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Weekly Market Review – 10/13/2014

The recent trend of increased volatility continued last week with 1% moves on 3 of 5 days, already eclipsing 2013’s total of 10 1% moves in the US equity markets. Equity market volatility (VIX) increased by 30% to end the week close at 21.49, just above its long term average of 20. Drivers of the…
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Weekly Market Review – 10/6/2014

Equity markets limped to the finish line of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter as the S&P posted its 10th worst start to October in history. History will tell you this is by no means a harbinger of things to come, but heightened risk sensitivity since the middle of September has been the…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/29/2014

The last full week of the third quarter saw a material uptick in volatility as both stock and bond markets absorbed the events of the week. The DJIA experienced 100 point moves every day of the week. Equity market volatility, as measured by the VIX, rose from 12.11 to 14.85, an increase of nearly 22%…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/22/2014

The week ending September 19th marked the last official week of summer and quite a number of high profile market events including an FOMC meeting, Scottish independence vote, and the largest IPO on record. The FOMC meeting garnered much attention but essentially walked the line on market expectations. Scottish independence vote failed but resulted in…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/15/2014

The week ending September 15th saw equity markets soften further below the August record highs bringing the S&P 500 less than 1% above its 50 day moving average. Energy and utilities sectors struggled lately while healthcare and financials have held in nicely. Market breadth, smaller stocks in particular, hasn’t been too impressive throughout the recent…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/8/2014

In the holiday shortened week, the S&P 500 celebrated its first close above 2,000 while the current bull market celebrated its 2,000 day milestone which is the fourth longest bull market on record (fourth strongest as well). The stock market didn’t participate in the celebration this week despite decent economic figures, a slight reprieve in…
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Weekly Market Review – 9/1/2014

The last week of August is always one of the slowest weeks of the year with summer doldrums, vacations, and corresponding low volumes. Stock and bond markets were anything but dull with a strong rally in both cases leading into the holiday weekend. Stocks posted record highs, bonds resumed their rally, and the U.S. dollar…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/25/2014

A week of monetary policy debate, encouraging economic indicators, and continued geopolitical stress netted strong performance in most equity markets and upward pressure in shorter term interest rates. The S&P 500 notched a new record high last week led by performance in industrial, consumer, and information technology. The NASDAQ 100 closed above 4,000 for the…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/18/2014

Shifting economic trends, geopolitical turmoil, and the specter of monetary policy shifts have continued to be the focus of the markets for the past several months. Last week, equity markets rebounded nicely off depressed levels from the prior week only to be upended by renewed geopolitical conflict in the Ukraine on Friday afternoon. Nine of…
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Weekly Market Review – 8/11/2014

Geopolitical events in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq in addition to news of a recession in Italy and fears of the Fed nearing a rate hike caused a sell-0ff in international equities.  International equities dropped -2.44%, while emerging market equities dropped less severely at -1.34%.  U.S. large cap equities gained 0.33% on the week and small…
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