Economic & Market Report: Overheating

The U.S. stock market much like most of the country this summer remains blazing hot. The S&P 500 has already notched a +18% year to date return, and every single trading day so far in July has brought with it a new all-time high for the benchmark index. How much longer should we expect these blistering stock returns to continue through the rest of the summer?

Economic & Market Report: 2024 Second Half Outlook

The first half of 2024 is just about officially in the books. It has been a rousing start to the year so far for the U.S. stock market. Following such strong performance in the first six months of the year, what can investors reasonably expect through the rest of 2024? The good news is that investors have a variety of reasons to remain constructive and optimistic. The outlook is not without risks, however.

Economic & Market Report: One

The U.S. stock market is off to a roaring start in 2024. We are not even half way through the year yet, and the S&P 500 Index is higher by more than +15%. Sounds fantastic, right? It is definitely great news on a headline basis, but unfortunately all is not necessarily well with the broader stock market. A closer look underneath the surface reveals that the market is not nearly as healthy as the headline return might imply.

Economic & Market Report: Mr. Brightside

That was fast.  It was just one week ago that this Chief Market Strategist was putting pen to paper to raise early warning signals about potential signs of economic slowing amid an environment where inflationary pressures were bubbling underneath the surface.

Economic & Market Report: Economic Soft Serve

So much feels great about capital markets as summertime temperatures heat up. But the U.S. economy is offering up a soft and cool economic twist with the start of the beach season. As fireworks like NVIDIA continue its march past $3 trillion toward becoming the largest company in the world by market cap and GameStop is suddenly back to posting daily stock price doubles, it’s important to also keep an eye on the daily economic waves rolling in throughout the summer.

Economic & Market Report: Why Meme Stocks Matter

It seems like a frivolous stock market novelty. Companies like GameStop and AMC Entertainment with their relatively small market caps and even more meager sales in the context of the overall marketplace suddenly found themselves returning to the financial news spotlight.

Economic & Market Report: Cool Runnings

It has been a primary downside risk for financial markets for more than a year now. But after repeatedly coming in hotter than expected in many reports so far in 2024, the latest reading on inflation surprised the markets by coming in cooler than expected on Wednesday.

Economic & Market Report: Breakout

The U.S. stock market got off to a bumpy start in 2024 Q2. No sooner did the calendar flip to April and the S&P 500 descended into a pullback. Over the course of the first fifteen trading days of the new quarter, the S&P 500 retreated by nearly -6%. Knowing that stock market corrections within a broader uptrend last anywhere …