Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Fed's $40 billion bond buys in question, Wal-Mart's worrisome 1% same-store sales growth, and more.
We're only asking for more concrete steps in Europe, a stable tax regime here at home, productive corporate cash deployment, more jobs, and mild inflation.
The Fed's latest action is distinct from earlier measures in a few important ways, but it's still no silver bullet, says Morningstar's Jeremy Glaser.
Lower inflation trends plus an upcoming Social Security cost-of-living adjustment should contribute to consumers' staying power, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
How do current inflation, auto sales, initial claims, and other data compare with levels just before the December 2007 recession?
Recent revisions helped 2012's employment growth look better than initial forecasts, but we don't expect a sizable surge (or decline) for 2013.
Lack of demand and investment elsewhere is keeping large companies on the hiring sidelines, say Morningstar's Bob Johnson and Vishnu Lekraj. Get their forecast for Friday's employment report.
Last month's employment numbers showed a continued, steady improvement, but they weren't so strong that the Fed will feel forced to taper its easing programs, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
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