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, […]

The Past Week in the Markets

26 Nov

Stocks ended the holiday shortened week significantly lower with foreign stocks and small cap stocks declining less than U.S. large cap stocks as trade concerns weighed on the markets.  Volumes were very light on Friday’s shortened trading day.  The 10 year treasury yield fell to 3.08% and the dollar gained against a basket of currencies.  […]

The Past Week in the Markets

19 Nov

Despite generally good economic data, U.S. stock indexes ended the week lower.  Foreign stock indexes were generally higher with emerging markets stocks having strong gains.  The markets fluctuated based on various comments from the Trump administration regarding trade.  U.S. and Chinese officials at multiple levels met to discuss trade prior to the G20 summit meeting […]

The Past Week in the Markets

12 Nov

U.S. stocks ended the volatile week significantly higher but foreign stocks were generally down.  There was a strong post-election rally on Wednesday but markets gave back some of the gains on Thursday and Friday.  On Thursday as expected, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged but left the door open to a December rate increase […]

The Past Week in the Markets

05 Nov

October was the worst month since 2011 as trade fears weighed on the markets.  At its worst, the S&P 500 index was down nearly 10% from its September 20th high to its October 29th low but the month ended on a strong note that extended into November as optimism rose that negotiations with China could […]

The Past Week in the Markets

29 Oct

October maintained its reputation as a volatile month.  Stocks ended the week significantly lower despite strong gross domestic product growth and headline earnings.  Warnings about future earnings from industrial and technology companies were attributed to some of the selloff.  The Treasury Department reported that overseas purchases of Treasury securities has declined with foreigners buying only […]