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Weekly Market Review – 3/25/2019

Following up the strongest week of the year in U.S. equity markets proved difficult with a push and pull equity market finishing down by the end of Friday’s trading.  Bonds rallied sharply as rates fell on slowing global growth concerns. We are in the quiet period leading up to 1Q earnings season so there was…
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Weekly Market Review – 3/18/2019

Last week saw both U.S and global equities rally over 2.5% sharply in the absence of a clear upside catalyst.  Commodities and bonds edged higher and the USD lost ground versus most major currencies, most notably the British Pound (+2.11%).  In the U.S. we did see several important economic releases while there were several newsworthy…
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Weekly Market Review – 3/11/2019

A mixed bag of global economic releases along with a little noise surrounding U.S.-Sino trade negotiations pushed the S&P back below its 200 dma on its worst 1-week performance of the year (-2.16%), albeit on relatively low volume.  The U.S. delivered decent housing market data and robust wage gains but offset that with a weak…
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Weekly Market Review – 3/4/2019

It was a choppy week for equities with the S&P 500 eking out a gain for a tenth straight – now the best two-month start for the S&P 500 in 32 years (1987). Positive news coming from China on both fiscal policy and trade negotiations were supportive as was Fed Chairman Powell testimony acknowledging a…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/25/2019

Equity markets moved higher last week on dovish Fed narratives, abating trade tensions, and a strong finish to fourth quarter earnings (blended +13.1%). Small caps (R2000) are in the midst of their longest weekly winning streak since 1996 and the year to date starts for the DJIA and S&P 500 are their best since 1987…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/18/2019

Despite some weak economic reports, equity markets continued to cline the ‘wall of worry’ last week. The Fed pivot, an open Federal government, and trade tailwinds outweighed the worst retail sales report miss in 10 years, downward forward earnings guidance, and Amazon pulling the plug on NYC.  Yields, commodities, and the USD joined equity markets…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/11/2019

It was an up then down week for the stock market.  Bond yields fell in sympathy with soft risk markets on what look like eleventh hour resolutions, at best, to looming March 1st (U.S.-China trade) and March 29th (Brexit) deadlines.  The U.S. had a relatively light but constructive economic calendar last week while non-U.S. economic…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/4/2019

Last week brought us a very busy calendar of market-oriented events which ultimately drove the stock market higher enabling it to wrap its best January in 30 years.  A dovish FOMC meeting, 4Q earnings reports, trade negotiations, and a heavy calendar of economic reports all fed into the narrative. Bond yields moved notably lower in…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/28/2019

The holiday shortened week started soft with gloomy Brexit narratives, a downbeat IMF growth forecast, and a slow GDP report from China.  Of note was that the down draft was on weak volume and equity markets went on to recover most of their losses in the back half of the week on earnings, encouraging trade…
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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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