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Monday, August 31 2015

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Stock Market Today: August 31, 2015

Harvey S. Katz, Mario Ferro, Simon E. Shnayder | 08/31/2015

After opening sharply lower, the major U.S. stock market indexes recovered some of their losses heading into the afternoon, but nevertheless ended the day securely in the red. Today’s volatile trading backdrop mirrors the market’s see-saw performance over the past two weeks, with the major market averages weaving into and out of correction territory. Indeed, recent trading has seen investors weighing concerns about an economic slowdown in China - and its implications on global demand – against an otherwise improving in the U.S. economy. All the while, markets are keeping a close eye on central bank policymakers for clues as to the timing of an eventual interest-rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

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Consumer Confidence And New Home Sales Both Rally

William G. Ferguson | 08/25/2015

As anxiety around the world about a slowing global economy rises, with worries about China’s decreasing rate of output at the heart of the concerns, investors received two encouraging reports about the health of the U.S. economy at 10:00 A.M. (EDT). It was a nice one-two combination, as the data highlighted strengthening consumer and housing sectors, which are big kingpins in the country’s economic output.

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Discovery Communications: A Short SWOT Analysis

Robert Harrington | 08/24/2015

Discovery Communications (DISCA) has had a rough 2015. The cable network operator is struggling to grow subscription levels amidst the technology-driven upheaval of the entertainment industry. As more viewers forego their cable contracts in favor of more cost-effective and convenient choices, how will Discovery ensure growth over the long haul? What moves has it made to promote top-line growth?  What can it do in the future to spur earnings increases? In this article, we attempt to answer these questions and more by performing an easy-to-follow SWOT Analysis, examining the company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

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