Market Commentaries

  • 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

  • Volatility Returns as Investors Start to Rethink the “Trump Trade”


    The S&P 500 Index fell 1.4% last week and snapped its streak of over 100 trading days without a loss of 1% or more. The shallow selloff was a bit steeper for the Russell Midcap Index which fell 1.5% and the Russell 2000 Index which fell 2.6%.... Read More

  • Fed Rate Hike Met with Muted Market Reaction


    Stocks found solid footing last week with gains across all major indices. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.3%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 1% and the Russell 2000 Index gained 2%. ... Read More

  • Strong Employment Report Paves the Way for the Fed


    Stocks broke their recent streak of weekly gains after the S&P 500 Index declined 0.4% last week. Mid and Small cap stocks also dropped as evidenced by the Russell Midcap Index losing 1.3% and the Russell 2000 Index falling 2.0%. Internationally, the MSCI EAFE Index, which is a gauge of international developed markets, offered some relief gaining 0.4% while the MSCI Emerging Market Index, which is a measure of international emerging markets, posted a loss of 0.5%. ... Read More

  • Fed Now Likely to Hike Rates in March


    U.S. Large cap stocks once again saw a week of gains with the S&P 500 Index adding 0.7% to take its year-to-date return up to 6.9%. On the Mid and Small cap front, the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.2% while the Russell 2000 Index fished the week flat. ... Read More

  • Drivers behind the Rally in Equities


    U.S. Stocks posted yet another week of gains with the S&P 500 Index rising 0.7%. Small and Midcap domestic stocks saw mixed results, however, as evidenced by the Russell Midcap Index gaining 0.3% and the Russell 2000 Index falling 0.4%.... Read More

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