Juli Niemann is St. Louis' oldest, non-retired analyst. She works for Smith, Moore and Company as executive vice-president for research and portfolio management. She has worked in the investment industry for over 40 years. Niemann was recently profiled in St. Louis Magazine.
Posted In: housing market, Housing, construction
The latest news in the housing market: New home construction fell last month, but building permits were up to their highest level since 2008.
Posted In: Small Business, recession, net worth
The index of Small Business Optimism fell by a tenth of a percent last month, but small businesses that weathered the recession may finally be beginning to hire.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, U.S., interest rates
Spain nears a credit crisis, worldwide markets are down, and U.S. borrowing costs near zero. Some economists argue this economic instant is the best time for the U.S. government to invest in infrastructure projects.
Posted In: housing market, consumer confidence, Unemployment
Housing prices in March were up a tiny bit from the month before, but it is the first time in seven months that the data hasn't shown a decline.
Posted In: Iran, Oil, United Nations, gas prices
The top nuclear official at the United Nations said today that a deal has been reached with Iran to allow the U.N.’s investigation into Iran’s nuclear program to continue. So what does this mean for the price of oil, which spiked earlier this year because of tensions with Iran?
Posted In: banking, JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon
In Tampa, Fla. today, there's a JPMorgan Chase shareholder meeting going on. Not a great time for CEO Jamie Dimon to face shareholders, given the $2 billion trading loss he announced last week.
Posted In: gas, gas prices
Analyst Juli Niemann discusses the latest with gas prices and whether we can expect a rise in prices during the summer driving season.
Posted In: Housing, technology, bubbles
U.S. home prices stayed basically flat in February according to the S&P Case-Shiller Index. Without adjusting for seasonal fluctuations, prices actually dropped 0.8 percent to reach the lowest level since 2002.
Posted In: Oil, Housing
There was an unexpected drop last month in housing starts. Meanwhile, President Obama has plans to crack down on those who manipulate oil prices.
Posted In: natural gas, demand
Anyone who’s filled up a gas tank recently would probably conclude there’s not enough supply and there’s too much demand, that’s why it costs almost $4 on average a gallon nationwide to fill up your tank. But when it comes to natural gas the supply demand problem is just the opposite.