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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 15, 2014

By on December 15, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Concerns about the global economic impact of the ongoing turmoil in oil helped prompt a sharp drop in equities. The decline in oil prices, which accelerated last week, has left crude down more than 45% from its mid-June high. After seven straight weeks of gains in the S&P 500, equities investors took some […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 8, 2014

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The Markets An unexpectedly strong jobs report on top of generally positive U.S. housing and manufacturing numbers helped nudge the Dow and S&P to new records yet again at the end of the week. However, the report also may have helped bring on a dip in the price of the benchmark 10-year Treasury by raising […]

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MARKET WEEK: DECEMBER 1, 2014

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The Markets The Nasdaq had a good week, but other equity indices saw little change, though the Dow and S&P 500 remained in record territory. The biggest news came from falling oil prices in the wake of a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to keep its oil supplies at current […]

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MARKET MONTH: NOVEMBER 2014

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

The Markets Equities generally continued to push upward in November. The small caps of the Russell 2000 were the exception; they ended the month flat and were up less than 1% for the year. However, the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials once again hit new record levels, while the Nasdaq increased its year-to-date lead. […]

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November 22, 2014

By on November 24, 2014 in Radio Show with 0 Comments

Chris thanks Mike Burton for hosting the 11/15 show while he was at a business meeting with First Trust in Chicago. Chris goes on to share some of the things he learned at the meeting. Listen in to learn some interesting tidbits about sector weightings, manufacturing, energy, and correlation vs causality. Attorney Susan Huettner is in […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 17, 2014

By on November 17, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets Though trading remained within a relatively narrow range, especially compared with recent weeks, the S&P 500 nevertheless managed to hit a new record high, while the Nasdaq’s weekly gain kept it in the lead year-to-date. A fresh drop in oil prices brought the price of West Texas Intermediate crude to roughly $75 a […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 10, 2014

By on November 12, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets In the wake of the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, domestic equities took a break from their recent volatility. Though the S&P 500’s increase was relatively modest, it still managed to regain the 2,000 level and go on to set three fresh record highs in the […]

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MARKET MONTH: OCTOBER 2014

By on November 3, 2014 in Monthly Commentary with 0 Comments

The Markets October lived up to its reputation for volatility as triple-digit intraday swings in the Dow became almost commonplace. Despite being spooked for much of the month–at one point the S&P 500 was down almost 8% from its most recent high–both the S&P and the Dow industrials rallied strongly to end the month at […]

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MARKET WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

By on November 3, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets A robust U.S. GDP reading coupled with the prospect of greater economic stimulus in Japan and additional positive corporate earnings reports helped drive both the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 to new record highs. The small caps of the Russell 2000 saw their third straight week of solid gains, which gave the […]

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Market Commentary – November 1, 2014

By on November 1, 2014 in Quarterly Market Review with 0 Comments

YTD Review: Equity (Stock) Markets have generated mixed results so far in 2014.  The US markets continue to lead, but returns are much lower when compared to 2013.  Through September 30th, the S&P 500 Average has been one of the strongest indexes, up 8.3%. The Dow Jones Index is also in positive territory, up 4.6%.  […]

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