Market Commentaries

  • Stocks Suffer Sharp Decline but then Recover

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    Stocks suffered their worse daily loss of 2017 last week on the back of political concerns in the U.S. and Brazil. On Wednesday, May 17, the S&P 500 Index lost 1.8%, which represented the largest daily loss in eight months. ... Read More

  • Markets Post Mixed Returns as Volatility Remains Muted

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Weakness in the equity markets caused yields on bonds to fall on the week, increasing demand for dividend paying stocks and leading to Real Estate’s relative outperformance. ... Read More

  • Economic Tables

    Strong 1st Quarter for Investors

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    Stocks finished the first quarter (Q1) on a relatively strong note with the S&P 500 Index gaining 0.8%. With last week’s rebound, the S&P 500 Index managed to gain 6.1% during the quarter. ... Read More

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