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07/16/2018

Market Conditions Resemble Those of the 1990s: Is History Repeating Itself?

Despite the distraction of the administration’s incipient trade war, U.S. equities have quietly managed to grind higher over the past few weeks. The S&P 500 index climbed 1.5 percent last week for the second week in a row. And since briefly piercing its 200-day moving average on April 2, the index has risen 8.5 percent, and now sits at its highest level since February 1, up 4.8 percent on the year. During the most recent two-week stretch each of the index’s eleven sectors are positive, but it has been the healthcare and technology sectors that have led the way, followed by telecom, consumer discretionary and industrials.

07/03/2018

Is it Time for the Fed to Take a Victory Lap?

As the second quarter came to a close, the Federal Reserve could claim a victory, of sorts. It was finally able to achieve its target of 2 percent core inflation, for the first time in six years, with release of the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) data for May. Being mindful of the threat of too much inflation, however, the Fed seems intent on additional future rate hikes, perhaps two more this year. Two weeks ago, Fed chair Powell said the case for continued gradual rate hikes is strong. Last week, Boston Fed president Rosengren said in a Wall Street Journal interview that he was comfortable with the “direction” of two more rate hikes this year, cautioning about the possibility of higher inflation from falling unemployment.

06/26/2018

Trade Tensions and the Surging Dollar Cast a Shadow Over Global Markets

Another week of trade threats and promised retaliation kept investors off stride and markets adrift. The S&P 500 shed 0.9 percent, its first weekly decline in the past five. Trade jitters were even less kind to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, however. Owing to its constituents’ greater exposure to foreign trade, the Dow fell 2.0 percent last week, its third decline in the past four weeks. And only a modest bounce on Friday prevented the Dow from dropping for nine straight days.

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