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Stocks opened lower this morning on trade war concerns. The Dow is currently down 22 pts and the SPX is down .28%. Pharmaceuticals, transports, semiconductors and banks are all down. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are up on the better than expected pending home sales report. The consumer staples sector is higher on a strong earnings report by Procter & Gamble (PG). European markets were uniformly and sharply lower in today’s session, whereas Asian markets traded higher overnight. Commodities are mostly higher, with WTI crude oil bouncing back toward $57.15/barrel. Bonds are mixed. Long-term Treasuries are up slightly, but corporates are down on the day. The iBoxx Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) is showing signs of topping out after 10% run this year. As we see more signs of improving economic momentum (see below) rates could move upward, pushing bond prices lower.


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

Stocks teeter-tottered up this morning after yesterday’s slide. The Dow and SPX are currently up 150 pts and .3%, respectively. Defensive sectors—consumer staples, utilities—are up nearly 2% in early trading. To a lesser degree, financials and technology are participating as well. European stock markets ended mostly lower. China’s stock markets began the session in the red but ended higher after state-owned investment funds were directed to buy stocks. Commodities are uniformly higher today, with oil beginning to recover from its two-week decline. WTI crude oil is back up around $69.50/barrel. Bonds are selling off a bit as yields head higher. The 5-year Treasury note yield is back up around 3.06% and the 1-year yield ticked up to 3.20%.


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

Stocks opened higher this morning but quickly faded on Turkey fears. The Dow and SPX are currently down 100 pts & .23%, respectively. Retailers, semiconductors and some FAANG stocks are clinging to small gains, but most everything else is in the red. The VIX Index  is trading up around 14, the highest in two weeks but still considered very low. Exchange trade volume is 11% below normal levels for this time of year, according to Bloomberg. European markets are down .5% and most of Asia was down more than 1% last night. The dollar appreciated about 1.2% over the last week as emerging markets currencies are losing ground. Not surprisingly, commodities are falling in value. WTI crude oil is down 1% to trade around $66.60/barrel. Remember, oil was over $70/barrel a month ago. Bonds are slightly lower in today’s trade. The 5-year Treasury yield is hovering around 2.74% and the 10-year is trading at 2.87%. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

June 19, 2018

Stocks opened lower this morning (Dow -281 pts; SPX -.55%) mostly on trade war jitters. Industrials and materials—two sectors heavily influenced by global trade—are down about 2%; tech is down about 1.1%. The defensives—consumer staples, utilities, telecom—are trading higher in today’s mini sector rotation. The VIX Index jumped up to nearly 14 and VIX July futures are trading up around 14.4. European stock markets look to close down about 1% and Asia was very negative overnight. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 3.8% and is now down over 11% year-to-date. Most commodities—including gold—are down today. WTI crude oil fell 1.4% to $64.90/barrel on rumors that Saudi Arabia and Russia would like to remove OPEC oil production limits. Of course, we know that oil prices are routinely manipulated day-to-day by rumors and we know that Saudi would much rather have oil up around $80 than down around $60. Bonds are trading higher this morning in response to the stock selloff. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields dipped to 2.76% and 2.89%, respectively. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

April 19, 2018

Stocks opened lower this morning (Dow -52 pts; SPX -.5%). The consumer staples sector is absolutely tanking, down 3%. Tech, materials and real estate are also down over 1%. The standout today is the financial sector, up 1% on rising interest rates. WTI crude oil is trading up yet again, now eclipsing $69/barrel for the first time since Nov. 2014. The move is partly contrived: Reuters is reporting Saudi officials want to push oil prices back up to $100/barrel. It is not clear, obviously, how supply-demand dynamics would support that. But if Bonds are trading lower as yields resume their march higher. In a somewhat surprising move, the 10-year Treasury yield jumped to 2.91% this morning, a 2-month high.


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

September 20, 2017

Stocks are mixed in early trading (Dow +16 pts; SPX flat; Nasdaq -.24%). We’ve seen a rotation in the last couple of weeks away from defensive sectors (i.e. utilities, consumer staples) and toward cyclicals (industrials, financials, energy, materials). This seems to be driven by a rebound in interest rates & oil; it’s hard to say how long that will last. This morning, transports are up 1.5%, biotechs are up .7%, and energy stocks are up about .6%. We are seeing some uncharacteristic weakness in semiconductors after Apple (AAPL) admitted lower pre-orders for the new iPhone 8 because consumers are waiting for the iPhone X. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

February 22, 2017

Stocks opened mixed this morning (Dow +3 pts; SPX -.18%). The Dow very briefly touched a record intra-day high of 20,766. Gold miners and transports are down more than 1%. Energy stocks are also lower in early trading. There are a few stand-outs (TOL +5%, AET +1.4%, FB +1.8%, DOW +3.6%) but most stocks are taking a breather. Most commodities are also lower today. WTI crude oil is down 1.4% to $53.50/barrel. Bonds prices are mostly unchanged. The 5- and 10-year Treasury yields are hovering around 1.90% and 2.42%, respectively.


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

October 25, 2016

Stocks fell at the open this morning (Dow -57 pts; SPX -.37%). Nearly all major market sectors are lower, save utilities and consumer staples. But most of the movement today is in individual stocks following earnings announcements. WTI crude is down slightly to $50/barrel. Baker Hughes says US land-based drilling activity is increasing. The dollar is flat and other commodities are mixed. Copper is up over 2% as China’s stock market hit a 9-month high. China GDP is up 6.7% for three straight quarter encouraging investors to believe China has stabilized. Bonds are mostly unchanged on the day. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.