Isbitts, chief investment officer of Sungarden Fund Management, says investors need to be ready for a market that is profitable -- until it quickly turns dangerous.

BB&T's Acquisition of SunTrust Brings Banking Foothold in Florida

BB&T's Acquisition of SunTrust Brings Banking Foothold in Florida

The combination of the two southeastern U.S. lenders would be the biggest bank merger in a decade and would create a regional powerhouse with an estimated $76 billion market value.

Once Again, Numbers Do Matter

Once Again, Numbers Do Matter

I won't lose money for my clients by buying stocks in companies that are facing lower margins.