Tag Archives: U.S. Dollar

U.S. Stock Rally Continues as Economic Optimism Abounds

U.S. Stocks continued their post-election rally last week with Large Cap1 companies posting a 0.9% gain, Mid Cap2 stocks gaining 2.0%, and Small Cap3 equities moving 2.6% higher. The U.S. Dollar4 rose 2.2% against a trade-weighted basket of securities for the week and is now up 3.4% since November 8. ... 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

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

Markets Finish a Volatile Q1 Slightly Higher

The first quarter of 2016 came to a close last Thursday leaving in its wake three months of volatility in U.S. stocks* that concluded with a 6.8% gain in March. For the year, the S&P 500 Index finished Q1 up 1.8%, a far cry from the 10% tumble the benchmark took from the start of the year to February 11 when stocks bottomed ... 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

U.S. Stock Market Performance and the Link to Oil

Stock markets around the world posted their first weekly gain of 2016 last week, despite continued day-to-day volatility. The S&P 500 Index concluded the week with a daily gain of over two percent during Friday’s trading session allowing the benchmark to finish the week with a 4 day gain of 1.4%. International developed and emerging markets also saw marginal price gains of 0.2% each (in U.S. Dollar terms) during the week ... Read More