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This week the second-quarter earnings season kicked off for the stocks in the SSR tracking portfolio. This marks the period when companies report their earnings for operations that fell primarily within the second calendar quarter of the year, although not all companies are reporting...

This week S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) reported preliminary data indicating that S&P 500 stock buybacks (shares repurchases) fell 17.5% in the first quarter of 2017 to $133.1 billion from $161.4 billion in the first quarter of 2016. For the 12-month period ending...

To the surprise of almost no one, the Federal Reserve announced this week that it would raise short-term interest rates and offered greater details of its plans to shrink its $4.5 trillion portfolio of bonds and other assets, which it expects to start later this year. The Fed said...

At the start of the week, market watchers were anxiously anticipating two seemingly major events: the Congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and the Parliamentary election in the U.K. At least in the near term, both events turned out to be more flash than substance. In...

A week after writing about the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, hitting a 23-year low, U.S. stocks turned in their worst day in 10 months this week as the VIX surged to its highest level in over a month. Most of the apprehension stemmed from Washington, D.C., as the Trump administration...

A lot was written and talked about the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, this week. On Monday, it closed at 9.77, its lowest level since December 1993. This followed Friday’s close by both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite indexes at new all-time highs. In addition, this was...

There is one portfolio deletion and one portfolio addition for the SSR tracking portfolio in May. For more information on this month’s portfolio changes, read the May SSR Monthly Report. April Market Recap Geopolitics dominated the financial headlines in April. Rising tensions...

This week, Rocky White of Schaeffer’s Investment Research wrote an article discussing the divergence in bullish sentiment among investment newsletter writers and retail investors. Specifically, he looked at AAII’s Investor Sentiment Survey and the weekly Investors Intelligence...

Car sales fell unexpectedly in March, boosting fears about bloated inventories and pricing pressure in an industry that many see as a key driver of the U.S. economy. This also reignited concerns about a subprime auto-loan bubble. Automotive industry analysts were expecting automakers...

We have posted our monthly changes to the SSR tracking portfolio. For more information on this month’s deletion and addition, read the April SSR Monthly Report. March Market Recap With the fourth-quarter earnings season all but finished, and with the consensus that the Fed won’t...