Market Commentaries

Testing Support

Testing Support

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks got tripped up again last week as the major indices fell for a second week in a row. The S&P 500 lost 0.57%, the Dow dropped 0.07%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.47%. International stocks didn’t hold up any better. Developed country stocks fell...

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Quiet Periods

Quiet Periods

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market snapped a two-week winning streak last week as the S&P 500 shed 1.7% on the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.15%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.6%, also snapping a two-week run of gains. The declines in value...

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Feeling Streaky

Feeling Streaky

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks were mixed last week as the S&P 500 gained 0.58%, the Nasdaq increased 1.55%, and the Dow fell 0.24%. Growth stocks led the way, as the Russell 3000 Growth index rose 1.31%. Value stocks, on the other hand, fell 0.07% on the week. In...

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The Big Push

The Big Push

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market once again surged to record highs last week. The S&P 500 rose 1.52%, the Dow gained 0.96%, and the Nasdaq jumped 2.82%. During the week, growth stocks had the upper hand, gaining about 2.3% versus the 1.74% gain for value...

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Searching for Inflation

Searching for Inflation

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market had a volatile week as the VIX (the "Fear Gauge") jumped above 20 on a few trading sessions. The S&P 500 fell 0.59%, the Dow dropped 1.11%, and the Nasdaq decreased 0.73%. Growth stocks fell 0.4%, which outperformed the 1.31%...

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A Few Observations

A Few Observations

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks were mixed last week, with the S&P 500 rising 0.71%, the Dow gaining 0.87%, and the Nasdaq losing 0.09%. Small-cap stocks lagged the broader market, falling 0.47%. Growth stocks also underperformed, gaining just 0.04%. Value stocks,...

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The Contrast Effect

The Contrast Effect

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market had a good week, with the S&P 500 rising 0.94%, the Dow gaining 0.78%, and the Nasdaq surging ahead by 1.11%. Growth stocks gained about 0.96% for the week, which beat out value’s 0.88% gain by a small margin. Internationally,...

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A Kink in the Hose

A Kink in the Hose

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks traded lower last week, as the S&P 500 fell 0.37%, the Dow declined 0.36%, and the Nasdaq dropped 1.11%. The declines were mostly centered around larger capitalization stocks, which fell 0.99%, while small caps rose 1.72%. Value held up...

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I’m Buying What You’re Selling

I’m Buying What You’re Selling

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market surged higher last week as the S&P 500 rose 1.96%, the Dow gained 1.08%, and the Nasdaq increased 2.84%. Growth stocks led the way, rising 3.33%. Value stocks gained a more moderate 0.95%. Small-cap stocks, which rose 2.15%...

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When Slower Growth is Good for Growth

When Slower Growth is Good for Growth

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks ended the week lower, with the S&P 500 dropping 0.97%, the Dow falling 0.52%, and the Nasdaq bringing up the rear with a 1.87% decline. The worst of the sell-off was centered around small-cap stocks, down 4.6%, and value stocks, which...

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