Stock Market News 8-1-15

Markets: The NASDAQ and the S&P 500 both had solid gains in July, while the DOW gained just .40%, and the RUSSELL small caps retreated. Year-to-date, the DOW large caps are still in the red, and the NASDAQ leads by a wide margin.

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Volatility: After rising to 16.27 on Monday, due to US market reactions from the Chinese market selloff, the VIX fell 12% this week, ending at 12.12.

Currency: The US $ has made large gains vs. most major currencies year-to-date, excepting the Pound and the Swiss Franc. The NZ Dollar has had a very poor performance vs. the US $.

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The US $ gained vs. mos major currencies in July:

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Market Breadth: 23 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 5 last week. 71% of the S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 23% last week.

US Economic News: Consumer Confidence sank to 90.93, its biggest monthly drop since Aug. 2011. The FED kept its rate at .25, as expected.

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Week Ahead Highlights: Non-Farm Payrolls and the Unemployment figure come out on Friday…ADP releases its employment report on Wednesday.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

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Sectors & Futures:
Consumer Staples led in July, while Energy trailed.

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Gasoline Futures have led in 2015, while Coffee futures have lagged.

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2 Consumer Staples Dividend Stocks Beating The Market

By Robert Hauver

Looking for stable dividend stocks to ride out the ups and downs of the market in the last half of the year?
The final 6 months, especially October, are often more volatile than the 1st half of the year.
Historically, October has been 40% more volatility than the 11 other months.
Couple that with October and September having the lowest average historical returns, and you can
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Stock Market News – 7-3-15

Markets: It was another down week for the market, and June was a down month, as the S&P put in its worst 1st half since 2010. Investors remained skittish this week, facing the uncertainty ahead of the Greek bailout referendum on Sunday. (The table below shows July performance for the month.)
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Volatility: The VIX rose as high as 19.80, before closing the week at 16.89, rising 20.47%.
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Stock Market News Update – 6-27-15

Markets: It was a down week for the market, in spite of strong US Consumer Spending, Consumer Sentiment, and Housing data. The culprit? You guessed it – the ongoing Greek drama. How fitting that the country which gave the world the art of drama millenia ago, hasn’t lost its flair for it in the 21st century. There’s yet another round of meetings this weekend, to try and stave off a default on the looming June 30th payment due date.
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Volatility: In spite of the down week, the VIX barely budged, finishing at 14.02, vs. last week’s 13.96 close.

Market Breadth: 10 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 20 last week. 38% S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 66% last week.

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US Economic News: Consumer Spending had its biggest monthly jump in over 6 years, rising .9% in May. Initial Claims have now been under 300K for 16 weeks. Existing Home Sales jumped 5.1% to 5.33M, best since 2009. New Home Sales also surprised to the upside, at 546K. Consumer Sentiment hit a 5-month high.
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Stock Market News – 6-20-15

Markets: Markets put together an up week, the best since April, in spite of Friday’s down day, which was inspired by the continued uncertainty about Greece, ahead of the Monday pm Eurozone meeting which aims to come up with a last-ditch bailout plan for Greece. Investors were cheered by no rate hike moves by the Fed. The NASDAQ hit a new high, and the Russell Small Caps had yet another up week, and continue to lead the DOW and S&P 500 large caps year-to-date by a wide margin.
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Market Breadth: 20 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 18 last week. 66% of all S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 53% last week.
Currency: The US $ fell again vs. most other currencies, except the NZ Dollar.
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Volatility: After reaching as high as 15.62 mid-week, the VIX rose 5% for the week, ending at 13.96.
US Economic News: As expected, the Fed kept its rate at .25%.
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Small Bank Dividend Stocks Outperforming In 2015

by Robert Hauver
Looking for outperforming dividend stocks to capitalize on rising interest rates? As it turns out, many regional and small bank stocks and ETF’s have been outperforming the S&P 500 handily over the past month, and year-to-date. Here’s a look at how 4 of these ETF’s have trumped the S&P 500 in these periods:
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Digging down further, we culled out the stocks from the universe of outperforming small and regional banks, to find the high dividend stocks within this group. As you can see, these are a far cry from the 6% to 12% high yielding stocks which we usually write about, and also track in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables. This group has a dividend yield range of 2.42% up to 3.53%, and its Dividend Payout Ratio range is quite wide, from a low of 30.80%, up to 92.60%:
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Performance: All of these small bank stocks have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past month, and the overwhelming majority have also outperformed over the past year and year to date:

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Stock Market News – 6-12-15

Markets: The Russell Small Caps led again, for the 2nd week in a row, followed by the DOW, and the S&P, which was virtually flat. The NASDAQ was negative for the week, but still leads year-to-date. The Greek debt deal seemed stalled Friday, which led to a selloff in all sectors.
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Forex: The US $ took a breather this week, falling vs. most major currencies, except the NZ $.
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Market Breadth: 18 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 6 last week. 53% of S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 38% last week.

US Economic News: Consumer Sentiment jumped more than expected…The Producer Price Index turned positive again…Retail Sales surprised to the upside – Ex-Auto especially.
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