Market Commentary

The Driving Forces of Market Volatility

April 15th, 2018
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Regular readers of this column know that on several occasions over the last year, I cautioned investors that volatility was likely to rear its ugly head at some point. In my view, it was never a matter of “if” – just a matter of when. The experience in 2017 of very low volatility and robust […]

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Uphill Battle for Stocks?

Technology stocks are under mounting pressure, and the S&P 500 remains in correction mode. The threat of a trade war is growing. Investors are understandably getting more skittish by the day. Those are the headlines of the day in the financial world, and they are a source of worry for many. But I don’t actually […]

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Don’t Miss These Investment Lessons from Q1 2018

The first quarter served as a wake-up call for investors and investment professionals in a few ways. We were reminded what real volatility felt like. We learned the Trump administration (or at least Trump himself) is serious about tariffs and trade. We were pleasantly surprised by how much S&P 500 corporations raised earnings estimates for […]

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Bull Market’s 9th Birthday, but is it Too Soon to Celebrate?

On March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 hit its low point for the treacherous bear market of 2008, which was spurred by the global financial crisis. The index bottomed out at 676.53.1 Today, the S&P 500 trades at over 2,500, with total gains off-the-bottom approaching +250%. As I write this column, however, I cannot actually […]

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The Next Bear Market Will Come Without Warning

March 9th marked the nine-year anniversary of this bull market, which now stands as the second longest bull market in history (the 1990 – 2000 bull market is the longest) according to Strategas Research. Using history as a guide, we know that bull markets do not last forever. Stocks are likely destined to decline materially when […]

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The 3 Most Important Stock Market Indicators

A more appropriate title for this week’s column might be, “The 3 Most Important Stock Market Indicators That Few People Talk About.” If you are a regular reader of my column or are a Zacks Investment Management client, you know that corporate earnings are the single most influential indicator we use to make investment decisions. […]

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KISS Investment Approach

With the S&P 500 regaining some lost ground from the early February correction, media attention seems to be finally shifting – albeit slowly – back to positive news, specifically earnings season. As our regular readers know, Zacks Investment Management never left the earnings discussion. We have maintained unwavering focus on earnings even at the height […]

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The Power Behind the US Economy and Stock Market

Much of the market commentary focus these days has been on volatility, with prognosticators sizing up the likelihood of more selling in the weeks and months ahead. Broader media attention has squared relentlessly on Russia. With all the noise, hopefully readers have found some respite in the Winter Olympics. In hopes of breaking from the […]

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Is Volatility Truly Gone from the Market?

The wild stock market gyrations of early February have given way and seemingly left market participants with an overall feeling of renewed price stability. We believe that at least for now, investors can think clearly again. With the markets experiencing a relative calm (again, for now), I’d like to offer up this suggestion to readers […]

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Relax, the Stock Market Correction is Normal

Global equities markets took many market participants for a spin over the last couple of weeks. The sharp declines took many by surprise, especially considering that the S&P 500 had just completed its longest stretch in history without a drawdown of at least -5%. Indeed, from February 2016 through the end of last year, the […]

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