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Weekly Market Review – 2/19/2018

Positive economic data and continued strong earnings sent the S&P 500 to its best week since 2013 after getting slammed into correction territory in a remarkably short time period since late January.  Three of the four main indices (S&P 500, DJIA, NASDAQ, Russell 2000) are back above their 50 day moving averages and now stand…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/12/2018

The decline of the past two weeks has been just as breathtaking as the rally that preceded it, and we’re still looking for the one big fundamental event that sparked it.  Equity markets entered formal correction territory on Thursday, generally accepted as a price decline more than 10%.  Investors are grappling with a hawkish Fed,…
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Weekly Market Review – 2/5/2018

Last week marked the end of a spectacular January and a taste of long overdue market volatility. Equity markets finished in the red across the board last week pressured largely by concerns of higher interest rates impact on growth. Despite the volatility, the overall picture remains encouraging with low unemployment, rising wages, a strong housing…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/29/2018

Equity markets marched higher again last week, with just three days left in the month, the S&P 500 is on pace for its best start since 1987. Dovish remarks from ECB President Mario Draghi put a charge in the markets toward the end of the week. Commodity markets, particularly oil and natural gas, climbed higher…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/22/2018

Last week, U.S. markets (S&P 500) managed to notch two more record highs, looking past the looming government shutdown and rising interest rates. Market internals rotated out of the more cyclical sectors (energy, industrials, consumer discretionary), which have been leading the way in 2018, back toward more defensive sectors (consumer staples, healthcare). Earnings season is…
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Weekly Market Review – 1/16/2018

Last week, global equity markets continued their strong start to 2018 supported by improving global economic fundamentals, a positive earnings outlook, robust fiscal stimulus (tax reform), and a six-month high in global equity market inflows. Economically sensitive sectors such as retailers, energy companies, and industrials have come out of the gates quickly in 2018 while…
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Weekly Market Review – 01/08/2018

Equity markets kicked off 2018 on a positive note with all market sectors apart from defensive oriented utilities and consumer staples posting gains. Both oil and U.S. Treasury yields moved higher as well. Yields moved notably higher in more of a parallel shift on the back of stronger economic data and the added boost of…
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Weekly Market Review – 01/01/2018

U.S. equity markets softened a bit in the final, holiday shortened week of the year. Year‐end profit taking across large cap technology stocks acted as a headwind to major indices. Commodity markets rallied to close out the year, likely aided by a weak U.S. dollar and a relatively optimistic economic viewpoint looking ahead. Oil closed…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/26/2017

The big three U.S. equity indices (DJIA, S&P 500 NASDAQ) all finished at record highs last week as the GOP tax overhaul and a stopgap funding bill to keep the government funded through mid-January both were signed. The fifth largest tax cut in U.S. history lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% and reduced personal…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/18/2017

Last week, eyes were trained on the progress of the $1.5t GOP tax package and a plethora of central bank meetings including the Fed, Bank of England, People's Bank of China, European Central Bank, and the Swiss National Bank. The House is expected to vote on the tax bill this Tuesday, followed by the Senate,…
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