The markets surged to new recovery highs…

THE MARKETS The markets surged to new recovery highs fueled by strong earnings reports and a jump in consumer confidence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all ended the week at their highs with the Dow and S&P extending their winning streaks to eight weeks in a row. For the week, the [...]

By | January 19th, 2004|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The markets surged to new recovery highs…

A holiday shortened week…

THE MARKETS A holiday shortened week gave traders a mixed bag of goodies including a drop in jobless claims, an unexpected dip in durable-goods orders and a few complaints about the Christmas shopping season. Amid low volume, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 46 points (+0.45%) for the week and closed at 10324, up for [...]

By | December 29th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on A holiday shortened week…

The Dow recorded its third consecutive week of gains…

THE MARKETS The Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded its third consecutive week of gains amid strong economic reports which pushed most of the major averages to new 52-week highs. The big media event occurred on Thursday when the Dow closed over 10,000 for the first time since May 2002. For the week, the Dow shot [...]

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The Dow put together its second consecutive week of gains…

THE MARKETS The Dow Jones Industrial Average put together its second consecutive week of gains as strong economic reports pushed most of the major averages to new 52-week highs. Of note was the trading action of the S&P-500 on Monday, which saw the index break through 1060 and the NASDAQ composite briefly touch 2000. This [...]

By | December 8th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The Dow put together its second consecutive week of gains…

The market sold off for the second week in a row…

THE MARKETS Despite another round of positive economic news, the market sold off for the second week in a row. The decline was across the board as stocks buckled under the weight of ongoing terrorist attacks abroad. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell below its 50-day moving average, lost 140 points [...]

By | November 24th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The market sold off for the second week in a row…

The major averages stayed close to the flat-line last week…

THE MARKETS With little to serve as a catalyst, the major averages stayed close to the flat-line last week as most of the indices ended the period with minor losses. Traders pushed the market higher on Wednesday but the rally was short-lived as a lackluster earnings projection from Wal-Mart cooled the enthusiasm. For the week [...]

By | November 17th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The major averages stayed close to the flat-line last week…

The bulls were able to put together a winning week…

THE MARKETS The bulls were able to put together a winning week feeding off of a positive fed meeting and news that 3rd quarter Gross Domestic Product grew at a 7.2% pace. This was the highest growth rate since 1984. The market action was broad based as several of the major averages posted new recovery [...]

By | November 3rd, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The bulls were able to put together a winning week…

The Dow snapped its three-week winning streak…

THE MARKETS The Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped its three-week winning streak as mixed earnings results combined with lofty stock valuations kept pressure on stocks. For the week, the Dow gave up 139 points (-1.43%) and closed at 9582. The NASDAQ followed suit as it lost 47 points (-2.46%) and closed at 1865. [...]

By | October 27th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The Dow snapped its three-week winning streak…

The market continued on a roll…

THE MARKETS The market continued on a roll last week as the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest level since June of 2002 while the NASDAQ posted a 19-month high. The month of October has seen the Dow finish higher on six of the eight trading days while the NASDAQ is up seven out [...]

By | October 13th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on The market continued on a roll…

Stocks stumbled last week…

THE MARKETS Against a backdrop of mixed economic reports, stocks stumbled last week as all of the major averages took it on the chin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was down five of the past six trading days, lost 1.57% on Wednesday, its sharpest percentage decline in seven weeks. Gold prices approached $400 an [...]

By | September 29th, 2003|Market and Portfolio Commentary|Comments Off on Stocks stumbled last week…