MARKET WATCH: JUNE 24, 2019

The Markets (as of market close June 21, 2019) Stocks enjoyed another week of strong growth as investors were encouraged by the Fed’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged and hope for a resolution to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted solid gains…

MARKET WATCH: JUNE 17, 2019

The Markets (as of market close June 14, 2019) While not as robust as the prior week, stocks still managed to post gains for the second week in a row. Last week started off with a bang for the benchmark indexes listed here, only to slip lower by Friday as tensions in the Middle East…

MARKET WATCH: JUNE 10, 2019

The Markets (as of market close June 7, 2019) Markets rebounded nicely last week on hopes that the Federal Reserve Board will cut interest rates in the near future. Early in the week, chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed was closely watching trade developments and signaled rate cuts may be an option if the economic…

MARKET WATCH: JUNE 3, 2019

The Markets (as of market close May 31, 2019) Treasury yields fell to their lowest level in 2019, gold prices soared, oil prices fell, trade tensions wore on investors’ nerves, and stocks fell again last week. Mounting trade tensions between the United States and China, an ongoing saga that has lasted for over a year,…

MARKET WATCH: MAY 28, 2019

The Markets (as of market close May 24, 2019) With last week’s loss, the Dow suffered its longest weekly losing streak since 2011. Trade tensions between the United States and China seem to be taking a toll on investors’ patience. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here also posted weekly losses. Money moved to bonds,…

MARKET WATCH: MAY 20, 2019

The Markets (as of market close May 17, 2019) Investors were heading for the hills early last week as stocks suffered their worst day on Monday following China’s announcement that it would impose an additional $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports. Stocks for several companies with direct ties to China were hit particularly…

MARKET WATCH: MAY 6, 2019

The Markets (as of market close May 3, 2019) Stocks “labored” for much of last week only to rally following a strong employment report. That report, coupled with the Fed holding interest rates steady, gave investors the confidence to stay in the “game” a little longer. Other than the Dow, each of the benchmark indexes…

MARKET WATCH: APRIL 22, 2019

The Markets (as of market close April 19, 2019) Stocks moved very little during the holiday-shortened week (markets were closed in observance of Good Friday). The large caps of the Dow inched up a little over 0.5%, while the S&P 500 dropped less than 0.1%. With light trading, the Cboe Volatility Index® fell to an…

MARKET WATCH: APRIL 15, 2019

The Markets (as of market close April 12, 2019) Trading was fairly light last week as investors await the start of quarterly corporate earnings reports. With several large corporations reporting lower-than-expected profits, investors may be leery of this round of earnings results. However, better-than-expected earnings were reported by a few banking giants last Friday, which…

MARKET WATCH: APRIL 8, 2019

The Markets (as of market close April 5, 2019) Stocks marked a second consecutive week of solid gains, led by the small caps of the Russell 2000 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq. The S&P 500 recorded seven consecutive days of gains through last Friday — the longest such streak since 2017. Once again, investors heard positive…