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  • Weekly Market Performance – Markets Higher Following Powell Comments
    Friday, December 2, 2022 Index Performance  View enlarged chart U.S. and International Equities Markets Higher The major markets finished higher this week as Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Powell on Wednesday signaled smaller interest rate hikes during upcoming FOMC meetings amid … Continue reading →
  • Job Market Remains Resilient Despite Higher Rates
    Friday, December 2, 2022 The economy added 263,000 jobs in November, a decrease from October’s upwardly revised 284,000 but a large upside surprise from the pre-release consensus estimate of 200,000, highlighting the continued resilience of labor markets even as job … Continue reading →
  • The Great Divide – Energy Sector & Crude Oil
    Thursday, December 1, 2022 The S&P 500 Energy Sector and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil have meaningfully decoupled over the last several months. The divergence in performance started over the summer and became more pronounced near the end of … Continue reading →
  • Does Seasonality Still Support a December Rally?
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 As November draws to a close, many investors are looking forward to stocks delivering some holiday cheer and a potential December stock market rally. Today we take a look at what clues seasonality data may give … Continue reading →
  • Munis: A Historically Defensive Asset Class During Economic Downturns
    Tuesday, November 29, 2022 With the Federal Reserve (Fed) embarking on the most aggressive rate hiking campaign since the 1980s, the risks of an economic slowdown have increased. With inflationary pressures continuing to run hotter than the Fed would like, … Continue reading →
  • Weekly Market Performance – Markets Mostly Higher During Thanksgiving Holiday Week
    Friday, November 25, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Markets Finish Mostly Higher The S&P 500 Index finished higher during the shortened trading week, led by the utilities and materials sectors.  In addition, the financials and … Continue reading →
  • Are Post-election Trends Supportive for Stocks?
    Wednesday, November 23, 2022 Now that the dust has largely settled on the 2022 midterm elections, with the Democrats retaining control of the Senate and the Republicans taking a narrow majority in the House, we take a look at some … Continue reading →
  • The Yield Curve as a Predictor of Recessions
    Tuesday, November 22, 2022 The shape of the U.S. Treasury yield curve is often looked at as a barometer for U.S. economic growth. More specifically, it reflects how the Federal Reserve (Fed) intends to stimulate or slow economic growth by … Continue reading →
  • Weekly Market Performance – Markets Lower Following Last Week’s Solid Showing
    Friday, November 18, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Markets Finish the Week Lower Stocks finished the week lower after last week’s nearly 6% increase for the S&P 500 Index.  Mixed retail earnings amid consumer financial … Continue reading →
  • Using Point & Figure Analysis to Define Market Conditions
    Friday, November 18, 2022 LPL Research explores point and figure analysis and how it can be utilized to define market conditions. Despite recent overbought readings, history suggests buying pressure may not be over. Background Point and figure (P&F) analysis dates … Continue reading →