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Optimism returns to the markets as stocks hit new highs

The Big Number The spread between the 2-year and 10-year rates on U.S. treasuries. What this meansThe spread between U.S....

U.S. – China trade deal helps push S&P 500 to record highs

The Big Number The rally in the British pound against the U.S. dollar over the past two weeks. What this...

Federal Reserve cuts rates, S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new highs

The Big Number The reduction in the Federal Funds rate so far this year. Market Notes The U.S. Federal Reserve...

Volatility down, markets up as trade frictions ease

The Big Number: -48.1%The percent decline in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) since August 5th, the height of the recent...

Better than expected earnings provide reason for investor optimism

Stocks Drop in Volatile Week; Yield Curve Inverts

BIG NUMBER+64%(Click the chart below to view and download) WHAT IT ISThe jump, since the end of July, in the...

Trade Talks Continue to Drive Global Markets

BIG NUMBER7.0(Click the chart below to view and download) WHAT IT ISThe exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the...

Markets Sink on Trump Trade Tweet

BIG NUMBER94 Basis Points(Click the chart below to view and download) WHAT IT ISThe decline from the November 2018 highs...

Solid Earnings, Economic Data Push Markets Higher

BIG NUMBER10.1(Click the chart below to view and download) WHAT IT ISThe current difference in the price-to-earnings ratios of the...

Markets Continue to Focus on Trade Issues

It was a week when politics tended to overshadow economics, with stocks selling off and U.S. Treasuries rallying.  The S&P...

Markets Down Slightly as China Trade Dispute Continues

Hopes for a quick resolution to the China trade dispute faded this past week, and the market had to come...

Trade Dispute with China Dominates Markets

The trade dispute with China dominated markets during the week, beginning with President Trump’s Sunday night tweet announcing plans to...

Fed Continues Its Wait and See Approach

April jobs numbers came out well above economists’ estimates, bringing the jobless rate to a 49-year low at 3.6%. The...

GDP Surprises, Up 3.2% in 1Q

The U.S. Commerce Department reported first-quarter GDP on Friday, and it was a pleasant surprise, up 3.2% compared to expectations...

Jobless Numbers Stay Near 50-year Low

Stocks saw modest returns last week as earnings season kicked into high gear. The S&P 500 closed in on earlier...

Earnings Season Kicks Off With the Big Banks

Earnings season kicked into high gear last week with the first reports from the big banks, J.P. Morgan and Wells...
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