Market Commentary

Market Recap Friday, April 28th

Global stock markets rallied after a centrist candidate won the first round of France’s presidential election. French stocks and the euro both gained after Emmanuel Macron, above, and Marine Le Pen advanced in the French Presidential election. Other risky assets, such as emerging-markets currencies and junk bonds, also rallied. The U.K. economy is showing some […]

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Global Markets Pressured: Gold, Yen, Bonds Gain as Investors Step Up Safety Plays Equity markets stayed under pressure on Friday, while the yen and oil prices rose sharply, after the U.S. launched cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in response to a recent chemical attack. The announcement of this first U.S. military operation to […]

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On Economy Voluntary job separations continue to trend higher in the U.S., which is a healthy sign. Additionally, the NAHB housing market index hit a new cycle high in March. The Fed is picking up the pace in its quest for normalization. The central bank raised rates +25bp, putting the fed funds rate target in […]

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Stocks Rise After Jobs Report Stocks rose Friday following February jobs report, which indicated increased hiring. The S&P 500 Index grew 0.3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 45 points, and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.4%; the S&P 500 Index recorded its first weekly decline since January 2017. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the most […]

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As widely anticipated, the FOMC unanimously raised the federal funds rate by 25 bps at its December two-day meeting as the committee found current labor market conditions and inflation sufficient. The move by the Federal Reserve was near-certain, but what remains uncertain is the Fed’s rate path for 2017. The materials released show the FOMC […]

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Macro Update on Oil, U.S. Job Market, Stocks and Bonds Markets, and China On Oil: On Nov 30, 2016, oil prices rose more than 9%, as investors were hoping a deal determined by major oil-producing nations would help oil prices break out from a punishing slump, which has lasted over two years. The percentage gains […]

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Macro Update On U.S.   U.S. real GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.9%[1] in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to the 1.4%[2] increase rate in the second quarter. The latest U.S. inflation rate is 1.5%[3] through the 12 months ended September 2016, as published on October 18, 2016; the rate could […]