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How Excited Would You Be if Your Favorite Retailer Advertised a 4% Sale?

How excited would you be if your favorite retailer advertised a 4% sale on all of their products? Chances are, most consumers wouldn’t even notice a 4% sale, let alone go out of their way for the opportunity to buy a desired item at a 4% lower price point. ... Read More

2018 3rd Quarter in Review: U.S. Stocks Continue to Impress

Global capital markets were mixed on the last week of the 3rd quarter. Equity markets struggled to find solid footing while fixed income markets put forth moderately positive performance, following a highly anticipated Federal Funds Rate increase by the Federal Reserve. ... Read More

Global Equity Markets Tick Higher Despite U.S. Proposing $200 Billion in Additional Tariffs

Global equity markets appeared totally indifferent to news that the U.S. was planning to impose additional tariffs of $200 billion on Chinese goods, as global equity indexes turned in impressive results for the week. ... Read More

Multiple Milestones Reached Last Week and International Stocks Stage a Comeback

Global stock markets finished the week in positive territory with emerging markets leading the way, trying to claw their way back in what has been a difficult 2018 for the group thus far. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.88%, 0.51%, and 1.67% respectively ... Read More

Volatility Returns in August thanks to Turkey and Trade Tensions

Volatility returned to global equities markets in a meaningful way over the past week, but appears to have only had a negative effect on Developed International and Emerging Market equities, leaving U.S. equities essentially unscathed ... Read More

Strong Company Earnings Support Stock Markets

U.S. equity markets delivered mixed results last week with the S&P 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 0.18% and 0.44% respectively and the NASDAQ Composite gaining 0.40%. Overseas, developed and emerging markets both finished the week firmly lower. ... Read More

International Stocks Continue To Suffer From Trade War Concerns

Global capital markets were mixed for the week, as certain areas continued to feel pain stemming from ongoing trade tensions, particularly Emerging and Developed International markets. The S&P 500 Index sputtered to a level of 2,840, representing a modest increase of 0.80%, while the Russell Mid-cap Index gained 0.54. ... Read More

U.S. Economic Growth Reached 4.1% for the 2nd Quarter

Stocks advanced again last week. In the U.S., the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 0.61% and 1.57% respectively. Overseas, the MSCI EAFE index gained 1.35% for the week. Keeping an eye on interest rates, the yield on 10 year U.S. Treasuries remained below 3%, settling in the 2.96% range. ... Read More

Investors Rejoice an Increase in the Unemployment Rate and Await Earnings Releases

Global equity markets came roaring back after, what felt like, months of sideways returns and they did so in the face of lingering trade tensions and on the back of an increase in the unemployment rate. ... Read More

Taking a Look Back at the First Half of 2018

Global equity markets fell for the second consecutive week in the face of continued trade tensions and a stronger U.S. dollar. Looking at a representative sample, the S&P 500 Index declined 1.31%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.26%, and the MSCI EAFE Index, a gauge for international developed markets, dropped 1.03%. ... Read More

Heightened Trade Concerns Constrain Markets

Over the past week global stock markets took a few steps back despite housing starts hitting an 11-year high, the expectation for lower oil prices due to an agreement amongst members of OPEC to reduce output, and the anticipation of further surprises to the upside as it relates to the release of productivity data over the coming week. ... Read More

Should Investors be concerned by the Federal Reserve’s Projected Path of Interest Rate Hikes?

Developed markets held relatively flat following a week largely dominated by news surrounding the Federal Reserve and their ongoing process of increasing interest rates. We’ll dive deeper into an analysis of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the Federal Funds rate another 25bps (i.e. 0.25%) shortly, but first an update on the markets. ... Read More

Investors Await the Fed’s Decision on Interest Rates

Global equity markets experienced strong gains last week as investors concentrated more on the positive jobs report and easing political concerns in Europe, and less on general trade and tariff-related tensions. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average led the pack returning 2.79%, followed by the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 Indexes returning 1.66% and 1.51% respectively. ... Read More

U.S. Stocks Rally Following Strong Jobs Report while Geopolitical Concerns Linger

Global equity markets delivered mixed results in last week’s holiday shortened trading session. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 0.38% while the wider ranging S&P 500 Index gained 0.54% ... Read More

U.S. Stocks Finish the Week Higher Despite Geopolitical Concerns

U.S. equities fluctuated in the week leading up to the Memorial Day weekend. However, the major averages were still able to finish the week in positive territory. The technology-heavy NASDAQ index led the way returning 1.09% for the week followed by the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which posted gains of 0.33% and 0.18% respectively ... Read More

Strong Retail Sales Numbers May Push U.S. GDP Above 3% in the Second Quarter

Developed markets retreated slightly for the week, after seeing gains well above two percent throughout the first 11 days of May. This past week, although faintly negative from a return perspective, was largely dominated by positive news such as U.S. economic activity data and a potential resolution to on-going trade issues between the United States and China ... Read More

Multiple Headwinds Persist But Strong Fundamentals Push Forward

Looking back at last week’s trading activity investors would be hard pressed to find any particular theme or trend in U.S. markets that was consistent throughout the week. The major stock market indexes experienced sharp declines, midday reversals, mixed results, and strong gains ... Read More

Investors Weigh Strong Earnings along with Geopolitical Risks

Markets have taken a stubborn stance in a week defined by predominantly positive economic news, continued upside earnings surprises from U.S. equities, and a meaningful decrease in volatility levels. ... Read More

Corporate Earnings Continue to Rise

Stocks were able to finish in positive territory last week despite giving back some of the gains earned earlier in the week. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index improved 0.54% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.46%, while the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index outpaced both of its larger counterparts advancing 0.96% ... Read More

Stock Market Volatility Continues Despite Continued Evidence of a Strong Economy

After a week of heightened trade issues between the U.S. and China, the yield on the 10 year U.S. Treasury note increased from 2.74% to 2.77%. Ultimately these downward gyrations have lead U.S. Equities, along with their Developed International counterparts, into negative territory, but this isn’t where we currently believe they will finish the year ... Read More

A Wild 1st Quarter Comes to an End

Stocks rebounded a bit last week but failed to recover from the prior week’s decline and ended the first quarter in the red. Both the S&P 500 and the Russell Midcap Indexes gained 2.1%, while the Russell 2000 Index, a measure of the Nation’s smallest publicly traded firms, gained 1.3% last week ... Read More

U.S. Stocks Drop on Trade War Rhetoric

U.S. stocks experienced their worst weekly performance since January 2016 as fears over a trade war gripped markets. The S&P 500 Index lost 5.9%, the Russell Midcap index lost 4.9%, and the Russell 2000 index, a gauge of the Nation’s smallest publicly traded companies, lost 4.8% ... Read More

Stocks Bounce Back on Subdued Inflation Concerns

U.S. Stocks bounced backed last week with their second best performance of the year. The S&P 500 Index gained 3.6%, the Russell Midcap Index advanced 3.8%, and the Russell 2000, a gauge of the Nation’s smallest publicly traded companies, ended the week 4.2% higher ... Read More

Stocks Trend Higher for All the Right Reasons

U.S. Stocks posted their second straight week of gains following early February’s headline grabbing sell-off. Now that the dust has settled, it appears investors are increasingly focusing on the tremendous earnings growth corporations generated in the fourth quarter as well as the optimistic forward guidance provided by management ... Read More

The Fundamentals behind the Technicals

The U.S. stock market experienced its worst week since 2015 as concerns over rising inflation led to a chain reaction of systematic selling. The resulting market moves were some of the most dramatic seen since the Great Financial Crises. ... Read More

The Good Times Roll Again for Another Week

U.S. Stocks experienced yet another week of substantial gains as the dollar continued to fall and interest rates rose. The S&P 500 Index gained 2.2% outpacing gains in the Russell Midcap Index which advanced 1.6%, and the Russell 2000 Index which gained 0.7%. ... Read More

Another Advance in Stocks as Earnings Reports Start to Roll In

Stocks broadly gained again last week as economic data continues to surprise to the upside and traders prepare for the release of more corporate earnings reports from the 4th quarter of 2017. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index gained 0.9%, the Russell Midcap Index advanced 0.5%, and the Russell 2000 Index, a gauge of U.S. small cap stocks, gained 0.4%. ... Read More

Will the Strong Performance of 2017 Repeat in 2018?

U.S. stocks finished the final week of the 2017 with a slight loss on low trading volume as many on Wall Street took the holiday shortened week off. The S&P 500 Index’s decline of 0.33% last week did little to detract from the +20% advance generated from 12 consecutive monthly gains. ... Read More

Stocks Gain as Taxes and the Fed Dominate Headlines

U.S. Stocks mostly gained last week with the S&P 500 Index rising 0.95%, the Russell Midcap Index finishing unchanged, and the Russell 2000 Index gaining 0.6%. On the international front, developed markets moved 0.14% higher while emerging markets claimed a 0.7% rise ... Read More

Stocks Continue their Upward Climb Ahead of Final Fed Meeting of 2017

U.S. Stocks marginally gained value last week as both houses of congress met to reconcile their respective tax bills and investors awaited this year’s final meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) this week. The S&P 500 index gained 0.4%, the Russell Midcap index gained 0.3%, and the small cap-oriented Russell 2000 index slipped 1%. On the international front, developed markets gained 0.1% while emerging markets declined 0.5% ... Read More

Stocks Gain during a Busy Week

U.S. equities had their second best performance of the year gaining 1.6% last week despite a sharp intra-day decline on Friday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 300 points. The Russell Midcap Index grew 1.5% on the week while the Russell 2000 Index moved 1.2% higher ... Read More

Investors Gearing Up for the Final Month

Stocks found stable footing during last week’s holiday shortened trading session. During the three and half days the U.S. markets were open, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.9%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.8%, and the Russell 2000 Index ended the week 1.8% higher. ... Read More

Investors have a lot To Be Thankful for in 2017

The S&P 500 index is up an impressive 17% this year. Internationally, developed markets are up 21% and emerging markets are up a whopping 35%! Even the bond market has investors “giving thanks” for the 5% return generated by corporate debt so far this year and the 7% they’ve received in the high yield debt sector. ... Read More

A Busy Week for Markets Leaving Plenty for Investors to Digest

There were a number of major economic data releases, policy announcements, and earnings reports last week that caused markets to react, albeit mildly. Domestically, large cap stocks were the only capitalization group to advance last week despite the release of details pertaining to tax legislation that could disproportionately benefit smaller firms. ... Read More

Stocks Diverge for the Week as Economy Starts to Heat Up

U.S. large cap stocks were one of the only areas of the global stock market to register a positive return last week. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.2% and is now up 17.2% since the start of the year. Balance was required in order to have captured last week’s gains, however, with large cap value companies falling 0.5% and growth companies gaining 0.9% ... Read More

How Much Higher Can Stocks Climb?

Stocks gained for a sixth straight week with the S&P 500 Index gaining 0.9%, the Russell Midcap index gaining 0.8%, and small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, moving 0.5% higher. International equities declined last week with developed markets losing 0.3% and emerging markets falling 0.5%. ... Read More

Fourth Quarter Earnings Season Underway

U.S. Stocks gained again last week with the S&P 500 Index moving 0.2% higher to close at 2,553 on Friday. The Russell Midcap Index also gained 0.2% last week while small cap stocks, as represented by the Russell 2000 Index, fell 0.5%. ... Read More

A Strong Start to the Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter got off to a strong start last week as U.S. equities rallied on the back of economic data and hope for tax reform. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 Indexes each gained 1.3% while the Russell Midcap Index moved 1.2% higher. ... Read More

Potential Implications of Tax Reform on the Stock Market

Domestic stocks rose during the final week of the third quarter while developed international markets stayed flat and emerging international markets sold off. The S&P 500 index gained 0.7%, outpaced by both midcaps, which advanced 1.1%, and small caps, which increased 2.8% ... Read More

A Familiar Story – Stocks Gain while Volatility Stays Low

U.S. Large cap stocks seesawed last week but finished up 0.1%. The gain in blue chips was overshadowed by their Mid and Small Cap counterparts which advanced 0.3% and 1.3% respectively. Internationally, developed markets rose 0.7% while emerging markets finished the week flat. ... Read More

Market Resiliency Continues

Stocks around the world rose again last week despite continued threats from North Korea and some uncertainty regarding future Federal Reserve activity. U.S. Large cap and Midcap stocks gained 1.6% each while the Russell 2000, a gauge of small cap companies, climbed 2.4%. ... Read More

Stocks Drop Ahead of Irma but then Bounce Back

Stock markets around the world posted mixed results last week as the U.S. prepared for Hurricane Irma and considered the potential for another missile test from North Korea. The S&P 500 Index dropped 0.6%, the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.7%, and the Russell 2000 Index, a gauge of small cap stocks, declined 1.0%. ... Read More

Stocks Gain on Economic Data while North Korea Tensions Mount

U.S. stocks had one of their best weeks of the year as geo-political concerns took a back seat to strong economic data. The S&P 500 Index gained 1.4%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 1.5%, and the Russell 2000 Index, a gauge of small cap companies, advanced 2.7%. On the international front, developed markets ended the week 0.6% higher while emerging markets moved 0.7% to the upside ... Read More

U.S. Stock Mutual Fund Withdrawals Accelerate

U.S. stocks rebounded last week following two consecutive weeks of heightened volatility and negative returns. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.8% while the Russell Midcap Index climbed 1.1% and the Russell 2000 Index, a gauge of small cap companies, moved 1.5% higher ... Read More

Risk Off Mode Hits Markets

A war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un caused stock markets around the world to sell off last week while bonds and gold rallied. The S&P 500 Index fell 1.4%, the Russell Midcap Index fell 1.9%, and the Russell 2000 Index declined 2.7% last week. ... Read More

International Stocks Finish another Week of Out-performance

U.S. Large cap stocks finished with minor gains last week while Mid and Small cap stocks fell in value. The S&P 500 Index ended the week with a 0.2% gain while the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.4% and the Russell 2000 Index dropped 1.2%. In a move counter to our note last week, value stocks outperformed growth stocks across all capitalizations. ... Read More

Oil Surges while Stocks Finish Flat

U.S. equities, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, finished flat last week as the tailwind of higher oil prices was offset by a selloff in the Technology sector. Smaller U.S. companies faced the brunt of selling pressure with the Russell Midcap Index declining 0.2% during the week and the Russell 2000 Index falling 0.4%. ... Read More

Stocks Reach All-Time Highs…Again

Stocks and bonds both rose in price last week reaching fresh all-time highs as earnings releases surprised to the upside and the European Central Bank (ECB) issued dovish guidance. Domestically, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.6% while the Russell Midcap and Russell 2000 Indexes each advanced 0.5%. ... Read More

Earnings Season Gets Underway

Stocks shot higher last week as hawkish sentiment from the Federal Reserve combined with disappointing inflation data in the U.S. Domestically, the S&P 500 and Russell Midcap Indexes gained 1.4% each while the Russell 2000 Index moved 0.9% higher. ... Read More

Stocks Start the Second Half of 2017 Mixed

U.S. stocks started off the second half of 2017 mixed last week while International Markets took a step backward. During the holiday shortened week, the Large Cap-oriented S&P 500 and the Small Cap-oriented Russell 2000 Indices gained 0.1% each, while the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.2% ... Read More

Oil Falls while Stock Gains are Muted

Despite declining during three of five trading sessions, the S&P 500 Index finished last week with a 0.2% gain, outpaced by the predominantly small cap Russell 2000 Index which experienced a 0.6% advance, but ahead of the Russell Midcap Index’s 0.1% decline. ... Read More

Fed Raises Rates and Announces Balance Sheet Reduction Plans

U.S. Stocks finished mixed last week as the S&P 500 Index gained 0.1%, the NASDAQ lost 0.9%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved 0.6% higher. Midcap stocks were the best performing domestic group by market capitalization with a 0.4% gain, while Small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, fell by 1%. ... Read More

Tech Stocks Sell-off Ahead of Fed Meeting

There was a bit a volatility in the daily returns of the U.S. stock market last week as the S&P 500 Index declined in three of the five trading days and ended the week 0.27% lower. The tech heavy NASDAQ 100 Index felt the brunt of the selling pressure, however, with a daily loss of 2.4% during Friday’s trading session, resulting in a weekly loss of the same magnitude. ... Read More

Stocks Hit All-time Highs Again Despite Soft Jobs Data

U.S. Stocks generated positive returns across all market capitalizations last week. Small caps led the way with the 1.7% advance of the Russell 2000 Index followed by the Russell Midcap Index’s 1.2% move higher and the 1% gain of the large cap dominated S&P 500 Index. ... Read More

Markets Post Mixed Returns as Volatility Remains Muted

U.S. Stocks fell last week while international equites ended the five days of trading mostly higher. The S&P 500 Index fell 0.3% while the Russell Midcap and Russell 2000 (i.e. Small Cap) Indices declined 0.6% and 1.0% respectively. ... Read More

Earnings and Employment Reports Push Stocks Higher

Most major stock indexes posted strong results last week following more positive earnings announcements and a better than expected employment report. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.7%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.4% and the Russell 2000 Index saw prices fall 0.2% ... Read More

International Stocks Surge

U.S. Stocks had one of their best weeks of 2017 with the S&P 500 Index and the Russell 2000 Index each advancing 1.5%. The Russell Midcap Index lagged but still posted positive results with a 0.9% gain. As has been the theme thus far in 2017, Growth stocks continue to outpace Value companies. ... Read More

Stocks Rally on Global Political News and Earnings

Stocks rallied last week following news that the Trump administration would release details of their tax reform package and reports of stronger than expected earnings growth. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.9% while the Russell Midcap Index posted a 1.5% advanced. ... Read More

Geopolitical Risks Shake Markets

Stocks fell last week as geopolitical concerns roiled domestic equity markets. Both the S&P 500 and Russell Midcap Indexes lost 1.1% during the holiday shortened week while small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, dropped 1.4%. “Risk-off” assets such as U.S. Treasuries and Gold served as a safe haven for investors over the course of the week. ... Read More

Investors Turn Focus to Earnings

During the first week of the second quarter of 2017, the S&P 500 Index lost 0.2% in a volatile week of trading. Elsewhere domestically, the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.6% while the Russell 2000 Index lost 1.5%. Real Estate and Energy stocks were the best performing sectors to start the quarter with gains of 0.7% and 0.6% respectively. ... Read More

Volatility Returns as Investors Start to Rethink the “Trump Trade”

The S&P 500 Index fell 1.4% last week and snapped its streak of over 100 trading days without a loss of 1% or more. The shallow selloff was a bit steeper for the Russell Midcap Index which fell 1.5% and the Russell 2000 Index which fell 2.6%. ... Read More

Fed Rate Hike Met with Muted Market Reaction

Stocks found solid footing last week with gains across all major indices. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.3%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 1% and the Russell 2000 Index gained 2%. International stocks far outpaced the U.S. last week and now lead year-to-date in 2017. ... Read More

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

Inflation Heats up and Stocks Gain

Domestic stocks posted another week of gains while inflation data came in hotter than anticipated and Janet Yellen delivered her semi-annual testimony before congress. The S&P 500 Index gained 1.6% while the Russell Midcap and Russell 2000 each gained 0.8%. ... Read More

Stocks Advance despite Uncertainties

In an otherwise choppy week of trading amidst light economic data, major averages advanced on Thursday and Friday following a statement from Trump to unveil a “phenomenal” tax plan, fulfilling a campaign pledge, in the coming weeks. U.S. stocks advanced 0.9% last week as the S&P 500 Index reached a new all-time high of 2,316 ... Read More

Earnings and Jobs Data Paint Optimistic Picture

Stocks finished the week marginally higher with the S&P 500 Index gaining 0.2%. U.S. Mid and Small Cap stocks also ended last week with a gain of 0.4% in the Russell Midcap Index and a gain of 0.5% in the Russell 2000 Index. Across these three size groupings; growth stocks have outpaced value stocks so far this year by noticeable margins of 2.5% for large companies, 1.5% for midsized companies, and 2.1% for small firms. ... Read More

Look out for some “Trump Bumps” in the Road Ahead

Stocks finished higher last week both in the U.S. and internationally led by some additional fuel from the “Trump Trade” rally and positive reports on the U.S. economy. For the week, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average Indexes rose by 1.04% and 1.34% respectively. ... Read More

Diversified Investors Off to Good Start in 2017

U.S. large cap stocks fell slightly last week with the S&P 500 Index returning -0.1%. Smaller firms faired a little better as evidenced by the Russell Midcap Index gaining 0.1% and the Russell 2000 Index increasing by 0.4%. ... Read More

Stocks Higher as 2016 Finish Line Approaches

Stocks finished last week marginally higher on low volume as many traders started their holiday vacations early. On the domestic front, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.35%, Mid-cap1 stocks gained 0.2% and Small cap2 stocks saw a 0.6% increase. ... Read More

Santa Claus Starts to Deliver Early

U.S. Small Cap stocks1 led the way last week with gains of 5.6% followed by Mid2 and Large3 Cap companies which saw equally impressive gains 3.5% and 3.1% respectively. International markets also exhibited positive returns with developed4 and emerging5 stock markets increasing by 2.9% each. ... Read More

Stocks Slip but Prospects Remain Bright

Stocks gave back some of their recent gains last week with the S&P 500 Index losing 0.9%. Small cap (1) stocks in the U.S., which recently have surged and are up 17.3% on the year, also fell last week dropping 2.4%. On the international front, developed markets (2), slipped back 0.2% and emerging markets (3) declined by 0.3%. Oil (4) posted an impressive increase of 12.2% on the week following a reported agreement by OPEC to cut production ... Read More