April 24, 2015

The Week That Was: April 24, 2015

Happy Arbor Day!  The markets celebrated by climbing ever higher up the trellis. The bulls are clearly in control of US markets at the moment, but do the economic fundamentals support the current market conditions?  The first quarter is shaping […]
March 7, 2015

The Week That Was: March 6, 2015

Friday’ market participants were a sad lot, bringing the major US indices down on a good headline jobs report.  Overall, the S&P 500 was down 1.42%, the Dow was down 1.54%, and the Nasdaq was down 1.11%.  These market moves […]
February 27, 2015

The Week That Was: February 27, 2015

The major US indices were down today, with the S&P 500 losing 0.3%, the Dow losing 0.45% and the Nasdaq losing 0.49%, however, today was a negative blip on the otherwise strong month of February.  While news of slower 4Q […]
December 20, 2014

The Week That Was: December 19, 2014

US markets capped a crazy couple of weeks with a rocket ship ride up. While Friday’s action represented more of a settling of the rocket ship on the moon, Thursday was up-up-and-away. Friday, the S&P 500 was up 0.5%, the […]
November 29, 2014

The Week That Was: November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from OPEC! The cartel decided to keep pumping oil at current levels, which caused oil-related stocks and oil-producing countries’ currencies to get hammered in the markets on Friday. Overall, the major US indices were flat, with the S&P […]
November 1, 2014

The Week That Was: October 31, 2014

Happy day after Halloween! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but mine was awash in trick-or-treaters decked out in a crazy array of costumes, most of them store bought.  Who says the economy is sluggish?  The markets certainly were not […]
October 17, 2014

The Week That Was: October 17, 2014

It’s deja vu all over again.  Sometimes I feel that I can simply by go back to the commentaries from a couple of years ago and cut and paste.  As then, we now have European weakness, fear in the markets […]
October 11, 2014

The Week That Was: October 10, 2014

Volatility is back! The Dow Jones had moves of greater than 1% on three out of five days this week, though today’s drop did not quite make the grade at only -0.7%. Likewise for the day, the S&P 500 was […]
October 4, 2014

The Week That Was: October 3, 2014

The markets rebounded today, but ended the week essentially flat due to down days on Wednesday and Thursday.  For the day, the S&P 500 was up 1.12%, the Dow was up 1.24%, and the Nasdaq was up 1.03%.  In other […]