Monthly Archives: March 2014

On Average, April is the Third Best Performing Month for Equities

The S&P 500 Index closed out the last day of Q1:2014 with a gain of 14.72 points, or 0.72%; finishing higher on the Month by 0.69% and higher on the Quarter by 1.30%. Obviously, those month-end and quarter-end statistics were … Continue reading

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Notable Economic Releases: 3/31 – 4/4

Tuesday, April 1, 2014: 10:00 AM ET ISM Manufacturing Index (March) Thursday, April 3, 2014: 10:00 AM ET ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (March) Friday, April 4, 2014: 08:30 AM ET Employment Situation (March)

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The First Quarter is Coming to a Close

U.S. equity markets initially rallied to start the day, only to fade around midday. The S&P 500 closed higher by 8.57 points, or 0.46%, to end the week at 1857.61. Month-to-date, the index is lower by 0.1% and year-to-date, the … Continue reading

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A Comment on New Home Sales

The Census Bureau released their preliminary data for New Homes Sales today. February 2014 estimates came in at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 400k, compared with a revised 455k in January; a decline of 3.3% month-over-month and -1.1% year-over-year change. … Continue reading

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Notable Economic Releases for 3/24 – 3/28

Monday, March 24, 2014: PMI Manufacturing Index (Mar Prelim) (09:45 AM ET) Tuesday, March 25, 2014: S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index (Dec) (09:00 AM ET) New Home Sales (Feb) (10:00 AM ET) Consumer Confidence (Mar) (10:00 AM ET) Wednesday, March … Continue reading

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FOMC Release and Market Reaction

The Federal Open Market Committee released their decision to allow the Federal Funds Rate to float between 0% and 0.25% while they once again reduced the amount of monthly asset purchases under QE3 by $10 billion. This was to be … Continue reading

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A Declining Trend in Retail Sales

Equity markets declined today while Treasuries were bid. The S&P500 declined by 21.85 points, or -1.17%, to settle at 1846.35. The 10-year Treasury note currently yields 2.65%. Out this morning was the most important economic release of the week: Retail … Continue reading

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Equity Market Persistence

Equity markets sold off in early trading to the tune of -0.7% reaching a low of 1854 on the SPX. As the day progressed, that trade was completely unwound and the SPX went unchanged by midday. The SPX closed about … Continue reading

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