Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 29, 2017)

Market Analysis Stocks staged a relief rally on Monday after Emmanuel Macron advanced to the final round of the French presidential elections. Solid first-quarter earnings reports took center stage on Tuesday with Caterpillar (CAT), McDonalds (MCD), and DuPont (DD) reporting better than expected top and bottom lines. However, on Wednesday the market paused after the…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 22, 2017)

Market Analysis Stocks closed higher following a week of volatile trading. This past week brought the first significant round of first quarter earnings reports, which are generally expected to show the best rise in overall corporate profits in several years. With about 10% of S&P 500 companies reporting so far, results to date have been…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 15, 2017)

Market Analysis Stocks posted their second straight week of declines during the holiday-shortened week. Rising tensions in North Korea, Syria, and Russia intensified the geopolitical jitters in the markets. News on Thursday that the U.S. had dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal in Afghanistan also appeared to spark a sharp drop in share prices…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 8, 2017)

Market Analysis Stocks were relatively unchanged this week despite an uptick in geopolitical jitters following the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase and a potential shift in tactics by the U.S. Federal Reserve later this year. The missile attacks on Thursday evening further boosted oil prices and sparked a shift into defense stocks as well…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (April 1, 2017)

Market Analysis After the GOP’s failure to pass healthcare reform last week, investors are increasingly unsure of Trump’s ability to deliver on the widely anticipated tax reform legislation. Volatility appears to be creeping back into the markets, but in a very subdued manner. Stocks did move higher this week, recovering some of the decline that occurred the previous…

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