June 19, 2017: Markets opened higher Monday as tech and healthcare stocks carry the day. Th energy, telecom, and utilities lagged on Monday. No significant economic news was released today nor is any expected until Wednesday’s reports on existing homes and crude oil inventories. WTI crude oil for July delivery settled at $44.20 a barrel, down 1.2% for the day. August gold dropped....More>>>
Small-cap stocks have been a reliable way for investors to outperform the S&P 500 for a long time.
In the last 17 years the iShares Core S&P Small Cap (NYSEARCA:IJR) has gained 335%. That’s more than a 300% premium to the 74% return of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) over the same period.
This huge discrepancy is shown below.
However, over the....More>>>
U.S. equities remain rangebound on Tuesday, continuing a slow recovery from last week’s politically motivated volatility. Volume is light and trading ranges are tight. But there are encouraging signs if you know where to look.
Financial stocks in particular are looking ready for a run higher. These were among the hardest hit last week —....More>>>
U.S. equities moved lower in relatively quiet trading on Wednesday as bank and energy stocks weakened. Bank stocks were hit by worries over trading revenues and the net interest margin pressure for a flattening yield curve. Energy names were pushed lower as crude oil weakened on reports of weakening compliance by OPEC nations in their recently extended output freeze agreement.
May 23, 2017: Markets opened higher again Tuesday but have not moved much higher as the session went on. The blue chips performed best with particular strength in financials. Tech stocks and consumer discretionaries are on track for a down finish. WTI crude oil for July delivery settled at $51.47 a barrel, up 0.7%. June gold dipped 0.5% for the day to settle at $1,255.60. Equities were....More>>>