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: Earnings, corporate profits
With some tough economic news in the last week or so with the jobs report, and today some evidence of a slowdown in China, Wall Street is anticipating modest reports from corporations.
Posted In: car, Ford, car sales
Auto sales for the month of March are trickling out this month and so far the numbers look pretty good. Chrysler said it had its best month in four years with sales up 34 percent. Ford also had its best month in years with sales up 5 percent.
Posted In: Barack Obama, Oil, subsidy
The president wants lawmakers to repeal $4 billion worth of tax breaks that oil companies currently get. How much of an issue are these subsidies?
Posted In: health care, case shiller
The markets have a lot to reflect on this morning, from the pending Supreme Court decision to the latest Case-Shiller Index.
Posted In: Housing
Rise in new building permits attributed to good winter weather, increased demand for housing, and an economy that "isn't getting worse."
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Retail
The top policy makers at the Federal Reserve are holding a meeting today in Washington to decide what to do next when it comes to monetary policy. Will they shift their focus now that we have signs of economic recovery?
Posted In: gas, Oil, Unemployment
The national average for a gallon of gasoline dipped today after about a month of steady increases. At the same time, tension with Iran could push those back up.
Posted In: gas prices
Gas prices have risen quickly in the past month, but reductions in consumer spending and the payroll tax cut are helping to offset the costs.
Posted In: retail sales, Retail, consumer
The government said this morning that retail sales inched up 0.4 percent last month. That was lower than expected.
Posted In: Housing, home prices, case shiller
Home prices are falling again in many major American cities. Why?