Market Commentaries

  • An Up Move in Oil and Rates Alongside Stocks

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    In a familiar tone, stocks rose again last week but the bigger story may be the rising price of oil and the tick up in interest rates that have accompanied this year’s stock rally. ... Read More

  • Stocks are off to a Strong Start in 2018

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    Stocks started off 2018 firing on all cylinders and picking up where they left off in 2017. The S&P 500 Index gained 2.6% last week, the Russell Midcap Index gained 2% and the small cap focused Russell 2000 Index advanced 1.6%. ... Read More

  • Will the Strong Performance of 2017 Repeat in 2018?

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    U.S. stocks finished the final week of the 2017 with a slight loss on low trading volume as many on Wall Street took the holiday shortened week off. The S&P 500 Index’s decline of 0.33% last week did little to detract from the +20% advance generated from 12 consecutive monthly gains. ... Read More

  • Stocks Gain Once Again as 2017 Winds Down

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    Stocks generally gained last week as tax reform officially passed in the United States and traders readied for the low volume typically associated with the final week of the year. ... Read More

  • Stocks Gain as Taxes and the Fed Dominate Headlines

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    U.S. Stocks mostly gained last week with the S&P 500 Index rising 0.95%, the Russell Midcap Index finishing unchanged, and the Russell 2000 Index gaining 0.6%. On the international front, developed markets moved 0.14% higher while emerging markets claimed a 0.7% rise. ... Read More

  • Stocks Continue their Upward Climb Ahead of Final Fed Meeting of 2017

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    U.S. Stocks marginally gained value last week as both houses of congress met to reconcile their respective tax bills and investors awaited this year’s final meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) this week. The S&P 500 index gained 0.4%, the Russell Midcap index gained 0.3%, and the small cap-oriented Russell 2000 index slipped 1%. On the international front, developed markets gained 0.1% while emerging markets declined 0.5%.... Read More

  • Stocks Gain during a Busy Week

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    U.S. equities had their second best performance of the year gaining 1.6% last week despite a sharp intra-day decline on Friday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 300 points. The Russell Midcap Index grew 1.5% on the week while the Russell 2000 Index moved 1.2% higher. ... Read More

  • Investors Gearing Up for the Final Month

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    Stocks found stable footing during last week’s holiday shortened trading session. During the three and half days the U.S. markets were open, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.9%, the Russell Midcap Index gained 0.8%, and the Russell 2000 Index ended the week 1.8% higher. ... Read More

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