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Weekly Market Reveiw – 12/22/2014

The last non-holiday shortened week of 2014 provided several catalysts for global markets to absorb. A huge holiday cheer rally in stocks this week and rising yields were driven again by monetary policy and constructive U.S. fundamentals. The average stock in the Russell 1,000 was up 4.81% on Wednesday through the week’s end. Interest rates…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/15/2014

The week ending 12/19 was a turbulent one for global stock and commodity markets. Equities around the world fell with drivers including slowing global growth forecasts, Greek politics, and plummeting oil prices. The crash in crude oil continues to dominate headlines. Pressured by both supply and demand factors, oil fell 12% this week, the 2nd…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/8/2014

A busy post-holiday week offered a full calendar of 22 economic reports coupled with some tangible moves in rates and commodity markets. The week saw both ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing reports indicate a surge in new orders, falling input prices, and growth in both employment and production. The week ended with Friday’s employment situation report…
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Weekly Market Review – 12/1/2014

While you may expect a holiday shortened week to be somewhat light on market news, last week was anything but. The remarkable decline in oil prices continued with double digit percentage declines on the week (- 10.36%) taking WTI down approximately 35% off the June highs. OPEC’s decision on Friday to maintain current production levels…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/24/2014

Last week started on a down note with Japan releasing a disappointing Q3 GDP figure that confirmed their economy is in recession, (‐1.6% vs +2.1% expected). This fourth trip into negative GDP territory since 2009 comes on the back of a tax policy driven 7.3% contraction in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 pushed…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/17/2014

U.S. stocks finished up a fourth week in a row with the S&P 500 turning in a small gain of 0.39% while closing at yet another record high. Technology stocks (+1.82%) drove the market on the upside while energy stocks (-2.01%) continued to struggle. Oil continued its slide for the seventh consecutive week as WTI…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/10/2014

For the week ending November 7th, broad equity and fixed income markets posted solid gains. Major headlines on the week included a resounding victory in the midterm elections for the Republican Party, mixed but encouraging October jobs report which took the unemployment rate down to 5.8%, a continued drop in oil prices, and encouraging 3Q…
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Weekly Market Review – 11/03/2014

The conclusion of October brought with it a remarkable week for markets as GDP, Euro and Japanese stimulus programs, and new  market highs all benefitted investor sentiment. The S&P 500 closed at record levels on Friday afternoon; at 2,018 the index has returned 2.72% for the week. The Russell 2000 also saw similar gains, closing…
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Weekly Market Review – 10/27/2014

It has been a great week for equity markets, especially stateside. Domestically speaking, the S&P 500, Russell 2000, and DIJA posted gains of 4.12%, 3.37%, and 2.59% respectively. Equity optimism this week is attributable to positive earnings reports, with both sales and earnings growth surpassing their forecasts at 4.83% and 8.67%. Although only 213 of…
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Weekly Market Review – 10/20/2014

The past week exhibited significant movements within both the fixed income and equity markets. Although equity volatility has remained constant week over week with the VIX closing at 21.99, we observed intraweek spikes (S&P trading between 1912-1820) resulting from macroeconomic pressures. Market dynamics were not as greatly attributed to geopolitical strife during this period however;…
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