Morning Notes

12/05/2015 Argonaut Morning Note

U.S. stocks slipped Monday, pulling back one session after the Dow posted its biggest one-day gain in more than three months. Traders said market activity was relatively subdued following Friday's surge, which saw the Dow soaring 267 points, or 1.5%, after the government's employment report for April indicated the economy was pulling out of its first-quarter slump.

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11/05/2015 Argonaut Morning Note

Wall Street have stocks surged after the Labour Department reported the US economy added a solid 223,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.4 per cent. At the closing bell on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had powered 267.05 points (1.49 per cent) higher to 18,191.11. The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 28.10 (1.35 per cent) to 2,116.10, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 58.00 (1.17 per cent) at 5,003.55. The April labour data marked a big improvement from March, when the US added just 85,000 jobs. At the same time the US labour market showed some signs of weakness, with wages barely growing and underemployment still elevated. Many economists said the jobs data suggested the Fed likely would wait until September or later in its plan to lift the near-zero federal funds rate this year. The equity gains were broad-based, with all 30 members of the Dow finishing in the green.

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08/05/2015 Argonaut Morning Note

U.S. stocks rose Thursday, a day after they fell in the wake of the Federal Reserve chief's warning over high equity valuations. Stocks bounced around the flat line in early trading before drifting higher through the afternoon. Traders said many investors were sitting on the sidelines, looking ahead to Friday's employment report. Investors are waiting to see if the weak first quarter extended past winter. The Dow rose 0.5% to 17,924 and the S&P rose 0.4% to 2,088.

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07/05/2015 Argonaut Morning Note

U.S. stocks fell Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen drew attention to elevated valuations in the equity market. Stocks traded in a wide range, with the Dow falling as much as 147 points earlier in the morning before finishing the session down 86 points, or 0.5%, at 17,842. The broader S&P 500 closed 0.4% lower at 2,080. Investors also received a disappointing report Wednesday on private-sector employment. Private payrolls in the U.S. increased by 169,000 in April, according to a report compiled by payroll processor ADP and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected an increase of 205,000 jobs. This also saw the U.S. dollar drop to a two-month low against the euro on Wednesday.

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06/05/2015 Argonaut Morning Note

U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, pulling back after the S&P 500 index notched its biggest two-day advance in more than a month. Contributing to the pause in equities is uncertainty about when the Federal Reserve may start to raise short-term interest rates. Investors are waiting for more data coming out of a slow winter quarter. The dollar turned lower against the Japanese yen and the euro Tuesday after trade data indicated a larger drag on U.S. growth than initially estimated, raising the likelihood the Federal Reserve won't raise borrowing costs anytime soon.

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