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July market recap: Financial stocks gaining strength as oil prices recover

After six months of declines, oil prices finally started to recover in July, carrying the S&P 500® Energy sector to its first monthly gain of 2017.

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Employment jumps in June with 222,000 new jobs

The U.S. economy bounced back in June, adding another 222,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report issued July 7. This marks the 81st consecutive month of job growth.

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Q2 market recap: Wobbly tech sector still leads market as oil keeps skidding

Tech stocks have experienced some rocky moments in the market recently, but the information technology sector of the S&P 500® still leads all industries in performance through the first six months of 2017. Despite a dip in June, the tech sector is up 17.23% through the first half of 2017 – well above the 9.34% total return of the S&P 500 this year.

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Understanding the budget debate part 5: tax expenditures

Millions of Americans and U.S. companies benefit from special exclusions, exemptions, deductions, special credits, preferential tax rates, and tax liability deferrals that help reduce income taxes. These are known as "tax expenditures," and, while they benefit individuals and corporations, they cost the federal government billions of dollars in tax revenue.

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