Market Commentaries

Breadth & Seasonality

Breadth & Seasonality

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market bounced back last week as expected volatility, measured by the VIX Index, fell about 11% to 20.42. The S&P 500 rose 1.5%, the Dow gained 1.8%, and the Nasdaq increased 0.7%. Foreign stocks, however, were mixed for the week....

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Mixed Sentiment

Mixed Sentiment

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market had a down week, with the S&P 500 Index falling 0.69%, the Nasdaq Composite dropping 1.57%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average down just 0.01%. Foreign stocks, on the other hand, were up for the week. The MSCI EAFE Index of...

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Confirmation

Confirmation

OVERVIEW   The best week since June. That’s what the U.S. stock market delivered last week, as investors embraced the prospect of falling inflation and a potential deceleration in the Fed’s rate hike cycle. The S&P 500 Index of large-cap U.S. stocks surged...

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Cumulative Tightening—But Not Yet!

Cumulative Tightening—But Not Yet!

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks fell last week, with the S&P 500 declining by 3.4%. The index is now up 5.4% from its October 12 closing low of 3,577.03 and down 21.3% from its January 3 closing high of 4,796.56. The Dow Jones Industrial Average did relatively better,...

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Trust but Verify

Trust but Verify

OVERVIEW   The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 5.7% last week, capping its fourth consecutive week of gains and its best four-week stretch since April 2020. The S&P 500 Index rose 4%, notching its best two-week period since November 2020. And pulling up the...

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Market Mourning

Market Mourning

OVERVIEW   A relief rally hit Wall Street last week as all three major U.S. stock indices ended in the green. The S&P 500 rose 4.7%, up two of the past three weeks. Same with the Nasdaq Composite, which rose 5.2% for the week. And the Dow Jones Industrial...

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Macro Take the Wheel

Macro Take the Wheel

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market was mixed last week. The S&P 500 lost 1.55%, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.11%. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered gains of 1.15%. Foreign stocks declined, with developed country markets dropping 1.35%...

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Waypoints

Waypoints

OVERVIEW   Despite a volatile week, the major U.S. stock indices registered gains, snapping a three-week losing streak. The S&P 500 gained 1.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2%, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.7%. Bonds were mixed, however. The...

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Extreme Sentiment

Extreme Sentiment

OVERVIEW   Last week, U.S. stocks tumbled to their lowest level since November 2020. The S&P 500 fell 2.9% to close the week and is now down 25.2% from its January 3rd closing high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also dropped 2.9% for the week, and the...

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Revisiting the Low

Revisiting the Low

OVERVIEW   The S&P 500 index reentered bear market territory last week with a 4.65% weekly decline. The Nasdaq Composite, down more than 30% this year, fell 5.07%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 4%. Foreign stocks had a rough week as well....

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