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Market Perspective for November 20, 2017

Stocks rallied at the open on Monday as investors bid consumer stocks ahead of the holiday shopping season. Consumer discretionary made a new 52-week high on Monday. Markets will close for Thanksgiving and open half the day on Friday. The … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for November 17, 2017

The Russell 2000 gained 1.2 percent on the week, and the Nasdaq rallied 0.5 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index saw small losses of 0.3 and 0.1 percent. The House passed its version of tax reform … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for November 15, 2017

Major indexes declined over the past week as transports and technology pulled back from a lengthy bull run. Consumer discretionary rallied over the past week, led by utilities and consumer staples. SPDR Utilities (XLU) is up 19 percent this year. … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for November 13, 2017

Equities traded flat on Monday as early General Electric (GE) weakness offset gains in consumer stocks. CEO John Flannery announced a 50 percent cut to GE’s dividend with a plan to refocus the company on the core divisions of healthcare, … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for November 10, 2017

The Nasdaq led the week’s index performance with a 0.20-percent decline as the broader market entered a consolidation phase. Broadcom’s (AVGO) $100 billion offer for Qualcomm (QCOM) and a positive report from Nvidia (NVDA) boosted the tech sector. iShares U.S. … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for November 8, 2017

The Nasdaq was lifted by Apple (AAPL), Qualcomm (QCOM), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel (INTC) over the past week. The financial sector rallied sharply in September and October before experiencing a pullback over the past week as markets priced … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for November 6, 2017

November has been one of the best months for equities over the past several decades and the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have risen every day thus far. Monday’s rally was led by consumer cyclicals, technology and energy. … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for November 3, 2017

Strong Apple (AAPL) earnings contributed to the Nasdaq’s 0.94-percent gain this week, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.45 percent. The labor market strengthened in October with 261,000 new jobs, up from 18,000 in September. The unemployment rate fell … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for November 1, 2017

Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Intel (INTC) powered last week’s technology sector rally. Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) will report this week. Both are top-ten holdings in funds such as SPDR Technology (XLK). Semiconductor stocks have led performance over the … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for October 30, 2017

Consumer spending increased faster than expected in September as Americans in hurricane-hit regions replaced damaged vehicles. Personal incomes grew by 0.4 percent, in line with estimates and double August’s growth rate. Core inflation held steady at 0.1 percent growth. Later … Continue reading »

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