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April market recap: Oil rebound fizzles as US production climbs

The oil industry has been spinning its wheels for the past several months. With oil prices stalled at around $50 a barrel (West Texas Intermediate), the energy sector of the S&P 500(R) has declined for four consecutive months through April. The sector is down 9.38% for 2017. That's a sharp contrast to the rest of the stock market this year, which has seen gains in nine of the other 10 sectors.

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The oil recovery with John Groton, Director of Equity Research

The oil industry has been through a bumpy recovery since hitting rock bottom in February 2016 when West Texas crude dropped to under $27 a barrel. But prices have nearly doubled since then and production in the U.S. has been steadily ramping up. In the video and transcript below, we hear from John Groton, Director of Equity Research for Thrivent Asset Management, on this very matter.

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Mid-cap stock insights with portfolio manager Brian Flanagan

A recent interview with Thrivent Mid Cap Stock Portfolio Manager Brian Flanagan shed some light on the basics of the mid-cap stock category/asset class as well as some insights into the Thrivent Asset Management process.

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Disappointing jobs report belies positive employment trends

To get a true picture of the U.S. job market this month, it may help to look at the numbers behind the numbers. While only 98,000 new nonfarm jobs were added to the U.S. labor market in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report issued April 7, some other related statistics paint a more positive picture.

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