Here's what happened in the stock/bond markets last week (9/14-9/18)

Stock Market Analysis

The stock market continued its zig-zag pattern. For the past 10 weeks the stock market has alternated between a week of advances followed by a week of declines. This week was no different as the S&P 500 fell 0.1%. Hidden within this has been the better performance of small stocks such as those in the Russell 2000. The Russell actually gained 0.5% and has become the leader over the last month. Among the major sectors Utilities, with their defensive nature, enjoyed solid returns while Basic Material and Financial issues led the decline.

Stock & Bond Market Update (9/7-9/11)

Stock Market Analysis

Better... Stocks may be down over 6% on the Dow year-to-date, however on a total return basis they rose 2.13% last week. Tech, health care and consumer stocks led the way as gaining stocks outstripped losers; in spite of this, five stocks set new lows for each new high. But the longer threat from industrial recession was apparent in the continued reduction in many commodity prices, especially energy. Gold and silver have also had large declines.

Recent Market Commentary by James Investment Research (8/31 -9/4)

Stock Market Analysis

It was a difficult week for stocks with the large-cap S&P 500 Index declining 3.4% while smaller issues, like those of the Russell 2000, falling 2.4%. No major sector was spared as all of them fell by 2% or more. Unsurprisingly, almost three stocks declined on the week for every two that advanced.

What happened in the stock/bond markets last week (8/17-8/21)?

Stock Market Analysis

Last week the Dow was down a surprising 5.8% with its worst weekly loss this year. The S&P 500 stock index lost a similar amount but small cap stocks lost a little less. Selling grew as the week went on and Friday's 531 point loss on heavy volume was a headline shocker.

Stock & Bond Market Analyses (8/3 - 8/7)

Stock Market Analysis

Once again it appears our market was taking cues from Greece. Their market opened again to a torrent of selling, losing over 15% for the week. This seemed to spill over to the Dow, which fell 1.65% and to smaller stocks, with the Russell 2000 losing 2.54%. About twice as many stocks fell as rose and three times as many set new lows as new highs. Negative news from Disney led media stocks lower while oil stocks continued to follow the price of oil lower. Utility stocks were the only sector to advance, showing the negative sentiment ruling the market.

Stock & Bond Market Update (7/27-7/31)

Stock Market Analysis

In contrast to the gloomy headlines, most stocks rose last week, and NASDAQ and transportation stocks were especially strong. The Dow advanced 0.69% and smaller cap stocks, as represented by the Russell 2000, rose 1.05%.

Market Commentary by: James Investment Research (7/13 - 7/17)

Stock Market Analysis

A relief rally seemed to take place last week as the issues in Greece and China briefly subsided. Large stocks were up about 1.5% and small stocks advanced about 1.0%. Advancing stocks outpaced decliners by almost a 3-to-2 margin. Technology and Finance issues carried the week while commodity based sectors like Energy and Basic Materials declined.

Here's what happened in the stock/bond markets last week (7/6-7/10)

Stock Market Analysis

What a wild ride the markets experienced this week. International intrigue, especially in Greece and China, created breath-taking declines and dizzying gains in U.S. stocks; sometimes in the same day. Despite the volatility, for the week the S&P 500 ended essentially unchanged. Smaller stocks, like the Russell 2000 did slightly better and advanced 0.3%.

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