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High-Frequency Trading: The Investors’ Exchange (IEX) And A Potential $400 Million Hit The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission decisions Friday to OK the Investors’ Exchange (IEX) as a national securities exchange and revise the interpretation of the so-called order protection rule under its Regulation NMS could create a market structure benefiting some participants and costing other participants more than $400 million a year, according to one analysis of the potential effects of the SEC’s two related moves. #Equities #FlashBoys #HighFrequencyTrading #HFT #IEX #Investing #InvestorsExchange #SEC #Stocks #Trading http://bit.ly/1Oxz4EB

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stance In 2016 A Loser For Hedge Funds, A Winner For Mutual Funds? Hedge funds are overweighting Apple’s equity and mutual funds are underweighting its stock even as the growth in iPhone sales has dramatically slowed. #AAPL #Apple #Equities #HedgeFunds #Investing #iPhone #MutualFunds #Stocks #Technology #Trading http://bit.ly/1UmBWFv

China’s GDP Growth Rate Declines To 6.9% In 2015 From 7.3% In 2014: Lowest Annual Growth Rate Since 1990 China’s gross domestic product growth dropped to 6.9 percent last year from 7.3 percent the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics of China reported. And its GDP growth fell to 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter from 1.8 percent in the third quarter, the bureau said in Beijing Tuesday. The world’s second-largest economy thus recorded its smallest annual percentage advance since 1990, when it grew 3.9 percent. #China #ChinaEconomy #ChinaGDP #ChinaGrowth #ChinaStocks #ChinaSlowdown #ChineseEconomy #ChineseGDP #ChineseGrowth #NBS http://bit.ly/1T13UVA

Chinese And Other Emerging-Market Economies Have Shaken Investor Confidence, Bank For International Settlements Says Accelerating concerns centered on growth in emerging-market economies generally and China’s economy particularly have rattled the confidence of financial-market participants around the world, the Bank for International Settlements reported in its BIS Quarterly Review released Sunday. The repercussions of this shaken confidence have been felt in markets focused on equity and debt securities, commodities, currencies and other assets, said the so-called central bank for central banks based in Basel, Switzerland. “In China, equity markets plunged following a prolonged surge in stock prices that had propelled many stock valuations to extreme levels. This dented investor confidence and weighed on asset prices globally,” the BIS reported in its review of international banking and financial-market developments. #BankForInternationalSettlements #BIS #China #ChinaEconomy #ChinaGrowth #ChinaSlowdown #ChinaStocks #Commodity #Commodities #Currencies http://bit.ly/1LbUAe8

China May Cut Banks’ Reserve-Requirement Ratios Again, And Soon: Report Neither China’s economy nor its equity market has behaved well recently, so the People’s Bank of China appears ready to put its monetary-policy pedal to the metal by once again cutting banks’ reserve-requirement ratios, advisers and officials at the central bank told the Wall Street Journal. The central bank’s contemplated decrease of half a percentage point, or 50 basis points, in these ratios could increase the ability of the country’s banks to lend by 678 billion yuan ($106.2 billion), the Journal reported. The PBOC could announce the loosening of policy within days or weeks, the newspaper said. #China #ChinaEconomy #ChinaEquities #ChinaGDP #ChinaGrowth #ChinaSlowdown #ChinaStocks #ChineseCentralBank #FXI #PBOC http://bit.ly/1EcqO7w

China’s Consumer Price Index Rises A Little In July, As Its Producer Price Index Falls A Lot The Same Month China’s consumer price index (CPI) advanced 1.6 percent and its producer price index (PPI) declined 5.4 percent in July, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Sunday. Because of the balance between deflationary and inflationary pressures, the country’s fiscal and monetary authorities appear well-positioned to do even more in the way of economic and market stimulus, consistent with that provided by the People’s Bank of China in a series of moves made during the past year or so. #China #ChinaCPI #ChinaEconomy #ChinaGDP #ChinaGrowth #ChinaPPI #ChinaSlowdown #ChinaStocks #FXI #PBOC http://bit.ly/1J5Mswb

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SPY And U.S. Economic Index Diverge In June For Second Consecutive Month The SPDR S&P 500 ETF’s (SPY) adjusted closing monthly share price fell to $205.89 in June from $210.12 in May, a loss of -$4.23, or -2.01 percent. Meanwhile, my U.S. Economic Index rose to 55.70 from 55.35, a gain of 0.35 point, or 0.63 percent. The correlation coefficient between the two variables was steady at 0.67 for the eighth month in a row. #SP500 #SH #SPX #SPY #Economy #QE #Seasonality #Stocks #Trading #USEI http://bit.ly/1KWQl58

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QQQ’s 2015 2nd-Quarter Performance And Seasonality The large-capitalization PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) behaved better in the first half than did the large-cap SPDR S&P 500 ETF. In the second quarter, the adjusted closing daily share price of the derivative of the Nasdaq-100 Index rose by 1.63 percent. In June, the fund’s share price fell by -2.48 percent. #QQQ #SPY #MDY #IJR #QE #Nasdaq #Nasdaq100 #Seasonality #Stocks #Technology http://bit.ly/1Rkhx3c

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IWM’s 2015 2nd-Quarter Performance And Seasonality The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) behaved better than the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) did in the first half of the year. The former fund also performed better than the latter fund did in the second quarter. However, the converse was the case in June. #IWM #IJR #RWM #TWM #UWM #R2K #Russell2000 #SP600 #Seasonality #SmallCaps http://bit.ly/1HJFRa3

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IJR’s 2015 2nd-Quarter Performance And Seasonality The iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) in the first half ranked No. 2 among the three most popular exchange-traded funds based on the S&P Composite 1500’s constituent indexes. In the second quarter, the ETF’s adjusted closing daily share price climbed 0.17 percent. And in June, the fund’s share price rose 1.06 percent. #IJR #MDY #SPY #IWM #SP600 #SP400 #SP500 #SPX #QE #Seasonality http://bit.ly/1H44tE0
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