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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.


 


March 14, 2016

March Madness - the Rebound Continues

The major market indices finished the week higher with the S&P 500 gaining for the fourth consecutive week. After falling by over 10 percent through the closer on February 11th, the S&P has rallied sharply and is now down by less than 1 percent on a total return (including dividends) basis.


February 29, 2016

Is the Bull Starting to Regain its Legs?

The major market indices finished the week solidly higher reflecting a firming in oil prices, a batch of favorable economic reports and a better tone to trading in the global markets.


February 22, 2016

Stocks Post Best Gain This Year

The major market indices finished the holiday shortened week solidly higher reflecting a firming in oil prices following an agreement by Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela, and Qatar to freeze oil output at current levels.


February 08, 2016

All Eyes on Yellen

The major market indices finished the week lower as the cauldron of uncertainty continues to simmer.


February 01, 2016

As January Goes, so Goes the Year? Stay Tuned.

Stocks finished the week higher, with all three of the major averages posting a second straight week of gains, as a rebound in oil prices and better than feared fourth quarter earnings helped calm investors frayed nerves.


January 25, 2016

The ‘Buy the Dip’ Crowd Finally Emerges

The major market indices finished the week higher for the first time this year. The rebound reflected a jump in oil prices, central bank verbal intervention (on Thursday European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted at more stimulus) and quarterly earnings that are coming in better than feared.


January 11, 2016

New Year, Same Worries

The major market indices finished the week broadly lower as the selling pressure during the final weeks of 2015 carried over into the New Year. While the usual culprits—global growth concerns, weak oil, strong dollar—were part of the equation, the eye of last week’s storm seemed to be China’s devaluation of their currency.


December 21, 2015

Houston, We Have Lift-off

The major market indices finished the week little changed as investors digested the third straight weekly decline in oil prices and the first rate hike by the Federal Reserve in almost a decade.


December 14, 2015

Fed Up

The major market indices finished the week broadly lower reflecting the ongoing plunge in oil and commodity prices. Oil finished the week near the lowest level in 7 years resulting from growing concern over global economic growth and OPEC’s failure to curb production levels at its recent meeting.


December 07, 2015

Lift Off Appears Imminent

The major market indices finished the week little changed as a late-week rally spurred by the better than expected monthly payroll report was offset by concerns earlier in the week over lackluster holiday sales and a disappointing policy announcement from the European Central Bank.

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