Financial stocks remain the top-performing US sector for the one-year trend, based on a set of ETFs, but tech’s recent surge suggests that a leadership change may be near.
Former Trump campaign aides indicted in Mueller’s Russia probe: The Hill
Trump says indictments don’t prove he colluded with Russia: NY Times
House considering corporate tax cuts that phase in slowly: Bloomberg
Car sales fuel biggest rise in US consumer spending since 2009: Bloomberg
Is White House ready for Nov.’s commercial talks with China? Reuters
GDPNow’s first Q4 estimate for US growth is 2.9% vs. 3.0% in Q3: Atlanta Fed
Eurozone’s Oct. 3-mo. GDP growth estimate ticks up to 0.72%: €-Coin Indicator
Broadly defined commodities rose last week, posting the strongest advance for the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. The increase is an outlier during a week when most markets fell.
Today’s expected indictments raise political risk for White House: Politico
Fed Governor Powell is the front runner for new Fed chairman: The Hill
Trump’s tax plan under scrutiny as House vote nears: Reuters
US economic growth at solid 3.0% in Q3 despite hurricanes: LA Times
Consumer Sentiment Index for US rises to 13-year high in Oct.: Bloomberg
Roughly 1/4 of Q3 GDP rise due to inventory accumulation: Econobrowser
Plans to manage China’s debt have global economic implications: Bloomberg
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US economic growth was surprisingly resilient in the third quarter, according to this morning’s preliminary estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Output increased 3.0%, well above the 2.5% consensus forecast via Econoday.com and only slightly below Q2’s solid 3.1% advance.
Imitation, Oscar Wilde famously observed, “is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” The observation echoes the objective for using Professor Bill Sharpe’s style analysis to replicate investment indexes that, for one reason or another, can’t be purchased directly. If we can obtain an index’s returns, there’s a pretty good chance that we can reverse engineer the asset allocation and recreate the portfolio with publicly traded securities.
Spain set to impose direct rule on Catalonia on Friday: Reuters
US Defense Secretary in S. Korea emphasizes diplomacy: ABC News
House approves budget and clears the way for tax reform: NY Times
ECB announces it will slowly begin winding down QE stimulus: RTT
Pending Homes Sales Index for US close to 3-year low in September: CNBC
US jobless claims rise after dipping to four-decade low: MarketWatch
US merchandise trade deficit in August at four-month high: Bloomberg
10-year Treasury yield rises to 2.46% on Thursday — highest since March:
Value investing may not be a victim of the grim reaper, but the strategy’s certainly giving a convincing impression of a cadaver.