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Weekly Market Summary Political drama, corporate earnings and oil prices were the drivers of the U.S. stock market this week. Most of the attention was on Washington, D.C. and the Trump administration. After revelations that the President shared sensitive intelligence information...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices fell to a new 2017 low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” is at a new high for the year. Bullish...

Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks ended April higher, buoyed by strong corporate earnings. The week started off strongly in the wake of the results of the French presidential elections, which had the centrist candidate winning the first round. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P...

Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks posted healthy gains this week, boosted by a strong start to the U.S. earnings season. However, promises from President Trump for a “massive tax cut,” perhaps “bigger…than any tax cut ever” did not garner the same response it might have...

Weekly Market Summary Mixed economic data and geopolitics pushed and pulled the markets throughout the week. Weaker-than-expected car sales data kicked off a week that saw a strong report on private-sector hiring give way to a mixed March jobs report. In between was the release...

Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks limped across the finish line as the first quarter of 2017 ended. Growing uncertainty over whether the Trump administration will be able to implement the pro-business economic agenda it promised during the campaign sapped the momentum of the market....

Weekly Market Summary Politics took center stage this week in the hearts and minds of investors and traders as House Republicans tried, and failed, to pass a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After postponing the vote on Thursday, House Republicans...

Weekly Market Summary The biggest story-non-story of the week was the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it was raising its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points (0.25%) to the range of 0.75% to 1.0%. This was the third interest rate hike in a decade, but the second since...

Pessimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than year in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentages of individual investors describing their six-month outlooks as “bullish” or “neutral” fell. Bullish sentiment,...

Weekly Market Summary President Trump, the economy and the Federal Reserve played pivotal roles in the U.S. stock market this week. Stocks were basically flat to start the week in anticipation of Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. A slightly disappointing gross...