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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 […]

The Past Week in the Markets

25 Mar

Stocks ended a volatile week lower, with small company stocks having substantial losses.  The FED surprised by indicating no rate increases likely for 2019.  The dovish stance caused stocks to rise on Thursday.  However, on Friday a sharp slowdown in German manufacturing coupled with the FED’s dovish stance raised concerns that a global slowdown would […]

Weekly Market Commentary

11 Mar

U.S. and global stocks saw substantial losses as global growth worries dampened investor sentiment.  Events on Thursday and Friday drove the selloff: On Thursday, the European Central Bank, that just ended its €2.9TN bond buying program less than three months ago, reversed course and announced new stimulus.  While extending the current ultra-low interest rates, the […]

The Past Week in the Markets

04 Mar

Stocks indexes ended the week modestly lower, despite a rally on Friday.  Emerging markets saw larger losses.  While progress is apparently being made on a trade deal with China, specific details have not been announced.  The U.S. Dollar rose against a basket of currencies as the yield on the 10-year Treasury rose from 2.667% to […]

The Past Week in the Markets

27 Feb

Stocks posted gains for the ninth consecutive week in this holiday shortened week with small cap and emerging market companies posting the biggest gains.  The gains were driven mostly by anticipation of a In the numbers this week: The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell 1.2% in January, the third […]

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 […]