In my view the Minutes from the September FOMC meeting did not break any new ground.  They signaled policy makers will probably soon lift interest rates as the economy is slowly but steadily improving.  The odds for a December increase remained unchanged around 67%.  Market...

Equities advanced on thin holiday trading.  The catalysts, the belief Clinton will win on November 8 and oil....

Treasuries have posted their longest slide since April, the dollar rose and stocks fell on speculation that today’s jobs data will boost the odds of interest rate hike later this year.  The spread between comparable Treasuries to that of similar maturity German or UK debt...

Equites fell amid hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials.  High dividend shares and companies sensitive to a higher dollar declined the most while banks gained.  Utilities are now down for eight consecutive sessions.  Consumer staples and phone companies also got hit....

Is OPEC really going to cut production for the first time since 2008?  It was announced the cartel will lower production by 796,000 barrels per day to 32.5 million.  Depending upon the source, the world is oversupplied between 500,000 and 1 million barrels a day....

Equities sputtered as some of the central bank euphoria waned. Oil fell about 3.5% after advancing earlier by almost 3% on confirmed reports by both The Financial Times and Reuters that Saudi Arabia agreed to cut daily production by 1 million barrels to around 9.5...

Equities rose again on the belief that the era of cheap money is not over.  The dollar fell and oil rallied.  The Fed is now off center stage and next week’s OPEC meeting and the upcoming earnings season and employment report will become the focus....

As expected a divided Federal Reserve left its policy rate unchanged for a sixth straight meeting, saying it would wait for more evidence of progress toward it goals, while projecting that increase is still likely by year end....