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Weekly Market Commentary

16 Feb

No shutdown and positive progress on a trade deal with China fueled a rally this week extending the market gains for an eighth week.  U.S. and developed market international stocks saw substantial gains while emerging markets had slight declines.  Saudi Arabia announced it will cut production another 400,000 barrels next month which helped to fuel […]

The Past Week in the Markets

08 Feb

U.S. Stocks ended up slightly for the week extending gains for a seventh week.  Fears of not reaching a trade agreement with China and slowing global growth weighed on the markets on Thursday and Friday.  Foreign stocks indices were lower for the week.  President Trump said there is no plan for a meeting with Chinese […]

The Past Week in the Markets

04 Feb

Stocks had significant gains for the sixth consecutive week.  Contributing to the gains this week: The Federal Reserve announcement gave the impression that it not only may be pausing, it may have finished it’s cycle of raising rates. Generally positive comments from both U.S. and Chinese officials following high level trade negotiations. A rebound in […]

The Past Week in the Markets

29 Jan

Stocks rose again this week with developed international and emerging markets having the biggest gains.  Good fourth quarter earnings news and comments from the Federal Reserve, that they were likely going to end shrinking their balance sheet, helped fuel the gains. The FED has been letting $50BN worth of maturing bonds fall off their balance […]

The Past Week in the Markets

22 Jan

US Stocks saw strong gains this week as fears of a U.S. economic slowdown subsided.  Markets were encouraged by possible easing of trade tensions.  It was reported Friday that China had offered to increase imports of U.S. goods by $1TN over five years.  There were also reports of debates within the Trump administration about easing […]

The Past Week in the Markets

14 Jan

Despite very little news this week, stocks had significant gains with small cap stocks seeing the biggest increase.  Prior data had showed strong total retail holiday sales, but this week, mall based retailers posted weak sales.  General Motors reported that 4th quarter earnings were going to be higher than forecast and raised its forecast for […]

The Past Week in the Markets

31 Dec

It was a white knuckled ride in the markets this holiday shortened week.  A sharp drop during the half day session on Monday was followed by a much bigger gain on Wednesday.  This left U.S. stocks with substantial gains for the week after declining for several weeks.  Still, even on good days, we saw market […]

The Past Week in the Markets

24 Dec

It was a perfect storm this week for the markets.  Traders threw a tantrum over the FEDs actions on Wednesday and as the week wore on, Washington moved towards a shutdown.  With this kind of volatility, stop losses and program trades exasperated the moves feeding on individual trader’s fears.  There may have been more program […]

The Past Week in the Markets

17 Dec

U.S. stocks ended the week lower but emerging markets had modest gains.  The main driver of the declines was concern about slowing global growth.  The European Central Bank is ending their bond buying program and has predicted slower growth next year.  The ECB was able to curb deflation and create modest inflation.  However, growth has […]

The Past Week in the Markets

03 Dec

U.S. stocks saw substantial gains this week while foreign stocks saw more modest gains.  There was a powerful rally on Wednesday following FED Chairman Powell’s comments that the FED has raised interest rates just below neutral and further rate hikes would be data dependent.  While one more quarter point hike is nearly certain in December, […]