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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Credit agency Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach affecting 143 million U.S. consumers. The hack exposed names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers—all critical pieces...

 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Markets (as of market close August 31, 2017) Equities in August saw many peaks and valleys throughout the month, finally rallying at the end of the month. Strong second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures, steady job...

 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Markets (as of market close July 31, 2017) The last day of July saw each of the indexes listed here post gains over their June closing values. Despite slumping tech stocks at the end of the month, the Nasdaq led the benchmarks for...

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Markets (as of market close June 30, 2017) The second quarter proved to be a bit bumpy for equities, but each of the benchmarks listed here closed the quarter ahead of their first-quarter closing values. April saw equities close...

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Markets (as of market close May 31, 2017) May provided a bumpy ride for investors. However, by the end of the month, each of the indexes listed here posted monthly gains with the exception of the Russell 2000, which lost over 2.0%...

 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Markets (as of market close April 28, 2017) Equities continued their positive trend in April, spurred by favorable corporate earnings reports, proposed federal tax cuts, and positive economic signals overseas. The Nasdaq surpassed...

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Markets (as of market close March 31, 2017) Riding the momentum following the presidential election, stocks surged for much of the first quarter of 2017. Buoyed by the anticipation of tax cuts and policies favorable to domestic...

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Markets (as of market close February 28, 2017) Equities continued their positive trend in February as each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted monthly gains. The Dow recorded 12 record highs in February and posted a monthly...

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

he Markets (as of market close January 31, 2017) Investors were cautious for much of the month, likely waiting to see what President Trump would do during his first few weeks in office. After a slow close to December, equities picked...

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Overview The year 2016 likely will be remembered for the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and the Brexit vote. This year also saw the Fed raise interest rates for the first time since last December,...

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Markets (as of market close November 30, 2016) The economy picked up the pace in November, as did the stock market. After getting off to a sluggish start during the early part of the month, equities soared following the results of...

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Markets (as of market close October 31, 2016) Trading in the early part of October saw equities respond negatively to rumors of a pullback on stimulus measures by the European Central Bank, which ultimately proved to be unfounded....

 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Markets (as of market close September 30, 2016) The second quarter provided a bumpy ride for investors. Following the upheaval caused by the Brexit vote in June, July kicked off the third quarter by ending the month in favorable...

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Markets (as of market close August 31, 2016) With no Federal Open Market Committee meeting and little news to jar the markets, the lazy, hazy days of August seemed to lull investors into a state of lethargy. Trading was light and...

 

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Markets (as of market close August 26, 2016) As the "dog days" of summer drag on, trading continues to be relatively light. Oil prices fell at the beginning of last week amid rumors that Iraq may up its oil exports, prompting...

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Markets (as of market close August 19, 2016) By the close of last Monday, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq each had reached record highs for the second time in the past week, only to retreat by Tuesday's close. The dollar lost value...

 

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Markets (as of market close August 12, 2016) Talk of a possible cut in oil production following news of an informal meeting of OPEC next month sent energy stocks higher at the beginning of last week. The spike in both energy stocks...

 

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Markets (as of market close August 5th, 2016) Oil prices continued to fall early last week, sending large-cap indexes lower. As the week progressed, oil prices gained some momentum, as did U.S. stock indexes. On the heels of a...

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Markets (as of market close July 29, 2016) Following an initial downturn largely in response to June's Brexit vote, equities rebounded during the month of July. The first full week of the month saw each of the indexes listed here...

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Markets (as of market close July 29, 2016) The large-cap indexes cooled off a bit last week, particularly influenced by a somewhat disappointing GDP growth rate for the second quarter and lackluster earnings reports from some key...

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Markets (as of market close July 22, 2016) The S&P 500 reached a record high last Friday as each of the indexes listed here posted marginal gains over the prior week. Equities have demonstrated a positive trend over the past...

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Markets (as of market close July 15, 2016) Stocks continued to surge for the third week in a row as each of the indexes listed here posted significant gains by last week's end. The Dow gained almost 370 points and over 2.0%, and is...

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Markets (as of market close July 8, 2016) Equities continue to put the upheaval caused by Brexit in the rearview mirror as several of the indexes listed here are above their 2015 closing values. Of those indexes, only the Nasdaq...

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Markets (as of market close June 30, 2016) In the world of equities, the second quarter of the year was anything but dull. April saw the large-cap S&P 500 and Dow make marginal gains, with the small-cap Russell 2000 and the Global...

 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Markets (as of market close June 24, 2016) The Brexit referendum vote sent a tidal wave of negative returns throughout the world's stock markets, including the indexes listed here. The large-cap Dow lost over 270 points on the week...

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Markets (as of market close June 17, 2016) The Fed maintained interest rates at their current level following last week's meeting, primarily influenced by May's mundane employment report. That, coupled with a fall in global stocks,...

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Markets (as of market close June 10, 2016) The major market indexes listed here were relatively flat for the week. Despite gains earlier in the week, losses Thursday and Friday wiped out most of the positive returns. By midweek,...

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Markets (as of market close June 3, 2016) Friday's dismal news on the labor front put a damper on expectations that the Fed will raise rates later this month, drove a pullback in domestic stocks, and sent Treasury yields into...