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December 21, 2018

Money & Markets modules for Friday, Dec. 21

THE WEEK AHEAD

S&P issues its CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. home price index Wednesday. The Conference Board serves up its monthly index of U.S. consumer confidence Thursday. The National Association of Realtors reports its November tally of pending U.S. home sales Friday.

SPOTLIGHT

Shares in Nike climbed Friday after the athletic gear maker delivered third-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts.

CENTERPIECE

A less cheery Fed

The Federal Reserve is a bit less optimistic about the economy’s prospects over the next two years. So it has trimmed its expectations for future increases in interest rates.

STORY STOCKS

Nike (NKE)

Northrop Grumman (NOC)

Dominion Energy (D)

CarMax (KMX)

Alphabet (GOOGL)

Perrigo (PRGO)

Cintas (CTAS)

Emergent BioSolutions (EBS)

FUND FOCUS

Franklin Utilities (FKUTX)

This “Gold”-rated fund is a top pick in Morningstar’s utilities category. It’s “appealingly old-school” and disciplined, but returns have “tended to be lumpy.”

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