Market Commentaries

Risks in the Year Ahead

Risks in the Year Ahead

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks surged to more new highs last week. The S&P 500 index rose 1.25%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.44%, and the Nasdaq Composite increased 3.05%. Foreign stocks also did well. Both developed and emerging market stocks rose over...

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Idling in the Right Gear

Idling in the Right Gear

OVERVIEW   Volatility picked up a bit on Wall Street last week, leaving the major U.S. indices in negative territory. The S&P 500 fell 0.96%, the Nasdaq fell 0.69%, and the Dow dropped 0.57%. Foreign stocks had a similarly poor week, with developed country...

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Bandwidth Test

Bandwidth Test

OVERVIEW   More record highs for the U.S. stock market last week; the S&P 500 rose 1.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 1%, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.1%. Digging deeper, we see small-cap and value stocks taking the lead in the U.S.,...

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The Trend That Keeps on Giving

The Trend That Keeps on Giving

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks performed well on a shortened holiday week. The S&P 500 Index closed at a record high, gaining 2.27 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.21 percent, making the news when it closed above 30,000 on Tuesday. And the Nasdaq...

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Motion Without Movement

Motion Without Movement

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market ended in mixed territory last week, with the S&P 500 falling 0.77%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.73%, and the Nasdaq Composite climbing 0.22%. Economically sensitive small-cap stocks had another good week,...

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Your Friend the Fed

Your Friend the Fed

OVERVIEW   In a reversal of what we're used to seeing this year, Big Tech got overshadowed by the smaller, more economically sensitive stocks. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell about 0.6%, while the S&P 500 rose about 2.1%, and the Dow gained roughly 4%. The Russell...

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Three’s Company

Three’s Company

OVERVIEW   The U.S. stock market rebounded aggressively last week. The S&P 500 gained 7.32%, the Dow rose 6.87%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq surged a whopping 9.01%. The rally once again centered around large-cap growth stocks; in other words, the big tech...

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A Case of the Jitters

A Case of the Jitters

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks got crushed last week, with the S&P 500 dropping 5.6% over the past five days, its worst-ever loss in the week leading up to a presidential election. The Dow fell over 6%, and the Nasdaq dropped around 5.5% amid disappointing earnings...

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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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