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Consumers Less Optimistic in August; Yields Jump the Most in a Month

By: , dated August 16th, 2013
Stocks fell again on Friday following disapointing consumer confidence data and additional lackluster earnings. Housing starts rose less than was estimated at an annual rate of 896,000. Shares of Netflix (NFLX) rose after announcing a deal with Scholastic Inc. (SCHL) and Pandora (P) rallied as JP Morgan Chase analysts stated that the company is still their top small-cap choice. Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) reported missed earnings late on Thursday and continued to slide 3.7% on Friday. The company lowered its yearly outlook despite higher Q2 earnings. The US dollar was able to regain some its losses from earlier in the week. Metals rallied on Friday and saw the best weekly performance in almost five years. Silver alone jumped 14%.

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