The dollar's appreciation is not necessarily good for US companies.
Earning season is upon us, and these companies deserve a review.
The key takeaway from the company's report is that earnings may now surprise us not by being great, but simply by being less bad than we expected.
The news spurs hope that the first quarter may not be as depressing as feared.
With earnings reports and possible credit downgrades looming ahead, big bank stocks will need to weather short-term headwinds.
Happy days are not yet here again.
Was the first quarter simply a final hurrah, with the stock market about to turn sour in response to a failure on the part of the economy in the US and worldwide to continue to show signs of strength?
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