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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Major Markets felt the sting of losses once again last week as the domestic markets ended lower for the third week in a row. Emerging Markets, however, managed to break the trend as the index added over 1.5 percent last week. The...

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Equity Markets suffered widespread losses for the second consecutive week. Like last week, the greatest losses in the major markets were seen in the Nasdaq as the tech centric index gave back over 4 percentage points last week. And...

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Equity markets saw widespread losses as summer rolled into September. The greatest loses were seen in the NASDAQ as the Tech heavy index gave back over three percentage points for the week. But these losses came on suddenly as the...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Major Markets climbed higher, yet again last week, as all five indices closed in the green. This news was especially exciting for the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ which both saw new all-time highs. The S&P 500 crossed the 3,500 threshold for...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Major Markets closed flat to positive last week with the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 seeing new all-time highs. The greatest gains occurred in the Nasdaq as the index added 2.65 percent for the week. The tech centric index was carried...

 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The major markets resumed their climb back toward all-time new highs. The S&P 500 traded as high as 3,387.89 Wednesday, falling within six points of its all-time intraday high. Likewise, the Nasdaq traded within two points of its...

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The winning streak resumed last week as all five major markets ended higher at Friday’s close. The greatest gains were seen in the Dow Jones Average, which was a pleasant surprise for the narrower, 30 company index. The...

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The markets continued to trade in a mixed fashion as there were gains in four of the major markets but losses in the Dow Jones. The gains in the Nasdaq was spurred on by positive earnings results in some of the largest tech companies....

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Major Markets experienced a pullback in all but the Emerging Markets last week. The Nasdaq saw the greatest loss, which stands in sharp contrast to how the week began. On Tuesday, the tech-heavy index hit a new all-time high at 10...

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Major Markets closed mixed last week as the tech-centric Nasdaq gave back a percentage point. The reversal was also experienced in the large-cap growth sector, as the top year to date performers paused their winning streaks....

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The second half of 2020 began with solid gains in all five major markets. The returns were largely driven by optimism around the global economy’s continued recovery post lockdown. The greatest gains were seen in the Emerging...

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Major Markets ended the quarter with an exclamation point with gains in all 5 indices. Last week’s activity was reminiscent of the end of the 1st quarter with one last weekly gain to mark an impressive close to the first...

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Major Markets climbed higher once again last week. The Tech centric NASDAQ reclaimed its spot as the top performer followed by the MSCI World index and the S&P 500. The MSCI World index is comprised of all 23 developed countries...

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

It was a tale of two markets last week. The S&P 500 traded back into positive territory for the year briefly on Monday. Not to be outdone, the Nasdaq crossed over the threshold of 10,000 for the first time ever on Tuesday. But things...

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

It was a week of unexpected results. The major markets surged higher last week with significant gains in all 5 indices. While the greatest gains were seen in the emerging markets, it was the movement in the Nasdaq that generated some...

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The major markets began the first unofficial week of summer with green across the board. The greatest gains were in the Dow Jones along with the MSCI World Index as the NASDAQ Composite was the lowest performer for the first time in...

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Major Markets resumed their gains as all five indices climbed higher ahead of the long holiday weekend and the unofficial start to summer. As significant as the gains were in the major markets, there were even more significant...

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The major markets experienced losses last week as US-China tensions and coronavirus concerns were renewed. The tech centric Nasdaq fell about the same as the MSCI Emerging Market index. Meanwhile, the Dow, S&P 500, and MSCI World...

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The major markets closed mostly higher with emerging markets being the exception. The greatest gains were in the Nasdaq as the information technology sector was a significant outperformer. But in a pleasant change of pace, all 11...

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Major Markets ended mixed as the domestic markets closed slightly lower on the week while the MSCI World and Emerging Market indices closed in positive territory. The greatest gains occurred the in emerging markets as all the MSCI...

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The major markets pulled back last week after two consecutive weeks of gains. Yet, the losses were minimal given the volatility seen this year. As of Friday, the Nasdaq has done the best to recover from the lows of this year. Yet,...

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Major Markets climbed higher for the second week in row with all five major markets ending positive. The gains were largely based on hopes that the domestic market was either at or near the worst phase of the coronavirus outbreak....

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Major Markets surged last week with all five indices closing significantly higher. In fact, only emerging markets fell short of recording double digit gains. The gains were fueled by optimism by the central banks that more...

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Major Markets struggled again last week. All five of the major markets ended lower with the greatest losses in the MSCI World index, shadowed closely by the losses in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. When Tuesday came to a close...

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

After one of the worst weeks in the history of the major markets, the Dow Jones led the pack higher. The Dow marked the largest weekly return since the Great Depression, reclaiming 12.84 percent. The Dow opened sharply lower on Monday...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The major markets experienced massive losses last week as the S&P 500 endured the worst weekly return since October 2008, during the financial crisis. The Dow Jones saw even greater losses with the index down 17.3 percent in one week....

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Volatility has become the new normal as the markets experienced wild swings day after day in virtually every asset class. The action was so severe, last week held two 15-miunute trading halts at Monday’s and Thursday’s...

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The volatility continued last week. After experiencing the largest weekly decline since 2008 along with the largest single day drop in the Dow, the Dow Jones Index experienced the largest single day gain, adding 1,290 points last...

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Markets saw a sea of red last week as broad selling impacted every asset class. Of the Major Markets, the greatest losses were seen in the more concentrated Dow Jones Industrial Average. Surprisingly, after weeks of under...

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

It was a brutal week on Wall Street as Coronavirus fears would not be shaken. Not surprisingly, Emerging Markets experienced the largest pullback. However, the Nasdaq Composite was not far behind in losses. Despite the holiday...

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

For the second week in a row, the Nasdaq lead the pack. This outperformance is reminiscent of what we have seen for much of last year. Most of the weekly gains were made on Monday as markets experienced continued optimism surrounding...

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Major Markets rallied last week as Coronavirus fears faded into the background. The greatest gains were in the tech centric Nasdaq. But even the MSCI Emerging Market Index closed higher, reflecting a sense of relief for the...

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Major Markets saw red again last week as the Coronavirus outbreak continued its spread across the globe. The MSCI Emerging Market Index experienced the largest drop as it fell an astounding 5 percent by the end of the week. Last...

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Major Markets languished near all-time highs last week as coronavirus news took hold of the markets. Not surprisingly, the greatest losses were seen in Emerging Markets. The MSCI Emerging Market Index has a 34 percent exposure to...

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Records continue to be broken. The S&P 500 crossed above 3,300 for the first time last week. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Average also marked its own major milestone, trading over 29,000 for the first time ever. But the greatest weekly...

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The first full week of the new decade saw gains across all five of the major markets. The tech-focused NASDAQ led the pack higher as growth in the IT market continued into the new year. Not surprisingly, the Information Technology...

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Last week marked the end of a record year for the Major Markets. At Tuesday’s close, the Nasdaq reported an incredible 35.23 percent return, followed by a 28.88 percent gain in the S&P 500 and a 22.34 percent return in the Dow...

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Investors had a lot to be thankful for last week as the major markets traded to fresh all-time highs. The Nasdaq gave the markets a belated Christmas gift on Thursday as it crossed the threshold of 9000 for the first time. The gains...

 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Major Markets all closed higher again last week with Emerging Markets taking the lead for the second week in a row. The gains were fueled in large part by the confirmation of the Phase One trade deal, and the full acknowledgment...

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

It was a mixed week for the Major Markets as the Nasdaq and Dow Jones ended with minor losses, while the S&P 500 and MSCI World indices closed slightly higher. But it was Emerging Markets that held the greatest gains as the index...

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The holiday shortened trading week closed with gains across the developed markets. The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 were especially thankful as they marked new all-time highs Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. While the...

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

All five of the Major Markets ended lower last week, breaking the six-week winning streak for the S&P 500. However, the losses were minimal, as the S&P 500 managed to reach a new, all-time high Tuesday, trading to 3127.64. The losses...

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Major Markets closed mostly higher as the Nasdaq, Dow Jones, S&P 500, and MSCI World Indices all closed higher with each seeing new all-time highs last week. Furthermore, the S&P 500 traded over 3100 for the first time ever on...

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The record-breaking streak continued last week as the Nasdaq, Dow Jones, S&P 500, and the MSCI World Index all reached new all-time highs last week. While the MSCI Emerging Market hasn’t broken any records recently, this...

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Markets saw new heights last week as the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ both registered all-time new highs. Not to be ignored, the Dow Jones and MSCI World Indices also traded within striking distance of their all-time highs. The weekly gains...

 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Earnings and economic news combined to lift the markets higher last week as the third quarter earnings season began to ramp up. All five Major Markets climbed higher, as the market experienced broad-based advances. The S&P 500...

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Major Markets ended mixed as the third quarter earnings season kicked off. The Dow Jones Average was the lone loser last week due to the concentrated impact of two poor performing companies that pulled the average down. But it...

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Market gains returned last week as all five major markets closed higher. But that wasn’t all that returned as geopolitical news replaced economics once again. The activity early in the week was dominated by US-China trade...

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Major Markets ended the week mixed as economics returned to the forefront of the markets. Only the Nasdaq managed to close in positive territory while the other four indices closed lower. The week opened with the release of the...

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The consistent losses continued last week as this marked the fifth week in a row that all five of the major markets moved in tandem. After opening slightly lower on Monday, the market traded into positive territory before selling off...

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

After three weeks of consecutive gains for all five Major Markets, they pulled back, with all five indices ending slightly lower for the week. Crude Oil dominated the news going into the week after last weekend’s attacks on...

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The gains continued last week as all five Major Markets continued to climb higher. In fact, this was the third consecutive week where all five of the Major Markets saw gains. This is also the second week in a row that Emerging Markets...

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The weekly gains continued last week as all five Major Markets ended the shortened trading week higher. The consistency in the positive returns extended down to the underlying sectors as well. For the first time in a while, all 11 S&P...

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

After weeks of consecutive losses, the Major Markets managed to close in positive territory for the week. The greatest gains were in the Dow Jones, followed by the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ. August was anything but a quiet month. In fact...

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Major Markets attempted to break the 3-week losing streak when they were seemingly upended out of the blue Friday. The markets opened the week higher and traded mostly sideways ahead of Friday’s Jackson Hole Meeting. Every...

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Major Markets all ended lower for the week, but the returns hid the instability that took place during the five trading sessions. Volatility spiked again last week as headlines from China impacted global markets. China has been...

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Market turmoil hit a new depth Monday as the S&P 500 opened significantly lower, recording the largest daily drop so far in 2019. But as the week progressed, the S&P 500 managed to slowly work back most of the losses. Markets opened...

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

There was little refuge last week as all five of the Major Markets experienced a significant pullback. The S&P 500 treaded water ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC Announcement. At 2:00 PM ET, the FOMC announced the first rate decrease...

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The domestic markets rose higher yet again last week, setting new records. The tech-centric Nasdaq made the largest gains, closing out the week 2.26% higher. The S&P 500 followed behind, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average barely...

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Major Markets experienced a pullback after reaching new all-time highs in a number of the indices early in the week. Earnings began to become the dominate factor last week as the earnings season ramps up. Only Consumer Staples and...

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Major Markets continued the gains in the domestic market, while the emerging markets experienced a pullback. The S&P 500 traded lower on Monday as the markets geared up for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s semiannual testimony...

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Major Markets started the second half of 2019 strong as all five indices closed higher. The greatest gains were seen in the NASDAQ, as the on-again, off-again news of the US China trade talks was back on, going into the...

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Major Markets closed out the first half of the year with mixed performance for the final week of June. While the three main domestic indices closed lower on the week, the small cap segments of the market managed to add some...

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Major Markets all closed firmly higher last week, as the S&P 500 traded to new all-time highs on the first day of summer. Going into the week, the markets were poised for significant gains ahead of the FOMC meeting and press...

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

After two weeks of substantial movement, the markets calmed ahead of this week’s Fed meeting. All five of the Major Markets closed in positive territory, but under a percentage point higher for the week. While the FedWatch tool...

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

After finishing the month of May with the largest weekly loss of the year, the S&P 500 rebounded with the largest weekly gain for the year. Likewise, while every sector closed lower for the week ending May 31st, all 11 sectors ended...

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The shortened trading week saw more red last week as the domestic market fell again. Despite having one less trading day last week, the S&P 500 experienced the largest weekly drop so far this year. This culminated into the first...

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The selling continued last week as all five of the major markets fell again. The mounting weekly losses have created the longest consecutive stretch of red for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since June of 2011. This speaks to the...

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Major Markets experienced another pullback last week as the US China trade war continues. While there were losses across all five indices, the greatest were in Emerging Markets. On Monday, China announced that they would increase...

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Major Markets experienced a significant pullback last week on the news that U.S. China trade talks were failing. While the selling was widespread, the largest losses were seen in Emerging Markets. The MSCI Emerging Market index...

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Major Markets hovered near all-time highs as all but the Dow Jones Average closed higher for the week. In a bit of a twist, large cap and mid-cap value indices outperformed their growth peers, while the small cap growth index beat...

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Major Markets ended mixed for the week as earnings season is in full swing. The domestic market closed mostly higher as the S&P 500 set a new all-time closing high and is expected to set a new all-time intraday high this week....

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In a bit of a role-reversal from last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average led the major markets higher. That said, the results were muted again last week as the returns for the abbreviated trading week were all within a percentage...

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The S&P 500 finally broke through the psychological threshold of the 2900 level on Friday. As of the close of last week, the blue-chip index ended less than a percentage point below the all-time high set in 2018. As the domestic...

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Major Markets started the new quarter off strong as the gains were wide spread. The tech-focused Nasdaq led the pack as Emerging Markets were not far behind. The domestic market was carried higher by tempered optimism from last...

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The first quarter completed with the best quarterly performance for the S&P 500 since 2009. The gains spanning style boxes have been fairly consistent this year. Yet, growth remains the dominant side across capitalizations as value...

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Major Markets closed moderately lower for the week, as numerous headlines pulled at the developed markets. On Wednesday, the Fed announced that the Fed Funds Rate would remain unchanged. Furthermore, they indicated that any rate...

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Major Markets found new life last week, as all five indices ended higher by Friday. The tech-focused Nasdaq led the pact as the Information Technology sector surpassed all other sectors last week. While the Industrials sector...

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Major Markets experienced the largest pullback in some time, as all five indices fell for the week. The S&P 500 was unable to hold the 2800 threshold, after closing above it on March 1st. This marked the fourth time that the level...

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

After nine consecutive weeks of gains, the Dow Jones Average finally marked a loss as the Major Markets closed mixed for the week. Economic data loomed over the markets, as reports delayed form the shutdown continue to be released and...

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Emerging Markets led the pack last week on renewed trade optimism. The 7th round of trade talks began on Tuesday between the US and China. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/19/new-round-of-us-china-trade-talks-to-kick-off-on-tuesday.html...

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Optimism around US China trade talks helped to carry most of the Major Markets higher last week. While the developed markets posted solid gains for the week, there was widespread weakness across the emerging markets. It was notable...

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

It was a mixed week on Wall Street. The Nasdaq led the pack followed by the Dow Jones which has managed to lock in its 7th consecutive weekly gain. The S&P 500 eked out a small gain after a late Friday rally. Additionally, the S&P 500...

 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The polar vortex blew over North America last week as parts of the country experienced some of the lowest temperatures in decades. Some even managed to set or tie record lows. https://weather...

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The 35 day long partial government shutdown concluded last Friday with the signing of a three-week funding bill. Despite the full reopening of the government, the impact of the shutdown will continue to be felt into the next few weeks...

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The S&P 500 posted gains for the fifth consecutive week, taking the blue-chip index to a gain of 6.5% for the year. There have been few down-days so far this year. Only three of the 13 trading days thus far in 2019 have ended lower,...

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Major Markets began the first full week of January with gains as all five indices climbed higher. In fact, the positive start to the New Year was wide spread as all 11 sectors finished higher. By the end of day Friday, the market...

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Major Markets closed out 2018 with losses across the board as the S&P 500 experienced the worst calendar year performance in a decade. December ended up being particularly bad as the S&P 500 closed down over 9%, while the Dow...

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Christmas Week was anything but a holiday for the stock market. Despite the positive gains made by the end of the week, the stock market had one of the most volatile and memorable trading weeks in history. The week began with an...