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Weekly ViewPoint

Guggenheim Investments' Mike Schwager offers his weekly views on the market. Mr. Schwager, Chief Market Strategist for Guggenheim Investments, is responsible for analyzing trends in the economy and financial markets.


 


December 22, 2014

Santa Comes Early to Wall Street

The major market indices finished the week broadly higher as investors applauded the Fed’s statement that they will be "patient" in deciding when to hike rates. The surge in stock prices in the days that followed the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement underscores the importance of low/stable rates to investors.


December 08, 2014

New Highs on Strong Payroll Growth

The major market indices finished the week mostly higher with both the S&P 500 and Dow closing at new all time highs. The gains in the broader markets were driven by further signs the U.S. economy is gathering momentum as well as increased speculation the European Central Bank (ECB) will embark on a full scale quantitative easing program early next year.


November 24, 2014

The Rally Continues

The major market indices finished the week higher with both the Dow and S&P closing at new all time highs. The gains marked the fifth consecutive week the broader indices closed higher. Money tends to be selfish as it almost always flows to the best return opportunities.


November 10, 2014

S&P Makes it Three in a Row: the Broader Market Applauds Earnings, Elections & Employment

The major market indices finished the week higher with both the Dow and S&P closing at new all time highs. Strong third quarter results, the ongoing recovery in the labor markets, the outcome of midterm elections and a solid report on the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector all contributed to the gains.


November 03, 2014

Markets Hit New High despite End of QE

The major market indices finished higher for a second straight week with the S&P 500 and Dow closing the week at new all-time highs. The rally reflected building confidence that the U.S. economy is gaining momentum and will be able to weather the ending of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) quantitative easing (QE) program.


October 27, 2014

Bargain Hunters Step into the Fold

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) gained 2.59%, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM (Wilshire 5000SM) added 4.06%, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index® (S&P 500) finished up 4.12% and the NADAQ Composite Index (NASDAQ) tacked on 5.29%. Sector breadth was positive with all 10 of the S&P sector groups finishing higher. The Healthcare sector (+6.57%) led the way followed by Technology (+4.68%) and Industrials (+4.28%).


October 13, 2014

Third Straight Weekly Decline, but Weakness Looking Overdone 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) fell 2.74%, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM (Wilshire 5000SM) lost 3.36%, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (S&P 500) finished off 3.14% and the NASDAQ Composite Index (NASDAQ) shed 4.45%. Sector breadth was negative with 8 of the 10 S&P sector groups finishing lower. The Energy sector (-5.03%) led the way lower followed by Industrials (-4.69%) and Materials.


September 29, 2014

A Fusion of Factors Weigh on the Markets

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) fell 0.96%, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM (Wilshire 5000SM) lost 1.54%, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (S&P 500) finished off 1.37% and the NASDAQ Composite Index (NASDAQ) shed 1.48%. Sector breadth was negative with all 10 of the S&P sector groups finishing lower. The Industrials (-2.05%) led the way lower followed by Energy (-1.88%) and Utilities (-1.80%).


September 22, 2014

Scots and Dots

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) added 1.72%, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM (Wilshire 5000SM) gained 0.93%, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (S&P 500) finished up 1.25% and the NASDAQ Composite Index (NASDAQ) tacked on 0.27%.


September 08, 2014

Market Looking Tired but Big Picture Remains Intact

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) added 0.23%, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM (Wilshire 5000SM) gained 0.17%, the Standard & Poor’s 500® Index (S&P 500) finished up 0.22% and the NASDAQ Composite Index (NASDAQ) tacked on 0.06%.

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