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  1. July Jobs Report

    Strong U.S. jobs report bolsters case for further Fed tightening

    The Labor Department said that nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs last month amid broad-based gains. June's employment gain was revised up to 231,000 from the previously reported 222,000.

    The unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in July, matching a 16-year low touched in May. It has declined four-tenths of a percentage point this year and is now at the most recent
  2. Dow posts another new high, while small caps continue to pull back

    The Dow continues to lead as it was one of the few indices that posted a gain on Thursday, although gaining just 10-points, but that makes 7 straight positive days. The S&P 500, Nasdaq, and the small caps all saw modestly lower prices yesterday, while the Transports posted a moderate gain after bouncing off its 200-day SMA.

S&P 500 (C Fund)
DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)
EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
AGG (F Fund)
iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG)