Market Roundup: Markets End Holiday-Shortened Week in the Green

The markets opened the week finishing to the down side on Tuesday after the Independence Day holiday on Monday. Energy stocks sold off amid retreating crude oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude oil shed 4.9% to settle at $46.60 a barrel. In economic news, U.S. factory orders decreased by one percent in May, versus economist expectations of a 0.8 percent drop. The markets rebounded from early low levels on Wednesday to close in the green zone. Stocks gained on the release of minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting as well as a variety of other economic news. Services industry activity increased in June. The ISM Services Index hit 56.5, up from 52.9 in May. The results exceeded expectations of a reading of 53.3. Additionally, the trade gap ticked up in May as the U.S. trade deficit rose to $41.1 billion from $37.4 billion in April. Indices were mixed on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 indices rebounded from session lows to land slightly in the red while the NASDAQ stepped up. West Texas Intermediate crude oil shed 4.9% settling at $45.09 a barrel. Department figures showed initial jobless claims fell by 16,000 to 254,000 last week. The markets ramped up on Friday with stocks gaining on favorable employment data for June. Labor Department figures showed an addition of 287,000 jobs versus expectations of 175,000. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.9% from 4.7% in May as a result of more people entering the work force. The markets are looking ahead to next week when earnings season kicks off on Monday.

Money Talks – June 25, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Senior Managing Associate and Principal, Jennifer Thomas, CFP®, joins hosts Matt Hames, CTFA, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss the week’s market moves ahead of the Brexit vote. They touch on housing news, including housing starts, existing and new home sales, and mortgage applications. The hosts explore the advice on simplifying one’s finances in retirement by reducing the number of accounts and aiming for simpler portfolio design. As usual, they also answer listeners’ questions, including three Vanguard funds, Bunge Ltd. vs. Archer Daniels Midland, their opinions on online retirement calculators and LyondellBassell Industries.

Market Roundup: Investor Reactions to Brexit Vote Wiped out Week’s Market Gains

Indices closed in green territory on Monday, even though several stocks finished off peak levels as momentum faded in the late afternoon. West Texas Intermediate crude oil tacked on 2.5% to settle at $49.19 a barrel. Stocks continued to trade into the green zone on Tuesday with Technology stocks leading the way. The positive moves came in anticipation of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s semiannual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington. Midweek, investors proceeded with caution ahead of the Brexit referendum vote, when U.K. citizens would vote on whether to leave the European Union. Existing home sales ticked up in May with sales increasing by 1.8% from April’s revised level and also up by 4.5% from May 2015. On another note, crude oil took a breather amid a smaller-than-expected decrease in inventories. Energy Information Administration data showed reserves dipped by 900,000 barrels over the past week versus an expected decline of 1.7 million barrels. West Texas Intermediate crude oil shed 1.4% today to settle at $49.13 a barrel. The markets closed on a positive note on Thursday with Financial and Energy companies leading the way ahead of the final count of the Brexit referendum vote in the U.K. Labor Department data showed initial jobless claims decreased last week, dipping by 18,000 to 259,000, versus expectations of 270,000. Additionally, new home sales declined in May as Commerce Department figures showed sales fell by 6% to a 551,000 annualized rate versus 586,000 in April. On Friday, stocks sold off on news of the Brexit voting results. The pro-exit vote weighed on the U.S. financial markets and oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude oil shed 4.9% to settle at $47.64 a barrel. Consumer confidence dipped in June, with a final measure of 93.5, down 0.8 point from the preliminary reading, and 1.2 points off of May’s result.

Money Talks – June 18, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Managing Associate D.J. Barker, CWS®, joins Matt Hames, CTFA, and Nick Antonucci to discuss the market’s reaction to the week’s economic news, including the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to keep its benchmark lending rate steady and the readings from May’s Producer Price and Consumer Price indices. The experts also delve into a case study about spending in retirement versus leaving all of your wealth to your children. The hosts also address listeners’ questions on high-end retailers Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren in addition to questions about Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, paying off debt versus investing a windfall and comparing mutual funds.

Market Roundup: Markets Suffer Down Week on Declining Oil Prices and FOMC Meeting

The markets began the week in the red zone as investors likely proceeded with caution ahead of Tuesday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Crude oil slipped for the third straight session, with West Texas Intermediate crude dipping 0.4%, settling at $48.88 a barrel. The slip continued the next day with Financial stocks leading declines for the S&P 500 Index. Stocks retreated on a downswing in crude oil, which settled at $48.49 a barrel. Meanwhile, Commerce Department data showed retail sales climbed by a stronger-than-expected 0.5 percent in May. Discounting sales of autos and gasoline, sales increased by 0.3 percent. Stocks traded lower on Wednesday in the wake of comments from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Interest rates will remain unchanged for the time being, but there may be as many as two rate increases by the end of the year. In economic news, the Producer Price Index edged up by 0.4% in May, versus consensus expectations of a 0.3% climb. The core measure jumped by 0.3%. Stocks recovered a little on Thursday in late-day trading, despite West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipping 3.8% settling at $46.21 a barrel. The Consumer Price Index rose by 0.2% in May, versus a 0.4% gain in April. The core measure, which discounts food and energy, edged up by 0.2%. Additionally, Labor Department figures showed new claims ramped up by 13,000 to 277,000. Indices closed in red territory on Friday, with Technology and Healthcare stocks leading the downswing; however, West Texas Intermediate crude increased 3.8% to settle at $47.98 a barrel.