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Coronavirus Fears Persist

February 24, 2020

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, February 21, 2020, prior to the market’s close. The coronavirus is almost certainly negatively impacting companies’ earnings this quarter, but global markets have been reasonably resilient, with the S&P 500 index, the Nasdaq Composite and two European indices, the Stoxx Europe 600 …

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Investors Resistant to Coronavirus Fears

February 18, 2020

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, February 14, 2020, prior to the market’s close. Despite a litany of risks, including COVID-19 (the newly minted official name for the coronavirus), U.S. stock markets continue to set records, and now Europe is joining in. On Wednesday, both the German stock …

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Growth Hopes Trump Contagion Fears

February 10, 2020

Please note: This update was prepared on Friday, February 7, 2020, prior to the market’s close. U.S. stock market indexes hit record highs yesterday as the Chinese government reduced tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports, job growth persisted and fourth-quarter earnings reports demonstrated modest growth. Thus far, 71% of …

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Coronavirus Infects Markets

February 3, 2020

The weight of uncertainty surrounding the spreading coronavirus in China and beyond has dampened traders’ optimism. The third impeachment trial in our nation’s history and the U.K. formally leaving the E.U. tonight have not helped sentiment either. After a bullish start to the new year, investors’ enthusiasm is fading. Unless …

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Investors Ward Off Coronavirus

January 27, 2020

With a week still to go, January has already delivered a year’s worth of worries, from Iran to the impeachment process, to Brexit and a new, deadly coronavirus outbreak in China. Despite the scary headlines, U.S. stocks have gained ground and are only fractionally below the all-time highs set at …

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Markets Rally On as Dow Crosses 29000

January 21, 2020

After more than a year’s worth of trade-war lunges, parries and ripostes, “phase one” of the U.S.-China trade agreement was signed this week. While it was overshadowed in the headlines by the House sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial, traders seemed to signal their approval of …

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No Time to Panic… Nor Get Complacent

January 14, 2020

Despite the U.S.-Iran conflict—or, more correctly, due to a belief in the de-escalation of it—the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 index and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index all closed at record highs yesterday. The somewhat surprising, but welcome, gains reflect traders who have remained remarkably calm despite the …

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Investors Fear Possibility of War

January 7, 2020

Stock markets began the new year (and decade) by setting records on positive China-related news, only to suffer a setback when the killing of a notorious Iranian general by the U.S. military escalated investor concerns around the globe. The U.S. airstrike Thursday evening sent oil prices surging and took some …

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A Year for the Record Books

January 2, 2020

As stocks rallied into the end of 2019, markets continued to set records. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed Thursday at its 21st all-time high for the year, while the S&P 500 index hit its 34th best for 2019. And the Nasdaq Composite has been on a tear, hitting its …

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