Monthly Archives: February 2020

Special Market Commentary 2.28.20

Concerns over the coronavirus have led to the fastest correction in stock market history. As of the opening of trading Friday morning the S&P 500 has declined from 3393 to 2880, or over 15%, from the all-time record high set last Wednesday. Meanwhile the yield on the Ten-Year Treasury has set record lows at 1.17%. This decline is painful and this outbreak unnerving, however it remains important to keep things in [...]

2020-02-28T16:16:28-06:00February 28th, 2020|

Market Showing Signs of Fever

Last Week: The good news of corporate earnings for the fourth quarter of 2019 exceeding forecasts was overshadowed by concerns over the impact of the coronavirus on future earnings. Estimates of first quarter earnings growth have been slashed approximately in half so far with tremendous uncertainty in even those guesstimates. Fridays have been particularly challenging in 2020 with an average daily decline of -0.52%, as traders have been nervous about weekend [...]

2020-02-24T11:05:28-06:00February 24th, 2020|

Market Takes it’s Temperature, Not Sick Yet

Last Week: The rally resumed as the S&P 500 gained 1.58% to close at another new record high. Most of the action took place on Monday and the first hour of trading on Tuesday, as stocks recovered their losses from the previous Friday and then tacked on an additional 1% for good measure. Corporate earnings continued to top expectations with the blended growth rate increasing to 0.9% from 0.6% the previous [...]

2020-02-18T11:24:26-06:00February 18th, 2020|

Market Bounces with Good, Bad, and Ugly Headlines

Last Week: Fortunately we don’t need to repeat the repeat of “Rally Interrupted”, as the market posted its best performance since November 2018 as the S&P 500 jumped 3.2% and the Nasdaq composite surged 4%. As is often the case, there was good, bad, and ugly news for equities during the week. The Good: Our fundamental belief is that stock prices are determined in the long run by a combination of [...]

2020-02-10T11:02:43-06:00February 10th, 2020|

Rally Interrupted on Repeat

Last Week:I could just repost last week’s commentary and just change the specific numbers as the storyline was essentially a rerun. In fact, I will:The stock market party was disrupted as the Coronavirus upset the apple cart. Corporate earnings reports were strong and interest rates moved lower, but the S&P 500 declined 1.03% 2.12% and the Russell 2000 fell 2.2% 2.89%. It was the biggest one-week drop in the market since August, [...]

2020-02-03T09:22:59-06:00February 3rd, 2020|