Dow futures move slightly lower after weak data, earnings

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were set to open lower on Friday as investors weighed disappointing fourth-quarter GDP data and a spate of earnings, including a miss from Dow component Chevron.

The U.S. economy slowed in the fourth quarter and annual growth failed to reach 3% for the 11th straight year.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH7, -0.14%  were off by 15 points to 20,056, after rising on Thursday to close ab
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 The contrarian case for buying a big U.S. fund filled with Mexican stocks

A couple of America’s frenemies have grabbed traders’ attention, as the Dow fights to end the week above 20K.

President Trump’s get-together with his Mexican counterpart is cancelado, but at last check he’s still huddling later today with his opposite number from our former overlord.

The nixed Mexican meeting halted the peso’s USDMXN, -0.8426% brief rally , and now there are “tough issues” to tackle as Trump chats with ...

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 Dollar higher as yen comes under pressure; peso rebounds modestly

The U.S. dollar rose against its major rivals on Friday, and was particularly strong against the yen as action taken by the Bank of Japan was seen as a message that a tapering of its asset-purchase program wasn’t on the table.

However, the dollar came off its highs of the session after a weaker-than-expected read on fourth-quarter economic growth.

The U.S. dollar USDJPY, +0.41%  advanced to ¥115.19 from ¥114.46 late Thursday in

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 Opinion: Former Amazon chief scientist says this is why you don’t want data privacy at work

Today, businesses can inexpensively measure employees’ output—keystroke by keystroke, video frame by video frame—and predict both their job satisfaction and performance to an astonishing degree of detail.

How could these and similar data about your work help you in your career?

It’s not useful to demand privacy in this situation. Instead, you need some way to judge the trade-offs. I believe that workers should be able to see a calculation of the likely “return” to employees on the data being shared—including the metrics your company uses to evaluate compensation. Data must f
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 Durable-goods orders fall for 2nd month in a row

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Orders for long-lasting goods made in the U.S. fell in December for the second month in a r
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 Earnings releases are still a confusing mess, and it’s investors who pay the price

Just two weeks into the fourth-quarter earnings season, and companies, including big blue chips, are producing some unusual and confusing releases that are certainly making life difficult for investors.

On Thursday, Ford Motor Co. F, -3.28% released one of the most unclear quarterly reports MarketWatch has seen, failing even to offer a year-earlier number for its earnings — or, in this case, loss — per share. The car company even flipp
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 Trump pressured Park Service over inauguration crowd size | Trump, Putin to talk Saturday

The morning after he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump gave the acting director of the National Park Service an order.

The Washington Post reports Trump personally ordered Michael Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the Inauguration Day crowds of the Mall. Trump believed the photos might prove the media lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average. The same day Trump spoke with Reynolds, the new president used an appearance at CIA headquarters to deliver an attack on the media for reporting that large swaths of the Mall were nearly empty during the inauguration...

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 Does Trump rally face ‘one last meltup’ after Dow 20,000?

The stock-market rally that began in February 2016 and accelerated after Donald Trump’s presidential election victory in November may have room for “one last meltup” before succumbing to gravity, say analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a Thursday note.

The analysts, led by chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett, previously warned investors to beware the “Icarus trade,” named for the Greek myth in which the aforementioned Icarus ignored his father’s warnings and flew too close to the sun, melting the wax on his homemade wings and plunging back to earth...

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 10 ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks expected to rise up to 22% as you get paid to wait

Some may say it’s foolish to buy shares of dividend stocks when interest rates are rising. But companies that steadily increase dividend payouts have a special allure as long-term investments.

And the proof is that, last year, dividend stocks kept pace with the broader S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.07%  despite the fact that the Federal Reserve had at the end of 2015 raised official rates for the first time in nine years...

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 Is that Donald Trump or Jeb Bush in the White House?

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was pure populism. But if you look closely, you’ll see that at least some of the actions he’s taken so far as commander-in-chief put him squarely in the company of traditional Republicans.

Trump’s first few days in office have been marked by a flurry of meetings with corporate chieftains, issuing executive orders and, yes, repeating the assertion he would have won the popular vote if not for voter fraud. Like much about Trump, that last action was far out of the ordinary. But in other terms he’s been fairly…normal...

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 The 10 cheapest, fastest-growing and most beloved Dow stocks

To some, Dow 20,000 is a cause for celebration. To others, it’s just a fascination. For shrewd investors, it’s an opportune time to consider how expensive stocks are.

This chart shows that the price-to-earnings ratio for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.16%  has never been higher (going back 15 years)

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 Opinion: Trading Trump’s tweets would have left you sad and poorer

Donald Trump tweets about a company, and its shares quake at his wrath.

The president now is aiming at auto companies, trying to bludgeon Ford F, -3.28%  , General Motors GM, -1.99%  ...

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 Fund that almost tripled the S&P 500’s gain last year is now big on health-care stocks

Michael Gregory, whose energy-stock picks helped the Highland Small Cap Equity Fund almost triple the return of the S&P 500 Index last year, now says the out-of-favor health-care sector could stage a “tremendous rebound” in 2017.

The mutual fund’s Class A shares HSZAX, -0.28%  returned 31.6% in 2016, compared with returns of 12% for the large-cap S&P 500 SPX...

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 Opinion: Corporate insiders have a stock market surprise for you

Corporate insiders are betting that Dow 20,000 will be just a way station on the road to higher levels.

That’s surprising, because insiders normally sell into strength — just as they tend to buy in the wake of weakness. They’re contrarians, in other words.

That they’re not selling into recent strength is therefore quite bullish, according to Nejat Seyhun, a finance professor at the University of Michigan and a leading expert on the behavior of corporate insiders.

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Very informative
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