Yearly Archives: 2016

  • Stocks Higher as 2016 Finish Line Approaches

    Stocks finished last week marginally higher on low volume as many traders started their holiday vacations early. On the domestic front, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.35%, Mid-cap1 stocks gained 0.2% and Small cap2 stocks saw a 0.6% increase. ... Read More

  • Positioning for the “Trump Trade”

    U.S. large cap stocks took a pause last week from their recent rally as the S&P 500 Index was basically unchanged for the week. U.S. mid1 and small2 cap stocks retreated a bit over the 5 day trading session falling 1.2% and 1.7% respectively. ... Read More

  • Santa Claus Starts to Deliver Early

    U.S. Small Cap stocks1 led the way last week with gains of 5.6% followed by Mid2 and Large3 Cap companies which saw equally impressive gains 3.5% and 3.1% respectively. International markets also exhibited positive returns with developed4 and emerging5 stock markets increasing by 2.9% each. ... Read More

  • Stocks Slip but Prospects Remain Bright

    Stocks gave back some of their recent gains last week with the S&P 500 Index losing 0.9%. Small cap (1) stocks in the U.S., which recently have surged and are up 17.3% on the year, also fell last week dropping 2.4%. On the international front, developed markets (2), slipped back 0.2% and emerging markets (3) declined by 0.3%. Oil (4) posted an impressive increase of 12.2% on the week following a reported agreement by OPEC to cut production ... Read More

  • Drama Ahead of OPEC Meeting while the Fed Waits around the Corner

    Stock markets in the U.S. and around the world gained value during a shortened week of trading for U.S. investors. The S&P 500 Index increased 1.5%, while international developed1 and emerging2 markets each gained 1.3%. ... Read More

  • U.S. Stock Rally Continues as Economic Optimism Abounds

    U.S. Stocks continued their post-election rally last week with Large Cap1 companies posting a 0.9% gain, Mid Cap2 stocks gaining 2.0%, and Small Cap3 equities moving 2.6% higher. The U.S. Dollar4 rose 2.2% against a trade-weighted basket of securities for the week and is now up 3.4% since November 8. ... Read More

  • Stocks Post Surprising Gains as Optimism Grows Following Trump Victory

    U.S. Stocks staged a surprising rally last week on the back of now President Elect Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the U.S. Presidential Election. Despite the futures market falling dramatically overnight, stocks recovered and the S&P 500 Index finished week with a 3.9% gain while the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted an impressive 5.5% advance. ... Read More

  • Stock Futures Pare Overnight Losses as Donald Trump is Elected President of the United States

    If there is one thing that markets typically don’t like, it is uncertainty. Both good and bad news can be accounted for in many trading strategies but uncertainty creates a paranoia that forces many investors to hold large cash positions and ultimately can result in a drag on future returns. ... Read More

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