Monthly Archives: December 2019

2020: The Year of the Lion?

Last Week: The S&P 500 inched up 0.58% on extremely light volume to close at another record high. Small and Mid cap stocks drifted fractionally lower, and the yield on the Ten-Year Treasury slipped 5 basis points to 1.87%. There were a few reasons for good cheer. On the domestic front, holiday retail sales boomed according to MasterCard-SpendingPulse. On the trade front, China said it planned to cut tariffs on 859 [...]

2019-12-30T09:36:08-06:00December 30th, 2019|

Bulls Run Wild

Last Week: The FOMOTINA Rally (Fear of Missing Out There Is No Alternative) kicked into high gear, with U.S. stocks hitting record closing highs again on Friday and the S&P 500 registering a 1.65% gain, its biggest weekly rise since early September. The rally was fueled by continued optimism about developments in the U.S.-China trade dispute and a strong 0.4% increase in November consumer spending, adding to a string of upbeat [...]

2019-12-23T10:49:10-06:00December 23rd, 2019|

RIP Bears

Last Week: The three big storylines of 2019, Trade, Brexit, and the Fed, were all at play, but generally were met with a muted response, suggesting the script writers need some new material to engage traders in 2020. The market drifted lower through Wednesday as investors were a bit spooked by the prospect of Friday the 13th coming without a consummated trade deal, which could have resulted in (disastrous) new tariffs [...]

2019-12-16T12:08:56-06:00December 16th, 2019|

Consumers Party On

Last Week: We concluded last week’s blog saying “Friday is a big day for economic releases with the November nonfarm payrolls and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index scheduled to be reported. The stock market party will probably rage on as long as people have jobs and are feeling optimistic.” Party on! Unemployment in November reached a 50-year low as payrolls jumped a whopping 266,000. Meanwhile, consumer attitudes improved markedly [...]

2019-12-09T09:41:04-06:00December 9th, 2019|

Thanksgiving Gravy on Hot Market

Last Week: The market climbed to new highs early in the week as trade deal optimism grew after China indicated that it was taking steps to tighten intellectual property rules. The Bears took over later in the week (Chicago Bears 24, Detroit Lions 20 on Thanksgiving) after President Trump signed a bill from Congress in support of Hong Kong protestors. Nevertheless, the S&P still finished in the green with an advance [...]

2019-12-02T09:28:56-06:00December 2nd, 2019|
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