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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/28/2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28 – It’s another short trading week this week ahead of the New Year holiday. The markets are open to handle any news that needs to be traded, but there’s very little economic data expected to be released; either here or overseas. As such, many traders have simply extended their holiday,... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/24/2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December 24 – It is the day before Christmas and all is quiet in the markets. Many traders have already squared their positions and packed the family up for the trip to grandma’s house. Trade volume is thin and market activity is quiet. The risk though in the markets is that something noteworthy... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/23/2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23 – Consumer spending rose in November by the most in three months, rising 0.3% from October to an annualized $12.43 trillion. The data, which was inadvertently released early, matched Wall Street expectations, but nonetheless provided encouragement on the health of our consumer-driven... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/22/2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22 – The Department of Commerce reports that third quarter GDP slipped to 2.0% in this morning’s final revision for the quarter, versus the previous estimate of 2.1%. The latest estimate of third quarter gross domestic product – the way we measure economic activity – matched Wall Street... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/21/2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21 – The dollar surged higher last week on the Fed’s lift-off of monetary tightening, initiated by a 25-basis point rise in its key interest rate. The greenback pulled back late-week after completing a 62% retracement of the early December collapse created when the European Central Bank... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/18/2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18 – Today marks the end of the final full trading week of 2015. Trade is expected to thin dramatically over the next couple of weeks, which can lead to either very quiet markets in a slow news period or considerable volatility if market-moving news emerges. It’s also a time of position... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/17/2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17 – The Fed effectively managed market expectations Wednesday, while initiating its first rate liftoff since 2004. Market reaction was far better than for its counter-parts in Europe earlier in the month when the European Central Bank merely expanded its asset purchasing program rather... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Comments, 12/16/2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 16 – It’s Fed Day in the markets. All the world watches as the Fed puts the final touches on its highly-anticipated monetary policy statement due to be released at 2 p.m. EST today, with a press conference by Chair Janet Yellen 30 minutes later. The markets continue to anticipate a... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/14/2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14 – U.S. stock futures are pointing lower this morning, with crude oil lower and the dollar stronger. Crude oil prices slipped to a new low this morning, with West Texas Intermediate dropping as low as $34.53 per barrel, its lowest level since early 2009. Weakness comes from reports that... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 12/11/2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11 – Crude oil resumed its downward trend overnight, with West Texas Intermediate falling to $36.12 per barrel before coming off its lows. That represented nearly a 10% decline in just the past week, while the lowest since February 2009 as the world frets about increased OPEC production... Learn More →


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