Weekly Market Recap


Weekly Market Recap – December 21st, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – December 21st, 2018

In the Markets
Equity markets fell sharply last week, as the Dow Jones was down 6.9% and the S&P 500 dropped 7.1%. The NASDAQ posted the largest loss, nearing bear market territory for the tech-heavy index as its 8.4% decline this week marked a 20% drop from its peak. Chief among …


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Weekly Market Recap – December 14th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – December 14th, 2018

In the Markets
Initial steps were taken in the U.S-China trade negotiations, as the 90-day ceasefire began with substantial, albeit still temporary, moves from the People’s Republic. Chinese officials hinted at tweaks to the “Made in China 2025” policy by allowing further access and fairer competition for foreign companies. Furthermore, China …


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Weekly Market Recap – December 7th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – December 7th, 2018

In the Markets
Volatility spiked last week, as Monday equities rallied, before dropping substantially on Tuesday. Thursday saw a potential recovery, before the major indices fell again to close Friday. On the week, the Dow Jones fell 4.5%, the S&P 500 dropped 4.6%, and the NASDAQ lost 4.9%.
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Weekly Market Recap – November 30th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – November 30th, 2018

In the Markets
This week U.S. Fed Chair Jerome Powell appeared to take on a more dovish stance, stating that interest rates were closer to neutral. He went on to articulate that the Fed would be data-dependent in its decision making, as opposed to following a preset policy path. This sent …


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Weekly Market Recap – November 23rd, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – November 23rd, 2018

In the Markets
On a shortened week, with the U.S. celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, equity markets took another large hit, with both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 slipping into the red for year to date returns after the Dow fell 4.4%, and the S&P fell 3.8%. The NASDAQ also …


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Weekly Market Recap – November 16th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – November 16th, 2018

In the Markets
After beginning November with a slight recovery from the October slump, equities turned bearish again, with the three major indices all falling on the week. The Dow Jones dropped 2.2%, the S&P 500 fell 1.6%, and the NASDAQ lost 2.1%. The consumer price index report showed rising inflation …


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Weekly Market Recap – November 9th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – November 9th, 2018

In the Markets
The United States’ midterm elections were held on Tuesday, resulting in a split Congress as the Democrats took control of the House, and the Republicans retained control of the Senate. Historically, a split Congress bodes well for U.S. equity markets, and the big three indices responded well on …


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Weekly Market Recap – November 2nd, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – November 2nd, 2018

In the Markets
U.S. equities experienced an anticipated rebound from recent losses, with both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 gaining 2.4% on the week and returning to positive territory for year to date movement. The NASDAQ also gained, up 2.6% on the week. Positive jobs report data potentially aided this …


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Weekly Market Recap – October 26th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – October 26th, 2018

In the Markets
Last week’s calm proved to merely be the eye of the storm, as a second wave of corrections rocked equity markets. Volatility soared as the Dow Jones fell 3%, the NASDAQ dropped 3.8%, and the S&P descended 3.9% on the week. This decline occurred despite reports showing that …


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Weekly Market Recap – October 19th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – October 19th, 2018

In the Markets
After a roller coaster week in U.S. equity markets, the indices stabilized on the week with the Dow Jones up 0.4%, the NASDAQ down 0.6%, and the S&P 500 finishing the week even.  While the S&P 500 finished without a net move, it climbed 2.15% on Tuesday, before …


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Weekly Market Recap – October 12th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – October 12th, 2018

In the Markets
Volatility made a return to equity markets last week, as the three major indices all saw significant moves down, as they posted their largest losses since March. The combination of factors that had been hanging over the markets for some time, including rising interest rates and U.S.-China trade …


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Weekly Market Recap – October 5th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – October 5th, 2018

In the Markets
The markets opened with substantial developments as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was finalized to replace NAFTA with Canada and the U.S. agreeing to terms. While tensions eased between members of North America, they once again grew between the U.S. and China as the pending trade fallout looms over investors.


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Weekly Market Recap – September 28th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – September 28th, 2018

In the Markets
As the 3rd quarter came to an end, it proved to be the strongest since 2013 for U.S. equity markets. Strong earnings growth combined with sub 4% unemployment and positive consumer confidence have maintained the bull market despite continued trade tensions. While the quarter was strong, the last …


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Weekly Market Recap – September 21st, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – September 21st, 2018

In the Markets
The months of promised tariffs against China materialized into reality on Tuesday, as the United States put in place a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, with a raise to 25% in four months if China does not sit down at the negotiating table. Beijing …


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Weekly Market Recap – September 14th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – September 14th, 2018

In the Markets
Despite recent tensions regarding tariffs, the major indices rebounded last week as the U.S. and China have agreed to a new round of trade negotiations. On this news, as well as strong performance from the tech sector, the Dow Jones rose 0.9%, the S&P 500 climbed 1.2%, and …


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Weekly Market Recap – September 7th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – September 7th, 2018

In the Markets
The effects of low level negotiations between Chinese and U.S. officials became apparent as the Trump administration announced intentions to place tariffs on all Chinese goods imported into the United States. Two of the big three indices reacted strongly as the S&P 500 dropped 1%, and the NASDAQ …


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Weekly Market Recap – August 31st, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – August 31st, 2018

In the Markets
On Monday the U.S. and Mexico reached a bilateral trade deal as former NAFTA members have turned to separate trade discussions. Similar negotiations between the U.S. and Canada did not reach an agreement by weeks end, but plan on resuming talks in September. The trade news sent U.S. …


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Weekly Market Recap – August 24th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – August 24th, 2018

In the Markets
In a week light with commodities news, the USD strengthened through the 15th before dropping off to end the week, with dollar index futures falling 0.96% on the week. Low level trade discussions between U.S. and Chinese officials were uneventful, leaving the world to wait for future meetings …


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Weekly Market Recap – August 17th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – August 17th, 2018

In the Markets
After a breakdown in discussions two months ago shifting the focus to retaliatory tariffs, U.S. and China trade negotiations reopened last week. Reported meetings between low-level officials are setting up a scheduled meeting between President Trump and President Xi in November. Additionally, after inducing panic surrounding the possibility …


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Weekly Market Recap – August 10th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – August 10th, 2018

In the Markets
The Turkish lira plunged last week amidst rising inflation and tensions driven by rising global interest rates. The lira fell to record lows as the nation sits on the precipice of financial crisis. The lira freefall led to ripple effects across a variety of markets, including the euro, …


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Weekly Market Recap – August 3rd, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – August 3rd, 2018

In the Markets
Interest rates remained unchanged following the Fed’s Wednesday meeting, although the central bank did change its description of the economy from solid to strong, possibly pointing to two additional rate hikes this year. The USD strengthened on the news, climbing 0.53% up to 94.961 on September futures. Gold …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 27th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – July 27th, 2018

In the Markets
The U.S. GDP posted a 4.1% growth in the second quarter, the strongest performance since 2014. While this increase could be attributed to foreign companies buying U.S. goods before potential tariffs are put in place, domestic contributors to GDP also posted gains; consumer spending rose 4%, while business …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 20th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – July 20th, 2018

In the Markets
Grains rebounded from last week’s steep drop off, as soybeans recovered 3.66%, corn climbed 4.02%, and wheat rose 3.82%. Oil fell again, with WTI futures down 1.83%, and Brent Crude futures falling 2.81%.
Precious metals fell this week, with gold down 0.81% and silver down 1.68%. Platinum had …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 13th, 2018

Weekly Market Recap – July 13th, 2018

In the Markets
Last week NATO leaders met in Brussels, focusing on member nations’ commitments to increased military spending. Tensions were high going into the summit, as President Trump had questioned the usefulness of the alliance, but that sentiment shifted following the summit, with President Trump maintaining belief in NATO. Central …


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