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April 17, 2017

Back to Work: Earnings, Geopolitics Vie For Attention After Long Weekend

After a long weekend of egg painting and matzo crunching, the markets open Monday with international tensions still in the air. Will defensive trading continue?

April 13, 2017

Big Bank Earnings Look Mostly Strong, But Market’s Nerves Remain Frayed

Can big banks swoop in to change the conversation on Wall Street? Earnings announced early Thursday by three financial stalwarts appeared mostly good.

April 12, 2017

Today’s Word is Caution as Geopolitical Concerns, Earnings Picture In Focus

Geopolitical concerns keep stalking the markets, helping so-called “safe haven” investments and putting pressure on equities ahead of earnings season.

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April 11, 2017

Geopolitics Still Center Stage as Congress Goes on Recess and Earnings Loom

The market is on the cusp of earnings season, but geopolitics remain front and center. Concerns about Syria and North Korea could keep investors on their toes.

April 10, 2017

Low Payroll Growth, International Tension Raise Concerns Ahead of Earnings

Leaving aside concerns about international relations, attention could remain on Friday’s anemic jobs report as investors try to figure out what happened.

April 7, 2017

Weak Jobs Data, U.S. Missile Strikes Take Focus Away From Trump/China Meeting

A tepid jobs report competed for attention early Friday with U.S. missile strikes on Syria and the U.S./China summit meeting. Futures prices fell.

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April 6, 2017

They’re Back! Volume, Volatility Return As Trump Meets Xi And Jobs Data Loom

Anyone who was missing volatility, volume, and intraday price movement got plenty of all three yesterday, and more could be on the way as the week winds down.

April 5, 2017

Excitement Ahead? China Summit Meeting, Fed Minutes, Jobs Data All Loom

It’s still a waiting game on Wall Street, as investors prepare for Thursday’s U.S./China summit meeting and seek guidance from Fed minutes later today.

April 4, 2017

Caution Rules the Day As Markets Brace for Trump’s Meeting With Chinese Leader

A cautious tone pervades Wall Street early Tuesday ahead of a key meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping later this week.

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April 3, 2017

No Fooling: April Starts Out with Busy Economic Calendar

A busy economic calendar welcomes in the start of Q2 as investors weigh the strength of the economy. Q1 earnings results, out soon, might offer insight

March 31, 2017

Markets Look to Mark More Records as Week, Month and Quarter Closes

Nasdaq and SPX on track to post fifth best straight month and best week in six. Dow struggles in early going to break even as fund managers attempt to square positions.

March 30, 2017

Fed Speakers, Final Q4 GDP Reading Take Center Stage As End of Quarter Nears

The final word is in on Q4 gross domestic product (GDP), and it’s a bit better than expected. That and a host of Fed speakers could dominate the scene today.

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March 29, 2017

Vote of Confidence: After Strong Consumer Data, D.C. Policy Back in Focus

Consumer confidence data inspired Tuesday's rally, and now the question is whether the markets can build on that. Indices remain just about 1.5% below all-time highs.

March 28, 2017

Keeping Things In Perspective: Glass Half-Full Scenarios Not Hard To Find

(Tuesday Market Open) An eight-day losing streak for the DJIA doesn’t necessarily mean the sky is falling, though there's a tendency to think that way.

March 27, 2017

With Health Care Bill Dead For Now, Market Focus Turns To Tax Reform, Key Data

Health care legislation never made it to a vote Friday, but surprisingly, the stock market didn’t react much, and could open the new week focused on tax reform.

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March 24, 2017

So Tired of Waiting: Yesterday On Repeat as Health Bill Remains Center Stage

Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” It feels that way now as investors wait for a health care vote in Washington.

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