Quant Cycles (formerly called the Cycle Projection Oscillator) is a technical tool that employs proprietary statistical techniques and complex algorithms to filter multiple cycles from historical data, combines them to obtain cyclical information from price data and then gives a graphical representation of their productive behavior. Other proprietary frequency domain techniques then are employed to obtain the cycles embedded in the price.
Earlier this year, engineers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT.N) who track rivals' prices online got a rude surprise: the technology they were using to check Amazon.com several million times a day suddenly stopped working.
U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than six years in April and inflation rose steadily, more signs of an acceleration in economic growth that could persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates again as early as June.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said currency fluctuations cut second-quarter sales by $680 million and will weaken growth this year, adding pressure on the world’s largest retailer as it struggles to overcome slower demand in the U.S.