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Monday
Aug072017

Market Roundup: Dow Hits 22,000 During Mixed Week

Last week ended with a mixed bag of stock market performances. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ composite closed July as their best month since February. History was made again on Tuesday when the Dow burst through the 22,000 mark. This represents the fifth consecutive record close for the index. In economic news, pre-tax personal income and after-tax personal income were unchanged in June from May. In the first of two reports from the Institute for Supply Management, the Manufacturing index fell 1.5 points to 56.3 in July, in line with expectations. On Thursday, the ISM announced the Non-Manufacturing index slipped 3.5 points in July to 53.9. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector, but at a slower rate than in June. Indices traded in green territory on Friday as the Dow closed at a new record level for the eighth straight session. The S&P 500 also ended last week in positive territory. Stocks stepped up on better-than-expected employment numbers for July. Department of Labor data showed an addition of 209,000 jobs, versus consensus expectations of 180,000.

 

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Monday
Apr102017

Market Roundup: Stocks Gave Back Prior Week Gains 

Indices started the week in the red zone, despite rebounding somewhat from early low levels. Financial and Consumer Discretionary stocks appeared to sell off on a variety of economic news. The ISM Manufacturing Index dipped to 57.2 in March from 57.7 in February, which was weaker than expected. On Tuesday, stocks edged higher, led by a rise in shares of manufacturers. By mid-week, stocks fell reversing a surge in prices early in the trading day. The ISM Nonmanufacturing Index fell from 57.6 in February to 55.2 in March, again below expectations. Furthermore, minutes from the March Federal Open Market Committee meeting showed that interest rates could continue to rise even as the Fed’s balance sheet shrinks by tightening monetary policy. Indices ended trading in green territory on Thursday. Energy stocks led the way up on a jump in crude oil prices. In economic news, the Department of Labor showed new jobless claims fell by 25,000 to 234,000, marking a two-year low level. The labor report, while positive, came in well below expectations, which may have dampened investor enthusiasm by the close of the markets last Friday as trading closed in red territory. Department of Labor data showed the U.S. economy added 98,000 jobs in March versus estimates of 180,000. Additionally, the unemployment rate dropped to a 10-year low of 4.5%. Syrian conflict concerns likely also contributed to the decline.

 

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Monday
Dec052016

Market Roundup: Week of Mixed Moves on Growing GDP and Cut in Oil Production

Indices kicked off the week closing in red territory on Monday as investors swept profits off the table in light of recent gains. Stocks stepped up on Tuesday amid a variety of economic news. The second estimate of third-quarter GDP showed the economy grew at a 3.2% pace, which exceeded the preliminary estimate of 2.9% growth. Additionally, consumer confidence ticked up in November. Conference Board data showed sentiment rose to 107.1 from 98.6 in October, exceeding expectations of 101.2. The markets ended trading with mixed results on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed to the positive side while the S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ shed some points. Energy brands led advancers on news of an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) deal to reduce output. OPEC agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day, or about 4.5% of current production. Crude oil ticked up on the news. In economic news, the Chicago PMI hit 57.6 in November, well beyond an October reading of 50.6. Also, the Fed's Beige Book report showed moderate economic growth in most regions of the country. On Thursday, the Dow rose 51 points, marking its biggest monthly gain in November since March while the S&P and NASDAQ were relatively flat. The S&P 500 eked out a slight gain Friday, but posted its first weekly decline since the election. Friday’s jobs report showed unemployment falling to its lowest level in nine years in November; however, this did little to affect overall performance as the Dow fell 0.1% for the day, but held onto a 0.1% gain for the week. The S&P and the NASDAQ posted weekly declines for the first time since the week ended Nov. 4.

 

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Monday
Aug082016

Market Roundup: Friday’s Rally Pushed Markets into Green Zone for the Week

The week started out with mixed moves as the Dow and S&P 500 closed Monday in the red while the NASDAQ added gains. Major Energy brands retreated on news of increased crude oil inventories. Similarly, West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipped 3.9% to settle at $39.99 a barrel. The Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Index fell by 0.6 point to 52.6, but despite the decrease, production ticked up and new orders held on to most of June’s gain. The indices fell fully into the red on Tuesday as oil prices weighed on the market. Crude oil shed 1.4%, settling at $39.51 a barrel. U.S. consumer spending rose 0.4% in June versus expectations of a 0.3% increase. Additionally, personal income edged up 0.2% for the same month, versus an expected 0.3% uptick. Stocks stepped up Wednesday on rebounding oil and other economic news. West Texas Intermediate crude tacked on 4.05% to settle at $41.11 a barrel. The Institute for Supply Management's Non-Manufacturing Index registered a reading of 55.5, down from 56.5 in June. Results were mixed the following day as stocks traded relatively flat ahead of the July payroll report. Labor Department data showed initial jobless claims increased by 3,000 to 269,000 last week versus expectations of a dip to 263,000. Continuing claims decreased by 6,000 to 2.138 million in the week ended July 23. Indices closed Friday's trading session in the green zone with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ hitting all-time high levels. Labor Department data showed the U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July versus an expected addition of 185,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.9% versus an expected decrease to 4.8%. Meanwhile, June's numbers were upwardly revised to 292,000 from 287,000. 

 

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Monday
Jun062016

Market Roundup: Holiday-Shortened Week Ends in Green Territory

After observing Memorial Day, market action was mixed on Tuesday. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index shed some points, while the NASDAQ landed in green territory for the session. Consumer confidence decreased this month, as the Conference Board reported a downswing to 92.6 in May from 94.7 in April, noting a slight slowing in the labor market. On another note, Commerce Department figures showed consumer spending ticked up in April with a 1% jump versus expectations of 0.7%. The result marked the strongest increase in seven years. Substantial demand for new vehicles and higher fuel prices led the advance. U.S. trading volumes were low on Wednesday, with nearly 6.5 billion shares exchanging hands compared with the year-to-date average of 7.8 billion shares. Despite the low volume, the major indices closed with gains. Indices closed with slight gains on Thursday, while the S&P 500 traded up to a seven-month high. Initial jobless claims decreased, dipping by 1,000 to 267,000. Crude oil moved up on a downswing in inventory levels when reserves retreated by 1.4 million barrels in the past week. Stocks ended in the red zone on Friday despite rebounding from early low levels. Less-than-stellar employment numbers likely led the decline. Labor Department figures showed an addition of 38,000 non-farm payrolls for May, versus economist expectations of 164,000. Additionally, numbers for March and April were downwardly revised by a combined amount of 59,000. Services industry activity also retreated in May as ISM non-manufacturing index dipped to 52.9 from 55.7 in April.

 

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Monday
Jan112016

Market Roundup: Markets End First Full Week of Trading Down Nearly 5%

A sharp selloff in China’s market resulted in a rocky trading day for the U.S. markets. Most blue chip stocks retreated, and Energy stocks traded lower on a downswing in crude oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude dipped 0.8%, settling at $36.76 a barrel. Trading on Tuesday closed with gains, with Consumer Staples and Telecommunication stocks helping the tepid recovery from the sharp selloff that started the year. The rally was short-lived as the markets closed Wednesday in the red zone, brought down by Energy stocks. Additionally, Energy Information Administration showed an unexpected increase of 2.6 million barrels in crude inventories in the past week. Analysts were forecasting a decline in reserves. National Association of Realtors data showed a 0.9% decrease in November for pending home sales. Stocks continued to tumble Thursday following Labor Department data which showed that initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 277,000 last week. The decline seemed to level out on Friday when the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an addition of 292,000 jobs in December. Looking elsewhere, manufacturing levels made a fractional retreat in December. The Institute for Supply Management's survey slipped to 48.2 from November's reading of 48.6.

 

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Tuesday
Oct062015

Market Roundup: Despite Economic Reports, Markets Rallied to Post Gains for the Week

The U.S. markets began the week closing well into red territory on Monday. Technology stocks traded lower on a variety of economic data. Personal Income grew by 0.3% in August, missing expectations of a 0.6% advance. August’s personal income was also down from an upwardly revised 0.5% jump in July, while real spending ticked up 0.4% last month, bettering July's rate. U.S. pending home sales also retreated in August. Consumer confidence improved in September with the Conference Board's consumer sentiment index’s final reading coming in at 103, up from 101.3 in August. Indices closed Wednesday's session on a positive note, as Technology stocks rallied. The ISM Manufacturing Index dipped to 50.2 last month from 51.1 in August. Indices ended the week on a positive note, with Energy stocks leading the rally. Labor Department data showed an addition of 142,000 jobs in September; however, the results were well shy of an expected 200,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held tight at 5.1%.

 

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Monday
Feb092015

Markets Rebound to be Flat for the Year

Your hosts for “Money Talks,” Matt Hames, CTFA, Troy Harmon, CFA and Scott Keller, CFA, discuss the ISM Manufacturing and Services indices, gasoline’s price reversal, and earnings from Exxon Mobil, Under Armour, and Disney. Personal income rose 0.3% in December, matching November's pace, while personal spending slipped 0.3% following a revised 0.5% uptick in November. New orders for manufactured goods fell 3.4% while November’s figure was downwardly revised from a 0.7% dip to a 1.7% retreat. 

 

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Monday
Jun092014

Markets Set New Records Despite Mixed Economic Data

The week began with a mid-day rollercoaster because of the revisions to manufacturing data, but ended with indices hitting new record highs.

 

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Monday
Apr072014

Markets Pare Week’s Gains in Friday Trading

The markets kicked off the second quarter with broad gains, propelling the S&P 500 index to its seventh record close of the year.

 

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Monday
Mar102014

Markets Recover After Ukraine Worries Cause Global Selloff

Ukraine worries weighed heavily on the market early in the week, while investors blamed the weather for mixed economic reports.

 

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Monday
Jan062014

New Year Starts Out Down Despite Record End for 2013

The “Money Talks” hosts discuss the record closing for 2013 and the brief tumble that started the new year.

 

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Monday
Dec092013

Markets Ended Week on Positive Note After Four Days of Closing Down

Positive economic signs have been leading investors to believe a cut in the Fed’s stimulus efforts, which weighed heavily on the week.

 

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Tuesday
Oct082013

Bumpy Week as a Result of Government Shutdown

The markets end mixed after a rocky week that include the first federal government shutdown in 17 years.

 

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Monday
Apr082013

Second Quarter off to a Rocky Start

The first week of the second quarter is off to a rocky start as jobless claims rise to a four-month high.

 

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Monday
Jan072013

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Leads Markets Up

The “Money Talks” hosts discuss the markets’ rally, as a result of legislation coming from Washington.

 

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Monday
Dec102012

Mixed Week as Markets hit Post Thanksgiving Lull

Dr. Gene, Ted Parrish, CFA, and Ben Crowe, CFP®, CFA, C.P.A. discuss the possibility of a fiscal cliff deal as well as the week’s economic releases.

 

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Monday
Oct082012

Markets Move Positive to Start Fourth Quarter

The “Money Talks” hosts discuss both the ISM Manufacturing and Services indices and other news that moved the market up this week.

 

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Monday
Jul092012

Mixed Results for Holiday Week

The “Money Talks” hosts discuss the market’s reaction since the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as what drove the market this week.

 

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Monday
Mar052012

A Slight Retreat on Friday Left the Markets Mixed for the Week

The “Money Talks" hosts discuss the Dow’s closing above the psychologically important 13,000 level during the week.

 

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