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Weekly Market Review – 7/17/2017

U.S. equity markets closed at fresh record highs last week while Treasury yields declined.  A good start to corporate earnings, moderate economic data, and what was deemed dovish testimony from Janet Yellen all played into the week’s narrative.  U.S. dollar weakness continued to play a supporting role in non-U.S. equity market strength.  Both developed and…
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Weekly Market Review – 7/10/2017

Last week delivered the July 4th holiday and kicked off the second half of 2017.  The mid-week day off most definitely translated into high volumes of email auto-responses and relatively low trading volume on U.S. exchanges.  U.S. equity markets managed to post small gains, largely due to a rally in financial stocks which benefited from…
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Weekly Market Review – 7/3/2017

Global central bank narratives last week drove bond yields higher and put a charge of volatility into equity markets. The tech selloff continued and interest rate sensitive sectors (utilities) struggled while energy stocks enjoyed a bear market bump in the price of oil. The yield curve steepened, which is probably a welcomed development for FOMC…
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Weekly Market Review – 6/26/2017

Major U.S. equity indices managed to seek out a small gain last week while the NASDAQ tacked on 1.8%, led by a strong rally in tech and healthcare names. Despite the scandal ridden headlines throughout 2017, the S&P 500 hit its 24th all-time closing high on Monday. The Senate’s plan to deregulate and overhaul the…
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Weekly Market Review – 6/19/2017

A mixed week fundamentally produced modest gains in both stock and bond markets, two moves that seem somewhat at odds with one another - investors buying stocks and safe-haven bonds simultaneously. The FOMC mid-week meeting was the primary focus of market participants last week. No Fed surprises were delivered which is always appreciated by the…
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Weekly Market Review – 6/12/2017

Markets absorbed what seems like four years’ worth of drama with a collective shrug this week between the highly anticipated Comey congressional testimony and the UK snap election turnabout. Comey offered no material new information and only solidified that the ‘Trump Show’ drama will continue indefinitely. The U.K. parliamentary elections most certainly caught Prime Minister…
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Weekly Market Review – 6/5/2017

U.S. equity markets finished this holiday shortened week at new all-time highs with everything outside of the energy patch participating. Meanwhile, yields moved decidedly lower on the back of an unexpectedly weak May jobs report. The commodity complex, led by crude oil had another difficult week, despite OPEC’s efforts to engineer a price increase. Weekly…
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Weekly Market Review – 5/30/2017

U.S. stocks turned in a strong week, with the S&P 500 breaking the 2,400 mark and notching a new record heading into the long Memorial Day weekend. Encouraging fundamentals from overseas markets and persistent momentum from the U.S. technology sector were enough to push markets to a 20th record close on the year, already surpassing…
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Weekly Market Review – 5/22/2017

“There are no friends in Washington, only enemies and accomplices” and Donald Trump is learning this on the job, the hard way, as BCA recently remarked. Global equity markets absorbed another Washington DC jolt last week on news of possible obstruction of justice by the President of the United States in an ongoing investigation of…
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Weekly Market Review – 5/15/2017

U.S. stock markets softened on the week except for technology and energy stocks, the latter boosted by a rebound in oil and natural gas prices. U.S. markets may have been unnerved by another, ‘did that really just happen’ moment in Washington (Comey termination) while Macron’s election victory in France last weekend did little to boost…
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