Market Update 3.31.2018

In last quarter’s commentary I indicated that volatility will return to the market and it did, with gusto.  After a strong start volatility spiked in the first quarter, causing the market to drop 0.61% for the quarter.  Throughout January, the market appeared to be on the same track as 2017, moving up, hitting new records with little volatility.  Investors cheered the passage of the corporate tax cuts that encourage corporations to bring their foreign profits back to the U.S.  Strong economic data and fourth quarter earnings that came in much better than expected further boosted investors’

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Market Update 6.30.2017

The U.S. stock market continued to perform well in the second quarter, up 3% for the quarter and up 9% year to date.

Strong earnings drove the market higher with the bulk of the gains coming in late April and May as first quarter earnings reports outpaced even elevated expectations.  The overall earnings for the S&P 500 rose almost 14% compared with the quarter a year before.  This marked the second straight quarter of earnings increases, following five quarters of declines. 

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Market Update 3.31.2017

The U.S. stock market started the year just like it finished 2016 – on a tear!  The market was up 5.9% for the first quarter of 2017 and up 17.8% over the past one year.  Remarkable performance!

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Market Update 6.30.2019

The U.S. stock market was up 4.20% for the second quarter of 2019 and up a whopping 18.88% for the first half of the year.  The volatility that returned to the market in recent months continued in the second quarter.

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