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Monday, March 21, 2016

After a historically rough start to the year, stocks finally rallied enough to put the S&P 500 and Dow in the green for the year. Extended weakness in the dollar-which investors hope could boost economic growth and corporate...

 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Stocks closed out their fourth week of gains as investors gained confidence from higher oil prices and aggressive moves by the European Central Bank. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.11%, the Dow grew 1.21%, and the NASDAQ added 0.67%...

 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Markets closed out a third week of gains, putting the Dow at a two-month high and erasing much of the year's losses. Higher oil prices and an upbeat February jobs report contributed to the rally.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 increased...

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Markets closed out another solid week of gains on the back of higher oil prices and some positive economic data. For the week, the S&P 500 increased 1.58%, the Dow grew 1.51%, and the NASDAQ added 1.91%.[1] Investors got their second...

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Markets closed out their best week of the year last week, buoyed by higher oil prices and positive economic data that reassured some recession worriers. For the week, the S&P increased 2.84%, the Dow grew 2.62%, and the NASDAQ added 3...

 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Markets ended another volatile week lower despite a bounce in oil prices. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.81%, the Dow fell 1.43%, and the NASDAQ dropped 0.59%.[1] Amid volatile stock prices and disappointing global economic news,...

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Markets dropped last week on mixed economic data and a big selloff in the tech sector amid weak earnings. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.10%, the Dow fell 1.59%, and the NASDAQ dropped 5.44%.[1] In this week's update, we wanted to...

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stocks experienced another volatile week with high daily swings in value. Despite the lingering uncertainty, stocks ended the week higher on the back of better-than-expected earnings reports and higher oil prices. For the week, the...

 

Monday, January 25, 2016

After a volatile week, markets regained some steam, helped by a recovery in oil prices and some upbeat earnings reports. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.41%, the Dow grew 0.66%, and the NASDAQ added 2.29%.[1] Though the headwinds...

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stocks closed down again Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend after disappointing earnings, more China worries, and plunging oil prices added to fears about slowing global growth. For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 2.17%, the Dow...

 

Monday, January 11, 2016

U.S. equities experienced a brutal tumble last week after more bad news emerged from China. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 5.96%, the Dow dropped 6.19%, and the NASDAQ fell 7.26%.[1] China's ongoing economic woes are causing major...

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Now that 2015 is in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at some of the factors that influenced markets last year. Though markets closed essentially flat, it's important to realize what a small miracle that is, given the many...

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Markets ended the holiday week on an upbeat note, giving stocks their best week since late November.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.76%, the Dow Jones grew 2.47%, and the NASDAQ rose 2.55%.[2] On the economic front, final data...

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

After a brief rally after the Federal Reserve announced its historic decision, markets ended another choppy week in the red, battered by plummeting oil prices and rocky investor sentiment. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.34%, the Dow...

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Markets ended a volatile week sharply down after oil hit near-seven-year lows and a major corporate merger highlighted global growth woes. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 3.79%, the Dow dropped 3.26%, and the NASDAQ lost 4.06%.[1]...

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Markets shrugged off a volatile week Friday to close positive, buoyed by a strong jobs report and an easing of uncertainty around the Federal Reserve's next interest rate decision. For the week, the S&P 500 grew 0.08%, the Dow gained...

 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Stocks closed out the short week mixed on very low volume as investors stayed home for the holidays. For the week, the S&P 500 grew 0.04%, the Dow lost 0.14%, and the NASDAQ gained 0.44%.[1] The data we got last week suggests that the...

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

The major averages ended last week on a high note despite ongoing concerns about terrorism. Investors kept their cool and gave the S&P 500 its best week of the year.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 3.27%, the Dow rose 3.35%, and...

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Markets gave up gains last week and closed lower, ending the worst week since mid-August. Nerves about a possible December rate hike and faltering commodity prices contributed to selling pressure. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.63%,...

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Markets ended last week on a high note, marking the sixth straight week of gains and the longest winning streak for the major averages since late 2014.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 grew 0.95%, the Dow gained 1.40%, and the NASDAQ grew...

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Facing down another government shutdown, the House and Senate passed a new budget deal last week that suspends the debt limit until 2017 and increases funding levels for a number of federal programs. President Obama is expected to sign...

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Stocks rallied again last week on a strong Tech sector showing, bringing the S&P 500 positive for the year again. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.07%, the Dow grew 2.50%, and the NASDAQ rose 2.97%.[1] Every quarter, financial pages...

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Stocks ended last week on another strong note as markets surged on the strong possibility that the Fed won't raise rates this year. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.90%, the Dow grew 0.77%, and the NASDAQ rose 1.16%.[1] Investors...

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Stocks ended last week on a strong note, regaining a lot of lost ground and giving the S&P 500 its best week of the year. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 3.26%, the Dow grew 3.72%, and the NASDAQ rose 2.61%.[1] Markets started off...

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Stocks ended the final days of the third quarter on a positive note, even though stocks were still down for the quarter. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.04%, the Dow added 0.97%, and the NASDAQ grew 0.45%.1 After hovering around...

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stocks continued their rollercoaster ride last week, dogged by worries from Washington and a plunge in biotechs that pushed the major indexes lower. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.36%, the Dow fell 0.43%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2...

 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates weighed on markets last week, pushing the Dow and the S&P lower. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.15%, the Dow fell 0.29%, while the NASDAQ gained 0.10%.[1] On...

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Stocks rebounded during the holiday-shortened week as gains in overseas stock markets spurred buying activity, giving the Dow its best week since March. Despite the buying pressure, investors curbed their enthusiasm ahead of the...

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Stocks slid after another turbulent week, buffeted by more worries about China. Investors chose to remain cautious ahead of the long Labor Day weekend and a raft of fresh data out of China. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.40%, the...

 

Monday, August 31, 2015

After a tumultuous week with many ups and downs, markets regained ground to close in the black. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.91%, the Dow grew 1.11%, and the NASDAQ added 2.60%.[1] It's hard to watch your portfolio value...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

U.S. stocks ended a defensive week in the red as investor sentiment deteriorated in the face of fresh worries out of China. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 5.77%, the Dow lost 5.82%, and the NASDAQ slid 6.78%.[1]Much of last week's...

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

U.S. stocks ended a defensive week in the red as investor sentiment deteriorated in the face of fresh worries out of China. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 5.77%, the Dow lost 5.82%, and the NASDAQ slid 6.78%.[1]When markets take a dive...

 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Despite significant volatility, stocks ended last week higher after a finalized Greek bailout deal and some upbeat domestic economic data. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.67%, the Dow grew 0.60%, and the NASDAQ added 0.09%.[1]...

 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stocks gave in to gloom about low global oil prices and fell again last week, erasing the previous week's gains. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.25%, the Dow fell 1.79%, and the NASDAQ dropped 1.65%.[1] Domestically, the data looks...

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Stocks snapped their losing streak and regained steam last week despite some soft data, posting weekly and monthly gains. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.16%, the Dow rose 0.69%, and the NASDAQ grew 0.78%.[1] July was a volatile...

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stocks were unable to maintain the momentum and gave up ground in another roller coaster week. Though earnings week marched onward, investors seemed more concerned about global growth and falling commodity prices. For the week, the S&P...

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stocks surged in an action-packed week, giving the NASDAQ two record closes in a row. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.41%, the Dow rose 1.84%, and the NASDAQ soared 4.25%.[1] Investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief when...

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Markets finally broke the losing streak, closing up for the week as worries about Greece and China faded. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.88%, the Dow rose 1.11%, and the NASDAQ grew 0.69%.[1] Though a deal with Greece wasn't...

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Markets lost ground again last week after Greece technically defaulted on loan payments and edged closer to an exit from the Euro. For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 1.29%, the Dow lost 1.24%, and the NASDAQ fell 1.92%.[1] What...

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Markets lost ground last week, giving in to nerves about Greece and some early second-quarter earnings reports. For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 0.40%, the Dow fell 0.37%, and the NASDAQ lost 0.71%.[1] Crumbling Greek debt talks were...

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Last week, markets shrugged off concerns about deadlocked Greek negotiations and rallied on strong economic data, sending the NASDAQ to a new historic high. For the week, the S&P 500 grew 0.76%, the Dow rose 0.64%, and the NASDAQ...

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Markets ended last week mixed, falling on Friday as concerns about the debt impasse in Greece outweighed upbeat domestic data. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.06%, the Dow grew 0.28%, and the NASDAQ fell 0.34%.[1] So, what's going...

 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Markets ended lower last week as investors balanced an optimistic jobs report against renewed concerns about a Greek debt default. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.69%, the Dow fell 0.90%, and the NASDAQ slid 0.03%.[1] On Friday, we...

 

Monday, June 1, 2015

U.S. markets ended the week on a down note as investors struggled with weak economic data and concerns about Greek debt negotiations. However, markets were able to end the month of May in the black. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.88%...

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Despite flirting with new records, markets weren't able to hold on to gains last week and closed mixed after comments about interest rates were made by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.16%, the Dow...

 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Markets ended on a high note with the S&P 500 setting a new record though economic data was lukewarm.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.31%, the Dow grew 0.45%, and the NASDAQ rose 0.89%.[2] Months of tepid economic data and...

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

In this week's commentary, we want to draw your attention to a significant market anniversary. Five years ago, on May 6, 2010, the U.S. stock market experienced a "flash crash" when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted nearly 1...

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Markets fell last week as investors digested lukewarm economic data and considered future economic growth prospects. However, stocks bounced back on Friday and trimmed their losses. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.44%, the Dow slid 0...

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Markets rallied last week, lead by a surge in tech stocks that brought the NASDAQ and S&P 500 to new record closes. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.75%, the Dow grew 1.42%, and the NASDAQ added 3.25%.[1] After weeks of uncertainty,...

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Events in China and Europe triggered a modest worldwide sell-off last week, and lackluster corporate earnings in the U.S. contributed to market doldrums. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 0.99%, while the Dow and the NASDAQ both lost 1...

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stocks ended the second week of the new quarter on a high note, giving the Dow its first close over 18,000 for the month. Investors took confidence from some major corporate deals as well as fresh data that suggests the economy is...

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

After a volatile winter, stocks ended the quarter about where they started. Oil prices, a strong dollar, and concerns about interest rates contributed to the volatility and uncertainty remains as we enter the second quarter. For the...

 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Markets lost ground again last week, giving up most of the previous week's gains as investors tread water ahead of earnings season. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 2.23%, the Dow fell 2.29%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.69%.[1] Though...

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Markets finally snapped their three-week losing streak and rebounded as investors bought the dip and rallied after a Fed meeting. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.66%, the Dow rose 2.13%, and the NASDAQ added 3.17%.[1] The Federal...

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Markets ended another week down after mixed economic data, lower oil prices, and a strengthening dollar made investors nervous ahead of the next Federal Reserve meeting. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.86%, the Dow fell 0.60%, and the...

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Markets closed Friday with losses after a turbulent week as investors began to worry that strong labor market growth might signal rate hikes next quarter. For the week, the Dow fell 1.52%, the S&P 500 dropped 1.58%, and the NASDAQ lost...

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stocks ended the week mixed after losses related to a lower fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product estimate. However, after a lackluster January, the major indices ended February on an upbeat note, with the S&P 500 posting a 5.5% gain...

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stocks rallied on the news that Greece reached a new deal with its creditors, sending the Dow and the S&P 500 to new record closes and bringing the Nasdaq close to its own record set in March 2000.[1]For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0...

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stocks ended another positive week at record highs, sending the Dow above 18,000 and the S&P 500 to a new record close. Investors reacted positively to firming oil prices and news of a possible peace deal in Ukraine. For the week, the...

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Markets shook off losses last week and ended with strong weekly gains on the back of a positive January jobs report. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 3.03%, the Dow rose 3.84%, and the Nasdaq grew 2.36%.[1] January's monthly Employment...

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Markets were driven lower in another volatile week of trading, ending the first month of 2015 in the red. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 2.77%, the Dow fell 2.87%, and the Nasdaq dropped 2.58%.[1] One of the major contributors to the...

 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Markets ended the week in the black for the first time in 2015 on the back of major moves by multiple central banks. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.60%, the Dow grew 0.92%, and the Nasdaq added 2.66%.[1] Central banks ruled market...

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stocks experienced another rollercoaster week, pummeled by a dismal global growth forecast and missed earnings reports. However, markets ended a four-day losing streak on Friday with a "relief rally" as energy prices rebounded slightly...

 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stocks ended the first full week of 2015 in the red, pulled in different directions by a mixed December jobs report, fresh oil declines, and renewed terrorist fears in the West. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.65%, the Dow fell 0.54%,...

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

With 2014 behind us, let's take a look at some of the factors that influenced markets last year. With the economic recovery in its fifth year, 2014 was the year in which Americans finally became confident in the economy and their...

 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Markets ended a rollercoaster week on an upbeat note, giving the S&P 500 its biggest weekly gain in nearly two years and erasing December losses.[1] Markets were pulled in different directions by several factors, including central bank...

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Markets were jarred by plummeting oil prices last week, giving the Dow and S&P 500 their worst weeks of 2014.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.52%, the Dow fell 3.78%, and the Nasdaq dropped 2.66%.[2] Markets reacted badly to crude...

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Markets ended the first week of December with a bang, rallying for the seventh straight week, though the Nasdaq gave in to selling pressure and closed slightly down. Investors used an upbeat November jobs report as an excuse to rally,...

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

After a choppy October, November was a very good month for stocks. Falling oil prices, new moves by central banks, and solid domestic fundamentals gave both the Dow and the S&P 500 new record highs. For the month, the S&P 500 gained 4...

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Markets rallied for the fifth week in a row on global and domestic good news, sending the Dow and S&P 500 to new record highs. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.15%, the Dow grew 0.99%, and the Nasdaq added 0.52%.[1]Investors cheered...

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Markets ended a sluggish week of trading slightly up, notching another record close for the S&P 500. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.39%, the Dow grew 0.35%, and the Nasdaq added 1.21%.[1]Though last week's data was sparse, several...

 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Investors doubled down on the market rally, sending the Dow and S&P 500 to new highs after Friday's October employment situation report showed that the unemployment rate dropped again.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.69%, the Dow...

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Investors took advantage of a data-heavy week and rallied strongly, raising the Dow and the S&P 500 to new records. Upbeat economic reports and fresh hope for the global economy contributed to the market's optimism. For the week, the...

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

After several weeks of dismal performance, equities shook off their worries and rallied enthusiastically on solid quarterly earnings giving the S&P 500 its biggest weekly gain of the year. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 4.12%, the...

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 - Special Edition: Putting Market Corrections Into Perspective Markets posted another week of losses amid continued fears, though markets trimmed losses on Friday on better-than-expected earnings results from top...

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Concerns about global growth caused markets to hit the brakes last week in a cloud of smoke and volatility, giving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq their worst week since May 2012. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.14%, the Dow slid 2.74%, and...

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

After some market stumbles in recent weeks that erased earlier gains, stocks ended about where they started at the beginning of the quarter. However, broad economic gains mean that solid fundamentals could contribute to market upside...

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Markets lost ground last week, though a Friday rally on positive economic data helped trim losses. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.37%, the Dow dropped 0.96%, and the Nasdaq fell 1.48%.[1] Last week, a lot of market focus was on the...

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Markets regained steam last week, pushed higher by a reassuring Federal Reserve meeting and a referendum on Scottish independence. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.25%, the Dow grew 1.72%, reaching a new record, and the Nasdaq rose 0...

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Markets closed last week on a down note - breaking five straight weeks of gains - as investors hedged their bets ahead of a pivotal Federal Reserve Open Market Committee Meeting. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.10%, the Dow dropped 0...

 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Markets chalked up another win last week, pushing the S&P 500 to another record close. After several days of cautious trading, Friday's August jobs report finally gave investors the push they needed to extend gains for a fifth week....

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Despite volatility around geopolitical concerns and sluggish growth in Europe, U.S. stocks had a phenomenal week, lifting the S&P 500 to a new record close, and giving the index its best August performance since 2000.[1] For the week,...

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Despite lingering concerns about the Ukrainian crisis, markets picked up steam last week, giving the Dow and S&P 500 their best weekly performance since April. For the week, the S&P 500 grew 1.71%, the Dow gained 2.03%, and the Nasdaq...

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Markets Fall on Ukraine Fears, Still End Positive WEEKLY UPDATE - AUGUST 19, 2014 Despite a late-week selloff due to renewed concerns about the situation in Ukraine, the major indices ended the week on a positive note. For the week,...

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Markets regained steam and ended the first full week of August on a strong note. Solid jobs data and hopes that Russia may be de-escalating the Ukrainian conflict contributed to the gains. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.33%, the...

 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Caution was the name of the game last week as equities tumbled, marking the worst weekly loss for the S&P 500 in two years. Though the week was packed with market moving events, most of the week's losses can be attributed to worries...

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Markets ended another volatile week mixed, pummeled by concerns about global growth but buoyed by better-than-expected earnings results. For the week, the S&P 500 ended flat, the Dow lost 0.82%, and the Nasdaq gained 0.39%.[1] As of...

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Despite a tumultuous week that had it all - earnings, volatility, geopolitical shock, and monetary policy news - markets were still able to chalk up a win. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.54%, the Dow grew 0.90%, and the Nasdaq...

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stocks checked their advance last week as investors weighed earnings reports and waited for more news. Worries at one of Portugal's largest banks also contributed to mid-week losses. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.90%, the Dow fell 0...

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

After a slow start to the year, the second quarter of 2014 may be a redemption story. Multiple indices reached new records and the S&P 500 logged its longest quarterly rally since 1998.[1] For the quarter, the S&P 500 gained 4.66%, the...

 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Markets lost some momentum on slow trading and ended the week mixed. Despite the sluggish behavior, equities are up strongly for the quarter and the S&P 500 is poised for its longest rally since 1998.[1] While the S&P lost 0.10% and...

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Markets rallied strongly last week and closed at new records for the S&P 500 and Dow. Though stocks ran in circles early in the week, they picked up the pace after Wednesday's reassuring Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting...

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Markets snapped their winning streak and ended the week down slightly as investors decided to take some profits off the table. The light economic calendar led to sluggish activity since investors were reluctant to commit to positions...

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Markets rallied for the third week in a row, sending stocks to new all-time highs on the back of a strong May jobs report.For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.34%, the Dow gained 1.24%, and the Nasdaq grew 1.86%.[1] Markets shot up on...

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Markets rallied for most of last week, pushing the S&P 500 and the Dow to new record closes. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.21%, the Dow gained 0.67%, and the Nasdaq grew 1.36%.[1] Despite some volatile weeks, markets ended May on an...

 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Despite some volatility, markets rallied on better-than-expected housing numbers, putting the S&P 500 above 1900 for the first time.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.21%, the Dow gained 0.70%, and the Nasdaq grew 2.33%. The...

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

After several days of negative performance, stocks rallied in the last two days to close generally flat. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.03%, the Dow fell 0.55%, and the Nasdaq gained 0.46%.[1] Economic data last week was generally...

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Markets ended a slow trading week in the red, posting the biggest weekly decline since June. Stocks were pushed down by low volume and investor concerns about when the Federal Reserve will wind down its stimulus program. For the week,...

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Markets closed out another positive week, driven upward by a better-than-expected GDP report and a reminder that the Fed won't be pulling the plug on bond purchases this month. Nervousness ahead of a Fed policy meeting and the monthly...

 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Markets closed mixed this week as stocks experienced a period of lackluster trading. While the Dow and Nasdaq indexes eked out gains, the S&P 500 notched its first loss in five weeks, driven lower by some earnings misses. For the week,...

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Markets rallied strongly for another week, posting their second best weekly performance of the year and sending the S&P 500 and Dow indexes to new highs. Earnings reports and calming words from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke contributed to...

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Markets roared back to life last week as investors digested an upbeat June jobs report and decided that things were looking up for the U.S. economy. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.59%, the Dow increased 1.52%, and the Nasdaq grew a...

 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Despite a spike in volatility, markets were still able to eke out gains last week. Friday also marked the end of the month and the end of the second quarter; though June ended in the red, equities closed out the second quarter in the...

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Last week was a turbulent one for equity markets. Key indices slid following Wednesday remarks by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, signaling that the Fed may scale back monetary stimulus later this year. For the week, the S&P 500 fell 2.11%,...

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Markets lost ground last week for the third week in the last four, pummeled by ongoing worry about the tapering of the Fed’s stimulus programs. Uncertainty about the longevity of Fed programs has contributed to an increase in...

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Troubling economic reports and fears of Fed tapering caused markets to stumble early last week, though they regained their footing later in the week, eventually ending positive. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.78%, the Dow gained 0...

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Markets ended the shortened trading week down, battered by selling pressure and volatility around possible Fed actions. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.14%, the Dow slid 1.23%, and the Nasdaq trimmed 0.09%.[i]Oddly enough, markets...

 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stocks entered the holiday weekend down on worries that the Fed might cut back its quantitative easing. For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 1.07%, the Dow lost 0.33%, and the Nasdaq lost 1.14%.[1]Fed officials went into a full-court...

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stocks rallied for the fourth week in a row on positive economic data as both the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials hit new highs. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.07%, the Dow increased 1.56%, and the NASDAQ added 1.82%.[i] Markets...

 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Markets turned out another solid performance last week as all three major indices reached new highs. With minimal economic data for investors to chew on, earnings drove most of the market action last week. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 set a...

 

Monday, May 6, 2013

U.S. markets closed out last week with a bang, after a better-than-expected jobs report eased concerns about a stalled economic recovery. The S&P 500 and Dow both surged to new highs on the news, with the S&P 500 closing out the week...

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Markets ended positive last week despite a disappointing GDP report, erasing losses endured the previous week. As of Friday’s close, the S&P 500 gained 1.74%, the Dow climbed 1.13%, and the Nasdaq increased 2.28%.[i] Earnings data and...

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Even as we share this update with you, the events that unfolded last week in Massachusetts and Texas are still fresh in our minds. Our hearts will remain with the victims and their families, as well as the residents of Boston and West...

 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Despite some disappointing economic data, markets moved higher again last week. Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted new highs on Thursday, boosted by an upbeat jobs report. While U.S. investors still seem to lack some conviction, money is...

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Markets pulled back last week as investors reacted to several disappointing economic reports and expressed concern that a spring swoon is around the corner. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.0%, the Dow trimmed 0.1%, and the Nasdaq fell...

 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Equity markets experienced one of the best first quarters in years, with the Dow logging its strongest quarter since 1998.[i] After flirting with record highs for more than a week, the S&P500 finally broke through its 2007 ceiling to...

 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Markets finally snapped their winning streak on concerns of Eurozone trouble with Cyprus. Despite the early sell-off, markets rose later in the week to erase most of the losses. For the week, the S&P500 lost 0.24%, the Dow slid just 0...

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Markets experienced another hot week as the Dow posted its best winning streak since 1996, with ten days up in a row, while the S&P 500 inched within 10 points of its historical high before closing lower on Friday.[i] For the week, the...

 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably heard a lot about “sequestration.” We understand that many of our clients are concerned about the effect of these spending cuts on the economy and their financial future. We are...

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Markets slid last week as fears surrounding sequestration, Fed policy, and disappointing economic reports finally drained investor optimism. The S&P 500 snapped its seven-week winning streak, ending the week with a 0.28% loss; the Dow...

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Markets ended a quiet week basically flat, though the S&P 500 managed to chalk up its seventh week of gains. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.12%, while the Dow lost 0.08% and the Nasdaq trimmed 0.06%.[i] There was quite a bit of...

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Markets lost some exuberance last week as news out of Europe weighed on U.S. investors. Despite some selling pressure however, the rally rolled on as the S&P 500 edged to a five-year high.[i] Major indices ended the week mixed, with...

 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Markets continued their rally last week, with the Dow cracking 14,000 for the first time since 2007. Boosted by positive employment news, all the major indices are doing well, with the S&P 500 posting its longest winning streak since...

 

Friday, November 23, 2012

As you gather with your family and friends this week, we urge you not to let anxiety over the fiscal cliff or sovereign debt problems in Europe distract you from what matters most. Turn off CNBC and close the Wall Street Journal for a...