Markets Under Pressure

Another dizzying week of peaks and valleys, with the indices finishing lower…again. Every sector of the market was breached, even the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite could not escape finishing in the red. Its weekly loss was 2.8%, after whipsawing all week and finally gaining some of the ‘loss’ back late Thursday and into Friday. The index … Read more

Indices Float Lower

It was a soft week for all indices, with apprehention festering over tightening, Covid increases, and the war. Investors are clouded with decisions of what to buy and when to buy–many sectors are looking negative. The S&P 500 lost .57% to close at 4123.34. The tech focused Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.40% to finish at 12144.66, … Read more

Inflation & Sanctions Tighten

Russia’s war of destruction in Ukraine has disrupted and curtailed many ‘grain’ products from one of the world’s top grain-exporting regions, pushing up prices for wheat and corn. The loss in exports from the Black Sea region has pushed wheat prices up about 40% this year. Other big crop-producing countries, such as South America, are … Read more

Drifting Indices

Worries about slowing corporate earnings (so far most incoming earnings look good) and Federal Reserve’s plan to rapidly raise interest rates, dragged the Dow Jones Industrials to their worst day since 2020. Friday’s declines, which worsened throughout the day undid gains from earlier in the week, affecting all markets. The broad-based S&P 500, fell at … Read more

War… Inflation… Prosperity

Inflation, Growth Worries Drag Down Indices… Stocks fell, with major indices posting a weekly loss, on Thursday. The week was shorter, as the markets closed in observance of Good Friday. Investors are beginning to show more worries that soaring inflation is starting to affect businesses. The Dow Industrial fell 113 points or 0.3% to 34451. … Read more

The Resilient Economy

A Bullish Slant On The Markets… is unfolding. As Wall Street analysts continue to revise upward their forecasts for 2022 and 2023 corporate earnings, war broke out in Ukraine, and geopolitical risks escalated, sending the S&P 500 to a dramatic low on February 24. Meanwhile, inflation continued to confirm prices were rising at a troubling … Read more

The Fed Steps Up

U.S. stocks nudged higher Friday, steadied by a solid employment report that showed the country’s jobless rate returning to pre-pandemic levels. Given the booming labor market, the March employment data reported on Friday showed non-farm payrolls continuing to grow robustly, up 431,000 last month (March) after an upwardly revised 750,000 increase in February. March’s jobless … Read more

Russian Chokehold

The U.S. is ramping up shipments of liquified natural gas to Europe, as the continent mounts a worldwide hunt for ‘new’ supplies to finally phase out total reliance on Russian energy, after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The globe-spanning effort to wean Europe off Russian energy supplies was at the forefront of President Biden’s summit with … Read more

Shutting Down Russia

The Month Businesses Went To War… Businesses reacted as Putin invaded Ukraine. The invasion forced CEOs across the U.S. and Europe into a crisis mode. Massive bombing, and slaughtering of Ukraine citizens, unmercifully, prompted a giant response – never seen before, to the Russian economy. Two years after the pandemic tore into the global economy, … Read more

Quagmire In The Markets

The market had plenty of reasons to fret. Russia showed no sign of wanting to end its war on Ukraine and appeared ready to escalate attacks, not halt them. In response, the U.S. said it would remove “Most favored nation” trading status from the country and blocked Russian oil imports. Big U.S. corporations, including Goldman … Read more