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  • Federal Reserve Loses Patience

    Federal Reserve Loses Patience

    Dovish Federal Reserve sentiment and confirmation of an extended Trump-Xi meeting at the G-20 summit led U.S. equity markets higher on the week and sent the S&P 500 to new all-time highs.

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  • Trump Raises the Stakes

    Trump Raises the Stakes

    In a relatively quiet week, U.S. equity markets notched a second straight week of gains as investor optimism over the U.S./Mexico border agreement outweighed lingering trade concerns.

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  • U.S. and Mexico Reach Deal

    U.S. and Mexico Reach Deal

    U.S. equity mkts ended week in positive territory & global bond rally continued as dovish sentiment offered from U.S. & E.U. bank officials & U.S./Mexico trade devs dominated headlines & drove mkts.

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  • Trade Tensions Rise

    Trade Tensions Rise

    Intensifying trade concerns gripped markets last week capping an end to the worst month of the year for U.S. equity markets and sparking a global bond rally.

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  • May to June

    May to June

    Fears of a prolonged U.S./China trade war dominated market headlines last week and sent U.S. equities lower with the S&P 500 posting a drop for the third consecutive week.

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  • Trade Posturing

    Trade Posturing

    After the U.S. increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, China announced retaliatory tariffs ranging from 10% to 25% on $60 billion of U.S. goods beginning on June 1st.

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  • Trade Negotiations Intensify

    Trade Negotiations Intensify

    Escalation of U.S./China trade spat, saw the Trump administration increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25%, sending U.S. equities lower & dragging the S&P 500 down to its worst week.

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  • Fed Lowers Interest on Excess Reserves

    Fed Lowers Interest on Excess Reserves

    The FOMC held the target range steady at the conclusion of last week’s policy meeting but cut the interest rate paid on excess reserves five basis points.

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  • Read Beyond the Headlines

    Read Beyond the Headlines

    A strong first-quarter GDP reading and solid corporate earnings releases led U.S. equity markets higher last week with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reaching record highs.

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  • Equities Take a Rest

    Equities Take a Rest

    U.S. equities were little changed from a week prior, save for modest gains by the Dow Jones, amid mixed first-quarter corporate earnings and equally mixed global growth data.

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  • Brexit Deadline Averted

    Brexit Deadline Averted

    Despite intensifying global growth fears, U.S. equity markets marched higher last week, buoyed by a solid start to first-quarter earnings season and continued progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

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  • Progress in U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

    Progress in U.S.-China Trade Negotiations

    U.S. equity markets moved higher last week, as the three major U.S. indices reached 6-month highs on the back of solid domestic economic data and perceived progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations.

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  • Another Quarter in the Books

    Another Quarter in the Books

    Capping an end to one of the best quarters in recent memory, U.S. equity markets marched higher last week as investors reacted to U.S.-China trade negotiation developments

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  • Hello, How Low?

    Hello, How Low?

    Despite dovish sentiment from the Federal Reserve, U.S. equities moved lower last week as global growth fears intensified amid weak manufacturing data from Germany and the U.S.

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  • Market Insights - March 18, 2019

    Market Insights - March 18, 2019

    Despite mixed economic data and Brexit concerns, U.S. equity markets marched higher last week, rebounding from sharp declines the week prior.

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  • Market Insights - March 11, 2019

    Market Insights - March 11, 2019

    After several weeks of gains, U.S. equity markets moved broadly lower last week, primarily driven by global growth concerns, a weak jobs report and a policy reversal from the ECB.

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  • Market Insights - March 4, 2019

    Market Insights - March 4, 2019

    After a busy week on both the economic and geopolitical front, U.S. equity markets edged higher, including the S&P 500 index, which closed above the psychologically-significant 2,800 price level...

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  • Market Insights - February 25, 2019

    Market Insights - February 25, 2019

    Despite disappointing economic data and fears of a global slowdown, U.S. equity markets continued to march higher, extending the rally that has propelled markets upward since the turn of the year.

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  • Market Insights - February 19, 2019

    Market Insights - February 19, 2019

    U.S. equity markets moved broadly higher last week, largely buoyed by President Trump’s signing of the government spending bill, as well as U.S.-China trade negotiation optimism.

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  • Market Insights - February 11, 2019

    Market Insights - February 11, 2019

    Worries of an intensifying trade war between the U.S. and China, and fears of another U.S. government shutdown led U.S. equity markets lower last week, ending a month-long rally.

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