Monthly Archives: March 2016

Upside Risk to Inflation May Force Fed’s Hand Earlier than Many Currently Expect

U.S. stocks* broke a five week winning streak, falling 0.2% during the holiday shortened 4 day trading period last week. Following the tragic attacks in Brussels in addition to mixed economic data that was reported, markets exhibited range-bound trading, not rising or falling more than 1% during any one day. ... Read More

The Fed Turns Dovish

After tumbling the first two months of the year, U.S. stocks* posted their fifth consecutive weekly gain and have found themselves in positive territory for the first time in 2016. The S&P 500 Index has now gained 6.21% during the month of March after falling nearly 4.96% in January and another 0.13% in February. ... 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

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