Market Commentary

Market Commentary: As Goes January, So Goes the Year

Last week the stock market rally continued, with various sectors showing renewed strength. This time a year ago, defensive areas, such as utilities, consumer staples, and health care, were leading. That was a warning sign, and it sure turned out something was wrong. Today small-caps, cyclic …

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Market Commentary: New Market Highs are Possible in 2023

Stocks sold off early in the week on disappointing retail sales and industrial production numbers, but they staged a nice bounce on Friday to close out the week. Although some recent data has been disappointing, inflation data continues to show fast improvement, with producer-level inflatio …

Market Commentary: Welcome, 2023!

After one of the worst years ever for investors in 2022, we are quite happy to report that 2023 is off to a much better start. The S&P 500 is already up more than 4% for the year and flirting with the round number of 4,000. Optimism that the economy can avoid a recession (more …

Market Commentary: The Goldilocks Jobs Report

The December payroll report was yet another upside surprise. Monthly payrolls rose by 223,000, above expectations for a 200,000 gain. As Fed Chair Jerome Powell has noted, the economy needs to create about 100,000 jobs a month to keep up with population growth. That’s less than half the cur …

Market Commentary: Will stocks ever bounce back?

The S&P 500 lost 19.4% in 2022, marking the worst year since 2008 and the fourth worst since World War II (behind 1974, 2002, and 2008). The big loser was the NASDAQ, which fell more than 30% thanks to large-cap tech and growth names lagging the overall market significantly. On the flip …

Market Commentary: The Good. The Bad (But Not That Bad). And the Ugly.

Various measures of inflation continue to track lower, likely opening a path for the Fed to stop its aggressive rate hiking cycle. Consumer prices continue to fall quickly, suggesting inflation is steadily trending lower. The consumer has been extremely strong this year, but recent retail s …

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