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Weekly Market Review – 9/18/2017

Global growth and low interest rates propelled U.S. equity markets to record levels last week. U.S. indices notched a trifecta with the DJIA, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all hitting record levels. The DJIA posted its best week of the year. Hurricane Irma caused less damage than was feared, tax reform in DC took center stage…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/11/2017

Equity markets pulled back during last week’s holiday shortened trading. Tensions with North Korea, the impact of multiple hurricanes, and some legislative developments in D.C. all factored into the mix. Harvey, Irma, and potentially Jose will likely draw down some third quarter economic activity in those local areas but things ought to pick up in…
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Weekly Market Review – 09/04/2017

Equity markets posted gains last week on generally upbeat economic data in both the U.S. and abroad. A renewed push in Washington on tax reform also served to bolster equity markets, particularly smaller cap companies who generally do not spend as much money lobbying D.C. to create and exploit tax loopholes. Crude oil traded down…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/28/2017

Overall this was a relatively quiet week with the market’s attention focused skyward Monday on the solar eclipse, westward Thursday for the Jackson Hole central bank symposium, and southward Friday on inbound hurricane Harvey. U.S. and international equities tallied respectable gains with smaller cap stocks outperforming large caps, a rare occurrence in 2017 driven by…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/21/2017

In a week marked by tragedy and turmoil, equity markets remained fairly muted, outside of a significant drop on Thursday when social/political turmoil in the U.S. and heartbreaking terror attacks in Spain hijacked the headlines. Smaller cap and cyclicals (energy, industrials, consumer discretionary) underperformed large caps and defensives (utilities, real estate, consumer staples). The yield…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/14/2017

Red numbers were the theme last week. Stocks, commodities, interest rates, and the U.S. dollar all lost ground on the week. Tuesday brought an end to one of the top 10 longest streaks of consecutive record closes (9) for the DJIA. There have only been four such streaks since 1896 that have lasted longer. Donald…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/7/2017

Peak second quarter earnings season is being supplanted with peak vacation season as we head into the heart of August. U.S. and international larger companies posted gains while smaller companies and bond yields fell slightly on the week. The S&P is now up over 10% on the year, driven by the technology and healthcare sectors.…
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Weekly Market Review – 7/31/2017

Despite closing slightly lower last week, the S&P 500 marked its 29th record high and the NASDAQ hit its 44th. The NASDAQ is within shouting distance of 1999 (61) in terms of number of record closing highs in a single year. Interest rates crept higher on the longer end despite dovish Fed takeaways. Oil moved…
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Weekly Market Review – 7/24/2017

Last week saw most major U.S. equity indices post new highs while interest rates drifted lower for the second week in a row.  The S&P 500’s return thus far in 2017 has been driven largely by technology (23.7%) and healthcare (18.6%) while energy and telecom stocks are both down double digits.  The weak dollar trend…
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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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