Weekly Insight | December 23, 2020

The housing market continues to be hot. In November, 6.690 million existing homes were sold. This number compares favorably to the expected 6.685 million. Construction on 1.547 million homes began in November as measured by the housing starts number, which is also stronger than the expected 1.525 million.

Weekly Insight | December 16, 2020

Equities inched up on the week with the S&P 500 gaining 0.80%. Small caps continue to perform well following a stellar November. They gained 2.7% on the week. The NASDAQ also did well with gains outpacing the broader S&P 500, which was held back by a pause in energy stocks.

Weekly Insight | December 9, 2020

Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) numbers for November were released this week. The positive momentum from last month continued into November. The reading of 58.6 for the PMI Composite indicates the economy continues to expand.

Weekly Insight | December 2, 2020

The S&P 500 finished the week up 1.1% and outpaced emerging market equities. Small caps cooled and the NASDAQ led the week. The Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index was down 0.2%.

Weekly Insight | November 24, 2020

Strength in the housing industry continued this week as 999,000 new homes were built in October. This number is better than the expected 972,000.

Durable goods orders continued to be resilient in October.

Weekly Insight | November 18, 2020

The S&P 500 finished the week flat despite more positive news on vaccine developments. Small caps continued to perform well and gained 1.9% on the week. Value outpaced growth by 1.3% on the week and now more than 6% over the last two weeks.

Weekly Insight | November 11, 2020

S&P 500 one-week performance was strong. Over the period, the index was up 3.81%. This performance was led by Energy, up 14.29%, and Financials, up 10.20%. These are the two sectors which have struggled the most this year.

Insight Extra: Is It Over Yet? | 11.10.20

With a week having passed since Election Day, it would seem the path forward, politically speaking, should be relatively clear. Americans came out in force to cast their votes as the turnout for the 2020 election was the highest seen in 50 years, and as of last weekend, Joe Biden was declared by the Associated Press to be the president-elect.

Weekly Insight | November 4, 2020

The markets were positioned for this to be one of the highest-volatility elections ever. As of this writing, there are several states extremely close in their counts. Scrutiny on the ballot counting process added fuel to the fire, and it will likely be a lengthy process before a conclusion is reached.