Market Commentaries

  • Stocks Suffer Sharp Decline but then Recover


    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


    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. 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


    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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