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

Weekly Market Commentary, March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets A sharp selloff in the latter part of last week caused the S&P 500 to post its worst weekly loss since early 2016. The S&P 500 dropped just less than 6 percent, the global MSCI ACWI slid 4.4 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was basically unchanged. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is down 3.2 percent.     Let’s Take a Good News Break After last week, we could all use some good news. Here are 10 … Read More

Weekly Market Commentary, March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018  | By Robare & Jones

The Markets The S&P 500 slid 1.2 percent on increased concerns about political risk. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.6 percent, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged 0.2 percent higher. The S&P 500 is up 2.9 percent so far this year.     Risk Analysis February was a volatile month. As the chart below shows, there were 12 days when the S&P 500 rose or fell by more than 1 percent, tying it with 2009 as the most … Read More