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Just a few weeks ago, on Feb. 14, U.S. Federal Reserve fund futures were only assigning a 13% chance of a March interest rate increase, reported MorningStar.com.

But that probability has since done an about-face.

Fed funds futures are currently pricing in a 95% probability of a rate hike this month, even if this Friday’s payrolls report comes in a bit softer than expected.

This market expectation shift follows hawkish rhetoric from Fed honchos — including from Chair Janet Yellen herself.

“[A March rate hike] would likely be appropriate,” Yellen said, according to The Washington Post on March 3. She then noted that job growth of around 180,000 per month is “notably above the level estimated to be consistent with the longer-run trend in labor force growth — between 75,000 and 125,000 per month.”

Is the timing truly right, though?

Scroll down past the image and tell us whether you think the Federal Reserve should raise inter est rates in March…

united states stock market: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.(AEO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    However, the ongoing closures could help remaining shopping mall businesses like The Gap (NYSE:GPS)and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO). Neither company has been immune to the changing times and both have closed down stores of their own. However, some of these clothiers — American Eagle, in particular — have managed to hang on to old clientele and expand into new markets.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) trades at 12 times earnings, which is half the industry average of 24 for apparel stores. It pays a forward dividend yield of 3.6%, which is much higher than the S&P 500’s average yield of 2%. That dividend is supported by a payout ratio of 43%, but it hasn’t hiked that payout since 2013.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) were down 12 percent to $11.35 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings and issued a weak earnings forecast for the current quarter.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) dropped nearly 16% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $10.91 after closing at $12.96 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $19.55. Volume of nearly 23 million was about 5 times the daily average of around 4.7 million shares traded. The specialty retailer’s results didn’t live up to expectations this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO).The company plans to close 150 stores over three years.

    Chicos FAS Inc. (NYSE: CHS).Planned to close 120 stores between fiscal 2015 and 2017.

united states stock market: Old National Bancorp Capital Trust I(ONB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.

  • [By kiplinger]

     Old National Bancorp (ONB) is a 181-year-old financial institution with 195 branches, mainly in the Midwest. The stock, which is still down by about one-third from its prerecession high, trades at just 13 times projected 2016 earnings and yields an attractive 3.4%. If interest rates ever rise, the bank should benefit from a widening spread between its cost of funds and the interest rates borrowers pay.

    It’s a favorite of David Dreman, author of the classic 1980 book Contrarian Investment Strategy. His philosophy: “We believe that the markets are not perfectly efficient.” Some stocks, in other words, are judged by the market to be cheaper than their actual worth.

united states stock market: KeyCorp(KEY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian said he noticed big options volume in the December weekly, 18 strike calls in KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). He decided to follow the trade and he is going to hold the position for 1 to 2 days.


    But then there was good news from rail transport company CSX (CSX ) , which saw growth in every one of its business lines. Foot Locker (FL) also surprised to the upside, sending shares up a quick 5.3%. Cramer fave and Action Alerts PLUS holding KeyCorp (KEY) also delivered, as did paint maker Sherwin-Williams (SHW) .

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    We believe investors should continue to own three types of bank stocks: “Return of Capital (RC) Stocks”, “Risk On (RO) Stocks”, and “Multiple Revaluation (MR) Stocks.” RC stocks include M&T Bank (MTB), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), and SunTrust Banks (STI); RO stocks include Bank of America, Popular (BPOP), Citigroup, JPMorgan, and KeyCorp (KEY); and MR stocks include BB&T (BBT) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC).


    On the show’s “Lightning Round” segment, Jim Cramer was bullish on Penn National Gaming (PENN) , KeyCorp (KEY) and TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) .

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united states stock market: Sandstorm Gold Ltd(SAND )

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    Sandstorm Gold (NYSEMKT:SAND) has outperformed the precious metal itself over the past year, with shares rising 35% year to date. Last month it reported third-quarter profits of $7 million, a big U-turn from 2015, when it suffered losses of $5.5 million. In fact, its entire operation was doing better with greater production: lower cash costs, but higher cash margins; and greater operating cash flows, all of which allowed it to pay down its revolving credit facility. That means it has no bank debt and its entire $110 million revolving credit facility is available to make acquisitions.

united states stock market: Textainer Group Holdings Limited(TGH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Hogue]

    There is one particular shipping company of which investors are being especially fearful, to the point of hating it. I'm talking about Textainer Group Holdings (NYSE: TGH), a container leasing company with 2.6 million 20-foot equivalent containers, the largest fleet among its peers.

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