Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Markets (as of market close November 25, 2016)

Based on the performance of stock market indexes, it was another banner week for equities amidst slow trading volume. The Dow, S&P 500, Russell 2000, and Nasdaq each reached record highs, with the Dow eclipsing 19000 for the first time ever. Some analysts suggest the market surge is based on expectations that the new administration will reduce taxes and spend more on infrastructure. Money continues to move from long-term bonds and gold into equities. Also, investors may view the likelihood of the Fed raising interest rates next month with more certainty, which could lead to money fleeing from long-term bonds and gold. Continue reading

Market Commentary: The Markets (as of market close November 18, 2016)

Treasury yields continue to climb as the 10-year rate jumped 20 basis points for the week while exceeding last year’s closing yield for the first time in 2016. The dollar has been keeping pace with rising bond yields, which is good for imports but not so good for exports. Equities have apparently benefitted from money moving from Treasuries as each of the indexes listed here posted week-over-week gains, except for the Global Dow. The Russell 2000 small-cap index has been on a roll of late, climbing over 10% by the end of election week and gaining another 2.60% last week. Continue reading

The Markets (as of market close November 11, 2016)

The markets climbed at the beginning of last week as money moved from bonds (yield on 10-year Treasuries gained 5 basis points) to equities. The Dow jumped 370 points and Nasdaq gained over 2.0% by the close of trading last Monday. Following the election, equities surged as did long-term bond yields. The Dow gained over 256 points, Nasdaq and the S&P 500 each jumped over 1.0%, and the Russell 2000 climbed over 3.0%. Continue reading

The Markets (as of market close November 4, 2016)

Even a good jobs report wasn’t enough to steady investors last week, as each of the indexes listed here lost value from the prior week. Oil prices fell sharply midweek following a report that crude oil inventories are much larger than expected. While OPEC leaders agreed to reduce production following a September meeting, several countries sought and received exemptions from the cut, prompting crude oil production to increase. Crude oil prices continued to drop, closing the week 10.0% below the previous week’s closing price. Continue reading