Weekend Portfolio Analysis (July 8, 2017)

Market Analysis After a relatively quiet first half of 2017, U.S. stocks kicked off the second half with a volatile start, with the major market indexes taking their cues from oil prices, tech stocks, and the latest jobs data. Trading volumes were predictably very light early in the week, given the abbreviated trading session on Monday and…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (July 1, 2017)

Market Analysis The stock market endured some turbulence this week after a series of hawkish comments from developed-market central bankers suggested that the era of ultra-loose monetary policy may be nearing its end. The S&P 500 was marginally lower, the Dow was unchanged, and the NASDAQ fell by 2.0% as continuing volatility in the technology…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (June 24, 2017)

Market Analysis Global equities were relatively flat this week, but not before the large-cap S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average posted fresh record highs on Monday. Energy shares weighed on the major indexes for much of the week as oil fell for the fifth straight week, but this was offset somewhat by the Federal…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (June 17, 2017)

Market Analysis The stock market did absolutely nothing as the Federal Reserve was the focus of investors’ attention this week. Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to set another record high on Wednesday, the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 displayed weakness. Despite falling inflation data in recent months, the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked rates on…

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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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