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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 18, 2014

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The Markets Last week domestic equities managed to build on the gains of the week before. The Dow industrials finally returned to positive territory for the year, and the Nasdaq had the kind of weekly gain it hasn’t seen since late May. Meanwhile, geopolitical tensions helped spur interest in the relative safety of the benchmark […]

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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 11, 2014

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The Markets Investor indecision about the future of equities prices, coupled with light summer trading volumes, led to volatility across the board last week. Friday‘s 186-point rally gave the Dow some relief after two down weeks, though not enough to nudge the index into positive territory for the year. The small caps of the Russell 2000 […]

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Why are you paying more at the pump?

By on August 5, 2014 in Newsletter Articles with 0 Comments
Why are you paying more at the pump?

Have you ever stood at the pump wondering why you’re paying so much to fill up your vehicle? The answer is … complicated. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), many factors contribute to the cost of a gallon of gasoline, including the price of crude oil (which accounts for the majority of the […]

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MARKET WEEK: JULY 28, 2014

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The Markets In a week that saw mostly mixed economic data and generally positive earnings reports, markets posted mixed results as well. While tech and international stocks posted slight gains, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost a little less than 1% after Friday’s 123-point drop. Small caps continued their slump, and the S&P 500 finished […]

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MARKET WEEK: JULY 21, 2014

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The Markets U.S. stocks dropped sharply Thursday in response to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines commercial jet over Ukraine and the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. However, most indexes bounced back Friday to end another week in positive territory. The exception was the Russell 2000 Index, which continued its decline perhaps aided by Fed Chairman Janet Yellen’s comments […]

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MARKET WEEK: MAY 12, 2014

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The Markets A fresh closing high on the Dow on Friday finally enabled it to edge back into positive territory for the year, while the S&P 500 ended the week basically flat. However, after the prior week’s respite from selling pressure, the Nasdaq and the small caps of the Russell 2000 returned to their recent losing ways.

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Market Week: September 30, 2013

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The Markets The focus of investor attention remained in Washington but shifted from the Federal Reserve to Congress’s budget battles. The Nasdaq and the small caps of the Russell 2000 hung on to positive territory for the week–barely–while the Dow and S&P 500 each lost more than a percentage point. Meanwhile, despite the potential threat […]

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Market Week: September 16, 2013

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The Markets After weeks of uncertainty, investors last week seemed to feel more optimistic about the prospects for averting both conflict in Syria and heavy-handed tapering at home by the Federal Reserve. Three straight days of triple-digit gains gave the Dow industrials their best week since the first of the year, and the small-cap Russell […]

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Market Week: September 9, 2013

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The Markets Despite some flailing, the Dow managed its first positive week since the beginning of August, and the S&P, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 all had strong gains. A disappointing jobs report and the intensifying Syrian dilemma fed the “bad news might be good news” syndrome that has been in place for weeks as investors […]

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Market Week: August 19, 2013

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The Markets Investor pessimism ruled the markets for the second week in a row. Both bad news (downbeat announcements from retail and tech bellwethers Wal-Mart and Cisco, heightened turmoil in Egypt) and good news (lower-than-expected weekly new jobless claims) were followed by waves of selling. After struggling all week, the Dow gave up more than […]

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