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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

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

A Relatively Quiet but Profitable Third Quarter

U.S. stocks gained 0.2% last week, developed international markets declined 0.65%, and emerging markets fell 1.5%. Headlines were dominated by a potential OPEC deal which propelled oil prices 7.7% higher, closing the week at $48.24 for a barrel of WTI Crude. ... Read More

Stocks Further their Advance as Earnings Season Wraps Up

In another week of low volatility that saw no daily price changes exceed 1%, the S&P 500 Index posted a meager gain of 0.1%. International developed markets* exhibited the strongest performance with a 2.9% weekly gain and are now up 2.3% for the year ... Read More

Stock Market Gains Continue as Interest Rates Stay at Historic Lows

Stocks in the U.S. posted another week of strong gains and international developed markets joined in on the fun as Brexit fears continue to subside and strong global economic reports point to relatively stable economies throughout much of the world. ... 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

Markets Sleep on it, but Ultimately Cheer ECB Comments

Equities continued their winning streak last week with both domestic and international stock market indexes posting gains. The S&P 500 Index has now climbed back nearly 10% from its February 11, year-to-date low and is only 0.6% below its December 31, 2015 closing level ... Read More

Have the Markets Now Turned the Corner?

Stock markets both in the U.S. and internationally continued to build momentum and posted a third straight week of gains as of the close of trading on Friday, March 4. On the home front, Small cap companies* posted the strongest gains last week, moving 4.3% to the upside but still have some ground to make up after being down 4.5% for the year as of Friday’s close. ... Read More

Stocks Break Winning Streak while Index Performance Diverges

Following two consecutive weekly gains in U.S. stock market indexes, most major benchmarks turned lower last week with the S&P 500 Index (S&P 500) falling over 3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) dropping over 1.5% and the NASDAQ moving 5.3% lower. The technology heavy NASDAQ , after outperforming the S&P 500 Index in 2015 by over 8%, is now in “correction” territory after having lost close to 13% thus far in 2016 alone. ... Read More

Earnings Season Comes to a Close and the September Fed Meeting Approaches

Market Overview Happening Now   With close to 90% of the companies in the S&P 500 index having reported thus far, the much anticipated Q2 2015 earnings season is coming to a close. Investors, looking just about anywhere for hints ... Read More

What China’s Stock Market Selloff Means for U.S. Investors

Market Overview Happening Now   The Chinese stock market has caught the attention of investors around the world due to the sharp fall and subsequent increase in volatility witnessed since the beginning of June. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index ... Read More