Positive divergences are forming! Time to get back into the market?!

August 24th 2019

Market Review

Mainly due to a strong sell-off on Friday, U.S. stocks finished the week in negative territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.0 percent over the week to 25,628.90. The losses brought the Dow’s decline for August to more than 4 percent. The S&P 500 declined 1.4 percent for the week to finish at 2,847.11. The Nasdaq slipped 1.8 percent for the week to end at 7,751.77. Nearly all key S&P sectors finished in the red for the week, dragged by materials. Utilities were the only gainers. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, a measure of investor uncertainty, traded near 19.9.

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Successful retest of previous low in place!

August 18th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks ended a wild week with losses. For the week the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1.5 percent to 25,886.01. The S&P 500 lost 1.0 percent over the week to end at 2,888.68. The Nasdaq declined 0.8 percent from the week ago close to finish at 7,895.99. All three benchmarks posted their third straight weekly losses. Most key S&P sectors ended in negative territory for the week, led by energy. Utilities and consumer staples were the only gainers. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 18.5.

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The S&P 500 recorded its biggest one-day sell-off of the year!

August 11th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks had a wild week, with the major indexes recording their biggest one-day sell-off of the year on Monday. The indexes recovered some of those losses on Tuesday and finally finished the week with quite manageable declines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.8 percent over the week to 26,287.44. The S&P 500 booked a weekly loss of 0.5 percent to finish at 2,918.65. The Nasdaq shed 0.6 percent for the week to end at 7,959.14. Of the S&P sectors, utilities led advancers, while energy led decliners. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 18.

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The S&P 500 had its worst week of the year!

August 4th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks finished the week in negative territory with the main benchmarks posting the steepest weekly losses this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.6 percent over the week to 26,485.01. The S&P 500 recorded a weekly loss of 3.9 percent to finish at 2,932.05. The Nasdaq slumped 3.9 percent for the week to end at 8,004.07. The weekly declines for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were the largest 2019, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its second-worst week of the year. Nearly all key S&P sectors ended in negative territory for the week, led by energy. The utilities sector was the only gainer. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, jumped to 17.6.

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Small improvements visible but tape condition is still lagging behind!

July 28th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks climbed last week, lifting the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record closes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a small weekly gain of 0.1 percent to finish at 27,192.45. The S&P 500 gained 1.7 percent in the past five days to finish at 3,025.86, posting a record high. The Nasdaq gained 2.3 percent for the week to end at an all-time high of 8,330.21. Nearly all key S&P sectors ended in positive territory for the week, led by financials. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, closed at 12.16.

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Time to take profits!

July 21st 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks closed the week slightly lower. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 0.6 percent to 27,154.20. The S&P 500finished at 2,976.61 and posted a weekly drop of 1.0 percent. The Nasdaq declined 1.0 percent from the week-ago close to 8,146.49. Most key S&P sectors finished lower, led by energy. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 14.5.

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The S&P 500 closed above 3,000 for the first time!

July 14th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks posted solid gains for the week with the major indexes passing multiple milestones and reaching new record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.5 percent over the week to end at 27,332.03. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 27,000 for the first time on Thursday. The S&P 500 recorded a weekly 0.8 percent gain to close at 3,013.77. This week, the broad index notched its first close above 3.000. The Nasdaq advanced 1.0 percent from last Friday’s close to finish at 8,244.14. Among the key S&P sectors, energy was the greatest gainer for the week, while health care led decliners. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, dropped to 12.4.

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The market is moving right in line with our outlook!

July 7th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks finished the week in positive territory, with all three benchmarks reaching all-time highs during the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.2 percent for the week to end at 26,922.12. The S&P 500 advanced 1.7 percent from last Friday’s close to finish at 2,990.41. The Nasdaq climbed 1.9 percent over the week to 8,161.79. All three equity gauges finished at all-time highs on Wednesday. Most key S&P sectors ended in positive territory for the week, led by technology. The energy sector was the only decliner. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 13.3.

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Consolidation mode close to end!

June 30th 2019

Market Review

U.S. stocks finished the week nearly unchanged. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4 percent to close at 26,599.96. The 30-stock index rallied more than 7 percent this month and 14 percent for the first half. The S&P 500 recorded a weekly decline of 0.3 percent to end at 2,941.74. For the month, the S&P 500 jumped 6.9 percent, its best June performance since 1955. The broad index is also up more than 17 percent this year. The Nasdaq also lost 0.3 percent for the week to end at 8,006.24 but rallied 7.4 percent this month. Among the key S&P sectors, materials was the best weekly performer, while utilities dragged. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded higher, near 15.1.

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The S&P 500 and the WSC All Weather Portfolio reached a new all-time high!

June 23rd 2019

Market Review

After a short-lived consolidation period on Monday, U.S. stocks finished the week with solid gains. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.4 percent to close at 26,719.13. The S&P 500 advanced 2.2 percent over the week to 2,950.46. Both, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 reached an all-time high during the week. The Nasdaq rose 3.0 percent over the past five days to 8,031.71. All three main benchmarks are also up for a third week in a row. All key S&P sectors ended in positive territory for the week, led by energy. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 15.4.

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