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Market Perspective for February 15, 2019

Equity markets extended their rally into an eighth week led by the 4.24-percent gain in the Russell 2000 Index. SPDR Industrials (XLI) and SPDR Healthcare (XLV) were amongst the strongest S&P 500 sectors with returns of 3.59 and 3.25 percent. … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for February 13, 2019

The indexes continue to extend their gains, led by a strong performance in the Russell 2000 Index. A deal to avert a second government shutdown and news that President Xi Jinping was joining trade talks in Beijing helped lift equities. … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for February 11, 2019

Equity returns were mixed on Monday with the Russell 2000 Index gaining 0.84 percent and the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipping 0.21 percent. Sector performance on the day were led by the 0.53 percent rally in SPDR Industrials (XLI). This … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for February 8, 2019

The Nasdaq led the market higher with a gain of 0.42 percent for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average returned 0.17 percent. Technology and industrials powered the gains. SPDR Technology (XLK) rose 1.95 percent, while SPDR Industrial (XLI) advanced … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for February 6, 2019

Equities continue to extend their gains. The Nasdaq has outperformed as technology subsectors accelerated. Communication services and industrials have also been market leaders this week. Semiconductors and Internet stocks gained more than 4 percent after solid earnings reports. Semiconductors underperformed … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for February 5, 2019

The Nasdaq rose 1.15 percent on Monday. Technology stocks pushed the broader market higher, with Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) both gaining more than 2 percent. SPDR Technology (XLK) advanced 1.60 percent. SPDR Industrials (XLI) gained 1.29 percent with strength … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for February 1, 2019

Stocks extended their rally this week, with the S&P 500 Index increasing 1.52 percent. The S&P 500 gained 7.97 percent in January, making it the best January since 1987 and the best single-month performance since March 2016. Energy, communication services, … Continue reading »

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ETF & Mutual Fund Watchlist for January 30, 2019

Earnings season has been positive for stocks to begin 2019. Apple (AAPL) and Boeing (BA) were the latest firms to boost the market with better-than-expected results. The economically sensitive Dow Transports has outperformed over the past week, followed by the … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for January 28, 2019

Equities finished in negative territory on the day after a disappointing earnings report from Caterpillar (CAT) and negative guidance from Nvidia (NVDA). The Russell 2000 was the best performing of the major indexes. It slipped 0.63 percent. SPDR Technology (XLK) … Continue reading »

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Market Perspective for January 25, 2019

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.8 percent on the day, providing a positive return of 0.1 percent for the week. This is now the 5th consecutive week the Dow has increased. The Index was boosted by United Technologies (UTX), … Continue reading »

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