Weekly Market Commentary, April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Stocks moved higher last week as gains in the energy, industrial, and financial sectors overcame weakness in tobacco and technology stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent, and the global MSCI ACWI climbed 0.4 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.6 percent on inflation and interest rate concerns.   Market Perspective   Oil prices have resumed their upward climb in recent months, following a pause from the sharp run that began after a low point in … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets ended positive for the week as energy and technology shares rallied and trade war tensions eased on all sides. These developments paired with earnings reports showing continued strength across all sectors drove stock markets higher. The S&P 500 rose 2.0 percent last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.6 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dipped 0.2 percent as inflation risk and the odds of additional rate hikes increased.     Market Perspective     The … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets   You could almost hear the spurs jingling. Trade tensions ratcheted higher last week as the United States and China staked new positions on the not-so-dusty main street of trade. It was the latest round of posturing in what has the potential to become a trade war between the world’s largest economies. Barron’s explained: “The trade battle has escalated since President Trump announced steel tariffs in March. China retaliated to those tariffs with its own duties, and the … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Markets reversed the prior week’s selloff to end the quarter on a positive note. The S&P 500 rose 2.1 percent last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.3 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index gained 0.5 percent. In spite of the positive week, all three indices finished lower in the first quarter. The S&P 500 eased 1.2 percent lower. The MSCI ACWI dropped 1.4 percent, and the Aggregate Bond Index fell 1.5 percent. Stocks rallied as … Read More