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The Past Week in the Markets

24 Jun

Stocks staged a strong rally this week as both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank indicated likely interest rate cuts at future meetings.  The rally occurred despite increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran, following the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone.  Traders were relieved this didn’t result in a military strike which […]

The Past Week in the Markets

17 Jun

Stocks had modest losses as generally good economic news was overshadowed by increased geopolitical tensions.  Middle east concerns flared as two more tankers were attacked in the strait of Hormuz.  Trade concerns also weighed on the markets as it is  uncertain if there will be a meeting between president’s Trump and Xi at the G20 […]

The Past Week in the Markets, The FED Backstop

10 Jun

The FED backstop came into play this week following Fed Chairman Powell’s comments Wednesday that the FED is prepared to lower interest rates if the economy slows more than expected.  The markets saw substantial gains this week in most indices with emerging markets up only slightly.  Anticipation of FED rate cuts were supported on Friday […]

The Past Week in the Markets

03 Jun

Trade again took center stage in the markets with US Stocks seeing substantial losses following the announcement of tariffs on Mexico unless they stop the flow of immigrants flooding the border from Central America.  The developed foreign markets stock index saw smaller losses and the emerging markets index gained for the week.  This happened despite […]

The Past Week in the Markets

28 May

It was a volatile week as shifting news on trade affected trader’s sentiment.  Despite a rally on Friday, most indexes were modestly lower with only the developed foreign index ending with slight gains.  Crude oil fell sharply as U.S. inventories rose again this week.  The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.326% and the dollar fell […]

The Past Week in the Markets

20 May

The markets ended the week mixed with large company indexes higher and small company and emerging markets lower.  The markets were swayed by the ebb and flow of news on trade.  On Friday it was announced the tariffs on Mexican and Canadian aluminum and steel were being removed and automobile tariffs affecting Europe and Japan […]

The Past Week in the Markets

12 May

Despite a rally on Friday, stocks ended the week lower.  Emerging markets stocks had substantial declines.  Trade concerns weighed on the markets as tariffs were ramped up due to difficulties with the US-China trade negotiations.  Economic data this week was generally positive. In the numbers this week: The Commerce Department reported the trade deficit rose […]

The Past Week in the Markets

15 Apr

Stocks ended the week with modest gains.  The FED released their minutes from last month’s meeting and indicated they saw little need to raise interest rates this year.  First quarter earnings have started to be released and this will continue for several weeks.  Stocks were bolstered on Friday by some positive financial company earnings. The […]

The Past Week in the Markets

08 Apr

Stocks rose this week helped by the anticipation of a trade deal with China and a rebound in jobs creation in March.  The U.S. dollar rose and gold prices fell slightly.  Oil prices rose to a five month high on economic optimism and a decline in OPEC production. In the numbers this week: The China […]

The Past Week in the Markets

01 Apr

Stocks rose this past week with small company stocks having the largest gains.  Muted inflation increased expectations of the FED continuing to keep interest rate hikes on hold. The U.S. Dollar rose against a basket of currencies, while gold prices fell.  Crude oil rose, closing at $60.18.  The 10-year treasury yield fell to 2.407% and […]