Weekly Updates

10
Dec

Volatility Continues

Weekly Update – December 10, 2018 Markets went for another wild ride last week, as major domestic indexes swung back and forth. By Friday, December 7, markets had posted their worst weekly performance since March—and the S&P 500 and Dow both moved into negative territory for 2018.[i] Overall, the S&P 500 lost 4.60%, the Dow declined 4.50%, and the NASDAQ

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3
Dec

Markets Rebound

Weekly Update – December 3, 2018 U.S. markets ended a volatile month on a high note Friday. All three major indices posted impressive increases for the week, buoyed by news from the Fed Reserve and international trade.[i] The S&P 500 jumped 4.85%, and the NASDAQ finished up 5.64%—both gains are almost 7-year highs.[ii] Meanwhile, the Dow experienced a 2-year high,

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26
Nov

Why Did Stocks Drop?

Weekly Update – November 26, 2018 Last week was a tough one for markets. The S&P 500 dropped 3.79% and experienced its worst results during a Thanksgiving week since 1939.[i] While the index officially entered correction territory on Friday, it closed 10.2% below its most recent record high.[ii] Meanwhile, the Dow and NASDAQ continued the downward trend, losing 4.44%, and

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19
Nov

Analyzing Data Amid Declines

Weekly Update – November 19, 2018   Markets experienced more volatility last week, as perspectives on trade, tech, and retail pulled investor sentiment back and forth. Although domestic indexes were up on Friday, November 16, they still posted losses for the week.[i] In all, the S&P 500 dropped 1.61%, the Dow declined 2.22%, and the NASDAQ gave back 2.15%.[ii] International

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12
Nov

The Impact of Oil and Elections

Weekly Update – November 12, 2018   Last week, markets experienced a 4-day winning streak before dropping on Friday, November 9. Despite those losses, domestic indexes posted gains for the week.[i] The S&P 500 increased 2.13%, the Dow added 2.84%, and the NASDAQ was up 0.68%.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE had slight growth, ending the week up 0.20%.[iii]

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5
Nov

Markets Bounce Back

Weekly Update – November 5, 2018 Markets posted strong gains last week after struggling for much of October. The S&P 500 had its best weekly performance since May, and the NASDAQ had its first positive week since September.[i] Despite domestic markets dropping on Friday, November 2, the S&P 500 added 2.42%, the Dow increased 2.36%, and the NASDAQ gained 2.65%.[ii]

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29
Oct

Why Did Stocks Drop?

Weekly Update – October 29, 2018   Last week did nothing to dispel October’s reputation as a tough month for the markets. The S&P 500 lost 3.94%, the Dow declined 2.97%, and the NASDAQ dropped 3.78% during what was one of 2018’s most volatile weeks so far. All three indexes are down significantly for the month, and both the S&P

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22
Oct

Examining October

Weekly Update – October 22, 2018 Stock performance was mixed last week as investors considered the impact of interest rates, international affairs and corporate earnings.[i] The S&P 500 gained 0.02%, and the Dow added 0.41% to post its first weekly gains in October. The NASDAQ declined 0.64% and extended its losing streak.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE dropped by

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15
Oct

Stocks Take a Ride

Weekly Update – October 15, 2018   Volatility was back in full force last week. The three major domestic indexes posted several days of losses before experiencing wide swings on Friday. By week’s end, the Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), which investors use to help measure fear in the markets, had increased by approximately 70%. The VIX also reached its highest

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8
Oct

Examining Economies

Weekly Update – October 8, 2018 Although new data continued to show strength in the U.S. economy, markets stumbled across the globe last week.[i] The S&P 500 lost 0.98%, the Dow dropped 0.04%, and the NASDAQ declined 3.21%.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE struggled, posting a 2.35% loss.[iii]   While U.S. and international stocks followed similar paths last week,

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