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Market Perspective for June 22, 2018

The Russell 2000 Index gained 0.10 percent this week. The other indexes declined as emerging markets weighed on global equities. Utilities, energy and consumer staples were the best performing sectors this week. SPDR Utilities (XLU) advanced 2.4 percent, Energy (XLE) … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for June 20, 2018

The Russell 2000 and Nasdaq hit new all-time highs in Wednesday trading. Consumer discretionary led S&P 500 sectors this week. Of the 1.42 percent return through midday on Wednesday, 1.28 percentage points or 90 percent was due solely to gains … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for June 18, 2018

Equities opened the week lower after German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced dissent over migration policy. iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) fell 2 percent before recovering slightly during Monday trading. As a major component in international funds, the dip in the German … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for June 15, 2018

The Nasdaq led the major indexes with a gain of 1.45 percent this week. Consumer discretionary pulled the index higher after a judge approved the AT&T (T) Time Warner (TWX) merger. The decision opened the door to further consolidation in … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for June 13, 2018

The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected today. The accompanying policy statement was more optimistic than in May on the economy. The Dow Transports outperformed this week, signaling confidence in Industrials. The Russell 2000 and Nasdaq hit new all-time … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for June 8, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended a bout of relative underperformance this week and led major indexes with a 2.77-percent climb. The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 both climbed more than 1 percent. The Nasdaq slipped early Friday after reports … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for June 6, 2018

The Nasdaq led sector performance over the past week as both the Nasdaq Composite and the Nasdaq 100 (tracked by Invesco QQQ) made new all-time highs. The Russell 2000 Index also pushed to a new high after breaking out in … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for June 4, 2018

Equities opened higher on Monday following last week’s strong economic data. Technology, consumer discretionary and consumer staples led the market higher, while rising interest rates weighed on utilities. This will be a light week for economic data. Factory orders dipped … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for June 1, 2018

The Russell 2000 Index hit a new all-time high this week and the Nasdaq closed within 0.5 percent of its all-time high. The Nasdaq led major indexes with a gain of 1.78 percent. Technology was the best performing sector. SPDR … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for May 30, 2018

Small-caps and technology marched higher over the past week, while large-caps dipped. The Russell 2000 pushed into record territory on Wednesday. Consumer discretionary and technology shares led on the week. Amazon (AMZN) accounted for roughly half of the consumer discretionary … Continue reading »

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