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Markets seem to be consolidating, which is a good thing

While last week marked just the second down week of the year for the S&P, many individual names have been consolidating since mid-February.  The equity markets declined, with the worst 1-week performance this year, on mixed economic data.  For last week the Russell 2000® Index, the weakest performer, fell 4.26%, followed by Nasdaq (-2.46%), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-2.21%), and the S&P 500® Index (-2.16%.)  Low trading volumes suggest that many investors are… View More

China negotiations moving forward... Brexit is a mess, but does anyone care?

Equity markets were mixed last week as no significant events motivated investors to buy or sell.  The Nasdaq led the indices this week with a 0.90% gain, followed by S&P 500® (0.40%), Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.02%) and Russell 2000® Index (-0.03 %).  Early in the week, President Trump announced a postponement of additional tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products with no extension date provided.  Reports later in the week indicated that President… View More

Markets believe we are Inching Towards A China Deal

President Trump’s announcement last night delaying an escalation in China tariffs from going into effect on March 1 shows that we are moving towards a deal in the coming month.Trump is becoming more pro-growth and is looking for a deal ahead of his re-election. Avoiding the escalation of tariffs prevents an additional $50bn of tariffs from going into effect in CY 2019. We are having a harder time seeing a path to removing existing tariffs, which will be largely dependent… View More

Market Pausing, But Average Stock Outperforming

While the market has paused over recent days, the equally-weighted S&P has continued to outperform and reflects an improvement for the “average stock.”  The equity markets started last week on a positive note before retreating as trade concerns and Brexit dampened investor enthusiasm.  The major indices rose fractionally: the Nasdaq gained 0.55%, followed by the Russell 2000® Index (0.29%), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (0.17%) and the S&P 500® Index… View More

Best January for markets in more than 30 years

Equities posted the best January results in thirty years; the abrupt reversal of fortune, while perhaps bittersweet, signaled renewed confidence in the economy.  For the week the S&P 500® Index rose 1.57%, followed by the Nasdaq (1.38%), Dow Jones Industrial Average (1.32%) and Russell 2000® Index (1.29%).  On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and removed longstanding commentary that further rate increases may be necessary.  The Fed also stated… View More

The Fed leaves rates unchanged

Today the Federal Reserve Board decided to leave the Federal Funds Rate unchanged.  More importantly, they also said that "In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes."   After the December meeting (when the Fed raised rates by 0.25%), we shared that we thought… View More

The government is open, at least until February 15

The equity markets ended this holiday-shortened week essentially unchanged.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (+0.12%) and the Nasdaq (+0.11%) led with modest gains followed by the Russell 2000® Index (+0.02%) while the S&P 500® Index fell 0.22%.  Shortly before the markets closed on Friday, President Trump announced a deal with lawmakers to approve a bill which would reopen the federal government until February 15th while negotiations continue.  State unemployment claims for last… View More

The recovery continues but starts to meet some technical resistance

The equity markets recovery continued last week led by a 2.96% gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average followed by the S&P 500® Index (2.87%), Nasdaq (2.66%) and Russell 2000® Index (2.43%).  Corporate earnings season began last week with major financial institutions including Citigroup, JPMorgan, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs; each posted earnings that exceeded analysts’ expectations despite low trading revenues related to December’s severe volatility. … View More

Patience by the Fed is a good thing

The equity market recovery continued this week as the oil price rebound, Federal Reserve comments regarding ‘patience’ in interest rate policies, and mid-level trade negotiations with China improved investor sentiment.  The lack of progress on the government shutdown, which on Saturday will become the longest in history, apparently did not influence market sentiment.  Fears of a recession subsided as the Russell 2000® Index led the markets with a 4.83% gain followed… View More

A little late for a Santa Claus Rally but we will take it

Friday’s rally provided a welcomed start to the New Year as all of the major indices posted solid gains. For the week, the Russell 2000® Index (3.20%) led all of the major indices, followed by the Nasdaq (2.34%), S&P 500® Index (1.86%) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (1.61%). Consumer sentiment rose on positive employment data, and comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Powell. Friday’s release of the December employment report… View More


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