Weekly Insight | November 13, 2019

We’ve approached the end of yet another earnings season. Currently, 92% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings and sales for the third quarter. This season’s report shows financial results for U.S. companies are better than earlier expected. According to Refinitiv, of the companies reporting, earnings have contracted by 0.4%, which is 4.5% better than expected.

Weekly Insight | November 6, 2019

Equities moved higher this week as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite all notched new record highs. The Dow Jones Transportation Average still has more than 5% to go to hit a high and offer solid confirmation that the near two-year consolidation in equity markets is ready for the next sizeable advance.

Weekly Insight | October 30, 2019

The economy is still growing. It looks like we can push recession fears back at least another two quarters. That is, if you define recession as a fall in GDP over two successive quarters. GDP growth in the third quarter came in at 1.9%. Some market participants were disappointed with this number, despite it being better than the expected 1.7%.

Weekly Insight | October 23, 2019

Equities moved higher this week as earnings take center stage. The S&P 500 advanced 0.5% and outpaced flat returns on the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index. The dollar has been soft as of late, which is giving a tailwind to higher beta assets and foreign equities. Foreign developed gained 0.9% on the week and emerging markets pushed up 0.7%.

Weekly Insight | October 9, 2019

Equities bounced back this week with domestic large caps outperforming small caps. The S&P 500 was up 1.2%, whereas small caps were flat. Bond yields inched higher resulting in little change in the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index. Emerging market and foreign developed equities underperformed in the United States.

Equities rallied sharply on Friday following a decent monthly jobs report where 136,000 net adds were reported.

Weekly Insight | October 2, 2019

The markets are not a fan of the global manufacturing numbers coming out. This week’s returns may indicate equity markets actively don’t like the manufacturing numbers. The S&P 500 was down 2.5% for the week as of yesterday. This is the lowest weekly level since the beginning of August.

We are seeing the impact of the trade conflict on global manufacturing.

Weekly Insight | September 18, 2019

The big news this week was the drone attack on the Abqaiq oil facility in Saudi Arabia. The attack impacted 5% of the global oil supply. Crude oil prices were up 13% the first trading day after the attack, but prices have since moderated. The moderation is due to the Saudis announcing they expect most of the production at the facility to be up and running by the end of the week.