Monthly Archives: January 2016

What should you know about small business optimism index

On Tuesday, September 13, investors await fresh data on the state of small businesses. At 6 a.m. Eastern, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) releases its small business optimism index for August, which is expected to increase to 94.8, compared to 94.6 in July. The index has been on the rise since March, reflecting better confidence from small business owners. It is a light day on the earnings calendar, with home décor retailer At Home Group (HOME)  set to release earnings after the markets close. The retailer is expected to report quarterly revenue of $9.95 million. The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange back in August. TheStreet’s Scott Gamm reports from Wall Street.

Mazza is also bullish on the Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE) , up 7% year to date, heading into the fall. S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI have elevated real estate to its own sector, a move that’s brought more attention to a corner of the market that’s outperformed this year.

“Real estate is no longer buried in the financial sector,” said Mazza. “It’s an attractive place for investors to find income in this low yield environment and now that it is more visible it will become increasingly attractive with retail investors.”