Market Commentaries

Born to Shop

Born to Shop

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks surged ahead last week, with the S&P 500 gaining 1.82%, the Dow rising 1.58%, and the Nasdaq increasing 2.18%. Growth stocks led the way, rising 2.57% versus the 1.33% gain for value stocks. Small caps lagged, gaining just 0.39%....

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Moving Towards the Middle

Moving Towards the Middle

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market rebounded last week with all three major indices in the green. The Dow saw the biggest gains, rising 1.22%, the S&P 500 gained 0.79%, and the Nasdaq brought up the rear with a 0.09% gain. Growth stocks lagged, rising about...

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Keeping a Leg on Both Sides of the Fence

Keeping a Leg on Both Sides of the Fence

OVERVIEW   The major U.S. stock indices sold off last week, resulting in the S&P 500 finally reaching a 5% drawdown from its high. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 2.21%, the Dow dropped 1.36%, and the Nasdaq declined 3.2%. The biggest declines were...

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Filling the Buckets

Filling the Buckets

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market broke its two-week losing streak last week as the S&P 500 rose 0.51%, the Dow gained 0.62%, and the Nasdaq rose a meager 0.02%. Small-cap stocks had a good week, climbing about 1%. Value stocks rose around 0.66%, outpacing...

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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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