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Market Perspective for March 31, 2017

Equity markets rallied this week, led by the financial sector’s 2 percent advance. SPDR S&P Regional Banking (KRE), performed particularly well, climbing more than 3 percent. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.79 percent, while the Nasdaq increased 1.42 percent. The … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for March 29, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index both bounced off 50-day moving averages over the past week, while the Nasdaq’s 50-day MA continues to climb. The Russell 2000 has remained in a trading range since December and has … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for March 24, 2017

Markets pulled back slightly this week as traders rotated out of interest rate bets following last week’s hike. On Tuesday stocks saw the largest one day sell-off in 2017. The S&P 500 Index fell 1.4 percent for the week, though … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for March 22, 2017

The Nasdaq remains the strongest index this year. In contrast, small-caps are the weakest segment. The Russell 2000 Index has been underperforming since early December. While one-month Libor held steady this past week, three-month Libor climbed to 1.16 percent. The … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for March 20, 2017

Bullish sentiment continued into Monday as investors took last week’s rate hike in stride. The momentum for domestic and overseas economic growth continues to signal higher prices for stocks. The S&P 500 Index has risen seven of the past eight … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for March 17, 2017

Markets rallied after the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike. The central bank also indicated it would raise rates two additional times this year. Basic materials, utilities, technology, industrials, and consumer staples led the market following the rate hike. The Nasdaq … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for March 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25-basis points, as expected, and the “dot plot” signals three hikes in 2017. The 10-year Treasury yield fell significantly following the announcement. Major indexes consolidated gains over the past week, though the Nasdaq … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for March 13, 2017

The Federal Reserve will most likely raise interest rates 25 basis points on Wednesday to between 0.75 and 1.00 percent. Investors have largely priced in the move. A second hike in June already has better than 50 percent odds. The … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for March 10, 2017

The major indexes were flat on the week following Friday’s strong jobs report. 235,000 new jobs were created in February, compared to the 190,000 forecast. The unemployment rate stayed at 4.7 percent despite more workers entering the labor force. The … Continue reading »

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Mutual Fund & ETF Watchlist for March 8, 2017

The odds of a March interest rate hike jumped to over 90 percent on Wednesday following a stellar ADP jobs report. Private employers created 298,000 jobs in February, with 66,000 new construction jobs and 32,000 in manufacturing. These numbers were … Continue reading »

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