Weekend Portfolio Analysis (June 10, 2017)

Market Analysis The market was relatively quiet during the early part of the week in anticipation of testimony from the former FBI Director James Comey, policy announcements from the European Central Bank, and the general election in the United Kingdom. Investors were able to breathe a sigh of relief, not only in reaction to Mr.…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (June 3, 2017)

Market Analysis The market got off to a slow start after the Memorial Day holiday, but by Thursday, things started to heat up after the release of the employment report and bullish EIA inventory report. On Friday, a disappointing nonfarm payroll report (138,000 actual vs. 185,000 consensus) was unable to deter investors as all three…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 27, 2017)

Market Analysis Upbeat corporate earnings and positive economic data helped support the continued rally in U.S. equities this week. The problems plaguing Washington which helped to fuel the one-day selloff last week were quickly dismissed as the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite Index hit fresh all-time highs on Thursday. With 477 of the…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 20, 2017)

Market Analysis Volatility returned to the stock market this week, but only briefly. On Wednesday, markets plunged as political chaos intensified in Washington. Investors worried that the latest Donald Trump controversy – this time over former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey – would distract from his administration’s policy plans. While the Dow and…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (May 6, 2017)

Market Analysis The stock market extended its gains this week due to improved economic growth. Friday’s non-farm payrolls report was fairly upbeat, with 211,000 added to payrolls in April, higher than the 190,000 expected. This was a huge improvement over March’s weak report (job gains of only 79,000). The unemployment rate fell to 4.4%, the…

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