Market Commentaries

Trouble With the Curve?

Trouble With the Curve?

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks dropped amid heightened volatility last week. The S&P 500 fell 0.53 percent, the Dow dropped 0.95 percent, and the Nasdaq declined 1.06 percent. The sell-off was mostly centered around large U.S. stocks. Mid- to small-cap stocks,...

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Finding the Right Speed

Finding the Right Speed

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market ended a choppy week of trading with slightly positive gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.2 percent, the Dow was mostly flat, and the Nasdaq climbed about 0.8 percent. Developed country stocks did poorly, declining nearly 1.4 percent on...

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Stocks Parry and Thrust…but Buyer Beware

Stocks Parry and Thrust…but Buyer Beware

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks showed their resiliency last week, posting their biggest weekly gain in three months. The S&P 500 rose 3.84 percent, the Dow climbed 3.27 percent, and the Nasdaq gained a monster 4.56 percent. International stocks did similarly well....

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Sand in the Gears

Sand in the Gears

OVERVIEW   Despite Friday's losses, the major U.S. stock indices ended the week higher. The Dow and the S&P 500 gained about 1.9 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. This was their first weekly gain in five weeks. The tech-heavy Nasdaq also gained about 1.5...

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Down, But Not Out

Down, But Not Out

OVERVIEW   Another volatile week of trading on Wall Street saw the S&P 500 drop 0.63 percent, its fourth consecutive weekly drop. The Nasdaq, however, rose 1.11 percent. While the energy, materials, and financial sectors had large weekly declines, the tech...

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Stirring the Pot

Stirring the Pot

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks took another step backward last week, with the S&P 500 dropping 0.64 percent, its third straight week in the red. The Nasdaq had a similar decline of 0.56 percent. The Dow, however, remained mostly flat for the week, dropping just 0.03...

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A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing?

OVERVIEW   The tech sell-off continued in the United States last week, with the Nasdaq dropping 4.06 percent. The S&P 500 fell about 2.5 percent, and the Dow lost about 1.66 percent. Volatility, however, actually declined. The VIX (a measure of volatility)...

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Stocks Go Down, Too

Stocks Go Down, Too

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks declined in a rollercoaster week of trading that saw the VIX index (a measure of volatility) jump above 30 for the first time since early July. After a good start to the week, the tech sector sold off dramatically on Thursday and Friday,...

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Too Far, Too Fast?

Too Far, Too Fast?

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market hit fresh new highs last week as the S&P 500 Index rose 3.26 percent, its fifth straight week of gains. The Nasdaq Composite did a little better, gaining 3.39 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average brought up the rear,...

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Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market saw substantial gains in the Nasdaq Composite last week, rising 2.65 percent. The S&P 500 did less well but still rose about 0.72 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, remained exactly flat for the week....

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