Money Talks – July 30, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Managing Associate K.C. Smith, CFP®, and Research Analyst Nick Antonucci join Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss market performance, consumer confidence, durable goods and jobless claims. They also discuss housing news with the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, New-Home sales and mortgage applications. For this week’s case study, K.C. discusses how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid’s new Prior-Prior Year rule can benefit students who are the beneficiaries of grandparent-owned 529 Plans. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on Silver Wheaton, obtaining Social Security Numbers for newborns, market outlook and Acuity Brands.

Market Roundup: Week of Mixed Results Ends with S&P Nearly Flat

Stocks closed Monday with mixed results on a slip in crude oil and anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting. Energy sector stocks led the way down. Tuesday, a handful of disappointing earnings brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average down. With nearly a third of the S&P 500 companies having reported quarterly results, earnings are on track to contract 4.5% in the second quarter from the prior year. Mixed moves continued mid-week with the Dow and S&P 500 shedding points while the NASDAQ landed in the green zone. U.S. stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady. On Thursday, the Dow shed some points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed with slight gains. Initial jobless claims ramped up last week as the Labor Department reported new claims increased by 14,000 to 266,000. Continuing claims climbed 7,000 to 2.139 million in the week ended July 16. In Friday’s mixed results, the Dow shed some points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ added gains. West Texas Intermediate crude oil tacked on 1.1% to settle at $41.60 a barrel. Also on Friday, University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey declined for July, shedding 3.5 points for a reading of 90, marking a three-month low. Additionally, the advanced reading for second quarter GDP disappointed, rising just 1.2% compared to consensus estimates of 2.6%. Overall, the S&P closed the week down 0.05% while the Dow lost 0.75% and the NASDAQ gained 1.23% for the week.

Market Roundup: Week of Mixed Results Ends with S&P Nearly Flat

Stocks closed Monday with mixed results on a slip in crude oil and anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting. Energy sector stocks led the way down. Tuesday, a handful of disappointing earnings brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average down. With nearly a third of the S&P 500 companies having reported quarterly results, earnings are on track to contract 4.5% in the second quarter from the prior year. Mixed moves continued mid-week with the Dow and S&P 500 shedding points while the NASDAQ landed in the green zone. U.S. stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady. On Thursday, the Dow shed some points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ closed with slight gains. Initial jobless claims ramped up last week as the Labor Department reported new claims increased by 14,000 to 266,000. Continuing claims climbed 7,000 to 2.139 million in the week ended July 16. In Friday’s mixed results, the Dow shed some points while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ added gains. West Texas Intermediate crude oil tacked on 1.1% to settle at $41.60 a barrel. Also on Friday, University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey declined for July, shedding 3.5 points for a reading of 90, marking a three-month low. Additionally, the advanced reading for second quarter GDP disappointed, rising just 1.2% compared to consensus estimates of 2.6%. Overall, the S&P closed the week down 0.05% while the Dow lost 0.75% and the NASDAQ gained 1.23% for the week.

Money Talks – July 23, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Bil Lako, CFP®, is back, joining Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, to discuss several economic reports that were released last Friday, including the Consumer Price Index, Industrial Production and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey. They also touch on the week’s housing news and interest rates. Bil and Jarrett delve into a case study on cost basis and how investors can best deal with highly appreciated assets. The experts also answer listeners’ questions on Papa John’s, portfolio efficiency and Barclays PLC.

Market Roundup: Positive Week on Strong Earnings

Indices kicked off the week closing at new record highs on Monday, thanks in part to strong performance in Technology and M&A action. The following day, indices closed the session with mixed moves. The Dow hit a new record level while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ shed some points. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 1.3 percent to settle at $44.65 a barrel. In other news, Commerce Department numbers showed housing starts ramped up in June with new construction ticking up 4.8% to an annual rate of 1.19 million units, versus expectations of 1.17 million units. The Dow closed at a record high level on Wednesday on better-than-expected quarterly figures from Technology companies. The rally ended on Thursday with the three major indices closing in the red zone. National Association of Realtors data showed existing home sales ticked up 1.1% to an annual rate of 5.57 million units in June, versus economist expectations of 5.47 million units. Results returned to green on Friday with the S&P 500 closing at a record high level, despite West Texas Intermediate crude oil shedding 3.8% to settle at $44.19 a barrel.