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 […]

The Past Week in the Markets

18 Mar

Stocks ended the week with substantial gains, with the Nasdaq index having the largest gains.   Economic data was mixed, but continued optimism over a trade deal with China and stimulus in China, Europe and Japan helped drive the markets.  Also, the gains on Friday were influenced by quarterly options and futures expiration and the rebalancing […]

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 […]

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 […]