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No Taper Tantrums, This Bull Market is All Grown Up

Oct 19, 2021

By Ben Norris, Securities Research Analyst, Associate Vice President

Third-quarter earnings season kicked off last week accompanied by a slew of economic and market data releases. Third-quarter earnings is off to a strong start relative to consensus expectations and stocks gained accordingly last week with Thursday showing the strongest daily performance (+1.7%) for the S&P 500 (SPX) since March. Last week, the S&P 500 gained 1.8% while the NASDAQ Composite (COMP) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 2.2% and 1.6%,

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No Time to Die

Oct 11, 2021

By Pete Biebel, Senior Vice President

Yep, that’s the title of the new, just-released James Bond movie. It seemed appropriate for a stock market recap on a week in which the market was shaken, not stirred. Perhaps an even more appropriate title would have been from an older Bond movie: Die Another Day. That was one from the Pierce Brosnan era, but its cast also included Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike,

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Oct 4, 2021

By Ben Norris, Securities Research Analyst, Associate Vice President

September has been an historically rough month for stock market performance, and September 2021 kept that trend alive. After seeing positive performance in each of the seven months prior, the market probably needed to take a month and catch its breath. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) finished September down 4.76%, notching the worst monthly performance since September 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite followed suit and fell 4.29% and 5.31%,

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Dysfunction Junction

Sep 27, 2021

By Pete Biebel, Senior Vice President

The stock market’s northerly route over the past several months has been occasionally interrupted by brief jogs to the south. Those sudden veers, which were severe enough to induce panicked cries from the back-seat drivers, proved to be fleeting. In no time at all, the bulls had regained control, the market resumed its drive north and the lost ground was recovered in just a day or two.

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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Sep 20, 2021

By Ben Norris, Securities Research Analyst, Associate Vice President

There are countless adages for financial markets – a rising tide lifts all boats, sell in May and go away, buy the rumor sell the news, everybody is a genius in a bull market, don’t fight the Fed, Santa Claus rally — I could go on. Some of these sayings have value in the fact that they’re based on common sense, while others are more for investor entertainment.

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A Touch of Grey

Sep 13, 2021

By Pete Biebel, Senior Vice President

The stock market’s skies darkened a bit last week. The sunny economic conditions in recent months, along with a pleasing tailwind of strong corporate earnings, have created an environment in which the major averages were able to slough off a variety of potential threats and rack up an impressive string of record highs. But the skies were not so bright last week,

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Throwing Money Into A (Jackson) Hole

Aug 30, 2021

By Ben Norris, Securities Research Analyst, Associate Vice President

Each year economic policy makers descend on Jackson Hole, Wyoming to discuss a variety of economic policy issues and present their ideas for the future of monetary policy. This year’s theme was “Macroeconomic Policy in an Uneven Economy,” a reference to the difficulty of shaping policy during a global pandemic. The highlight of the event is generally a concluding update from the Fed Chairman that summarizes the current thinking of the central bank.

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Message in a Bobble

Aug 23, 2021

By Pete Biebel, Senior Vice President

The market was juggling several significant concerns as last week began. In addition to the growing threat of the Covid Delta variant, the market suddenly had a couple new balls in the air: Afghanistan and a slowing economy in China. Stocks opened lower last Monday, but the market quickly regained focus and was able to ignore the distractions and resume its performance by climbing to slightly higher new highs on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) later that day.

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If You Build It, They Will Come

Aug 17, 2021

By Ben Norris, Securities Research Analyst, Associate Vice President

While markets are traditionally quiet during the summer, a relentless cycle of market-moving news has kept things interesting since June. Each day seems to bring new developments around the Federal Reserve’s next policy decision, the Delta variant of Covid, or now the collapse of the Afghan government. Some headlines are more relevant to markets than others but that doesn’t stop financial media from waxing on the latest reason to buy or sell stocks.

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Who Could Ask for Anything More?

Aug 9, 2021

By Pete Biebel, Senior Vice President

The U.S. stock market seems to be sailing through the perfect non-storm, charting a course through calm seas and favorable winds. The major averages all tacked about 1% higher to new record levels last week. Helping to fill its sails is the continuing tailwind from companies reporting record increases in revenues and profits. And most of the potential threats on the horizon are diminishing: The Unemployment Rate is back down to just 5.4%;

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