Markets turned out another solid performance last week as all three major indices reached new highs. With minimal economic data for investors to chew on, earnings drove most of the market action last week. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 set a new high while the Dow notched its first close above the 15,000 mark. Industrials, technology, and consumer discretionary stocks led the gains while utilities and consumer staples dropped. For the week, the S&P 500 added 1.19%, the Dow gained 0.97%, and the Nasdaq increased 1.72%. || Read more

Despite some disappointing economic data, markets moved higher again last week. Both the Dow and S&P 500 posted new highs on Thursday, boosted by an upbeat jobs report. While U.S. investors still seem to lack some conviction, money is pouring in from Asia and Europe, as foreign investors seek growth. For the week, the S&P 500 rose 2.29%, the Dow gained 2.06%, and the Nasdaq grew 2.84%.

Retail sales contracted in March for the second time in three months, and consumer confidence tumbled in April in a double-whammy that sent equities into a spiral early last week. Retail sales fell 0.4% in March, and a gauge of consumer sentiment fell in April to the lowest level since July 2012. These numbers are concerning because consumer spending is 70% of GDP and may signal that tax hikes and increases in gasoline prices have stolen some momentum from first-quarter GDP growth. || Read more

Markets pulled back last week as investors reacted to several disappointing economic reports and expressed concern that a spring swoon is around the corner. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.0%, the Dow trimmed 0.1%, and the Nasdaq fell 1.9%.

The big news last week was Friday’s job report, which showed a drop in the overall unemployment rate from 7.7% in February to 7.6% in March. However, much of the drop can be attributed to discouraged job seekers who stopped looking for work rather than organic job creation. || Read more

Equity markets experienced one of the best first quarters in years, with the Dow logging its strongest quarter since 1998. After flirting with record highs for more than a week, the S&P 500 finally broke through its 2007 ceiling to close at a new high of near 1,570. For the quarter, the S&P 500 gained 10.03%, the Dow increased 11.25%, and the Nasdaq closed up 8.21%.

 What are some of the factors that contributed to the strong market performance we’ve experienced? || Read more

Markets finally snapped their winning streak on concerns of Eurozone trouble with Cyprus. Despite the early sell-off, markets rose later in the week to erase most of the losses. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.24%, the Dow slid just 0.01%, and the Nasdaq trimmed 0.13%. || Read more

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