MARKET WATCH: JANUARY 13, 2020

The Markets (as of market close January 10, 2020) Last Friday’s jobs report was a mixed bag of information. While 145,000 new jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained at 3.5%, wage growth was tepid in December to cap off a year of only moderate wage growth. This information, coupled with news that the…

MARKET WATCH: JANUARY 6, 2020

The Markets (as of market close January 3, 2020) A strong start last week for the benchmark indexes listed here was wiped out by rising tensions in the Middle East. Only the Nasdaq was able to close slightly higher last week as the other benchmark indexes listed here closed the week in the red. Both…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 30, 2019

The Markets (as of market close December 27, 2019) The holiday spirit, coupled with renewed optimism on the trade front, helped propel stocks higher last week. The tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed the other benchmark indexes listed here, crossing the 9000 plateau for the first time ever. News that the signing of the Phase One trade agreement…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 16, 2019

The Markets (as of market close December 13, 2019) Positive developments finally arrived in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Last Friday, President Trump announced phase one of a trade deal with China. The president indicated that he would forgo the imposition of tariffs scheduled for December 15 and reduce existing…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 9, 2019

The Markets (as of market close December 6, 2019) Market performance was uneven last week, culminating in some of the benchmark indexes closing in the black while a few lost value by week’s end. A strong jobs report and guarded optimism that progress will continue toward a resolution to the U.S./China trade war helped push…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 2, 2019

The Markets (as of market close November 29, 2019) The holiday-shortened week was a good one for investors as they were encouraged by the growing likelihood of “phase one” in the resolution of the trade war between China and the United States. The large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 reached record highs earlier…

MARKET WATCH: NOVEMBER 25, 2019

The Markets (as of market close November 22, 2019) The market’s run of weekly gains ended last week as each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value. Once again, trade concerns may have prompted investors to pull back from stocks. News last Wednesday of new demands from both the United States and China may…

MARKET WATCH: NOVEMBER 18, 2018

The Markets (as of market close November 15, 2019) The large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 surged last week. The Dow reached 28000 for the first time in its history while the S&P 500 posted solid gains for the sixth consecutive week. Investors continued to be bullish on hopes that a trade deal…

MARKET WATCH: NOVEMBER 5, 2019

The Markets (as of market close November 1, 2019) A better-than-expected jobs report and strong third-quarter earnings from some major companies drove stock prices higher for the fourth consecutive week. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq reached closing highs while the other benchmark indexes listed here posted solid returns. The small caps of the Russell…

MARKET WEEK: OCTOBER 28, 2019

The Markets (as of market close October 25, 2019) Solid corporate earnings reports and encouraging signs on the trade war front spurred stocks higher last week. The S&P 500 reached its second highest closing value by last Friday, while the Dow is nearing a record high. Word came from government officials last Friday that progress…