Market Commentaries

  • U.S./China Trade Agreement: Phase 1

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    Global equity markets finished last week higher in the aggregate after retreating for three consecutive weeks. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index rallied to a level of 2970, representing a gain of 0.66%, while the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.83% for the week.... Read More

  • Economic Data Releases Caused Markets to Whipsaw Last Week

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    Global equity markets finished lower for the third consecutive week. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index fell to a level of 2952, representing a loss of 0.30%, while the Russell Midcap Index retreated 0.63%. The Russell 2000 Index, a measure of the Nation’s smallest publicly traded firms, gave up the most ground of the three market capitalizations with a drop of 1.28% for the week. ... Read More

  • Washington Headlines Attract Investors Attention as 3rd Quarter Comes to a Close

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    Global equity markets finished in the red last week after a choppy trading session. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index fell to a level of 2962, representing a loss of 0.98%, while the Russell Midcap Index gave back 1.09% for the week... Read More

  • Should the Federal Reserve have Cut Interest Rates by another 0.25%?

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    Global capital markets took a break from a multi-week expansion, retreating moderately last week. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index fell to a level of 2992, representing a loss of 0.49%, while the Russell Midcap Index fell 0.27% for the week. ... Read More

  • Fixed Income Yields and Equity Prices Rose Prior to Strike on Oil Facility in Saudi Arabia

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    Stocks continued to climb higher posting their third consecutive weekly gain. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index advanced to a level of 3007, representing a gain of 1.02%, while the Russell Midcap Index increased 1.08% last week.... Read More

  • Understanding the Divergence between Consumer and Business Confidence

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    Global equity markets got off to a strong start in September. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index advanced to a level of 2979, representing a gain of 1.83%, while the Russell Midcap Index increased 1.74% last week. The Russell 2000 Index, a measure of the Nation’s smallest publicly traded firms, lagged it’s larger counterparts, however, still managed to gain a healthy 0.71%. ... Read More

  • Corporate Earnings and Margins Holding Relatively Firm…For Now

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    Global capital markets were mostly higher for the week as investors enjoyed a lull in the U.S./China trade saga. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index propelled to a level of 2926, representing a gain of 2.83%, while the Russell Midcap Index increased 2.44% for the week.... Read More

  • Finding Yield in a Low-to-No Yield Environment

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    Global capital markets were mostly lower for the week as investors paid close attention to central bank messaging out of Jackson Hole, an annual gathering of the world’s most prominent central bank figures. ... Read More

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