Posts Categorized: MARKET THOUGHTS

Two Weeks in One

The week started with optimism as quarterly earnings were better than expected. The week, however, ended on a sour note… Monday – Thursday The week started strong as financial companies reported positive earnings for the most part. Not only financials, but earnings in general have surpassed expectations. Economic data also…
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Tale of the Tape

Ticker Tape to be exact… With nearly half of S&P 500 companies reporting a trend is emerging… Corporate earnings, as expected have surpassed expectations for 71% of companies reporting. Not surprising as expectations have been greatly lowered in response to economic data throughout the first quarter. What is more telling…
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Transitory…

Many timelines could be applied to the term “transitory”, such as the life span of a common fly or the amount of time Dinosaurs roamed the earth… Everything has a beginning and an end and can be deemed as transitory… The Federal Reserve Board’s (FRB) most recent language refers to…
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The Albatross

Positive employment data rallied markets back from the cliff last Friday, in what seems to be a reoccurring theme; a reversal in trend mid-week changing sentiment by week’s end. The Albatross seems to be the consistency we had grown accustom to in recent years… US Jobs The jobs report carried…
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Rates, Rates, Rates…

Low for long has been the mantra for the last 5 years… Some make the case that “long” has already come and gone and others have been saying “long” could last another 15 years!!! The idea that either of these theories are right would be considered extreme. A look at…
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Timing Is Everything!

No, not market timing! I feel bad for the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) chair, Janet Yellen… There is seemingly no way to get this right… Last week the April policy meeting minutes for the FRB came out and indicated a hold pattern on raising rates. Raising rates at this point…
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7 Contributions to Market Activity

Market activity last week may have left many scratching their collective heads.  Housing markets, indications of consumer activity, and core durable goods all advanced; yet the S&P 500 retreated 0.84%[1]. Housing The S&P/CS Home Price Index (HPI) – 20 city advanced 5% over the last 12 months through March. While…
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3 Reasons the Fed will ignore the IMF

The chair of the IMF called for the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) to wait until 1st quarter 2016 to raise rates; citing economic instability across the globe as a potential problem if the US takes action more quickly. Here are three reasons the FRB is going to tell the IMF…
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Foreign Issues Hit Home

Heavy gains on Wednesday led to weekly gains for the week. What drove the hefty gains on Wednesday and is it sustainable??? International Greece… There were speculations on Wednesday that Greece’s issues with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) were progressing to a resolution. Speculations on…
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Hurry Up and Wait

The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced last week, to much anticipation, that they were going to do nothing… yet. Domestic So now we are left to wait for the next fed meeting in 6 weeks to wonder what they will say next. The only change in language was an indication…
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