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Weekly Market Review – 5/21/2018

Market volatility remained benign and the S&P 500 softened slightly on the back of rising interest rates, crude oil prices, and some geopolitical flares.  Small caps, boosted by the strong U.S. dollar, managed to post respectable gains on the week and are now up over two times their large cap peers. Key headlines last week…
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Weekly Market Review – 5/14/2018

Both economic and corporate tailwinds pushed equity markets higher last week while muted inflation data edged interest rates slightly higher.  The week carried a good amount of geopolitical news, most of which had already been priced into the markets based on the benign response. U.S. exiting the Iran deal, continued trade talks between Chinese and…
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Weekly Market Review – 5/7/2018

Equity markets were mixed last week with small caps, oil, growth stocks, and the U.S. dollar posting gains while interest rates moved sideways.  Robust earnings reports, sound economic reports (jobs, wages, inflation), and relative calm on the geopolitical front put a slightly more constructive hue on the market consolidation in place since late January.  …
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Weekly Market Review – 4/30/2018

Equity markets were flat to slightly down last week despite encouraging economic and earnings reports.  The 10yr U.S. Treasury yield topped 3% for the first time since early 2014 with positive economic data continuing to provide support for the Fed tightening campaign.  Recent skepticism surrounding the European growth outlook and mixed data from Japan has…
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Weekly Market Review – 4/23/2018

Equity markets managed to post respectable gains with help from economic and earnings reports and headwinds from higher interest rates.  Sources of recent geopolitical anxiety including trade disputes, Syrian conflict, and North Korea all benefited from constructive narratives.  Interest rates moved sharply higher last week sending a jolt of volatility into the equity markets. Five-year…
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Weekly Market Review – 4/16/2018

Equity markets rebounded last week as trade tensions eased after a conciliatory speech by China’s President Xi Jinping and a POTUS tweet expressing interest in revisiting the TPP.  While very much in the news, the Syrian conflict and further escalation of the Russian/POTUS investigation predictably had very little impact on markets. External drivers pushed energy…
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Weekly Market Review – 4/9/2018

Equity markets declined last week as the trade dispute between China and the U.S. flared.  Ultimately, it amounted to headline grabbing proposals and tweets, not policies, very similar to the lead up to NAFTA negotiations.  Treasury bond yields climbed last week and commodities softened.   Market Anecdotes There are many considerations surrounding the current trade…
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Weekly Market Review – 4/2/2018

Following one of the worst weeks in two years, equity markets rebounded approximately 2% in this holiday shortened week as falling interest rates enabled REITs, telco, utilities, and consumer staples to lead the way.  The yield curve flattened with long rates (-0.9%) falling significantly more than short rates (-0.1%).   Market Anecdotes FANG darlings struggled…
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Weekly Market Review – 3/26/18

The S&P 500 fell over 5% last week for the second time this year as markets grew anxious about U.S. maneuverings toward trade protectionism, potential technology sector regulation stemming from Facebook data improprieties, and a downbeat tone of recent Eurozone economic data.  Global proxies of technology, financials, and healthcare bore the brunt of the selling…
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Weekly Market Review – 3/19/2018

The balance of bullish arguments (earnings, economy) and bearish arguments (valuations, interest rates, tariffs) netted a down week for U.S. and most international equity markets while the yield curve flattened a fair amount.  The S&P 500 closed out the week almost exactly between the January record high and February correction low.  Market drivers on the…
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