Stock Markets Finish Higher For the 5th Week In a Row

Even with a decelerating economy and a recent sub-par earnings season behind us, the USA stock markets continued to show their resiliency.    The S&P 500 finished the week at 1,406 for a gain of a little over 1%. This was the fifth straight week the S&P 500 has finished higher. This week was also … Continue reading

USA Takes The Gold In Stock Market Performance

After declining for the first four days of the week, the S&P 500 rose 2% on Friday to finish the week at 1,390 – only 32 points off it’s multi-year high.  A slightly better than expected Jobs report and a better than expected ISM non-manufacturing report triggered the nice gains in the S&P 500 on … Continue reading

Central Bankers & Politicians Talk – Markets Listens

It was a volatile five days  for the USA stock markets over the past week.  On Monday & Tuesday, the S&P 500 fell by 3.5% as the investment community worried  that the USA economy was contracting at a faster rate than previously expected.  However, the Central Bankers of the world came to the rescue.  On … Continue reading

USA Markets & Economy – Best Strength in a Weakening World

The S&P 500 closed down 7 points or about 1/2% for the week ending June 22, 2012. After a promising start to the week where the S&P 500 rose to 1,364 – right into the resistance zone we discussed in last weeks article – the index turned down on the markets disappointment that the US … Continue reading

Stocks Up – Economy Down – Natural Gas – Like Buying Gold in 2000?

Stock Markets across the globe for the most part finished positive for the  week ending June 15, 2012.  The S&P 500 closed at 1,342 – a gain of 1.4% for the week. Primary catalyst for the gains this week was the following: Markets are coming off of their most technically oversold condition since last October … Continue reading

Stocks Give Back Their Entire Year Gains

Markets across the globe closed at their year lows for the week ending June 1, 2012.  In the USA, the S&P closed at 1,278 as all of the economic reports  released this week reported the domestic economy is growing at a rate that is slower than what was expected by economists across the board.  18 … Continue reading

Markets head South while Gold Goes North

The markets for the USA along with the markets of the rest of the world sold off this week as investors sought to reduce risk in their portfolio’s across the globe. Concerns over the unresolved European banking crises continue to pressure global equity markets.  However, new realizations that the growth in the Chinese economy has … Continue reading

Risk Off – Investors Rotate to Safety

The S&P 500 closed Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1,353, it’s lowest level in two months. All markets worldwide continue to be heavily influenced by the activities in Europe, especially the countries Greece, Spain & Italy. We recently commented on how these countries debt problems and their effect on the European Banking system could impact … Continue reading

Earnings for S&P 500 Companies are Good – But all Eyes Turn to Europe

The S&P 500 closed Friday at 1,378 – about 45 points off it’s recent highs. The markets, after a 3 1/2 month run of consistently higher prices, have found April to be a bit more challenging. Below is a chart of the S&P from the most recent lows of October 4, 2011 (the start of … Continue reading

Goldmans Sachs “Once in a Generation” to Buy Stocks Call – Three Years to Late?

This week The Wall Street Firm Goldman Sachs has issued a call for investors to buy stocks.   Goldman Sachs described this opportunity for investors in a paper that was released by the firm this week. ….The prospects for future returns in equities relative to bonds are as good as they have been in a generation…. … Continue reading

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