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Weekly Market Review – 1/21/2019

Equity, high yield, and loan markets continued their recovery last week off the late December lows.  U.S. stock markets posted 2%-3% gains on a decent start to fourth quarter earnings season, some rumors of trade negotiation progress, and a further recovery in oil prices.  The British Parliament voted to reject the negotiated Brexit deal leaving…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/14/2019

The equity market rally continued last week on the back of mid-level trade negotiations, renewed ‘patience’ at the Fed, and recovering oil prices.  After declining close to 20% in the span of three months, the S&P 500 has rallied over 10% in just twelve trading days and credit spreads across high yield bonds and loans…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/7/2019

Another holiday shortened week (closed Tuesday for New Years) had investors driving home Thursday night looking at the worst start to a year since 2000 and the fifth worst two day start on record.  One strong jobs report and some dovish comments from Chairman Powell and the market is sitting up 1% after day three…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/31/2018

Equity markets staged a robust relief rally in last week’s holiday shortened sessions but still left December likely on track for the worst month since February 2009.  Fortunately, the erratic market behavior last week scaled more to the upside including the first ever DJIA 1,000 point up day (Wed) and the largest intraday recovery (Thurs)…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/24/2018

The equity market selloff continued last week primarily on a Fed jolt and is now in the midst of its biggest correction since 2011.  The dovish rate hike was not seen as dovish enough for the markets. That said, investors seemed to be nearing capitulation selling given the lack of negative fundamental news greeting the…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/17/2018

Positive reversals, negative reversals, and record outflows from U.S. equity and bank loan funds marked a volatile week where most major indices finished in correction territory.  Weakening soft and hard data out of China and Europe continued to point to a slowdown in several overseas economies while trade, Brexit, EU budget standoffs (Italy/France) weighed on…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/10/2018

Well, that wasn’t fun.  Prior week gains on Powell’s comments and de-escalating trade conflict (news that the U.S. would delay tariffs on Chinese imports while a new trade pact was negotiated) carried a positive sentiment into Monday.  Unfortunately, that momentum turned decidedly to the south the remainder of the week with hardline comments from POTUS…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/4/2018

Two of three (oil, China, Fed) key drivers of market volatility over the past several weeks worked to soothe markets last week.  A market friendly Fed narrative (Fed pause?) and rising hopes of a deescalating trade conflict (trade truce?) drove the S&P 500 and NASDAQ to their best week in seven years, yet both remain…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/26/2018

The holiday shortened Thanksgiving week left more than a little room for ‘thanks’ as U.S. equity markets traded right back down toward the late October lows.  Energy (-5%) and technology (-6%) stocks were hit hard. Oil plummeted 10.8% on heavy U.S. production, slowing global growth, and uncertain OPEC production levels pending the upcoming OPEC meetings…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/19/2018

In a nod to real economy versus the financial economy, last week saw equity markets lose ground despite an unquestionably strong corporate earnings season.  Fed resolve on rate increases, U.S. Congressional investigations, Italy’s budget standoff with the EU, falling oil prices, Brexit negotiations, and U.S.-Sino trade conflict all factored into the volatility.   Interest rates, oil,…
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