Market Commentaries

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market moved lower last week, with the S&P 500 index falling 0.28 percent and the Nasdaq Composite sinking 1.33 percent. The technology and communication services sectors led the market to the downside. As for the gainers, energy,...

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Airplanes and Parachutes

Airplanes and Parachutes

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market's performance was mixed last week, as the S&P 500 index rose 1.25 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.08 percent. The industrial sector led the market higher, followed closely by materials and healthcare. Technology,...

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Only Dead Fish Go With the Flow

Only Dead Fish Go With the Flow

OVERVIEW The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite had another monster week, gaining over four percent for the second consecutive week. The S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average did less well but were still up 1.76 percent and 0.96 percent, respectfully....

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The Comeback Kid

The Comeback Kid

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market rose 4.02 percent last week on a shortened week of trading due to the Fourth of July holiday. The most significant gains came from growth stocks, up 4.81 percent last week. Emerging market stocks did well, rising 3.42 percent. And...

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks took a step backward last week as the number of new COVID-19 cases started rising at a quicker pace in many states throughout the country. The S&P 500 index fell 2.86 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.9 percent. All of the...

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The Path of Least Resistance

The Path of Least Resistance

OVERVIEW   Technology and healthcare stocks helped push the U.S. stock market higher last week. The S&P 500 index rose 1.86 percent, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 3.73 percent. Internationally, developed country stocks were on par with the U.S.,...

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Stocks Take a Tumble…Risk Measures Improve

Stocks Take a Tumble…Risk Measures Improve

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market took a beating last week as the S&P 500 index fell 4.78 percent amid rising volatility. The VIX index, a measure of stock market volatility, rose nearly 48 percent last Thursday alone, it's largest one-day jump all year. The...

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The Stampeding Bull

The Stampeding Bull

OVERVIEW   As measured by the S&P 500 index, the U.S. stock market rose 4.91 percent last week, its third straight week of gains. Every S&P 500 sector was up, with industrials surging about 10.5 percent. Small-cap and value stocks had their day in the...

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A Peek Under the Hood

A Peek Under the Hood

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market took off and posted its second consecutive weekly gain of three percent. All 11 S&P 500 sectors ended the week higher, with the real estate sector leading the way on the back of positive housing data. Developed country stocks...

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Margin Pressure

Margin Pressure

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock indices gained more than three percent last week. Small-cap and value stocks did better than the larger growth-oriented companies for a change, but they are still vastly underperforming year-to-date. International stocks continued...

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