What Every Investor Should Know About Mutual Funds

In mutual fund investing there are no immutable laws to guide us, as we have in physics. But then again, it’s not professional wrestling either. Some of what follows distills the collective experience of mutual fund investing; some of it has empirical evidence pointing its way. But most are simply common sense axioms that investors…

 

CI Market Dashboard Holds Steady Over Flat Week

Weekly Market Summary The U.S. stock market was relatively flat over this holiday-shortened week as gains in financials and a slight rebound in tech stocks were offset by losses in energy stocks as the price of oil continued to decline. Bank stocks have been on the rise over the last couple of weeks since the…

 

Bears Advance in Market Dashboard as Health-Care & Tech Have Banner Week

Weekly Market Summary A strong week by health-care stocks boosted the major U.S. indexes even as energy continued its downward slide. Shares of pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms posted gains this week, following some encouraging data on drug development. Health-care companies joined the climb, including Thursday when Senate Republicans unveiled their plans to overhaul the…

 

Bulls Retreat During Mixed Week

Weekly Market Summary U.S. stocks struggled to find direction this week, with some of the major indexes moving in a tight range while still eking out new all-time highs. Meanwhile, technology suffered through its worst slump in several months and consumer staples companies were rocked at the end of the week by the surprising news…

 

Bulls Continue to Recover in Mixed Market

Weekly Market Summary Two major news events failed to generate much response from the U.S. market this week: the Congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and the Parliamentary election in the U.K. While Comey’s testimony didn’t paint the president in the most favorable light, there were no bombshell revelations that some were hoping…

 

Bulls Recover But Sentiment Divided in Latest CI Market Dashboard

Weekly Market Summary The holiday-shortened week started off rather muted but picked up steam as it progressed. U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday, as financials and energy stocks pulled the broad indexes lower. However, the range in which the indexes are moving continued to be quite narrow. Some analysts point…

 

Bullish Sentiment Reaches Historic Low for Market Dashboard

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 with Russian diplomats and rumors of an alleged memo written by former FBI director…

 

CI Market Cashboard: Neutral Sentiment in Command

Weekly Market Summary The U.S. investors and traders started the week encouraged by the victory of centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election and liberal candidate Moon Jae-in emerged victorious in South Korea’s presidential election. As it turned out, however, it appears that the results had already been priced into the market. Instead,…

 

Mixed Economic Data & Geopolitics Highlight Down Week for U.S. Stocks

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 of the Fed’s March meeting minutes that revealed the central…

 

Sentiment Spread Evenly Among Market Dashboard Indicators

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. However, volatility remained low. The CBOE Volatility Index, known as Wall…