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Weekly Market Update

Special Update: 2016 in Review

Looking back on the final trading week of a very eventful year, we saw low volume and a break from the recent rallies for domestic indexes. While international stocks in the MSCI EAFE added 0.56%, all major U.S. indexes declined.[1] The S&P 500 lost 1.10%, the Dow was down 0.86%, and the NASDAQ gave back…

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Is the Bull Market Too Old?

As of Friday, the S&P 500 is on the second-longest bull market run in history, surpassing the 1949-1956 bull market that lasted 2,607 days. The longest bull market in history ran between 1987 and 2000, lasting nearly 4,500 days.[1] After months of volatility and challenges on the horizon, can the bulls keep running? In the…

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Stocks End Mixed as Tech Falls on Earnings

Stocks ended last week mixed on earnings that were largely better than expected, though the tech sector disappointed. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.52%, the Dow grew 0.59%, and the NASDAQ lost 0.65%.[1] First-quarter earnings reports drove a lot of market activity last week. Though analysts expect overall S&P 500 earnings to be…

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Dow and S&P 500 Green for 2016

After a historically rough start to the year, stocks finally rallied enough to put the S&P 500 and Dow in the green for the year. Extended weakness in the dollar-which investors hope could boost economic growth and corporate profits-contributed to the gains.[1] For the week, the S&P 500 rose 1.35%, the Dow added 2.26%, and…

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Stocks End Higher for Second Week

Markets closed out another solid week of gains on the back of higher oil prices and some positive economic data. For the week, the S&P 500 increased 1.58%, the Dow grew 1.51%, and the NASDAQ added 1.91%.[1] Investors got their second look at fourth-quarter 2015 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last week. The latest data shows…

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Are Recession Fears Just Hype?

Markets ended another volatile week lower despite a bounce in oil prices. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.81%, the Dow fell 1.43%, and the NASDAQ dropped 0.59%. [1] Amid volatile stock prices and disappointing global economic news, you may have heard a lot of chatter on media networks about whether the U.S. economy…

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Why Do We Care About Earnings?

Stocks rallied again last week on a strong Tech sector showing, bringing the S&P 500 positive for the year again. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.07%, the Dow grew 2.50%, and the NASDAQ rose 2.97%.[i] Every quarter, financial pages everywhere become focused on earnings reports as companies begin to dole out information on…

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Fed Cites These 3 Factors Behind Last Week’s Decision

September 21, 2015 Uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates weighed on markets last week, pushing the Dow and the S&P lower. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.15%, the Dow fell 0.29%, while the NASDAQ gained 0.10%.[i] On Thursday, the Federal Reserve voted to hold interest rates steady at near zero…

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What Choice Could Signal Fed Faith in Economy?

September 9, 2015 Stocks slid after another turbulent week, buffeted by more worries about China. Investors chose to remain cautious ahead of the long Labor Day weekend and a raft of fresh data out of China. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 3.40%, the Dow fell 3.25%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.99%.[i] Markets stayed…

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Thriving During Volatility

 August 31,2015 After a tumultuous week with many ups and downs, markets regained ground to close in the black. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.91%, the Dow grew 1.11%, and the NASDAQ added 2.60%.[i] It’s hard to watch your portfolio value fluctuate, especially when the money involved represents a lifetime of hard work…

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