Economy

Market Performance Remains a Tale of Haves and Have-Nots

2024-07-17T15:26:44-07:00

The S&P 500 strung together 37 record highs this year aboard an 18.1% rally, as of July 10. The advance has largely been powered by a handful of mega cap names tied to technology and/or artificial intelligence. In fact, six stocks — NVIDIA (NVDA), Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Meta (META), and Alphabet [...]

Market Performance Remains a Tale of Haves and Have-Nots2024-07-17T15:26:44-07:00

Stock Market Forecast: Double Digit Earnings Growth on Tap

2024-07-16T14:30:32-07:00

With stock valuations elevated after such a strong first half, earnings growth will be key to holding, or potentially building on these gains. LPL Research believes stocks have gotten a bit over their skis, but earnings season may not be the catalyst for a pullback in the near term given all signs point to another [...]

Stock Market Forecast: Double Digit Earnings Growth on Tap2024-07-16T14:30:32-07:00

Is India the New China?

2023-09-25T14:02:21-07:00

India has emerged as a compelling economic growth story and an increasingly attractive alternative to China within the emerging markets complex. A growing population with a robust and young workforce, significant infrastructure spending, and an ongoing digital transformation have been key catalysts to India’s outperformance over China. India has also benefited from the de-globalization [...]

Is India the New China?2023-09-25T14:02:21-07:00

US Debt Downgrade – Why is market pulling back?

2023-08-24T10:02:37-07:00

Volatility has returned right on queue as U.S. equity markets continue to pull back from overbought levels. The recent jump in interest rates has proven to be too much too fast for stocks to absorb, especially for the heavyweight and longer-duration technology sector. Deteriorating economic conditions in China and weak seasonal trends have been [...]

US Debt Downgrade – Why is market pulling back?2023-08-24T10:02:37-07:00

Earnings Estimates Impressively Rose. Recession likely?

2023-05-01T10:18:36-07:00

Earnings Estimates for 2023 Impressively Rose Last Week With just over half of S&P 500 companies having reported results, the consensus estimate for S&P 500 year-over-year earnings growth in the first quarter is -3.7%, up more than 2 percentage points from the prior week. While an earnings recession is likely, with a second straight [...]

Earnings Estimates Impressively Rose. Recession likely?2023-05-01T10:18:36-07:00

Are Post-Election Trends Supportive of Stocks?

2022-11-23T11:04:15-08:00

Do we have a Santa Claus rally in the making? The midterms produced mixed government, which we see as supportive to stocks due to political gridlock reducing the policy uncertainty that can weigh on market sentiment. We are also moving into a stage of the presidential cycle that has been historically supportive. Year three [...]

Are Post-Election Trends Supportive of Stocks?2022-11-23T11:04:15-08:00

The U.S. Government Could Be on the Hook for $1 Trillion in Annual Interest Expenses

2022-11-09T12:54:30-08:00

Do Rising Interest Rates Impact US Debt? Congress—and in particular, the House of Representatives—is invested with the “power of the purse”; the ability to tax and spend public money for the national government. And spend they have. Total outstanding government debt currently stands at just over $31 trillion and that number will likely increase, regardless [...]

The U.S. Government Could Be on the Hook for $1 Trillion in Annual Interest Expenses2022-11-09T12:54:30-08:00

Taking Stock of Uncertain Markets

2022-10-14T11:27:02-07:00

In the last several weeks, we have continued to face elevated uncertainty in financial markets due to high inflation and rising interest rates, and we thought it was an important time to take stock with the final quarter of 2022 just ahead. It has been a difficult year, not only for investors but also [...]

Taking Stock of Uncertain Markets2022-10-14T11:27:02-07:00

Five Things to Know About Preferred Securities

2022-08-31T10:50:29-07:00

Like most financial markets, preferred securities have generated negative returns so far this year, however the value proposition remains. Preferreds offer generous yields, both absolute and after-tax, with their high income stream serving as a total return buffer against future spread volatility. “Preferred securities can be higher yielding alternatives to traditional core fixed income [...]

Five Things to Know About Preferred Securities2022-08-31T10:50:29-07:00

Earnings Season Ends with a Whimper – Where We Go from Here?

2022-08-23T17:28:26-07:00

Earnings Season Ends With a Whimper - Where will stock market go from here? Mixed results from mostly retailers, pushed S&P 500 earnings growth down from 6.4% to 6.3% last week, though that growth rate is still 2.2 percentage points above the June 30 estimate. Energy, healthcare, and utilities have produced the biggest upside [...]

Earnings Season Ends with a Whimper – Where We Go from Here?2022-08-23T17:28:26-07:00
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