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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 20, 2014

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The Markets The hits just kept on coming: Ongoing weak economic data abroad, disappointing domestic retail and wholesale inflation numbers, and fears about the global impact of the Ebola virus continued to take a toll. At one point on Wednesday, the Dow had shed 458 points, though it saw a partial recovery later in the […]

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MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 13, 2014

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The Markets Concerns about signs of weaker growth abroad seemed to outweigh domestic corporate earnings reports last week as volatility went extreme. The Dow industrials saw triple-digit swings four days in a row that wiped out all of the index’s year-to-date gains, and both the Dow and the S&P 500 had their worst weeks since May […]

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MARKET WEEK: SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

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The Markets Volatility was the name of the game last week. In addition to a multination campaign of airstrikes against terrorist targets in the Middle East, a decline in U.S. durable goods orders and an upward revision to U.S. GDP sent equities yo-yoing. Friday’s rally couldn’t overcome earlier losses, particularly those suffered by the Nasdaq […]

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MARKET WEEK: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

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The Markets The record-breaking march of the stock market faltered last week, as all indices posted losses. Perhaps the setback was due to a lack of economic influences, or because investors were nervously anticipating the results of next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (Fed) meeting, wondering whether Chair Janet Yellen will indicate a leaning toward […]

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MARKET WEEK: SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

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The Markets Amid a flood of mostly positive economic data and what at first blush appears to be good news from Ukraine, nearly all market sectors finished the short week in positive territory. Even surprises from the European Central Bank and Friday’s jobs numbers seemed to have minimal impact on investors, as the S&P 500 […]

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MARKET MONTH: AUGUST 2014

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The Markets Investors regained an appetite for risk in August, seeming to focus on generally encouraging Q2 economic data and corporate earnings reports rather than tensions overseas. The optimism took the S&P over 2,000 for the first time and gave the index its 32nd record close of 2014. Both the Dow industrials and the small […]

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MARKET WEEK: SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

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The Markets Investors brushed off geopolitical fears last week and regained their appetite for risk, taking the S&P 500 to its 32nd record high of the year and returning the small-cap Russell 2000 to positive territory for 2014. Meanwhile, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury hit a level it hasn’t seen in more than […]

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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 25, 2014

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The Markets A horrific week around the globe did little to discourage investors–that is, the few who were actually trading. The Nasdaq reached a level it hadn’t seen since March 2000, the S&P 500 had its 28th record close of the year, and the Dow industrials’ gains took the index above 17,000 once again. The Russell […]

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MARKET WEEK: AUGUST 4, 2014

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The Markets A strong GDP report, generally positive corporate earnings, and a slightly more optimistic outlook from the Fed couldn’t offset the ongoing stream of bleak news about geopolitical problems and investor desire to take some money off the table. The Russell 2000’s recent losing streak spread to the large caps as the S&P 500 […]

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MARKET MONTH: JULY 2014

By on August 1, 2014 in Monthly Commentary with 0 Comments

The Markets Encouraging economic news, generally positive Q2 corporate earnings reports, and stable Federal Reserve policy had to battle multiple geopolitical conflicts for investor attention. Both the S&P 500 and Dow industrials managed to set fresh all-time highs early in July, but the S&P managed to follow through to additional records while the Dow slipped […]

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