Markets End Week Up Despite Mid-Week Dip

The “Money Talks” hosts discuss factory orders, international trade and the ISM Services Index. The week began with the S&P ending just shy of a record close, only to fall back on Tuesday. The market continued to fall mid-week when Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen drew attention to elevated valuations in the equity market. Above-average stock valuations have for years been a concern for investors as the bull-market in equities enters its sixth year. The S&P 500 index now trades at 17.5 times the last 12 months of earnings; the 10-year average P/E ratio for the index is 15.8. The week ended on a strong note with stocks stepping up with the release of monthly employment numbers. Labor Department data showed an addition of 223,000 jobs in April.

Money Talks – May 2, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” your hosts, Troy Harmon, CFA, Daniel Rigby, CFA and Nick Antonucci, discuss consumer confidence, the minutes from April’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, and the stagnation of personal income and whether or not investors deem the markets as overvalued. The Research Analysts also discuss the ECB’s quantitative easing program and tackle listeners’ questions on alternative energy’s effect on traditional energy utility investment company DNP Select Income Fund, Twitter’s rapid drop in price during the week, technology companies Internap Corp., and MercadoLibre Inc.

Friday’s Rally Not Enough To Erase Week’s Loss

Your “Money Talks” hosts, Troy Harmon, CFA, Daniel Rigby, CFA and Nick Antonucci, discuss consumer confidence, the minutes from April’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, and the stagnation of personal income. On Monday and Tuesday, company earnings moved the markets, while Wednesday, the loss could be attributed to economic news including the FOMC minutes and the initial GDP estimate. On Thursday, technology stocks led the decline. By Friday, stocks stepped up on an increase in consumer confidence, and news that manufacturing activity held steady in April. 

Money Talks – April 25, 2015

This week on “Money Talks,” Dr. Gene is joined by Matt Hames, CTFA, Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA™ and Troy Harmon, CFA to discuss the week’s market movements and earnings releases. Our experts also explore a case study of a wife whose husband recently passed away. He handled all the financial responsibilities for the family, and now she needs to know where to start to stay on track with her own retirement plans. The hosts also answer listeners’ questions on taxes, Blue Nile and Western Union. 

Markets End Week with NASDAQ and S&P Record Highs

Hosts Gene Henssler, Ph.D., Matt Hames, CTFA, Charlie Holloway, CFP®, CDFA™ and Troy Harmon, CFA to discuss the week’s market movements and earnings releases. The week ended on a high note with both the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ closing at record highs. Overall the week kept an upward trajectory, except for Tuesday when Travelers Companies led the Dow decline in the wake of less-than-stellar quarterly earnings.