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Senior Vice President – Investment Research/Economist

Global bond yields continue their historic slide

European bond yields fell to fresh lows on Wednesday on speculation that the European Central Bank is getting closer to initiating an asset purchase program along the lines of the QE programs that the central banks of the U.S., U.K. … Continue reading

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S&P 500 touches 2000 for the first time

The S&P 500 closed at an all-time high of 1998 on Monday, 27 years to the day after it hit what was then a record high of 337. Over 27 years, this near sextupling of stock prices equates to a … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Stocks, The Long Term, Uncategorized

Weekly Market Recap – 8/22/14

The S&P 500 is opening the final week of August at record highs. Follow the link below to return tables and our report on last week’s stock, bond, FX and commodities markets. Last Week In Markets 08.22.14

Posted in Weekly Stock and Bond Market Recaps

The Good, the Bad and the Draghi

The Good: U.S. economic data released this past week were almost uniformly good, indeed, better than expected in most cases. The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s “GDPNow” rules-based GDP forecaster has bent up from an early August indication of 2.6% GDP growth … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Europe, Federal Reserve, Uncategorized

Fed policy discussion: some FOMC members consider higher rates

U.S. stock prices were mixed Wednesday, with big, blue-chip stocks generally a little higher, while smaller stocks, biotechs and social media issues ran into a bit of profit taking after their recent rallies. NASDAQ was essentially flat with Tuesday’s 14-year … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Reserve

NASDAQ hits its highest level since March 2000

U.S. stock prices started the new week to the upside with gains on the order of 1% for the big-cap stock market averages and gains approaching 1.5% for small-cap indexes. NASDAQ hit a 14-year high, rising 1.0% for the day, … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Europe, Housing, Stocks

Weekly Market Recap – 8/15/14

Stocks continue to climb the proverbial wall of worry, with global unrest and economic disappointment apparently posing no lasting obstacle to rising stock prices (although the Dow is up only 1% in 2014 and some small-cap indexes are still below … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Stock and Bond Market Recaps

Weekly Market Recap – 8/08/14

A sense that geopolitical risks may have eased appears to have been behind last Friday’s powerful rally in U.S. markets, a rally that has carried over into the new week. Follow the link below to our commentary and market tables … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Stock and Bond Market Recaps

Stocks spring higher on snap-back Friday

In the face of some daunting geopolitical uncertainties, U.S. stocks had their best day since early March on Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 rising 1.1% and 1.2%. Prices were flat to lower at the open, but by the … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Stocks

Stocks rebound from last week’s Stocknado

Stocks rebounded from last week’s swoon on Monday, with the S&P 500 rising 0.7% and small-cap indexes gaining 0.9%. While stock prices are still marginally lower than at midyear, today’s rebound did recapture last Friday’s retreat and then some, led … Continue reading

Posted in China, Energy, Housing, Stocks