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The State Farm Financial Literacy Lab (SFFLL) provides students, faculty, and the South Florida community with unparalleled educational and technological resources relating to finance. By utilizing the most current financial research platforms available, students are given an opportunity to supplement academic theory with the real world analytical tools used by leading financial institutions. Visit us at http://business.fiu.edu/sffll/.

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 18, 2013

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Market Insight
Markets rallied sharply following the deal to reopen the government and extend the debt-ceiling, leading the S&P 500 to set a new all-time high. The 16-day shutdown; however, has delayed the release …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, October 11, 2013

Market Insight
Corporate profits reach all-time nominal high in Q2 increasing to a 12.53% of GDP output from a 12.22% in the previous quarter. In addition, with the close of Q3 last week, performance of the …

Global Markets end the week higher ahead of soft U.S economic data and the Fed’s policy meeting this week.

Despite a lower-than-expected consumer confidence and retails sales reports, U.S stocks closed higher on Friday with the Dow posting its second best weekly gain this year and the S&P on track for its biggest weekly …

U.S. Market Rally for Fifth Straight Day despite persistent Volatility

U.S stocks continue on a steady rally as the S&P extends gains into a fifth session, following exceeding export forecasts from China. The bond market also rallies as treasury yields fall from two year highs, …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 26, 2013

Equity Spotlight: Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)
Apple’s continuous stock price depreciation has shareholder’s contemplating about where the stock price could “bottom out.” An onslaught of fundamental data coming from suppliers and consumers signal that further downward pressure …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 19, 2013

Gold Market: Losing Shine?
After falling below $1,521 an ounce, gold prices have officially entered a bear market. Three historical price ranges are in focus. The range $1,487 to $1,548 an ounce is where gold surged …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 12, 2013

Earnings Preview – Japanese Automakers
Consensus earnings estimates for Japanese automakers rose to 38.6 YEN (39 Cents) as of April 8th. This is a 26.5% increase from Q4 FY2012 estimates. Rise in estimates are primarily …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 5, 2013

Industry Performance – Investment Banking
Goldman Sachs’ 15.7% return led global investment bank stocks in 1Q, followed by Morgan Stanley (15.2%). Both companies have shown a cost control commitment, and the revenue outlook has improved with …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, March 29, 2013

Banking – Eurozone Compensation
Draft proposals from EU legislators to ban bonuses more than twice bankers’ fixed pay could reduce European bank competitiveness. With the compensation backlash fiercer in the EU, the bloc’s lenders could struggle …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, March 1, 2013

Sequester Overview
Congressional stalemates are no unfamiliarity to the U.S. bureaucratic environment. This time around congress has the federal government contemplating the fiscal future of our accounts. On the eve of the Sequester, the federal government …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab: SMIF Consumer Staples Outlook

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab: SMIF Consumer Staples Outlook

During economic downturns, investors often flock to the consumer staples sector because consumer staples is mainly comprised of companies that sell nondurable goods, goods that do not last longer than three years. These products, which …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 16-20, 2012

April 16 – 20, 2012
After a two-day drop of 1% in the S&P, Friday’s rally helped the index close .12% higher, advancing its year- to-date gain of 9.6% according to Bloomberg. The two-day fall came …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, April 9-13, 2012

Earnings Week kicked off on Friday as seven major market-moving companies reported their numbers; five of the seven companies posted better than expected earnings. Alcoa Inc. (AA) reported $0.01 earnings per share, beating market expectations …

State Farm Financial Literacy Lab Weekly Market Wrap Up, March 5-9, 2012

Weekly Market Wrap Up
March 5 – 9, 2012

Early this week U.S. stocks had their worst one-day decline since November 23rd 2011. However data showing stronger than forecast growth in payrolls last month helped advance the …