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Weekly Market Commentary April 8, 2019

The S&P 500 soared 2.1% last week. Better-than-expected economic data from the U.S. and China reduced the risk of a global recession. The global MSCI ACWI gained 2.1% as the rally was broad-based. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.3% as interest rates rose on the positive economic news. Bond prices move in the opposite direction as interest rates. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary April 1, 2019

The S&P 500 rallied 1.2% last week as optimism about U.S.-China trade talks buoyed markets. The global MSCI ACWI gained 0.6%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.3%.

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Weekly Market Commentary March 25, 2019

The S&P 500 dropped 0.7% on concerns a key economic indicator signaled recession risk was increasing. The global MSCI ACWI slipped 0.5%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index soared 0.9% as investors rotated toward fixed-income investments that often perform better when rates decline.

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Weekly Market Commentary March 18, 2019

The S&P 500 rebounded 2.9% after last week’s decline as positive sentiment overcame a number of mildly negative economic reports and continued uncertainty regarding trade. The global MSCI ACWI shed 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.7%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary March 11, 2019

The S&P 500 finally experienced a meaningful decline after posting gains nearly every week this year. The index dropped 2.2% last week. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary March 4, 2019

The S&P 500 used another good-news Friday to move into positive territory for the ninth week out of the last 10. Last week, the popular measure of domestic stock performance increased another 0.5%. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary February 25, 2019

The S&P 500 added another 0.7% to its impressive gains since late December. Optimism about a trade agreement between the U.S. and China continued to support markets.

While trade negotiations between the U.S. and China remain the key focus, a number of other key events and data releases are likely to move markets this week. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary February 19, 2019

The S&P 500 surged 2.6% on the news an agreement had been reached to avoid a government shutdown and increased optimism about trade negotiations. Global stocks participated in the rally. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary February 11, 2019

U.S. stocks finished barely positive last week. The S&P 500 inched 0.1% higher on a relatively light week for news. The government shutdown has delayed a number of key statistics about the strength of the U.S. economy and given investors less data then expected to evaluate it. Read more

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Weekly Market Commentary February 04, 2019

Markets returned to rally mode last week and finished January significantly higher. The S&P 500 surged 1.6% on strong employment data, the Federal Reserve communicating its concerns about slowing growth, and generally positive earnings data.

The relatively strong earnings pushed Carson’s expectations for earnings growth from 11% to just less than 13%. Strong earnings performance from major oil companies helped boost estimates, too. Read more