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 […]

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 […]