Weekly Market Summary: Nasdaq Snaps 8-Session Winning Streak As Earnings Season Winds Down

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The U.S. and China held another round of trade talks in Washington D.C. this week, ahead of the looming March 1 deadline for potential tariff increases. Trading activity was relatively quiet during the holiday-shortened week and the Nasdaq Composite Index ended an eight-session winning streak on Thursday.

Fed on Hold, Q4 GDP on Deck

Investors digested the minutes from the January FOMC meeting on Wednesday and Fed funds futures are now factoring in a 92% probability that the committee will take no action with interest rates in either direction in 2019.

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Today I’m going to give you my full investment forecast for 2018—and name 2 high-yielding closed-end funds (CEFs) poised to soar after the new year rolls in.

But before we get to that, we need to cast a quick eye back over 2017, because 2 things that happened this year are setting us up for big gains next year.

And 2017 was a terrific year for stocks—something that came as a surprise to many folks (but not me).

When we started the year, a slew of fears were encouraging bears to warn of an impending stock-market crash. Then the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) did this:

A Great Year

I’ve been beating the drum for stocks throughout 2017.…
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Is retail dead? It depends.

While Amazon.com (AMZN) is indeed making life miserable for many brick-and-mortar outfits, I’d like to show you five dividend stocks in the space that could be a month or two away from getting a big shot in the arm.

So say the holiday crystal balls.

Salesforce.com, which provides annual holiday industry insights, recently issued its 2017 forecast, saying this year’s Black Friday will be the “busiest digital shopping day in U.S. history” – outdoing even Cyber Monday. It’s a tech dream report that includes stats such as 40% of orders coming from mobile phones, and millennials using Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s (AAPL) Siri in droves.…
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