Podcast: 164 Million Thanksgiving Weekend Shoppers and Two Other Numbers You Need to Know

Numbers By Barron’s is a two-minute financial podcast with three vital numbers to start your morning. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and wherever you get your podcasts-as well as on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker

Three numbers to start your day:

But it’s also how many days the S&P 500 has gained more than 1%, according to DataTrek Research.

While the recent market turmoil has done a lot of damage, the S&P has seen more up one percent days than down for the year. Of course, investors have a tendency to note painful days over gainful ones.

That’s something to remember when the market re-opens Friday morning.

-if the liberal activist’s fund had maintained its investment in Facebook, Netflix, and Goldman.

But Soros Fund Management avoided some of the pain when it sold out of Facebook, and cut its positions in Netflix and Goldman Sachs Group in the third quarter. A great move considering how hard those stocks have been hit lately.

The investment changes were revealed in SEC filings last week. But Soros could, of course, have bought more Facebook or Netflix since the third quarter ended.

-and over the weekend. But before you have flashbacks to overrun parking lots and department stores, consider that the number of shoppers looking for early-bird deals has actually declined from last year.

And if you’re worried about tariffs — don’t. Retailers imported record volumes of merchandise ahead of them and the effect on pricing is expected to be minimal, according to the National Retail Federation.

Numbers by Barron’s is a new daily podcast. Find out morehere.

This episode was hosted by Crystal Kim.

Write to Crystal Kim at crystal.kim@barrons.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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