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Monday, December 4, 2017

TOTAL RETURNS YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 6 Mo 12 Mo 3 Yr^ 5 Yr^ 10 Yr^* Major Equity Indices S&P 500 20.25% 2.70% 7.21% 9.82% 23.05% 11.07% 15.67% 8.29% S&P Midcap 400 15.69% 3.70% 9.46% 9.26% 18.53% 11.73% 15.36% 9.89% S&P Smallcap 600 13.12% 3...

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Now that Black Friday has come and gone and Cyber Monday is upon us, you're going to hear a blizzard of numbers and reports about the US consumer. So far, these numbers show blowout on-line sales and a mild decline in foot traffic at...

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Are you an investor or a trader? Investors think long-term, while traders focus on short-term price movements. Trading furs, cloth, commodities, or tulips, has gone back centuries, if not millennia, but was about adding value and...

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The S&P 500 posted its eight straight weekly gain, fueled by a slew of strong earnings reports and the release of the House Republican's tax plan. In addition, President Donald Trump nominated Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell to...

 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Congress took a big step last week toward enacting some sort of tax cuts and tax reform. That big step was the US Senate passing a budget resolution creating the room for ten years of tax cuts totaling $1.5 trillion with a simple...

 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

While tax cuts grab the headlines, the bigger issue for long-term economic growth is government spending. Tax receipts are above their long-term average as a share of GDP, but the government is still spending over $650 billion more...

 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Next week, government statisticians will release the first estimate for third quarter real GDP growth. In spite of hurricanes, and continued negativity by conventional wisdom, we expect 2.8% growth. If we're right about the third...

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

TOTAL RETURNS YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 6 Mo 12 Mo 3 Yr^ 5 Yr^ 10 Yr^* Major Equity Indices S&P 500 14.24% 2.06% 4.48% 7.71% 18.60% 10.80% 14.20% 7.43% S&P Midcap 400 9.40% 3.92% 3.22% 5.25% 17.51% 11.17% 14.39% 8.97% S&P Smallcap 600 8.90% 7.71%...

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Implications: Today's final GDP report for the second quarter showed a slightly faster pace of growth and a smaller increase in corporate profits compared to prior readings. Real GDP grew at a 3.1% annual rate in Q2 versus last...

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

View from the Observation Deck S&P 500 Index companies paid out a record high $104.01 billion in cash dividends in Q2'17. It marked the 3rd consecutive quarter in which cash dividend distributions exceeded $100.00 billion. Over the...

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

The hits keep coming. Hurricane Harvey left destruction in its wake, and now, Hurricane Irma has Florida in its sights.It's been five years since Hurricane Sandy, nine years since Ike and twelve years since Katrina. As with all major...

 

Friday, September 1, 2017

TOTAL RETURNS YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 6 Mo 12 Mo 3 Yr^ 5 Yr^ 10 Yr^* Major Equity Indices S&P 500 11.93% 0.31% 3.01% 5.65% 16.23% 9.51% 14.32% 7.61% S&P Midcap 400 5.28% -1.53% 0.94% 0.89% 12.36% 8.04% 13.96% 8.84% S&P Smallcap 600 1.11% -2.56%...

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Think that title sounds familiar? It is. We've been here before. And, as before, the "debt ceiling" is a gold mine for some politicians, journalists and analysts. A possible government shutdown, or reaching a "hard" debt ceiling, are...

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wall Street may be taking profits on Walmart's (WMT) better than planned second quarter earnings, but they very easily have reason to quickly return to the stock. Online Sales Crushed It, Again Walmart's online sales surged 60% in the...

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

US Stocks Ended August 11, 2017 Increased geopolitical tensions rattled stocks around the globe, sending the S&P 500 to its worst weekly performance since March. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 234 points for the week after...

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TOTAL RETURNS YTD 1 Mo 3 Mo 6 Mo 12 Mo 3 Yr^ 5 Yr^ 10 Yr^* Major Equity Indices S&P 500 11.59% 2.06% 4.14% 9.51% 16.03% 10.85% 14.76% 7.73% S&P Midcap 400 6.91% 0.88% 2.01% 5.15% 14.68% 10.42% 15.09% 9.11% S&P Smallcap 600 3.77% 0.97%...

 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Corporate Earnings Estimates Reflect Strength Posted Under: Broader Stock Market View from the Observation Deck The S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices set all-time closing highs the last week of July 2017, according...