Weekly Market Commentary, August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Concerns over declines in the Turkish currency and the risk of a trade dispute between the United States and Turkey pushed stocks lower last week. Turkey and the United States are sparring over the jailing of a U.S. pastor by Turkey. The S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent for the week. Global stocks were more affected by the issues in Turkey as the MSCI ACWI dropped 0.7 percent higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.4 percent.   … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, August 7, 2018

August 7, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets U.S. stocks rallied, while global markets lagged. The S&P 500 rose 0.8 percent. Global stocks slipped as the MSCI ACWI fell 0.2 percent. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1 percent. July’s performance was very positive. The S&P 500 rose 3.6 percent, and global stocks climbed 2.9 percent. Value stocks performed very well, too, after lagging growth in recent years. The Russell 1000 Value Index rose 4 percent, while the Russell 1000 Growth Index rose 2.9 percent. … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Strong U.S. economic growth made additional interest rate hikes lightly. The likelihood of additional hikes and weak earnings from a couple key technology companies was not enough to overcome positive news earlier in the week on trade between the European Union and the United States. Discussions are moving forward to rescind the announced metal tariffs and reduce tariffs on industrial goods. The S&P 500 rose 0.6 percent for the week. Global stocks, as measured by the MSCI ACWI, … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, July 24, 2018

July 24, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets The stock market had a rather boring week. The S&P 500 stayed in a tight range throughout the week and finished basically unchanged. Global stocks performed a little better, as the MSCI ACWI inched 0.1 percent higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3 percent.     What to Expect When You’re Expecting As the second longest bull market in U.S. history remains in full effect, investors seem to be factoring in expectations that companies will do … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets Solid earnings and perhaps some potentially blissful ignorance on the ongoing risks over trade pushed stocks to a second straight week of strong gains. The S&P 500 soared 1.5 percent for the second week in a row, the MSCI ACWI climbed 1.0 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.2 percent.     Economic News     Inflation has reached its highest level in the last six years. After years of struggling to stay above 2 … Read More