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U.S. Indexes Advance as U.S.-China Trade Talks Continue

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Friday, May 10. All major U.S. indexes closed the day with slight gains to reverse a five-day losing streak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rose 0.4% and the and NASDAQ Composite gained 0.1%. Similarly, the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 3% as investors in both the U.S. and China expressed optimism that trade negotiations are continuing—despite the 12:01 a.m. tariff increase on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Meanwhile, Uber launched its much-anticipated I.P.O. as its stock fell more than 7% in intra-day trading, with the company’s valuation falling from $75.5 billion to $69.7 billion.

Geopolitical Tensions Hinder Market Momentum

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Thursday, May 9. Major U.S. indexes made up some of their steeper initial losses, yet the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite still closed the day down 0.5%, 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively. Despite strong economic data, heightened concern over U.S.-China trade negotiations—and potential retaliatory measures from China—continue to hinder near-term market momentum.

Disney Gains 1.5% on Earnings Beat

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Wednesday, May 7. After a volatile trading day, U.S. indexes closed with minimal movement and mixed results: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose fractionally while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite fell 0.2% and 0.3%, respectively. Investors reacted to, among other things, ongoing uncertainty related to Chinese tariff negotiations. Jim emphasized that despite those escalating geopolitical tensions, economic fundamentals remain strong. On the earnings front, Disney’s stock rose 1.5% after surpassing fiscal second-quarter earnings expectations.

U.S. Stock Indexes Drop on Trade Tensions

Ryan Christensen, account executive at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Tuesday, May 7. Investors reacted to heightened trade tensions, with major U.S. stock indexes recovering some of their steeper intraday losses: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite each fell 2.0% and the S&P 500 declined 1.7%. Despite President Trump’s recent announcement of plans to double tariffs on $200 billion of goods, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled to continue negotiations with U.S. trade representatives.

Shanghai Composite Drops Nearly 6%

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Monday, May 6.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite fell 0.3%, 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively, as U.S.-China trade negotiations, a North Korean ballistic missile test and other international tensions dominated headlines. Jim emphasized that although economic fundamentals remain strong, event-driven news increased market volatility in the U.S. and abroad: China’s Shanghai Composite closed down nearly 6%—the index’s worst one-day loss in more than three years.

Beyond Meat Launches Record-Breaking IPO

David Mastroianni, strategic account executive at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Friday, May 3. Major U.S. stock indexes advanced on better than expected employment data, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite up 0.8%, 1.0% and 1.6%, respectively—marking a new record high for the NASDAQ. The Labor Department reported that 263,000 new jobs were added in April, as unemployment dropped to a 50-year low. Meanwhile, despite decreasing sales and profits, Newell Brands’ stock surged 13% after beating earnings expectations. Newcomer vegan food producer Beyond Meat broke 2019’s IPO record, pushing the company’s valuation near $4 billion. Beyond Meat’s stock price closed the day at $67, up nearly 200% from its IPO price.

Tesla Gains 4% on Capital-Infusion Announcement

Brian Mackey, deputy director of research at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Thursday, May 2. Major U.S. stock indexes declined slightly for the second consecutive day. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 fell 0.5% and the NASDAQ Composite declined 0.2% due, in part, to trade-negotiation uncertainty. Although both the U.S. and China have expressed optimism for a final agreement, there are concerns it will address neither cybersecurity concerns nor Chinese industrial subsidies. Meanwhile, Tesla made headlines with its $2 billion capital infusion plan, $10 million of which will be funded by Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk. Tesla’s stock surged 4% on the news, with shareholders welcoming the announcement following Tesla’s first-quarter earnings miss.

 

Economy Adds 275,000 Private Sector Jobs in April

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Wednesday, May 1. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite each fell 0.6%, and the S&P 500 closed the day down 0.8%. Meanwhile, ADP’s National Employment Report figures easily exceeded expectations, with private payrolls adding 275,000 in April, far surpassing the 177,000 new jobs forecast and a continued reflection of economic growth. The Institute for Supply Management also reported that U.S. manufacturing activity slowed to 52.8 in April—its lowest read since October 2016. Despite recent declines, Jim emphasized that any figure over 50 indicates manufacturing industry expansion.

 

Trump Calls for Interest-Rate Reduction

Adviser Investments Senior Vice President Chris Keith has the market analysis for Tuesday, April 30. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 each ticked up 0.1%, while the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.8% as the tech-heavy index felt the impact of Alphabet’s nearly 8% after-hours declines. In other news, President Trump called for Federal Reserve action in the form of an interest-rate decrease and quantitative easing measures. Chris emphasized the ongoing strength of economic fundamentals—including strong earnings and low unemployment—and President Trump’s positive statements regarding first-quarter GDP rate of 3.2%. Meanwhile, Apple’s stock climbed 5% after-hours surge as the company’s first-quarter earnings beat expectations.

Alphabet Drops 8% on Revenue Miss

Adviser Investments Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Monday April 29. All major U.S. indexes advanced: The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw fractional gains; the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite rose 0.7% and 0.2%, respectively—once again nudging both the S&P and NASDAQ to record highs. Meanwhile, Google parent Alphabet reported disappointing earnings and fell 8% in after-hours trading. Alphabet’s first-quarter revenue grew at 17%, versus 28% reported in the first quarter of 2018.

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