Market Commentaries

Tape Talk

Tape Talk

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market hit a rough patch to start the new year.  The S&P 500 fell 1.87%, the Dow declined 0.29%, and the Nasdaq collapsed 4.53%. Growth stocks took a beating, falling 4.87%, whereas value stocks rose about 0.77% for the week. This...

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Santa Claus Rally

Santa Claus Rally

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock market indices started the week out strong but faded a bit to end the year's last week of trading.  The S&P 500 gained 0.85%, the Dow increased 1.08%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.05%. Value stocks rose about 1.36%, outperforming the...

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Bull Market Fuel

Bull Market Fuel

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks sold off last week, with the more growthy sectors of the market taking a beating.   The tech-heavy Nasdaq slid 2.95%, while the S&P 500 fell 1.94% and the Dow dropped 1.68%. Internationally, we saw emerging market stocks decline 1.8%,...

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Seeing the Present Clearly

Seeing the Present Clearly

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market rebounded strongly last week as volatility, as measured by the VIX index, fell below 20. The S&P 500 stock index rose 3.83%, the Nasdaq gained 3.61%, and the Dow surged 4.02%. Growth shares led the way, gaining about 4.3%,...

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Stocks Look Oversold, but Breadth Is Still a Concern

Stocks Look Oversold, but Breadth Is Still a Concern

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks had a choppy week that saw the S&P 500 fall 1.22%, the Dow drop 0.91%, and the Nasdaq decline 2.62%. Growth stocks saw the most selling, down 2.29% on the week, whereas value stocks fell 1.22%. International stocks were mixed. The MSCI...

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Thinking Global

Thinking Global

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market was mixed last week. The Dow dropped 1.38%, but tech stocks helped push the S&P 500 higher by 0.32% and the Nasdaq by 1.24%. The Russell 3000 Growth index posted a weekly gain of 1.5%, whereas its value counterpart fell 1.89%....

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Consumer Discretion

Consumer Discretion

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks took a step back last week, with the S&P 500 falling 0.31%, the Dow declining 0.63%, and the Nasdaq dropping 0.69%. Growth stocks underperformed, falling about 0.6%, versus the 0.03% gain for value stocks. Foreign stocks were mixed. The...

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From the Short to the Long of It

From the Short to the Long of It

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks rose for the fifth consecutive week last week, as the S&P 500 gained 2%, the Dow rose 1.42%, and the Nasdaq surged 3.05%. Growth shares led the way, gaining 2.67% versus the 1.72% gain for value stocks. Small-caps had a monster week,...

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Separate Ways

Separate Ways

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks rose for a fourth consecutive week as a rally in large-cap growth stocks pulled the major indices higher. The S&P 500 gained 1.33%, the Dow rose 0.4%, and the Nasdaq surged 2.7%. The Russell 3000 Growth index rose 2.51%, whereas the...

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Brimming With Punch

Brimming With Punch

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market is once again trading near all-time highs after notching a solid week of performance last week. The S&P 500 rose 1.64%, the Dow gained 1.08%, and the Nasdaq increased 1.29%. Growth stocks had a slight edge, up 1.78%, versus...

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