Amazon Makes A Bold Move

Hello MarketClub members everywhere. I expected the market to react in a positive light when it was announced that Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) would buy Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) for 13.6 Billion dollars. However, that was not the case.

The likes of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. (NASDAQ:SFM), and so on are down significantly on the day. Which of course is putting pressure on the overall market. What do you think about the announcement?

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Crude Oil is up on the day, but it's still 2.5% lower for the week. That would be its longest run of weekly losses since August of 2015. This comes as OPEC member Libya restored production and the surplus in the U.S. shows little sign of abating.

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Tech Selloff Ruins Record Day

Hello MarketClub members everywhere. The Nasdaq has fallen more than 1% today, retreating from an early record and turning sharply lower for the week. The technology sector has abruptly fallen this afternoon on what could be viewed as profit taking after the recent run-up.

The Dow is fighting to stay in positive territory for the day and week while the S&P 500 has turned slightly lower for the day and the week as gains in both financial and energy shares offset the losses in the tech sector.

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Job Growth Slows In May

Hello MarketClub members everywhere. The markets continue to climb to record levels despite the Labor Department reporting that 138,000 jobs were created last month. These numbers were well below the expected 185,000. Wages also grew less than expected, with average hourly earnings rising at a 2.5 percent annualized rate. The unemployment rate, however, fell to 4.3% from 4.4%.

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Crude oil tumbled below $47 a barrel, heading for a second straight week of losses, on worries that President Donald Trump's decision to abandon a climate pact could spark more crude drilling in the United States, worsening a global oversupply.

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Crude Oil Drags Markets Lower

Hello MarketClub members everywhere. Crude Oil continues to head lower after OPEC announced that they had come to an agreement with Russia and other producers to extend their production cut deal by about 1.8 million barrels per day (BPD) until the end of March 2018. Their initial deal had been set to expire in June.

Oil prices fell when the deal was extended because some traders had hoped for a longer extension or deeper cuts.

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All the while U.S. oil production has climbed to more than 9.3 million BPD, close to top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Official government data showing weekly U.S. crude inventories will be published on Thursday, and most analysts expect U.S. stocks to fall by 2.8 million barrels last week, their eighth straight weekly decline. That's something to keep an eye on as oil heads lower.

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Markets Little Changed Heading Into Holiday Weekend

Hello MarketClub members everywhere. The markets are little changed today heading into the long holiday weekend here in the U.S. This comes on the heels of a six-day rally that took all three of the major indexes to all-time highs.

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The big loser this week was oil, which is currently trading down 2.15% for the week. The drop came as OPEC moved to prolong supply cuts for nine months. This news disappointed traders that were hoping for more.

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