Weekly Market Drivers | LPL Financial Research

Stocks Drop, Yield Curve Inverts on Renewed Global Growth Concerns.

US: S&P 500 Index -0.8%%, Dow -1.3%, Nasdaq -0.6%
Europe: STOXX Europe 600 -1.3%, German DAX -2.8% France CAC 40 -2.5%, U.K. FTSE 100 +1.8%
Asia: Japan Nikkei +0.8%, China Shanghai Composite +2.7%, Korea KOSPI +0.5%
Rates/Commodities: 10-Year Treasury yield -15 basis points to 2.44%, WTI crude oil +2.5%, COMEX gold: +0.5%

A topsy-turvy week for global financial markets saw U.S. and European stocks shed early-week gains and several measures of the Treasury yield curve invert for the first time since 2006 following a resurgence in global growth concerns. Continue reading

Time For New Highs?

After dropping nearly 20% late last year, the S&P 500 Index has officially bounced up more than 20% from the December 24 lows. As we noted at the time, most bear markets that take place in a non-recessionary environment tend to bottom near a 20% correction. Fortunately, that played out nicely, and now the S&P 500 is less than 4% away from new highs. This raises two new questions: Can it make a new high, and when can we expect it?

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Market Update: Wed, Mar 20, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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Awaiting the Fed. The Federal Reserve (Fed) concludes its two-day policy meeting this afternoon. Though no rate hike is expected, investors will look to the policymakers’ interest rate forecasts, known as the “dot plots,” along with comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell in his post-meeting press conference about the central bank’s plans to wind down its balance sheet. Continue reading

Time For a Small Break?

Small cap stocks staged a furious rally to kick off 2019, with the Russell 2000 Index up nearly 18% year to date at the early March peak. Of course, you may remember that small caps were down much more than large caps at the end of 2018, as the Russell 2000 lost 20.5% in the fourth quarter for the worst quarterly decline since the U.S. debt downgrade in the third quarter of 2011. Continue reading