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Market Perspective for April 24, 2017

French stocks rallied 4 percent following the first round of voting and iShares MSCI France (EWQ) climbed more than 5 percent. Major U.S. indexes opened higher by 1 percent as well. Stocks also benefited from President Trump’s tax cut package, … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 21, 2017

The S&P 500 Index gained 0.80 percent this week and the Nasdaq climbed nearly 2 percent following positive industrial, financial, technology and healthcare sector earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.50 percent. General Electric (GE) earnings and revenues beat … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for April 19, 2017

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) is up 13.5 percent from its November 2016 low, despite the recent consolidation period. SPY is still on pace to gain more than 30 percent in 12 months. The Nasdaq continues to outperform the broader market. … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 17, 2017

Equities entered the seventh week of a consolidation phase and moderate economic reports. Markets saw two major consolidation periods last year. The first ran from April until a week after the Brexit vote, and there was a four-month consolidation heading … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 14, 2017

Equities remained in a trading range during the holiday-shortened week, despite blowout bank earnings. The S&P 500 Index slipped 1.1 percent. The 5-, 10-, and 30-year Treasury yields fell to their lowest levels in 2017, benefiting corporate and investment grade … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for April 12, 2017

The 10-year Treasury yield slipped slightly below 2.3 percent. Longer-term, if bonds slide back into a trading range, it will have important implications for rate-sensitive sectors, such as utilities. The relative performance of SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) versus SPDR Utilities … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 10, 2017

The Nasdaq opened the week only 0.7 percent away from another new all-time high, while the broader market saw very slight gains on Monday as stocks attempt to break out of a six-week consolidation phase. Weekly jobless claims, producer prices … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 7, 2017

The Nasdaq hit a new intraday all-time high on Wednesday, fueled in part by a rapid Amazon (AMZN) advance. Overall, the markets were calm, ending the week with small losses. The U.S. airstrikes on Syria triggered a bump in gold … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for April 5, 2017

The Nasdaq hit a new all-time high over the past week, despite flat overall trading in the broader market. Technology also continues to trade at new highs, led by Internet and social media shares. Amazon (AMZN) shares gained 9 percent … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for April 3, 2017

The S&P 500 Index gained 5.53 percent in the first quarter and the Nasdaq climbed 9.82 percent. The technology sector rose 12.16 percent in the first quarter. Healthcare advanced 7.89 percent, consumer climbed 5.64 percent, and industrials rallied 5.64 percent. … Continue reading »

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