Market Commentaries

Looking for a Volatility Spike

Looking for a Volatility Spike

OVERVIEW   It was another rough week for the U.S. stock market. All three benchmark stock indices posted losses. The S&P 500 declined 4.8%, its worst week since mid-June. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 4.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite slid 5.5%....

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Head, Shoulders – Knees and Toes?

Head, Shoulders – Knees and Toes?

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market snapped a three-week losing streak on a holiday-shortened week last week. The S&P 500 gained 3.65%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.66%, and the Nasdaq Composite popped 4.14%. Growth stocks led the way, gaining 4.11%....

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market continued to sell off last week, with the S&P 500 falling 3.29%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 2.99%, and the Nasdaq Composite plunging 4.21%. Foreign stocks slipped up as well. Developed country stocks fell 3.13%,...

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More Work to Be Done

More Work to Be Done

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock market indices ended the week down over 4% after Fed Chair Jerome Powell delivered a hawkish speech at the Jackson Hole event on Friday. The S&P 500 Index fell 4.04%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 4.22%, and the...

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A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market slipped last week and ended in negative territory, resulting in the S&P 500 snapping its four-week winning streak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased 0.16%, the Nasdaq Composite declined 2.62%, and the S&P 500...

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Sometimes It Rhymes

Sometimes It Rhymes

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market registered its fourth weekly gain last week. The S&P 500—an index of the 500 largest stocks in the United States—rose 3.26%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.92%, and the Nasdaq Composite increased 3.08%. The biggest...

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Congestion

Congestion

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock indices put in mixed performances last week. While the S&P 500 Index gained a moderate 0.36% and the Nasdaq Composite surged 2.15%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.13%. The gains came mostly from growth stocks, with the...

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Signs of Life, But Market Must Prove Itself

Signs of Life, But Market Must Prove Itself

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market finished a strong month of July, with the S&P 500 soaring 4.26% for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a gain of 2.97%, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 4.7%. Foreign stocks did well, too. Developed country stocks...

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Finding the Right Gear

Finding the Right Gear

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market had another down week last week. After a 0.93% drop, the S&P 500 has now fallen in 12 of the last 15 weeks. The Dow edged lower 0.16%, and the Nasdaq dropped 1.57%. Growth stocks pulled the market lower, with the Russell 3000...

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