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Wall St ends flat; Disney, retailers dip on sales worries

November 27, 2015

U.S. stock indexes ended little changed in light trading on Friday, with consumer stocks falling as investors fretted over early reports on the U.S. holiday shopping season and Disney's subscriber losses weighed on the market. "We're going to get today over with and hit the ground running next week," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.

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Market Doesn't Like Chicago's Odds in Pension Case

November 19, 2015
The Bond Buyer

The municipal market's buyside, as do legal experts, sees Chicago's pension reform appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court as a longshot and wants the city to come up with an alternative. "First, it's a higher burden because the lower court ruled against the city and so they would have to overturn. Second, it's an argument the court has heard before in the state case although with a different nuance," said Brian Battle, director of trading in Chicago at Performance Trust Capital Partners.

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Is a Rate Hike a Done Deal After the Fed Minutes?

November 19, 2015

Brian Battle is featured on What’s News where he discusses the latest minutes released from the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve has finally expressed interest in raising rates, which is expected to come in December. However, the Fed is data dependent and this is not a guarantee going forward, a lack of a raise in rates would signal that the economy is still in a fragile state. Rates are forecasted to be increased by a minimal amount. Brian believes that the big question going forward is what happens after rates have been initially raised. He concludes by reviewing how the upcoming retail season will have an effect on this going forward.

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Paris attacks seen causing short-term global markets drop

November 15, 2015

Stocks in major markets are set for a short-term sell-off on Monday after suspected Islamist militants launched coordinated attacks across Paris that killed more than 130 people, but few strategists expect a prolonged economic impact or change in prevailing market directions. If increased national security causes trade friction, longer-term commercial effects also "bode ill for the euro," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.

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