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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: 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: SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

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

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: AUGUST 4, 2014

By on August 4, 2014 in Market Week with 0 Comments

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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MARKET WEEK: MAY 5, 2014

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The Markets Generally encouraging data that suggested winter’s economic deep freeze might be thawing led to broad-based gains for equities despite some slippage at week’s end. The Dow finally managed to surpass briefly the record closing high it hadn’t seen since New Year’s Eve. However, of the four domestic indices in the table below, the S&P […]

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Market Week: June 10, 2013

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The Markets All’s well that ends well: After losing 217 points on Wednesday, the Dow came roaring back with a 207-point gain two days later. Despite all the volatility, domestic equities managed minimal gains for the week across all four indices. Investors seemed reassured that the unemployment rate showed continued stabilization of the economy but […]

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Market Week: May 20, 2013

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The Markets Bears were on the defensive last week as both the Dow and the S&P 500 once again set fresh record highs. Friday’s close put the S&P 500 up almost 147% from its March 2009 low, while the small-cap Russell 2000 has almost tripled since then. Meanwhile, gold followed up on the previous week’s […]

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Market Week: May 13, 2013

By on May 13, 2013 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets And the beat goes on: Amid a week that was relatively light on economic influence, equity markets continued to set new records (except the Nasdaq, which still has a long way to go). The Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 all appear poised to reach the midyear point nearing or above a […]

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Market Week: March 11, 2013

By on March 11, 2013 in Market Week with 0 Comments

The Markets The Dow finally managed to put the last five-and-a-half years behind it on Tuesday when it surpassed its all-time high of October 2007. Once that milestone was reached, the Dow never looked back, setting fresh records every day for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, the broader S&P 500 was only about 14 […]

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