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Concern over impact of the coronavirus drives markets lower

The Big NumberThe decline in the yield of the 10-year Treasury over the past two weeks. What this meansSo-called “exogenous...

Markets decline on fears of new coronavirus out of China

The Big NumberThe divergence in the performance between domestic large-cap value (SVX) and growth (SGX) stock indices over the last...

U.S. – China trade deal signed; equities hit new highs

The Big NumberDecember’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate of U.S. housing starts. What this meansU.S. housing starts were at their highest...

Stocks rise as Middle East tensions ease

The Big NumberThe percentage of the U.S. population of working age that is currently employed or actively looking for a...

Markets end flat in a week dominated by news from the Mideast

The Big Number The daily high-traded price for the overnight repo rate, according to the broker ICAP.  “Repos”, or repurchase...

In a quiet week of trading, stocks continue the “Santa Claus rally”

The Big Number The month-to-date return for the S&P 500 (through December 27), also known as the “Santa Claus rally.”...

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...

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...

Good Jobs Numbers Show Growth Likely to Continue

It was a good week for global stocks, jumpstarted by news of better-than-expected Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) numbers out of...

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