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Strong Employment Report Paves the Way for the Fed

Stocks broke their recent streak of weekly gains after the S&P 500 Index declined 0.4% last week. Mid and Small cap stocks also dropped as evidenced by the Russell Midcap Index losing 1.3% and the Russell 2000 Index falling 2.0%. Internationally, the MSCI EAFE Index, which is a gauge of international developed markets, offered some relief gaining 0.4% while the MSCI Emerging Market Index, which is a measure of international emerging markets, posted a loss of 0.5% ... Read More

Fed Now Likely to Hike Rates in March

U.S. Large cap stocks once again saw a week of gains with the S&P 500 Index adding 0.7% to take its year-to-date return up to 6.9%. On the Mid and Small cap front, the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.2% while the Russell 2000 Index fished the week flat. ... Read More

Drama Ahead of OPEC Meeting while the Fed Waits around the Corner

Stock markets in the U.S. and around the world gained value during a shortened week of trading for U.S. investors. The S&P 500 Index increased 1.5%, while international developed1 and emerging2 markets each gained 1.3%. ... Read More

Positive Data Helps Stocks Move Modestly Higher

U.S. Stocks rose 0.4% last week as both earnings announcements and economic data releases painted a relatively optimistic picture of the U.S. economy and corporate profitability. On the international front, developed markets rose 0.5% despite the European Central Bank (ECB) leaving monetary policy unchanged and, for the time being, not adjusting their asset purchase program. ... Read More

Fluctuations Foreshadow a Likely Volatile Fourth Quarter

Stocks and bonds moved in sync last week, falling in value nearly across the board with the exception of the Utility, Real Estate and Telecom sectors of the stock market and the High Yield sector of the U.S. bond market. ... Read More

Preparing for Volatility

The S&P 500 Index dropped 0.6% last week, while on the international front developed markets fell 0.8% and emerging markets gained 1.3%. Economic data continues to suggest that the economy is expanding at a moderate pace, firming the argument for an interest rate hike before year-end and pushing the yield on the 10 Year U.S. Treasury up to 1.73% from 1.60% last week ... Read More

The Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged AGAIN and Stocks Bump Higher

The widely anticipated Federal Reserve (“Fed”) meeting ended last Wednesday with the non-earth shattering news that rates would be left unchanged again by the Fed. Stocks rallied around the world in response, which was somewhat surprising given that the probability for a rate hike was quite low. ... Read More

A Bumpy Start and Quiet End to the Summer of 2016

U.S. Stocks churned last week again trading minor daily gains with losses but ultimately finished the week higher by 0.6% following a weaker than expected Employment Report that prompted some to believe a September rate hike is now off the table. International stocks posted mixed results with the MSCI EAFE Index, which measures international developed markets, gaining 0.5% while the MSCI EM Index, which measures international emerging markets, fell 0.1%. ... Read More

Yellen’s Remarks Spark a Hawkish Tone

Stocks broke their winning streak last week with the S&P 500 Index losing 0.7%, in balanced albeit light sell off that saw growth stocks losing 0.7% and value stocks losing 0.6%. Small Cap U.S. stocks actually posted marginal gains of 0.1% last week and are now up 10% for the year, essentially on par with their domestic Mid-cap counterparts which have appreciated 9.9% while outpacing U.S. Large cap stocks which are up 7.7% for 2016. ... Read More

Markets Remain Remarkably Quiet…for Now

Record low levels of volatility persisted into yet another week with U.S. and emerging markets finishing essentially flat and developed international markets posting a slight drop of 0.6%. The performance of the U.S. market was driven by gains in value stocks of 0.4% being partially offset by losses in growth stocks of 0.2%, as measured by the Russell 1000 Value and Growth Indexes respectively. ... Read More

Federal Reserve Maintains Rates, U.S. GDP Disappoints and International Stocks Post Gains

U.S. stocks sold off slightly last week with the S&P 500 index losing 0.05% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 0.75%. Conversely, International Developed markets outpaced both U.S. stocks and international emerging markets with gains in the MSCI EAFE Index of 2.4% versus the 0.5% increase in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. ... Read More

S&P 500 Index Hits Record High as Q2 Earnings Season Kicks Off

Markets rebounded aggressively last week, posting some of the best weekly returns of 2016. For example, U.S. stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, gained 3.3%, international developed markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, gained 3.5% and the MSCI Emerging Market Index moved 4.5% higher ... Read More

Markets Rebound, Post Best Weekly Returns of 2016

Markets rebounded aggressively last week, posting some of the best weekly returns of 2016. For example, U.S. stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, gained 3.3%, international developed markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, gained 3.5% and the MSCI Emerging Market Index moved 4.5% higher. ... Read More

Federal Reserve Takes Dovish Stance Amid Uncertainties

U.S. Stocks fell 1.1% last week during a series of risk off trading sessions that spurred a flight to quality and led the yield on the 10 year U.S. Treasury down to 1.62%. International developed markets dropped 2.8% and emerging markets lost 2.1% ... Read More

Stocks Little Changed on Brexit and Fed Uncertainty

U.S. Stocks had a mixed week with the S&P 500 Index losing 0.11% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining 0.35%. On the international front, developed markets continue to lag their emerging market counterparts with the MSCI EAFE Index losing 1.72% and the MSCI Emerging Market Index gaining 1.05%. ... Read More

Flat Week of Returns Capped by Jobs Disappointment

U.S. stocks finished nearly flat last week with the S&P 500 Index gaining 0.04% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 0.30%. On the international front, Developed Markets gained slightly, when measured in U.S. Dollars, with the MSCI EAFE Index increasing 0.19% ... Read More

Stocks Poised for Second Straight Month of Gains

U.S. stocks come back after Memorial Day Weekend poised to finish May with their second best monthly performance of 2016. The S&P 500 Index, as of Friday, May 27, has gained nearly 2% this month on the back of positive economic data and an increased likelihood of the Federal Reserve (“Fed”) hiking interest rates again in either June or July. ... Read More

It’s Now Been a Year Since S&P 500 Index Hit a Record High

U.S. Stocks broke their losing streak last week gaining 0.35%, while on the international front developed markets, with a weekly gain of 0.33%, outpaced their emerging market counterparts which fell 1.32% ... Read More

Investors Retreat after Positive Economic Data Reports

Positive reports on retail sales, producer prices and consumer sentiment were not enough to stave off a decline in stock prices at the end of the week as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) finished Friday down 185 points to a closing level of 17535. Friday’s sell-off was widespread as all 10 sectors of the S&P 500 index (S&P 500) finished lower for the day. ... Read More

Stocks Give Back Gains Following FOMC Announcement

Stocks took a step back last week on the back of the Federal Reserve’s April 27 rate decision and statement release. U.S. companies* declined 1.2%, developed international stocks* dropped 0.4% and emerging market equities* gave back 0.6% ... Read More

Market Leadership Shifts Ahead of April Fed Meeting

After outpacing domestic* and emerging markets* last week, international developed equities* posted their second consecutive week of gains and are now up 0.44% for 2016. The 1.3% gain in the MSCI EAFE Index, which is used to help measure the performance of international developed markets, was stronger than the 0.5% gain in U.S. Stocks and the -0.14% loss in emerging markets for the week, making this the second consecutive week of international developed market outperformance. ... Read More

U.S. Stock and Oil Prices Stick Together BUT Decouple from China

U.S. equity markets capped off a second consecutive week of gains, inching closer to their end of 2015 levels on the back of a decoupling between U.S. stock and oil prices from the Chinese stock market. This decoupling could mark a significant shift in market sentiment and we are anxious to see if U.S. stock prices will eventually decouple from oil prices in the future as well. ... Read More

U.S. Stocks Finish January on a High Note but Volatility Reigns Supreme

While the volatility of January 2016 will not soon be forgotten, the prospects for it being the worst start to a new year on record, which once seemed likely, did not come to fruition. Thanks to two consecutive weekly gains, the S&P 500 Index ended January “only” down 4.96%, just ahead of 2009’s 5.1% drop. ... Read More