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CVS Drops 2% on Centene Acquisition News

Todd Peters, senior vice president at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Wednesday, March 27. After initial advances, all major U.S. stock market indexes closed the day down: The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ dropped 0.1%, 0.5% and 0.6% , respectively. Meanwhile, health insurer Centene made headlines with its announced $15 billion purchase of rival WellCare Health Plans, and CVS’ stock fell 1.8% in response to the acquisition news. In addition, 10-year Treasury bond yields dipped to the lowest level since December 2017 .

Housing Starts Down Nearly 9%

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Tuesday, March 26. All major U.S. market indexes advanced, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ up 0.6%, 0.8% and 0.7% , respectively. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department announced that housing starts fell 8.7% in February, weaker than expected after single-family home construction dipped to a 21-month low .

Inverted Yield Curve Not Necessarily Recession Indicator

Jim Lowell, chief investment officer at Adviser Investments, joined CNBC to discuss last Friday’s brief inversion of the yield spread between 3-month and 10-year Treasury bonds. Jim noted although markets responded with across-the-board losses for all major U.S. indexes on Monday, the inverted yield curve is not necessarily predictive of a recession. He also addressed a host of variables that include Brexit, trade discussions with China, interest-rate action and Mueller investigation fallout.

 

British Parliament Votes for Brexit Amendment

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Monday, March 25. Major U.S. market indexes closed with minimal movement: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ both fell 0.1%. Overseas, British Parliament voted in favor of an amendment to the Brexit plan, under which lawmakers now have the authority to vote on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal. Despite this ongoing Brexit uncertainly, European and Asian markets showed minimal movement as global investors continue to look to the strength of the U.S. consumer and our slow-growth, not no-growth economy.

Major U.S. Market Indexes Down on Global Growth Worries

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Friday, March 22. All major U.S. market indexes declined on renewed concerns about a global growth slowdown and potential recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ fell 1.8%, 1.9% and 2.5%, respectively. Investors reacted to the release of weak manufacturing data in Europe’s Purchasing Managers Index as well as the yield spread between 3-month and 10-year Treasury bonds briefly inverting early Friday.

E.U. Approves Brexit Extension

Adviser Investments’ Chief Investment Officer Jim Lowell has the market analysis for Thursday, March 21. All major U.S. market indexes advanced: The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ gained 0.8%, 1.1% and 1.4%, respectively. Today’s market rebound reflects investor optimism after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s news conference. Overseas, the European Union approved Prime Minister Theresa May’s request to extend the Brexit deadline through May 22. The extension is conditional upon a House of Commons vote in favor of existing Brexit terms, and British Parliament previously rejected the plan on two separate occasions.

General Mills Gains 4% as Earnings Climb

Assistant Director of Client Service Megan Higgins has the market analysis for Wednesday, March 20. Major U.S. stock indexes closed with mixed results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 declined 0.5% and 0.3%, respectively, while the NASDAQ rose 0.1% as investors reacted to ongoing trade-related uncertainty between the U.S. and China and the Federal Reserve’s wait-and-see decision on interest rates. General Mills’ stock rose more than 4% after the company beat quarterly profit expectations. Although sales volume declined in the most recent quarter, General Mills posted an 8% earnings increase in 2018 and raised its guidance for the fiscal year.

FedEx Stock Drops 6% on Earnings Miss

Ryan Christensen, account executive at Adviser Investments, has the market analysis for Tuesday, March 19. Despite starting the day with strong gains, major U.S. stock indexes closed with minimal movement and mixed results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 saw respective 0.1% and fractional declines while the NASDAQ rose 0.1% . Meanwhile, FedEx fell 6%  after missing both earnings and revenue expectations and cutting guidance for the second consecutive quarter. The company cited weakening global macroeconomic and trade trends.

Lyft Prepares IPO

Josh Jones, vice president at Adviser Investments, has the market news for Monday, March 18. All major market indexes advanced, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.3% and both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ gaining 0.4%. Boeing’s stock fell another 1.9% as the 737 MAX 8 aircraft investigation continues. Meanwhile, Lyft is preparing its initial public offering, with anticipated valuation between $21 and $23 billion and a stock price range of $62 to $68 per share.

 

Economic Data Reflects Consumer Confidence

Jim Lowell, chief investment officer at Adviser Investments, joined CNBC to discuss the U.S. economy and recent stock market gains, which remain strong despite manufacturing sector concerns that have cropped up. More specifically, Jim emphasized that fundamental data—including well-employed consumers and encouraging news from the Federal Reserve—continues to indicate a slow-growth, not no-growth economy.

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