Stock Market News: 09-19-20

“S&P 500 companies slashed or suspended over $40 billion in dividends in the second quarter, the deepest quarterly drop since 2009.” (Dow Jones)

“Second-quarter global dividends plunged by $108 billion, or 22%, as companies scrambled to save cash during the pandemic.” (Reuters)

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Market Indexes: It was the 3rd straight down week for the market, with the Tech sector pulling back again, down -9%. However, the Russell small caps had a good week, up 2.78%

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Volatility: The VIX fell 3.9% this week, ending at $25.84, but remains at a high level vs. previous years.

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Market Breadth: 16 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 7 last week. 60% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 27% last week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. the Yen, the NZ $, the Pound, and the Aussie $this week, and rose vs. the Swiss Franc, the Euro, and the Canadian $.

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Economic News: “Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Thursday after data showed high levels of weekly jobless claims, while technology-related stocks resumed their slide with Apple and Amazon.com Inc among the biggest drags on the Nasdaq.”

“Federal Reserve officials expect to leave interest rates near zero for years — through at least 2023 — and will tolerate periods of higher inflation as they try to revive the labor market and economy, based on their September policy statement and economic projections released Wednesday.

The announcement codifies that the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, and his colleagues plan to be extraordinarily patient as they try to cushion the economy in the months and years ahead.

The policy setting Federal Open Market Committee “expects it will be appropriate to maintain this target range until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the committee’s assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2 percent and is on track to moderately exceed 2 percent for some time,” officials said in their statement.

“Effectively, we’re saying rates will remain highly accommodative until the economy is far along in its recovery,” Mr. Powell said at a news conference following the meeting.” (NY Times)

“U.S. consumer spending slowed in August, with a key retail sales gauge unexpectedly declining, as extended unemployment benefits were cut for millions of Americans, offering more evidence that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession was faltering. The report from the Commerce Department on Wednesday ramped up pressure on the White House and Congress to restart stalled negotiations for another fiscal package. At least 29.6 million people are on unemployment benefits. Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy and signs of fatigue are likely to grab the attention of Federal Reserve officials as they wrap up a two-day policy meeting.

“Consumers are being increasingly cautious with their spending,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics in New York. “If Congress is unable to extend fiscal aid to households in the coming weeks, the economy will be particularly susceptible to a cutback in consumer spending, especially from the lowest-income families.
Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services dipped 0.1% last month after a downwardly revised 0.9% increase in July. These so-called core retail sales, which correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product, were previously reported to have advanced 1.4% in July.” (Reuters)
“A steady if erratic decline in jobless claims over the summer appears to have slowed in September. Part of the reason may be an increase in layoffs at hotels, airlines and other service-oriented companies whose businesses have suffered a big loss of customers. More companies have announced permanent job reductions after demand failed to return near to pre-crisis levels.” (MarketWatch)

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Week Ahead Highlights: There will be several mfg. and Housing reports due out next week.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

(MarketWatch)
Sectors: Basic Materials led again this week, while Tech lagged again.

Futures: WTI rose 10.23% this week, finishing at $41.15.

Stock Market News: 9-12-20

“S&P 500 companies slashed or suspended over $40 billion in dividends in the second quarter, the deepest quarterly drop since 2009.” (Dow Jones)

“Second-quarter global dividends plunged by $108 billion, or 22%, as companies scrambled to save cash during the pandemic.” (Reuters)

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Market Indexes: It was a down week for the market, with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ falling -7%, its worst week since March. The Russell 2000 fell -5%, while the DOW held up the best, but still lost -3.45%. A much-awaited fiscal aid package stalled in the Senate.
“Global equity markets and oil prices tumbled Tuesday as a sharp sell-off in technology stocks and rising concerns over the U.K. leaving the European Union without a trade agreement threatened to stall a rally that had pushed world shares near record highs despite the coronavirus pandemic. While many market players were unable to pinpoint a single trigger for the Nasdaq’s plunge, valuations have been stretched given its 75% gain from a bottom hit in March with big bets on the option market possibly creating extra turbulence.” (Reuters)

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Volatility: The VIX fell 12.6% this week, ending at $26.87.

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Market Breadth: 7 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 11 last week. 27% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 32% last week, the 2nd straight week of poor market breadth.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. the Swiss Franc, the Euro, the Aussie $, and the Yen this week, and rose vs. the NZ $, the Canadian $, and the Pound, which fell on renewed no-deal Brexit concerns..

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Economic News: “The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hovered at high levels last week, suggesting the labor market recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was stalling as government financial aid to businesses and the unemployed dries up.

“U.S. job openings increased further in July and more workers quit their jobs in the retail as well as professional and business services industries likely because of fears of exposure to COVID-19 and problems with child care. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, rose by 617,000 to 6.6 million on the last day of July, the Labor Department said on Wednesday in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.
Still, vacancies remain below their level of 7 million in February. The number of people voluntarily quitting their jobs increased 344,000 to 2.9 million. There were 152,000 workers who quit their jobs in the retail sector. In the professional and business services sector, 98,000 workers left. State and local government education reported 35,000 workers quit in July.
The JOLTS report followed on the heels of news last Friday that the economy created 1.371 million jobs in August after adding 1.734 million in July. About 10.6 million of the 22.2 million jobs lost at the depth of the coronavirus pandemic have been recovered.” (Reuters)


(MarketWatch)

Week Ahead Highlights: The Fed’s meeting is next week, followed by a press conference with Fed chief Powell on Wed. Investors will be looking to the Fed’s summary of economic projections, known as the “dot plot,” for clues on how quickly the central bank expects labor markets to recover and how soon it may lift rates from record lows. There will also be Housing data due out on Thursday.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

(MarketWatch)

Sectors: Utilities led again this week, as all sectors fell, while Energy and Tech lagged again.

Futures: WTI fell 6% this week, finishing at $37.39.

Stock Market News: 9-05-20

“S&P 500 companies slashed or suspended over $40 billion in dividends in the second quarter, the deepest quarterly drop since 2009.” (Dow Jones)
“Second-quarter global dividends plunged by $108 billion, or 22%, as companies scrambled to save cash during the pandemic.” (Reuters)
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Market Indexes: It was a down week for the market, with the major indexes pulling back on Thursday and Friday.
“Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled on Thursday, heading for their worst day since June as investors dumped high-flying technology-focused stocks, while economic data highlighted concerns about a long and difficult recovery. Separately, a survey showed U.S. services industry growth slowed in August, likely as the boost from the reopening of businesses and fiscal stimulus faded.” (Reuters)

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Volatility: The VIX rose 34% this week, ending at $30.75, its highest point since mid-July, vs.  $22.96 last week.

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Market Breadth: 11 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 26 last week. 32% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 82% last week.

FOREX: The US $ rose vs. most major currencies this week, except for the Canadian $.

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Economic News: “There are growing signs the labor market recovery from the depths of the pandemic in mid-March through April is faltering, with financial support from the government virtually depleted. Non-farm payrolls increased by 1.371 million jobs last month after advancing 1.734 million in July. Government employment rose 344,000, with 238,000 temporary workers hired for the population count. Job growth peaked at 4.781 million in June. The unemployment rate fell to 8.4% last month from 10.2% in July, even as more people entered the labor force. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 1.4 million jobs added in August and the unemployment rate sliding to 9.8%.” (Reuters)

“The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell below 1 million last week for the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States, but that does not signal a strong recovery in the labor market.

The drop in initial claims to a five-month low reported by the Labor Department on Thursday largely reflected a change in the methodology it used to address seasonal fluctuations in the data, which economists complained had become less reliable because of the economic shock caused by the coronavirus crisis.

“There are new seasonal adjustment factors this week which brings down the joblessness slightly,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York. “The labor market looks just as bad as it was and it will be a miracle if economic growth can continue at such a fast clip during this recovery if it has to drag along millions and millions of workers without paychecks.” (Reuters)

“The number of people receiving unemployment benefits under all programs jumped 2.2 million to 29.2 million in the week ended Aug. 15. A report on Thursday showed growth in the services industry slowed in August. The services sector, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy, has been hardest hit by the pandemic.” (Reuters)


(MarketWatch)
Week Ahead Highlights: US markets will be closed Monday for Labor Day. It’ll be a light data week, with not a lot of positive catalysts.

Next Week’s US Economic Reports:

(MarketWatch)
Sectors:  Utilities led this week, while Energy and Tech lagged.

Futures: WTI fell 8% this week, finishing at $39.51.

Stock Market News: 08-29-20

“S&P 500 companies slashed or suspended over $40 billion in dividends in the second quarter, the deepest quarterly drop since 2009.” (Dow Jones)
“Second-quarter global dividends plunged by $108 billion, or 22%, as companies scrambled to save cash during the pandemic.” (Reuters)
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Market Indexes: The DOW returned to positive territory for the year this week, as all 4 indexes gained. The NASDAQ led, and continues to lead by a wide margin year to date, propelled by big cap tech.
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8-15-20 Stock Market News

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. most major currencies this week, except for the Yen and the NZ $.. “The dollar dropped on Friday, falling for 8 straight weeks, as investors looked to other currencies whose economies are currently outperforming that of the United States in terms of managing the coronavirus pandemic.”
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Stock Market News: 8-8-20

Economic News: Claims for jobless benefits have risen for 2 straight weeks. At least 30.2 million Americans were receiving unemployment checks in early July.
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Stock Market News: 08-01-20

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. major currencies in July, in the wake of continuing government stimulus programs.
“The dollar index =USD was down 4.1% for July, its biggest monthly percentage fall since September 2010, with most of the drop coming in the last 10 days as new coronavirus cases surged across several U.S. states and some recent data pointed to an economic recovery losing steam.” (Reuters) Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 07-04-20

“S&P 500 companies slashed or suspended over $40 billion in dividends in the second quarter, the deepest quarterly drop since 2009.” (Dow Jones)
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Stock Market News: 06-20-20

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Market Indexes: The market bounced back this week, with all 4 indexes gaining. The NASDAQ led by a wide margin, and remains the only index in the black so far in 2020. Friday was a down day, with worries over an uptick in COVID cases in several states, and Apple announcing the re-closing of several stores. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 5-09-20

Market Indexes: The NASDAQ and the Russell small caps surged 6% and 5.8% this week, with the S&P up 3.5% and the DOW up 2.56%, as investors cheered imminent reopening plans for 30 US states in the next few weeks. The indexes were also buoyed by resurgent crude oil prices, as WTI crude gained over 24% this week; and a better-than-expected Chines export figure. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 05-02-20

Market Indexes: The market was cruising along for the week, but then reversed on Friday, due to poor earnings reports, and threats of a renewed tariff war coming out of DC. 3 out of 4 indexes were down for the week, with only the Russell small caps in the black.
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Stock Market News – 4-25-20

Market Indexes: 3 out of 4 indexes were down for the week, in spite of the new relief package approved by Congress. Oil went on a roller coaster ride this week, with oversupply pushing prices down temporarily to below zero.
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Stock Market News: 04-18-20

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Market Indexes:
3 out of the 4 major indexes gained again this week, on news of future reopening plans in some US states and in upcoming openings in some European nations. Some progress may have been made on potential vaccines and treatments, which also added to the indexes’ rise. The gains came in spite of gloomy economic data in retail sales, industrial production, housing, and leading economic indicators. The Russell small caps trailed, while the Tech-heavy NASDAQ led by a wide margin, and continues to be the most reilient index so far in 2020.
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Stock Market News: 4-11-20

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Sectors: All sectors had healthy gains this week, with Basic Materials and Financials leading.
Futures: WTI Crude crude fell -18.17% this week, ending at $23.19, as the market showed some disappointment in the size of the announced Saudi/Russian oil production cutback agreement.
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Stock Market News: 04-04-20

Economic News: “The March jobs report showed that 701,000 Americans lost their jobs last month, far exceeding estimates for around 83,0000. It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010 and not far from the worst month of job losses during the 2007-09 recession.
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Stock Market News: 3-28-20

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Market Breadth: 28 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 0 last week. 93% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. just 5% last week. Market breadth bounced back in a major way.
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Stock Market News: 3-14-20

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Stock Market News: 03-07-20

Market Indexes:
Volatility continued this week in the market, although the Fed’s rate cut inspired a 1-day rally mid-week, which resulted in 3 of the 4 indexes gaining ground for the week. Only the Russell small caps posted a loss.  Adding to the virus-inspired pressures, crude oil fell 10% on Friday, after an OPEC proposal to cut output collapsed.
“The Federal Reserve, in a rare inter-meeting move, on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rate to counter the threat to the economy from the coronavirus epidemic. The Fed said it cut its fed funds target rate by a half percentage point to a range of 1%-1.25%.
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Stock Market News: 2-15-20

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Market Indexes: The market is reacting first and foremost to news about the corona virus, even more than to earnings releases and economic reports. This week was an up week, as fears about the virus’s spread appeared to wane, along with perceived economic fallout.
“China’s National Health Commission on Wednesday said 2015 new cases of the disease caused by the new viral infection had been reported over the last 24 hours, declining for a second day. That brought the number of cases in mainland China to 44,653, although experts have warned that a substantial number may have gone uncounted. The commission said there were 97 additional deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the mainland total to 1,113.” (MarketWatch)
“Investors are edging back into emerging markets, even though worries about the coronavirus’ impact on global economic growth have clouded prospects for the boom-and-bust asset class. Nearly $730 million flowed back into emerging markets exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the past week, according to Lipper, after two straight weeks of outflows that accompanied sharp declines in the stocks and currencies of developing countries.  As of Friday, the coronavirus has infected 63,581 people and killed 1,380. Still, investors have grown more hopeful that economic damage will be limited.” (Reuters)

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Stock Market News: 8-24-19

Market Indexes: It was another volatile week for the markets, with Fed chief Powell’s speech falling on negative ears – the market was looking for reassurance of a deep interest rate cut in September, or even a cut announcement at the meeting, but it didn’t happen.
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Stock Market News: 8-10-19

“Late Sunday, China let the yuan breach the key 7-per-dollar level for the first time in more than a decade and announced it was halting its purchases of U.S. agricultural products, halting a global rally which had pushed benchmark indexes in the United States and China up more than 20% for the year to date. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 8-3-19

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Market Indexes: It was a rough week for the markets, with the Fed making its predicted .25% rate cut, but indicating this isn’t necessarily the start of a new trend. More tariff rhetoric from DC drew an immediate response from China, which rattled investors. The Payrolls report didn’t disappoint, but wasn’t enough to reverse the market’s decline. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 7-20-19

Market Indexes: All 4 market indexes fell this week, with the Russell small caps lagging. Trade worries and heightened tensions in Iran weighed on the market.
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Stock Market News: 7-6-19

“Global stocks rallied and bonds retreated on Monday as the United States and China agreed to restart trade talks at the G20 summit over the weekend, leading investors to bet that a breakthrough between the world’s two largest economies would jumpstart global economic growth. The US and China agreed on Saturday to resume trade negotiations after the US offered concessions to China met at the Group of 20 summit in Japan. Those included no new tariffs and an easing of restrictions on tech company Huawei. China agreed to make unspecified new purchases of U.S. farm products and return to the negotiating table.” (Reuters)
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Stock Market News 6-15-19


“Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos. Civil Human Rights Front, which organized a protest on Sunday that it estimated saw more than a million people take to the streets in protest against the extradition bill, accused police of using unnecessary violence.” (Reuters)

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Stock Market News 6-8-19

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Markets: Market indexes roared back this week, supported by a Fed chief Powell’s remarks in a speech Tuesday, that were seen as opening the door to a rate cut if the economy slows. The  weak jobs report on Friday morning also added fuel to the fire, sending all 4 indexes up for the week. The DOW led, up 4.71%, followed by the S&P, up 4.41%, the NASDAQ, up 3.88%, and the Russell small caps, up 3.43%:

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Stock Market News: 6-1-19


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Markets: Market indexes fell again this week, pressured by ongoing trade war rhetoric, and a surprise expansion of the trade war to include Mexico. This was a dismal May for the market, with the DOW falling -6.69%, the S&P 500 falling -6.58%, the NASDAQ down -7.93%, and the Russell small caps down -7.85%.
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Stock Market News: 5-25-19

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Markets: Market indexes fell this week, pressured by ongoing trade war rhetoric, and falling oil prices, which posted their biggest weekly drop of the year, due to concerns about rising inventories and worries about the global economy. The DOW held up the best, but still fell -.89%, while the S&P fell -1.17%. The NASDAQ trailed, losing -2.29%, and the Russell small caps lost -1.34%. This was the DOW’s longest weekly losing streak since 2011.
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Stock Market News: 5-11-19

Markets: This was the market’s worst week of the year, with volatile sessions every day, due to constant trade talk fears, which were exacerbated by rhetoric. The market turned up Friday afternoon, after a comment by Fed member Bostic, who said on Friday that the central bank could cut interest rates if a trade fight begins to hurt to American economy.

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Stock Market News: 4-20-19

Markets:  It was a short, but mixed week for the market, with the DOW up .56%, and the S&P 500 slightly down. The RUSSELL trailed again, falling -1.29%, and the NASDAQ had a small .17% gain. The market was held back by lagging healthcare stocks, which fell, after several news stories surfaced detailing future potential overhauls to the US healthcare system.
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Stock Market News: 4-13-19

Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the NASDAQ and the S&P 500 posting good gains. The DOW and RUSSELL trailed. The market was buoyed on Friday by positive earnings report from JPMorgan and PNC; and the unveiling of its pricing for its new streaming service from Disney. Oil also gained this week.
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Stock Market News: 3-23-19

Economic News: “The Federal Reserve doesn’t see any interest rate hikes coming in 2019.
Patient means that we see no need to rush to judgment,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said, adding it could be “some time” before the jobs and inflation outlooks provide a reason to change policy. Treasury yields dropped to the lowest in over a year. Click here to read more…

3-16-19 Stock Market News

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ logging a big 3.78% gain. Indexes logged their best weekly gains in several weeks, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at their highest levels since early October, as investors focused on progress on China trade talks. Boeing shares, which had slumped over the past 2 weeks, rebounded a bit at the end of the week. The NASDAQ and the Russell small caps lead year to date.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 3-9-19

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Markets: It was a down week for the market, which was blindsided by the unexpected ECB stimulus announcement, and then confronted with a very weak US Payrolls report on Friday. Investors went “risk off”, and sold off small caps – the Russell 2000 lost -3.28%, while the S&P held up the best, losing -1.49%.
“The economy’s remarkably steady job-creation machine sputtered in February and produced a mere 20,000 jobs. It was the smallest gain in well over a year and came on top of other signs that the economy was off to a sluggish start in 2019.” (NY Times)
“The European Central Bank slashed its growth forecasts and surprised everyone with a new round of policy stimulus, leaving investors fearing the worst for the global economy. ECB President Mario Draghi said the economy was in “a period of continued weakness and pervasive uncertainty” as he pushed out a planned rate hike and instead offered banks a new round of cheap loans. The reversal came in the same week that Canada’s central bank took a sudden dovish turn and dismal data from Australia to the UK instilled a sense of foreboding in markets.” (Reuters)

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Stock Market News: 3-2-19

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the DOW and RUSSELL small caps  flat, the S&P up .39%, and the NASDAQ leading. Investors were buoyed by positive comments from both sides about the US-China trade talks.

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Stock Market News: 1-19-19

Markets: It was another up week for the market, with investors upbeat on US-China trade talks, and ignoring the government shutdown, which is now the longest one in US history. This was the 3rd straight positive week for the market, and it was broad-based, with all sectors except defensive Utilities rising.

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Stock Market News: 1-5-19

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Markets: It was a volatile start to 2019, with the market gyrating over the past 3 days, hit by Apple’s downward earnings revision,
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Stock Market News: 12-1-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting major gains, as investors were encouraged by Fed chief Powell’s rewording of the Fed’s current rate hike trajectory, and by good online holiday sales figures. Investors also overcame saber rattling chatter from the G20 summit U.S.-China trade talks. With this week’s gains, all 4 indexes returned to positive territory for the year to date.
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Stock Market News: 11-24-18

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Markets: It was another rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling again. For the 2nd week in a row, the Russell small caps held up the best, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ trailed. On Friday, the market closed early, at 1pm, after the Thursday break. Oil prices slipped to their lowest in over a year, dragging down energy shares. Markets were also rattled about the administration’s latest threats to the independence of the Fed.  Meanwhile investors were also jittery ahead of next week’s G20 summit U.S.-China trade talks.


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Stock Market News: 11-17-18



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Markets: It was a rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling. In a turnaround from recent trends, the Russell small caps held up the best, while the DOW megacaps trailed. Falling crude prices and trade talk confusion gave investors the jitters.

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Stock Market News: 10-27-18

Markets: It was yet another turbulent week for the market, with all 4 indexes down at least around -3% or more. The DOW held up the best, but still lost -2.97%, while the S&P trailed, losing nearly -4%. Both the DOW and the S&P are now in the red for 2018. The Russell small caps and the NASDAQ both lost ~-3.8%.
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Stock Market News: 9-15-18

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, as investors took heart earlier in the week from the possibility of further trade talks between the US and China, but the market ended the day nearly flat on Friday, with the US readying more tariffs vs. China. The NASDAQ led the way this week, with Tech stocks getting a bounce. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 8-25-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, as tariff war fears subsided a bit, crude oil rallied, and the Fed struck a moderate tone at its annual conference.
The Russell small caps and the NASDAQ led, while the DOW and S&P 500 also gained.

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Stock Market News: 8-4-18

Markets: It was yet another mixed week for the market, with the DOW flat, and the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and RUSSELL small caps all up. Apple’s robust earnings helped the bulls, but the bears were aided by ongoing tariff troubles. On Friday, the market shook off a tepid jobs report.
“U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, weighed down by financials, as worries of a trade war between the United States and China were heightened after the White House proposed 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The increase is up from a previously proposed 10% duty because China has refused to meet Washington’s demands and has imposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Beijing responded to the new threat saying it was ready to escalate the trade war.” Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 7-21-18


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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with the DOW, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ all roughly flat, while the Russell small caps notched a gain. Strong earnings reports from MSFT and other major firms failed to counter investor trade war jitters, which were fueled Friday by another round of rhetoric from the White House, in addition to warnings from US firms about tariffs dampening profits.
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Stock Market News: 7-14-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with investors shaking off trade war developments. Oddly, the Russell small caps fell, lagging the DOW, the S&P 500, and the NASDAQ. The megacap DOW led the way, climbing above the 25,000 level for the 1st time in almost a month, while technology stocks pushed the Nasdaq to a record high.
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Stock Market News: 7-7-18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, as a good payrolls report on Friday helped investors to shrug off escalating trade war battles.  The Russell small caps led, which makes sense, considering that there are more small US companies which don’t rely on international trade.
U.S. government bond yields fell on Friday to their lowest level since late January, extending their pullback for the week, after the economy added more jobs than forecasted in June. Yields fall when bond prices rise. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 6-9-18

Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with solid gains across the board. The DOW bounced back from last week’s loss, logging its best week since March, to lead all 4 indexes. Investors shrugged off global trade tensions, and focused on better earnings – Wall Street estimates 2018 earnings growth of 22.2%, according to Thomson Reuters. A retreat by the $ also perked up Basic Materials stocks – the sector was up 2.98% this week.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 6-2-18

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market. The DOW was down, but the S&P, NASDAQ, and Russell small caps all gained. The NASDAQ led again, with a 1.62% gain. The market rallied Friday, led by bank stocks as a stronger-than-expected jobs report for May reinforced expectations of a June interest rate hike by the Fed.
On Thursday, the US imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on the country’s top allies, the EU, Canada, and Mexico. The tariffs will be 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Canada, Mexico and the EU made up 50% of US steel imports in 2017.
Stocks plunged Thursday after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced steel and aluminum tariffs against the US. The EU announced tariffs on Harley Davidson, and Mexico also said it would retaliate.

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Stock Market News – 5-26-18

Markets: It was a flat week for the DOW; the S&P was up a bit, and the Russell small caps trailed. The NASDAQ led, with a 1.08% gain.  Crude oil fell on Friday, due to OPEC talk of raising production levels. N. Korea tensions arose again, as talks were cancelled.

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Volatility: The VIX was down 1.9% this week, ending the week at $13.17.
“The Fed will consider a proposal to modify the “Volcker Rule” banning proprietary trading by banks at a May 30 meeting of its board, the central bank announced Wednesday.
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Stock Market News: 5/19/18

Markets: It was a down week for the DOW, S&P and the NASDAQ, with only the Russell small caps up this week. Wall Street slipped on Friday, weighed down by financials and as Alphabet and Applied Materials led technology stocks lower, although losses were limited as industrial shares gained on signs of progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks.
News:  Retail Sales ex-Autos were below forecasts for April, rising 0.3%, vs. the 0.5% forecast. Housing Starts were ~ in line with forecasts.  The Empire State Index rose 20.1% in May, vs. 15.8% in April.
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Stock Market News: 5/12/18

“The U.S. stock market has seen volatility rear up in 2018, with major indexes experiencing wild swings on a nearly daily basis. There have been a number of causes often cited for the recent bout of turbulence, including concerns over inflation, geopolitical uncertainty, and the first-quarter earnings season, but one of Wall Street’s most prominent investment banks fingers one key culprit: Main Street.
Citing both their outsize ownership of stocks and a surge in recent trading activity, Goldman attributed the recent whipsawing trading in the equity market to…
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Stock Market News: 5/5/18

Markets: It was a mixed week – with all 4 indexes saved from weekly losses by Friday’s big rally, powered by positive news about Warren Buffet’s bigger stake in Apple. The DOW and the S&P finished the week slightly down, while the NASDAQ led all 4 indexes, followed by the Russell 2000.

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Stock Market News: 4/28/18

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Markets: It was an flat-to-down week for the market, with 3 out of 4 indexes posting losses, and the S&P flat. It was an “Earnings vs. Higher Rates” showdown, and rate fears appear to have won this week. The Fed funds futures market shows a nearly 50% chance that the Fed will also raise its rate in December, for a total of 4 rate hikes in 2018. This is up from 33% a month ago.

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Stock Market News: 4/21/18

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Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting gains, led by the Russell small caps. The week ended on a down day, though, investors grew leery of rising bond yields and rising inflation. The 10-Year Treasury note rose to 2.956% on Friday, the highest since January 2014. Stocks have been more sensitive to bond prices recently, as the 10-year yield approaches 3%. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 4/14/18

Markets: It was an up week for the market, with all 4 indexes posting strong gains, as the market turned in its best performance in a month. Trade war fears ebbed, but investors were unimpressed on Friday by good major bank earnings reports, sending the market down in late trading. Even though JPM, C, and WFC beat earnings estimates, investors were expecting more, due to the anticipated benefits from the tax cut bill. These 3 banks fell from -1.5% to 3.4% on Friday.

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Stock Market News: 4/7/18

Markets: It was a down week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling, as investors reacted to tariffs from China, a disappointing March Non-Farm Payrolls report, and a rate-hawkish speech from new Fed chief Powell on Friday. The DOW, S&P, and the RUSSELL small caps are in the red so far in 2018, with the NASDAQ being the only index still in positive territory year-to-date, (but barely).
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Stock Market News: 3-24-18


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Markets: It was another rough week for the market, with all 4 indexes falling by large percentages, as DC tariffs on Chinese goods and China’s response spooked investors. The Russell 2000 held up the best, but still lost -4.91%. The DOW lost -5.67% and the S&P 500 lost -5.95%, and are now both negative for 2018. The only index in positive territory year to date is the NASDAQ.
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Stock Market News: 3/10/18


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Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with all the DOW and S&P 500 indexes rising over 3%, and the NASDAQ & Russell 2000 rising over 4%. Half of the week’s gains for the DOW and the S&P came on Friday, buoyed by a strong Non-Farm Payrolls Report.
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Stock Market News – 2/17/18

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Markets: The market bounced back this week, with all 4 indexes making big gains, and recapturing half of the gains from the pullback earlier in the month. It was the market’s best week in over 5 years. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 1-13-18

Markets: It was another big week, with all 4 indexes up again, and hitting new highs. All main stock benchmarks closed at records on Tuesday with the S&P 500 notching 6 straight records to kick off a new year, something it has not done since 1964. The Dow and the S&P had the best start to the calendar year since 2003.
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Stock Market News: 1-6-18

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Markets: It was a big week to start the year, with gains across multiple sectors, with the NASDAQ surging over 3%, the S&P and DOW up over 2%, and the Russell small caps up 1.5%.
“The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 25% last year, marking the 10th time since 1950 that it scored an annual advance of that magnitude or more. What typically has happened after such banner years? The Dow has been higher in the next year on eight occasions posting a double-digit percentage rise six times. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News: 12/30/17

Markets: It was a down week, with typical year end light volume- with all 4 indexes losing ground for the week.The NASDAQ led in 2017, followed byThe DOW and the S&P 500, and the Russell Small Caps lagged. The DOW hit new highs 71 times in 2017.

However, looking back for the past 10 years, the DOW is just 75% above its October 2007 highs, which gives it a yearly avg. gain of ~7.5% over the past decade. The S&P 500 has a very similar 10-year avg., at 7.08%, while the NASDAQ clearly outperformed, rising 141% above its October 2007 highs, a 10-year avg. of 14.14%:


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Stock Market News: 12-23-17

Markets: It was a mixed week again- with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining for the week and hitting record highs, as the Tax Bill was passed. The DOW and the S&P led, and the NASDAQ gained, but the Russell Small Caps actually lost ground again this week.

“The Dow Jones Industrial avg. did something on Monday, it has never done in its 121-year history. The 30-stock average is now up more than 5,000 points in a year, marking its biggest annual-points gain ever. This following a 200-point rally Monday which sent it to an all-time high. Most of the big point moves are in recent years for an obvious reason: the Dow is much bigger than it was decades ago. So investors should keep this point move in perspective. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 12/16/17

Markets: It was a mixed week again- with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining for the week and closing at record highs on Friday, as the Tax Bill advanced further through the legislative process. The DOW and the S&P led, and the NASDAQ gained, but the Russell Small Caps actually lost .92%.
Quadruple witching, the simultaneous expiration of U.S. options and futures contracts for stocks and indexes, boosted volume to 10.7 billion shares, well above the 6.73 billion average over the last 20 trading days, and the highest since a year ago.
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Stock Market News: 12/9/17


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Markets: It was a mixed week- with the DOW and the S&P gaining, and the NASDAQ and the Russell Small Caps trailing.

“The European Union and Japan have agreed terms for a free trade deal set to create the world’s biggest open economic area.The deal – the largest struck by the EU – is expected to liberalize almost all trade between the bloc and the world’s third-largest economy. It must now be ratified by EU members and the European Parliament.

Japan has a population of about 127 million people and is Europe’s seventh-biggest export market. One of the biggest EU exports to Japan is dairy goods, as the Asian nation’s appetite for milk and milk-based products continues to rise. Meanwhile, cars are one of Japan’s biggest exports to the 27-nation bloc.” (Source: MarketWatch) Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 12/2/17

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Markets: It was a mixed week for the market, with 3 out of 4 indexes gaining, but the Tech-heavy NASDAQ losing ground. However, all 4 indexes hit new all-time highs, spurred on by Tax cut hopes and OPEC support. Oil prices were helped by OPEC, which announced on Thursday that it has agreed, along with its non-member allies, to extend its oil production-cut agreement to the end of 2018. The agreement lengthens the cuts by another nine months. Click here to read more…

Stock Market News – 11-25-17


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Markets: It was a shortened, but up week for the market, helped by rising Crude Oil prices, with all 4 indexes hitting new highs. WTI Crude Oil futures are up 9.8% in 2017, and have risen in 6 of the past 7 weeks. The spread between WTI and Brent crude has been closing – WTI gained 4% and Brent futures, the international benchmark, marked a 1.8% climb.

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Stock Market News – 11/18/17

Markets: It was a split market this week, with the DOW and the S&P down, and the NASDAQ and small caps rising, as investors continued to worry about the future of promised corporate tax cuts. Stocks had their best day since Sept. on Thursday, after passage of the House tax bill.

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Stock Market News – 11/11/17

Markets: The market fell this week, with all 4 indexes down, and the small caps lagging, as investors worried about the future of promised corporate tax cuts following dueling plans unveiled by Republican lawmakers.

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Stock Market News – 11/04/17

Markets: The market rallied once again this week, with the S&P 500, and DOW hitting new highs, and the NASDAQ rallying as well, but, once again, Small caps didn’t join the party, and were down -.79% for the week.

October was a big month for the market, which saw the DOW rise over 4%, the S&P gain 2.2%; the NASDAQ up 3.6%; and small caps gain .73%:

Futures: WTI Crude futures rose 10.5% in October, natural gas also gained 3.4%.
World stock markets notched up a fresh record high on Wednesday, powered by a 3% jump in basic resources shares after oil prices hit their highest since mid-2015. Click here to read more…

STOCK MARKET NEWS: 10-7-17

Markets: The market rallied again this week, with the DOW, the S&P, and the Russell 2000 all making new all-time highs, as hopes were rekindled for tax cuts/reform. The S&P 500 rose 1.2%, hitting a sixth consecutive record high before falling on the final day. At 19 times forecast earnings, the index trades near the highest valuation since the dot-com era.

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Stock Market News: 9-30-17


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Markets: The market rallied this week, with the DOW, the S&P, and theRussell 2000 all making new all-time highs. The RUSSELL small caps went gangbusters in Sept., gaining over 6% in 1 month. The DOW and S&P both added ~ 2% for the month.

“For the first time in over three years, each of the three major Dow stock market averages has just hit a new all-time high the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Transportation Average, and Dow Jones Utility Average. This development is rare: Its happened in fewer than 4% of the months since 1970. But here’s the even better news: Never have any of these prior events occurred at a bull market top. The least bullish of any prior occurrences (which came in the spring of 2007) still came five months before a top”.

“To be sure, investors usually don’t pay much attention to the Dow utilities. Most of us focus just on the Dow industrials. And among those who focus on Dow averages beyond the Dow industrials, most focus on just the Dow transports. That’s because of the famous Dow Theory, the oldest market timing system that remains in widespread use today, which holds that joint new highs of both averages is confirmation that were in a bull market.”(Source: MarketWatch)

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Stock Market News: 9-9-17

Markets: The market fell this week, with the YTD-leading NASDAQ pulling back -1.17%, as investors pulled back over geopolitical tensions and hurricane-related damage concerns. All 4 indexes fell, with the small caps being the most resilient.

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STOCK MARKET NEWS: 9-2-17


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Markets: It was a big up week for the market, with the NASDAQ and the RUSSELL small caps leading, aided by an upward revision to Q2 GDP, and a lack of hawkish Fed sentiments at last weekend’s Jackson Hole conference. Even a weak Payrolls report couldn’t hold stocks back on Friday.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS – 8/26/17

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Markets: The market eked out a gain and stopped its 2-week skid, aided Friday by no rate hike comments by Fed Chief Yellen at her Jackson Hole speech.

The RUSSELL flip-flopped, and led this week, although they’re still down -3.27% for the month. The S&P, DOW and NASDAQ all had similar gains. The S&P is still within 1.5% of its all time highs.
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Stock Market News – 8/19/17


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Markets: The market fell for the 2nd straight week, with Thursday being the biggest loss in 3 months. Investors are growing more skeptical about any tax reform plans getting done in 2018. Ongoing political instability in the administration, which had to dissolve several business councils this week, after CEO’s walked, continues to shake investor confidence.
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Stock Market News – 8/5/17


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Markets: The DOW advanced .92% this week, hitting more record highs, and exceeding the 22,000 level for the 1st time ever.  The S&P had a minor gain, while was flat, and the RUSSELL small caps trailed again.
The DOW was powered by Apple, JNJ, Exxon, and JPMorgan, all among the top 5 in market cap for the index.
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Stock Market News: 7/22/17

Markets: Another week of all-time highs for the DOW, S&P, NASDAQ, and the RUSSELL 2000, fueled by rising Crude prices through most of the week, as WTI Crude hit an 8-week high mid-week. It was the 3rd straight week of a drop in US oil supplies.

Energy prices hit a snag, though, on Friday, due to a report which said that OPEC production was rising. OPEC’s July oil supply was set to rise by 145,000 barrels per day  compared to June, according to tanker-tracking firm PetroLogistics.


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Stock Market News: 7/15/17

Markets: The market had strong gains this week, spurred on by Fed chief Yellen’s dovish interest rate comments before Congress in mid-week. The S&P and DOW hit new all-time closing highs on Friday, helped by rising Crude prices, which were up this week, due to reports of a setback for Nigerian crude supplies and a recent forecast for higher oil demand this year.

Shares of JP Morgan, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo were down, despite reporting quarterly profits that beat analysts’ expectations, as investors saw limited advantages for the big banks from the prospect of fewer rate hikes.  Tech came roaring back, pushing the NASDAQ up 2.8% on the week.


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Stock Market Bulletin: 7/8/17


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Markets: The market were saved by the bullish payrolls report this week, barrelling out of a deficit with big gains on Friday. Only the Russell small caps posted a weekly loss.
The struggling Tech sector, (the most-heavily weighted sector on the S&P 500), held on to make a modest gain this week, which saw Crude futures fall -3.8%.


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Stock Market Bulletin: 7/1/17

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Markets: The market hit a rough patch this week, with the NASDAQ falling 1.99%, the S&P 500 down .61%, the DOW off by .21%, and the RUSSELL small caps flat. Small caps led in June, up 3.37%, followed by the DOW, which rose 1.62%; the S&P was up .48% in June with the Tech-heavy NASDAQ trailing, down -.94%, as investors rotated out of Tech stocks.

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Stock Market News: 6/17/17

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Markets: The market was split again this week, with the RUSSELL small caps and the NASDAQ lagging, the S&P flat, and the DOW rising.Tech stocks continue to fall, as investors took profits.
Amazon shocked the food world by bidding $42/share to buy out Whole Foods. Barclays now thinks that this may spark a bidding war, as retail grocery competitors place rival bids. (For more info on Whole Foods, (WFM), see the latest article on our Dividend Stocks Blog, which came out the day before the Amazon deal was announced.
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Stock Market News: 6/10/17


Markets: The market was split this week, with the DOW, S&P and NASDAQ hitting new all-time highs again, in spite of the DC Comey drama, and an adverse UK election result. However, the S&P and NASDAQ fell for the week, while the RUSSELL small caps and the DOW rose. Tech stocks had a big intra-day pullback on Friday, with many dropping over -4%
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Stock Market News: 5/27/17

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Markets: The market rose this week, with the S&P and NASDAQ hitting new all-time highs. On Friday, trading volume was the lowest of the year. Equity prices have risen on stronger-than-expected Q1 earnings, which grew 15% for S&P 500 companies.

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Stock Market News: 5/20/17

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Markets: The market fell this week, reacting to more uncertainty in DC, and a scandal in Brazil. The market fell over 1% on Wednesday, for only the 2nd time in 2017, as the promise of tax reform seemed to fade further into the future.
The Russell Small Caps Index trailed, and even the NASDAQ pulled back.

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Stock Market News: 5/13/17

Markets: The market fell this week, reacting to an uncertain US political environment, after the firing of FBI director Comey. Brick & Mortar Retail stocks slid, led down by JC Penney, which reported mixed results. Retail Sales rose .4% in April, below the .4% forecast.
The NASDAQ was the sole gainer, and leads the other indexes by a wide margin year-to-date, buoyed by resurgent Tech firms.

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Stock Market News: 5/6/17

Markets: The market rose this week, led again by the NASDAQ, which closed at another all-time high. Friday’s positive Non-Farm Payrolls report spurred the market on, capturing most of the indexes’ gains for the week.

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Stock Market News: 4/22/17

Markets: The market had a topsy turvy week – up 2 days, down 3, but broke its 2-week slump with an up week. Investor tax reform enthusiasm faded on Friday, in the face of worries over this weekend’s elections in France.
Small Caps led this week, regaining some of their luster, and the NASDAQ hit a new all-time high on Thursday.
Barrons reported today that “the 10 largest stocks in the S&P 500 accounted for 39% of the market’s gains during the first quarter of the year, according to Birinyi Associates data.Investors have flocked to bonds—sending yields on 10-year Treasuries to the lowest levels since the election—and to gold, which is up 12% this year.
S&P 500 companies are reporting an 11% rise in first-quarter profits, the headiest showing in years, thanks to the big year-over-year jump in energy prices”. (Source: Barrons)

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Stock Market News: 4/15/17

Markets: The market fell in this holiday-shortened week, for the 2nd week in a row, hampered by geopolitical worries. Financials fell, in spite of upbeat earnings reports by big banks JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup.

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Stock Market News 3-25-17

Markets: The market fell this week, in the wake of the GOP failing to pass its revised healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. This was the market’s worst week of 2017, with the S&P falling over 1.4%. Small caps fared even worse, falling 2.87%.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP’s new health care bill would have taken away health coverage for 24 million Americans. The revised bill would have reduced the U.S. deficit by only $150 billion over 10 years, whereas the original bill aimed to reduce the deficit by $337 billion.
Political observers are now saying that HHA head Tom Price, a long-time opponent of the ACA, may use his agency’s powers to sabotage and undermine the ACA.
Next on the DC agenda will be Tax reform, which may have a better chance of passing, before the August summer break. The campaign promise was for a 15% corporate tax rate, but that counted on savings from the defunct healthcare bill, so now observers are pointing to a rate in the 25 -30% range.
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Stock Market News: 3/18/17

Markets: The market reverted to “risk on” this week, with small caps and the NASDAQ leading, after the Federal Reserve disappointed traders this week with its failure to make more aggressive forecasts for rate increases.  Financials, which are thought to benefit from higher rates, lagged all other sectors, due to lower inflation expectations shown in a Consumer survey. This was the markets’ 7th gain in 8 weeks.
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Stock Market News: 3-11-17

Markets: The market pulled back this week, as investors grew cautious ahead of next week’s Fed meeting, at which there will probably be a 25 basis point rate hike announced. Small Caps lagged, falling nearly -2%, while the market-leading NASDAQ merely slipped -.15%.

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Stock Market News: 3-4-17

Markets: The market hit record highs again this week, with the S&P 500 gaining for the 6th straight week. Fed Chief Yellen’s speech on Friday indicated a strong likelihood of a rate hike when the Fed meets in mid-March.

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Stock Market News: 02-25-17

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Markets: The market had good gains for the week again, with the Dow capping an 11-day winning streak – its longest since 1987. The S&P 500 ended at right around an all-time high on Friday, and hit its 11th all-time high this week. It continues to trade in a tight 1% range, the tightest in 40 years. Investors got defensive, shunning small caps, and leaving the NASDAQ up only slightly.

Q4 earnings season update:  Over 400 companies have reported earnings, with 74% beating profit targets and 53% beating revenue marks. “Results beat expectations for the 31st consecutive quarter”, according to Barclay’s.

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Stock Market News: 2/18/17

Markets: The market had good gains for the week again, with the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all hitting all-time highs once again, in spite of Fed Chief Yellen’s testimony to Congress, that the Fed may possibly raise rates in March. Banks had another good week, with the promise of higher rates, and political jawboning about rolling back Dodd-Frank pushed big bank stocks higher.

The zeigeist has shifted in 2017 – over the past few years, any talk of a rate hike would send markets down. In 2017, however, the market sees this as constructive for banks. Of course, the talk about easing financial regulations is very supportive of banks as well.

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Stock Market News: 2-4-17

Markets: The market ended up flat for the week, averting a loss with Friday’s big rally, which saw the DOW up .94%, the S&P up .73%, and the NASDAQ up .54%, after the upbeat Payrolls report, surprised investors. Bank stocks rallied Friday, on news that Dodd-Frank regulations may be lifted. Will this mean the return of such abuses as “liar loans”? Stay tuned…

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Stock Market News 1-14-17

Markets: The NASDAQ continued its winning ways this week, hitting a new record high. It now leads all other indexes by a wide margin so far in these early days of 2017. The DOW and the S&P 500 both gave up a bit of ground, in a week which saw both lower Crude Oil prices and a falling dollar.
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Stock Market News 01-07-17

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Markets: Indexes hit new record highs in this 1st trading week of 2017, aided by a strong Dec. US Auto Sales report. U.S. sales of new cars and trucks hit a record high in 2016, 0.4 percent higher than the previous record set in 2015. It was the 6th straight year of increasing sales, with Ford’s F-series trucks as the best-selling model line in the US, for the 40th year in a row.
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Stock Market News 12-31-16

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Markets: Stocks retreated in all 4 indexes this week, ending the DOW’s 7-week winning streak. Small Caps led the way in 2016, gaining nearly 20%, while the Tech-heavy NASDAQ trailed, gaining 7.5%. This was the 8th straight year of gains for the market, the 2nd longest in history. Small Cap Value stocks led the way in 2016, rising over 29%, vs. 10% for Small Cap Growth stocks. The S&P 500 is now trading at 19 x 2016 earnings, with a consensus for 12% earnings growth in 2017.
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Stock Market News: 12-24-16

Markets: The Market had another positive week, as the DOW scored its 7th straight weekly gain. Small Caps have lost some of their luster, as they trailed for the 2nd straight week. Trading volume was light, as per usual in the last 2 weeks of the year. About 4 billion shares changed hands in U.S. exchanges, vs. a 7.4 billion daily average over the last 20 sessions.
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Stock Market News 12-17-16

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Markets: The market mostly shrugged off the Fed rate hike this week, with the DOW rising a bit, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ both flat, but the RUSSELL 2000 fell 1.74%, as small caps faded. This was a welcome contrast to last December’s rate hike, after which the market fell 3.3% in the days after the hike. Clearly, investors feel that the economy can now withstand a rate hike.
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Stock Market News 12-10-16

Markets: The market bounced back strongly this week, with all 4 indexes making big gains. The Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, and the RUSSELL 2000 all made new all-time highs. Even more impressive was that all sectors shared in the rally, even the beleaguered HealthCare and Real Estate sectors. The lagging Tech sector also joined in.
Following last week’s OPEC production cut, the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil climbed by 21 to 498 rigs this week – the highest level since January.
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Stock Market News – 12/3/16

Markets: 3 out of 4 indexes pulled back this week, with only the DOW barely eking out a .10% gain. Even an OPEC production cut agreement couldn’t lift the market, although it did lift the Energy sector by nearly 3%.

The Municipal Bond Index fell over 3.46% in November, (its worst drop since the Sept. ’08 fall of Lehman Brothers), due to the prospect of lower tax rates in 2017, stemming from an overhaul of US tax system.
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Market Update Bulletin: 11-26-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had gains again in this shortened week, with the Russell 2000 up 2.35% – once again, small caps advanced more than larger firms. All 4 indexes hit highs together for the 1st time since 1999.
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Market Update Bulletin: 11-19-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had gains this week, with the Russell 2000 up 2.85% – based upon the thesis that the promise of increased US government spending and deregulation will benefit small caps more than larger firms. The DOW hit another all-time high, but fizzled at the end of the week.

The US Bond market continued to sell off, maintaining its trends over the past few months – September had the biggest outflows of US bonds since 1977.
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Stock Market News: 11-12-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had huge gains this week, following the surprise results from the US election. Investors poured into small caps, sending the Russell 2000 up 10%. The DOW ended at an all-time high, in its best week since 2011, and the S&P 500 had its best week since October 2014. Financials rallied, on stronger certainty of future Fed rate hikes.

The Bond market was closed in the US on Friday, but bond yields rose to their highest level since January.
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Stock Market News: 11-5-16

Markets: All 4 indexes fell again this week, following Crude Oil declines, and continued tensions about the upcoming election. However, the S&P 500 is still only less than 5% below its all-time high.
Looking back a few years shows how far the market has come – the S&P is up 208% vs. its March 2009 lows, while the DOW is up 173%. The Tech-heavy NASDAQ has done even better – it’s up almost 300%, and the Russell small caps are up 231%. Clearly, the market has enjoyed this slow recovery, which is the 4th longest in US history.
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Stock Market News – 10/29/16

Markets: All 4 indexes fell this week, in the wake of mixed earnings reports, Crude Oil declines due to no OPEC production freeze agreement yet, and political volatility fallout from the upcoming election.
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Stock Market News – 10-22-16

Markets: 3 of the indexes had modest gains this week, while the DOW was virtually flat. The ECB’s Mario Draghi decided to maintain the ECB’s Bond-buying QE program, rather than increasing it which took pressure off of the US Bond market, and paves the way for a Fed rate hike in December. While there’s virtually no chance of a hike at the Nov. 1-2 confab, fed-funds futures put a 68% probability on a December move, according to Bloomberg.
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STOCK MARKET NEWS – 10-15-16

Markets: The indexes had their 2nd straight week of losses, with Alcoa delivering disappointing earnings. Upbeat reports from mega banks JP Morgan and Citibank helped the market make a small gain on Friday. With the S&P 500’s current P/E 19% higher than historical averages, some additional big cap earnings surpirises next week could help lift the market out of its current funk. Rising forecasts for a December Fed rate hike also served to put a damper on stocks this week.
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Stock Market News – 10/8/16

Markets: In spite of a rise in Crude Oil, it was a down market this week, with volatile currency moves – the Pound fell over -4% vs. the US $ in one week, which is a huge move for a currency, as the pound hit a multi-decade low. Small caps fell the most, dropping over -1%, as investors became risk-averse. This makes sense – we are in October – the worst month for stock performance, with a US election looming and creating uncertainty for the market.
The Non-Farm Payrolls report also created unrest in the market – even though the September numbers were lower, they were in line with Fed expectations, and fanned rate hike fears, causing rate-sensitive stocks, such as Utilities, to decline. The 3-month average for job creation is 192K/month. Fourteen of 15 primary dealers that do business directly with the Fed responded yes to a poll querying a rate hike at the U.S. central bank’s December meeting.  
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Stock Market News: 10-1-16

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Markets: The market bounced back strong on Friday, averting a down week, on the heels of reports that beleaguered Deutsche Bank’s fine from the US Dept. of Justice may only be about 1/3rd the size previously mentioned – a mere $4.5B. Small Caps trailed this week, with the DOW Large Caps leading.
The S&P 500 rose 3.5% in the 3rd quarter, for the 14th time out of the last 15 quarters.
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Stock Market News – 9-24-16

Markets: The indexes gained this week, celebrating the Fed not hiking rates. Small caps led by a wide margin, as it was back to “risk on”. Crude Oil’s rise, inspired by a possible Saudi/Iran production cut, also helped push the market higher.
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Stock Market News 9-10-16

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Markets: World markets took a tumble Friday, brought lower by investor disappointment over the ECB not announcing any new financial stimulus measures, hawkish Fed member speeches, pesky N. Korea’s nuclear test, and a pullback in crude oil. This was the worst week since early February. Bond markets fell throughout the world, which sparked equity selloffs.
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As you can see from this market heat map, there weren’t too many places to hide Friday:
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Volatility: The VIX rose 46% this week, finishing at $17.50, its highest point since the late June Brexit pullback.

Currency: The $ rose vs. the Pound, the Aussie $, and the Loonie, and fell vs. most other major currencies, in spite of Fed jawboning about higher rates.
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Market Breadth:  4 of the DOW 30 stocks rose this week, vs. 21 last week. Only 15% of the S&P 500 rose this week, vs. 71% last week.

US Economic News:  ISM Services fell again, to 51.4, vs. 55.5 in July. JOLTS Job Openings hit a high of 5.871M in July. Initial and Continuing Claims were lower than last week’s figures.
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Stock Market News: 9-3-16

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Markets: The tepid August Payrolls report served to dampen rate hike fears, as the market turned positive on Friday. Small caps continued to lead. The market has gone 40 sessions now, without a move bigger than 1%.

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Stock Market News: 8-27-16

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Markets: The market had a down week, as investors cautiously took some profits. Only the Russell small caps managed to eke out a tiny gain. The S&P 500 fell for the 5th time in the last 6 sessions, but is still just 1% below its all-time high.
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Stock Market News 8-20-16

Markets: The DOW, S&P, and NASDAQ indexes all rallied for 3 days this week, reaching new highs, but then subsided, ending the week mostly flat. Small caps leed the pack for the week, and still lead for the month. The hawkish Fed minutes and various Fed member speeches served to dampen investors spirits. The market is looking ahead to this week’s annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, and the next Fed meeting in Sept., which Fed members are indicating still has the possibility of a rate hike.
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Stock Market News: 7-30-16

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Markets: The market rallied in July, bouncing back from the 2-day Brexit late June swoon, in spite of Crude Oil falling over -18% for the month. Positive earnings reports from some large firms, such as Amazon and Google, propelled the Tech sector to the top of the pack, and put the NASDAQ way out in front of the S&P 500 and the DOW, both of which hit several all-time highs in July.
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Stock Market News 7-23-16

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Markets: US indexes hit all-time highs this week, in spite of Crude Oil falling -5%, with the DOW extending its string of up days to 9. The S&P also closed at an all-time high, $2175.03, and is up 221.5% since the March 2009 lows.
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Stock Market News – 7-16-16

Markets: The DOW and the S&P 500 hit all-time highs this week, as the post-Brexit rally rolled on. This was the 3rd straight week of 1%-plus gains. The DOW posted 4 straight record closes this week, as markets were lifted by good economic news from China and the US, while Financials were buoyed by good earnings from JP Morgan Chase
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Stock Market News 7-9-16

Markets: Friday’s US Payrolls-inspired rally put indexes into positive territory for the week, as recession fears abated. The NASDAQ led, gaining nearly 2% for the week. The Unemployment Rate rose to 4.9%, but it was due to more people seeking jobs.
Bonds have been on a tear – 10-Year Treasuries hit record low yields this week. Meanwhile, Gold and Silver hit their highest levels since 2014.
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Stock Market News – 7-2-16

Markets: After the wild post-Brexit pullback on Monday, US indices staged a big rally, with 3 out of 4 notching 3%-plus gains. This was the market’s 1st up week in 3 weeks, no doubt aided by the fact that forecasters are now placing more chance of a Fed rate cut, than any rate hikes in 2016.

Financials remain the weakest sector year-to-date, with no rate hike in sight. The Financial sector will also lose some important window dressing in September, when Standard & Poors breaks out Real Estate REIT’s into a new sector – REIT’s had been propping up the Financial sector’s dividend yield, in addition to adding to earnings.
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Markets: The Brexit “leave” vote hammered indexes Friday. In a broad-based selloff, the NASDAQ lost over -4%, trailing even the Russell Small Caps, which fell by -3.92%, followed by the S&P 500, (-3.59%), and the DOW, (-3.39%). It was another down week for the market – the 3rd losing week in a row.
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Markets: Markets fell for the 2nd straight week. As expected, the Fed didn’t raise rates, but investors are jittery about the possibility of the UK exiting the EU. The vote is next Thursday, 6/23/16. The market continued to correlate with Crude Oil, which fell 1.49% in the futures market.
Treasuries had quite a run this week – the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note lost 2.4 basis points to 1.586%, its lowest level since November 2012.
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Stock Market News 6-11-16

Markets: It was a mixed week for US and global markets – even after Fed chief Yellen’s more dovish comments on Monday, concerns about US and global growth served to depress investors’ enthusiasm for S&P and NASDAQ stocks. However, the DOW and the RUSSELL small caps both had a positive week.

With the S&P only around 1.5% below its all-time high, some market observers note that many stocks look fully valued – particularly in defensive sectors, such as Utilities. Never the less, that sector continues to roll on, and was one of the leaders this week, and still leads by a wide margin in 2016.
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Stock Market News 6-4-16

Markets: It was a mixed data week that left the market mostly neutral, with the exception of small caps, which led again, with a 1.20% gain. Housing numbers were strong, Consumer Spending was the best in 7 years, and Mfg. rose for the 3rd straight month. However, a very weak Non-Farm Payrolls report Friday ended the week on a down day.
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Stock Market News: 5-14-16

Markets: The market fell for the 3rd straight week, with only 7 DOW stocks rising for the week. In a bifurcated market, large caps and small caps both trailed the S&P and the NASDAQ.  Even though the financial media has been warning of overheated Utility stocks, this defensive sector has once again outperformed so far in May, gaining 2%.
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Stock Market News 5-7-16

Markets: Weak Chinese economic data dampened investors’ spirits this week, sending the indexes into negative territory for the 1st week in May. Defensive sectors ruled, with Consumer Staples and Utilities leading the pack, and small caps lagging. Crude Oil futures were down a bit this week, continuing the ongoing market/crude oil correlation – Crude futures rose Friday, as did the market.
In a continuation of the “Bad News Is Good News” mindset, Friday was an up day, after a weaker than expected US Payrolls Report, which the market felt lessened chances that the Fed will raise rates at its June meeting.
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Stock Market News – 4-30-16

Markets: Mixed earnings weighed on the market this week, as DOW tech components Apple, Intel and Microsoft all fell. Apple fell over 11%, after reporting its 1st ever drop in iPhone sales, and forecast lower than expected revenues for its next quarter. Weaker US GDP also put pressure on the market.

The DOW now leads these other 3 indexes year to date, followed by the S&P 500. Meanwhile, the NASDAQ lagged in April and year to date.
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Volatility: The VIX rose 4.3% this week, finishing at $16.90.
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Stock Market News: 4-23-16

Markets: It was a mixed week – not so good for Tech, or defensive sectors, such as Utilities and Consumer Staples. Meanwhile, investors plowed back into small caps, sending the Russell 2000 up 1.44% on the week. Tech giant Microsoft fell nearly 7% for the week, punished for underwhelming results. Google was also down, over 5% this week. United Health, American Express and Disney were the 3 biggest gainers in the DOW, while 4 out of the top 10 gainers in the S&P 500 were independent Oil & Gas firms: Murphy Oil, Southwest Energy, Devon Energy, and Noble Energy.
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Stock Market News – 4-9-16

Markets: Indexes fell for the 2nd time in the past 3 weeks, in spite of an 8%-plus gain in Crude Oil futures. The DOW and S&P remained positive year-to-date, but hte NASDAQ and RUSSELL small caps slipped further into the red.
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Stock Market News 4-2-16

Markets: Even though all 4 indexes were negative in March, the DOW and the S&P 500 finally turned positive for 2016. However,  the NASDAQ and the RUSSELL small caps are still in the red. As you’ll see in the Sectors section below, all sectors were positive in March, with Tech, Energy, and Utilities leading the way.
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Stock Market News 3-25-16

Markets: The market took a breather in this shortened week, held back by the Brussels attack, a pullback in Crude Oil, and hawkish Rate comments by some Fed officials, who upped expectations for more interest rate hikes in coming months than investors expected. This snapped a 5-week rally.
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Stock Market News: 3-19-16

Markets: All 4 indexes had solid gains – the S&P 500 had its 5th week of 1%-plus gains, for the 1st time since April 2009, and pulled into positive territory for the year, along with the DOW. Crude Oil and Natural Gas had another good week, spurred on by the promise of an OPEC meeting on April 17th.
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Stock Market News 3-12-16

Markets: The market put together a rally this week, (4th in a row for the S&P- 1st time since May ’13), spurred on by more ECB stimulus, and, you guessed it, rising Crude Oil prices. All 4 indexes rallied, with DOW & S&P 500 large caps leading the way.
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3-5-16 Stock Market News

Markets: The market had its 3rd week of gains, with the DOW and the S&P 500 finishing at highs for 2016, as a short squeeze played out in Energy-related stocks. The rally was propelled by higher Crude Oil and Basic Materials prices. A better than expected US Payrolls report on Friday also pointed to a more resilient US economy, with companies adding 242K jobs in Feb., vs. 190K forecasted.
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Stock Market News – 2-27-16

Markets: The S&P has had its best 2-week run in a year, registering another solid gain this week. It was “risk on” again this week, with small caps leading.

Thus far in the Q4 earnings season, companies lowering guidance have outnumbered companies raising guidance by 3 to 1. 63% of reporting companies beat earnings estimates – the highest reading since Q4 2010. The52% revenue beat rate was an improvement over Q3’s 47% figure, and close to the high end of the range from the preceding 3 quarters.
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Stock Market News 2-20-16

Markets: The Crude Oil correlation continued in this short week, with all 4 indexes registering good gains, as Crude Oil futures gained 8.56% on the week. Investors moved back into more risk, and pushed the RUSSELL Small Caps up nearly 4%. This was the market’s best week thus far in 2016.
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Stock Market News 2-13-16

Markets: In spite of a big rally Friday, it was another down week for the market – the S&P 500 has been down 5 of the 7 past weeks. Even beleaguered small caps caught a break on Friday, sending the RUSSELL 2000 to a nearly 2% gain on the day.
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Stock Market News 1-30-16

Markets: The major indexes staged a huge rally on Friday, narrowing their monthly losses, in what was the worst January for the market since 2009. The Bank of Japan unexpectedly lowered rates, (they’re now negative), and strong earnings from Microsoft, sparked a rally in Tech shares Friday. Friday’s weak US GDP report also strengthened investors’ conviction that the Fed won’t raise rates again in April.
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Stock Market News – 1-23-16

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Stock Market News 1-9-16

Markets: The market had its worst yearly starting week ever, in spite of a very strong US Jobs report, as global economic fears, China’s stock market turmoil, and falling crude oil prices hastened a selloff. The Russell small caps took the biggest hit, but this was the worst yearly start ever for the S&P 500 and the DOW. This was the biggest 1-week loss since September 2011.
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Stock Market News: 1-2-16

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Markets: 3 out of 4 indexes finished 2015 in the red, with only the NASDAQ registering a 5.73% gain. The RUSSELL 2000 trailed, falling -5.98% in 2015. This was the market’s flattest year since 2011.

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Stock Market News 12-26-15

Markets: This historically bullish week lived up to its reputation, with all 4 indexes making impressive gains over the 4-day period. Higher Crude prices helped push the markets higher.
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Stock Market News 12-19-15

Markets: The market had its second down week in a row this week, buffeted by lower crude prices, reactions to the Fed rate hike, and slowing growth fears. Options expirations also added fuel to the fire. It was the 3rd straight down week for the RUSSELL small caps, and the DOW, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closed beneath their mid-November lows.
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Stock Market News 12-12-15

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Markets: The market had its worst week since August, as falling crude oil prices added to investors’ uneasiness about next week’s Fed meeting, which is widely expected to result in the 1st rate hike by the Fed in almost 10 years.
The RUSSELL 2000 small caps had their worst week since May 2012, falling almost 5%.
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Stock Market News 12-5-15

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Markets: A strong US jobs report sent stocks soaring Friday, and saved the market from a big down week. The DOW and NASDAQ led for the week, with the RUSSELL small caps negative, and the S&P flat.
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Stock Market News 11-28-15

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Markets: Small caps continued to break out of their slump this week, with the RUSSELL 2000 leading again. It was a holiday-shortened week, with very low trading volume.
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11-21-15 Stock Market News

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Markets: The S&P had its best week of the year, as the market bounced back strong from last week’s pullback, spurred on by comments from ECB chief Draghi that the ECB may embark on a new round of easing at its Dec. 3rd meeting. Markets were also helped by strong earnings reports from retailers, including Walmart. The DOW is now flat for the year, the S&P is back in positive territory, and the NASDAQ leads by a wide margin.
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Stock Market News – 11-14-15

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Markets: The market had its worst week since August, with all 4 indexes falling 3% to over 4%. Tech shares sold off Thursday-Friday, and department stores also got hit, on worries about the coming holiday shopping season.
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Volatility: The VIX surged 40% vs. last week’s close, ending the week at $20.08, its highest close since Oct. 2nd.

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Stock Market News – 11-7-15

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Markets: It was definitely back to “risk on” this week, as the RUSSELL 20000 small caps greatly outpaced the other 3 indexes.
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Volatility: After rising as high as $16.33 on Thursday, the VIX fell 5% this week, to end the week at $14.33.
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Markets: The S&P had its best month since 2010 this month. All 4 indexes had big gains, but investors favored large caps, as the RUSSELL small caps trailed significantly. With no Fed rate hike to worry about, the market was able to shake off mixed worldwide economic data, and was further buoyed by several upbeat earnings reports from large cap firms.
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Stock Market News – 10-24-15

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Markets: Large Cap earnings beats from Google, Microsoft, and Amazon helped lift markets this week, along with a surprise rate cut by China and further easing by the ECB. The S&P 500 is now back in positive territory for 2015, as the major indexes continued to surge in October, with 8%-plus gains for 3 out of 4 indexes.
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Stock Market News 10-3-15

Markets: Friday’s topsy turvy big rally sent 3 out of 4 indexes into the positive territory for the week, as investors went bargain hunting, after the weak Sept. US Payrolls Report sent the market down in the morning.

Friday had the largest single-day price swings in four years for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Investors snatched up beaten-down Basic Materials and Healthcare stocks, in particular.
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Stock Market News – 9-26-15

Markets: It was another seesaw week for the markets, with indexes rocking back and forth from the latest news – biotechs got hit, after Hilary Clinton vowed to take on pharma price gouging, auto stocks were rocked by the enormous VW scandal, and on Friday, we had a rally, until 2pm, inspired by Fed Chief Yellen’s Thursday pm speech, in which she asserted that the Fed would raise rates in 2015. The RUSSELL Small Caps and the NASDAQ erased all of their gains for the month.
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Volatility: The VIX rose 6% this week, finishing at $23.62.

Currency: The $, aided by Fed Chief Yellen’s speech, rose vs. major currencies this week.

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Stock Market News 9-19-15

Markets: Markets rallied early in the week, in spite of the impending Fed rate decision on Thursday. However, they sold off after the rate decision, with a big down day on Friday, leaving only the RUSSELL Small Caps and the NASDAQ up for the week.
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Volatility: The VIX got as high as $24.25, before settling at $22.28, down 4% for the week. The VIX is still up 51% over the past month, but is 46% below its high of $40.74, which it reached on Monday, 8/24/15.
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Stock Market News 8-29-15

Markets: Worries about the crashing Chinese stock market and slowing Chinese growth sent world markets tumbling on Monday. (The Chinese market had been up 67% in 2015, and is now down for the year.) The DOW was down 1000 points at the open, amid rampant margin calls, which sent investors scrambling. Record amounts of cash were withdrawn from US Equity markets – $29.5B.

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Stock Market News 8-22-15

Markets: Weak data from China, more more Oil declines, emerging market worries, (i.e. Brazil), and ongoing FED rate hike worries, all combined to send markets tumbling Friday, in the worst weekly rout of the year. The DOW lost 531 points Friday- its worst week since 2011, after a Friday am report from China showed Mfg. there had hit a 6-year low. The S&P 500 had its worst weekly decline since 2011.
Markets throughout the world also fell steeply this week.
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Volatility: The VIX had its beggest 1-week rally ever, surging 118%, as investors plowed into S&P 500 options to hedge their positions. Options values soared, as the VIX hit a 4-yrar high, ending at 28.03.
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Stock Market News 8-15-15

Markets: After a topsy-turvy week, the market managed to eke out small gains. China’s 3% currency devaluation and slowdown fears sent markets reeling early in the week. Crude oil hit its lowest point in 6 years, and has many Energy mavens calling for a low.
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Volatility: After rising as high as on Wednesday’s big seeswaw day, the VIX closed the week down 4%, at 12.89.

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Stock Market News 8-8-15

Markets: A solid Non-Farm Payrolls report sent markets down again on Friday, as the possibility of the Fed’s 1st rate hike in over 6 years loomed larger in investors’ minds. The DOW has suffered its worst losing streak in 4 years, falling 7 sessions in a row.

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Volatility: The VIX rose 10.5% this week, ending at 13.39, and reaching a high point of 14.58.

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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.

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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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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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Stock Market Update Bulletin – 6/6/15

Markets: 3 out of 4 indexes fell this week, but the Russell small caps actually had an up week. Stocks traded in their tightest weekly range in 21 years, due to mixed economic data. Friday’s strong Non-Farm Payrolls Report stirred investor fears about a Fed rate hike coming in September, rather than December, as many market analysts have predicted.
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Market Breadth: 6 DOW stocks rose this week, vs. 5 last week. 38% of S&P 500 stocks rose this week, vs. 21% last week.

Currency: It was a mixed week for the US Dollar, which fell vs. the Euro, Loonie, and Swiss Franc, while rising vs. the Aussie & NZ Dollars, and the Yen.
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US Economic News: May Non-Farm Payrolls surprised to the upside, and April & March’s figure was revised upwards by 32,000. the 6-month avg. is now 236,000 jobs/month. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and healthcare. Mining employment continued to decline. The Unemployment Report inched up to 5.5%, due to a rise in the labor force. Wages rose by 2.3%, the best since 2009. Auto & truck sales also surprised to the upside, and are on the best pace since 2005.
Private sector wages and salaries were up 4.6% year-over-year.
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