MARKET WATCH: FEBRUARY 19, 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 15, 2019) Stocks extended their streak last week, as each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains of at least 2.0%. Positive developments in the trade talks between the United States and China, coupled with avoidance of another government shutdown, gave investors the confidence to continue trading….

MARKET WATCH: FEBRUARY 11, 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 8, 2019) Most of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains for the seventh consecutive week. Only the Global Dow lagged behind. Utilities and information technology shares performed well last week, while oil and energy shares did not fare quite so favorably. International trade once again was in…

MARKET WEEK: FEBRUARY 4, 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 1, 2019) The benchmark indexes listed here rose for the week, particularly last Wednesday and Thursday. Strong corporate earnings reports, especially in the communication services sector, helped push stock prices higher. However, the biggest boost to the market may have come following the Federal Reserve’s meeting last Wednesday….

Market Month: January 2019

The Markets (as of market close January 31, 2019) Investors celebrated a month in which several indexes posted their best January performance in three decades. A strong labor market, low inflation, and a more “patient” Federal Reserve Board all sent encouraging messages to investors who were hungry for good news after last December’s precipitous plunge….

MARKET WATCH: JANUARY 28, 2019

The Markets (as of market close January 25, 2019) Last week did not start off well in the market. However, stocks rebounded on Friday, recouping much of the value lost earlier in the week. Nevertheless, stocks ended last week relatively flat. Of the benchmark indexes listed here, only the S&P 500 lost value. Otherwise, the…

MARKET WATCH: JANUARY 14, 2019

The Markets (as of market close January 11, 2019) For the third straight week, stocks posted positive returns by the close of last week. Each of the indexes listed here gained at least 2.40%, with the small caps of the Russell 2000 zooming up by almost 5.0%. Energy shares had a strong week as oil…

MARKET WATCH: JANUARY 7. 2019

The Markets (as of market close January 4, 2019) Stocks posted solid gains by the close of the first week of the new year. A favorable jobs report helped push the benchmark indexes listed here higher last Friday, as stocks recovered from an ominous start at the beginning of the week. Helping ease investors’ fears…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 31, 2018

The Markets (as of market close December 28, 2018) A crazy week of market swings finally closed with each of the benchmark indexes listed here posting gains for the first time in three weeks. Christmas Eve (Monday) saw stocks drop precipitously heading into the holiday, surely putting a damper on festivities for some investors. The…

Market Watch: December 24, 2018

The Markets (as of market close December 21, 2018) The tech-heavy Nasdaq had been the only benchmark index to have exceeded its 2017 closing value. That is no longer the case, as an 8.36% drop last week put the Nasdaq more than 8.0% below its value at the end of last year and firmly in…

MARKET WATCH: DECEMBER 17, 2018

The Markets (as of market close December 14, 2018) A market correction refers to a decline in a stock or index of at least 10% following a temporary high price. After last week’s losses, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq are entering correction territory. Of the benchmark indexes listed here, only the Nasdaq remains ahead…