The Past Week in the Markets

21 Sep

The broad based S&P 500 gained, while emerging markets, the Dow 30 industrials and developed international stocks had the biggest gains.  The Nasdaq 100 and the Russell 2000 (small cap index) ended the week with modest losses.  The Trump administration announced that an additional $200BN worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 10% tariffs […]

The Past Week in the Markets 9/14/2018

19 Sep

The markets moved higher this week as hopes increased that a trade war can be averted.  US stocks had modest gains while foreign stocks including emerging markets saw larger gains.  The US and the European Union moved closer to a trade agreement that will lower existing trade barriers.  Talks continued between the U.S. and Canada.  […]

The Past Week in the Markets

27 Aug

Stocks gained this past week with the embittered emerging markets posting the largest gains.  This week marked the longest bull market (stretch of market gains without a 20% decline) in U.S. history, surpassing the 1990s.  However, I think it is important to point out that expansions do not have an expiration date.  Typically, one or […]

The Past Week in the Markets

18 Aug

It was a volatile week with a large dip on Wednesday followed by a sharp rally on Thursday and further gains on Friday, leaving market indices mixed.  Value stocks outperformed growth stocks while developed foreign stocks and emerging markets indices were lower.  Fears of an economic meltdown in Turkey and concerns over upcoming tariffs on […]

The Past Week in the Markets

11 Aug

U.S. Stocks ended the week mixed while foreign stocks ended lower.  Markets sold off on Friday due to fears of an economic meltdown in Turkey.  Turkey already had been seeing a plunging currency, accelerating inflation and sky high interest rates.  The fears of a financial meltdown were exasperated by the Trump administration sanctioning Turkey for […]

The Past Week in the Markets

06 Aug

U.S. stocks gained this week while foreign stocks declined.  Concerns over tariffs weighed on foreign stocks as the Trump administration increased the proposed tariffs for an additional $200BN of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%.  The proposed tariffs are anticipated to take affect by month’s end.  China announced anticipated retaliatory tariffs on about $60BN of […]

The Past Week in the Markets

23 Jul

U.S. Stocks finished the week little changed while foreign stocks had modest gains.  Retail sales and industrial production posted strong gains as did corporate earnings and jobless claims fell to the lowest since December 1969.  However, volatile housing starts plunged in June.  The markets seemed to be weighed down by the prospect of more tariffs […]

The Past Week in the Markets

16 Jul

U.S. stocks had substantial gains this week while foreign stocks generally had slight losses, despite threats of tariffs on another $200BN of Chinese imports.  The 10-year treasury yield was nearly unchanged while the U.S. dollar gained against a basket of currencies. Commodities including oil, gains and gold were lower for the week.  Crude oil prices […]

The Past Week in the Markets

09 Jul

U.S. and foreign stocks had substantial gains this week with U.S. small company stocks having the largest gains.  Stocks rallied sharply on Friday after the stellar jobs report and despite fears of the trade war between the U.S. and China.  Not only did we see a good gain in jobs creation we saw a large […]

The Past Week in the Markets

02 Jul

U.S. and foreign stocks ended the week lower as uncertainty on trade blunted rally attempts.  Crude oil prices rose sharply higher due to a drop in U.S. inventories, disruptions in Libya and U.S. threats to prevent Iran from exporting oil by November 4th.  Most other commodities were little changed.  The 10-year Treasury yield fell, further […]