November 2018

Market Update: Midterm Takeaways

2018-11-12T11:56:18+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights Strong Q3 earnings season nearly in the books.With 90% of S&P 500 Index companies having reported, S&P 500 Index earnings growth is tracking to an impressive 27.9% year-over-year increase, the highest growth rate since the fourth quarter of 2010 and 6 percentage points above expectations as of quarter end. Beat rates of 77% and 60% [...]

Is Gridlock Good for the Markets?

2018-11-12T11:48:26+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

This question is being asked a lot following last week’s midterm election results, in which the Republicans held onto the Senate and the Democrats claimed control of the House. In one sense, these results may not matter for U.S. stocks. As shown in LPL’s Chart of the Day, stocks historically have performed well after midterm [...]

Market Update: Darkest Before Dawn

2018-11-05T12:25:25+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. On the latest episode of the LPL Market Signals Podcast, listen to LPL Financial Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch and Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick review the S&P 500 Index’s worst month so far this year, European economic concerns, U.S./China trade issues, and Federal Reserve (Fed) policy. Market Signals by LPL Financial is now available on [...]

October 2018

Market Update: Another Tough Week For Stocks

2018-10-29T12:08:35+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights Earnings results better than headlines suggest.With nearly half of the S&P 500 Index constituents having reported third quarter results, the numbers have been excellent overall. According to Thomson Reuters, 78% of companies have exceeded consensus earnings estimates, putting the index on track for a 25.2% year-over-year increase in earnings, 3.6% above estimates as of September 30. [...]

Market Update: Earnings Seasons Off To A Good Start

2018-10-22T12:29:39+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. On the latest episode of the LPL Market Signals Podcast, listen to LPL Financial Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch and Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick discuss signs for strong third-quarter earnings and a potential year-end rally following the stock drop. Earnings season off to a good start. Third quarter earnings season is rolling [...]

Market Update: Retail sales lower but still healthy

2018-10-15T11:26:32+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. In the latest episode of the Market Signals Podcast, listen to Equity Strategist & Portfolio Manager Jeff Buchbinder and Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch discuss Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech at the annual meeting of the National Association for Business Economics, as well as some of the factors pointing to continued strength [...]

Market Update: Good News About Midterm Elections

2018-10-08T11:52:46+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. Listen to the latest Market Signals podcast, in which Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch and Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick discuss the potential effects of midterm elections, recent rate hikes, and other events on investors and the economy. Market Signals by LPL Financial is now available on iTunes, Google Play and [...]

Market Update: Should We Fear October?

2018-10-01T12:24:23+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. Listen to the latest Market Signals podcast, in which Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch and Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick discuss the potential effects of midterm elections, recent rate hikes, and other events on investors and the economy. Market Signals by LPL Financial is now available on iTunes, Google Play and [...]

September 2018

Market Update: Dow’s Fresh Highs

2018-09-24T11:53:18+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Market Update|

Daily Insights LPL Market Signals Podcast. In case you missed last week’s podcast, listen to Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch and Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick reflect on their memories of the financial crisis, and discuss the changes in today’s market landscape 10 years later. Please join our discussion on social via #LPLMarketSignals. China cancels trade talks. Last week’s [...]

August 2018

Market Volatility 101

2018-08-24T12:41:58+00:00By |Categories: Economy, Estate Planning|

Section 7 - Market Volatility 101 Staying Cool, Confident, and Collected When Market Turbulence Hits Whether it’s part of your retirement accounts or a separate investment portfolio, the odds are that you have some savings tied up in the stock market. This is why a booming market can make you feel pretty good about your [...]

What Happened to Sell in May?

2018-08-13T11:55:52+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

The S&P 500 Index is up approximately 8% since May when we were bombarded with warnings to “Sell in May and Go Away.” Remember, the worst six months of the year historically have taken place from May through October, while the other six months are the best. As we noted at the time though (in [...]

Longest Bull Market Ever

2018-08-13T11:51:57+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

Don’t look now, but on August 22, 2018, this current bull market will top the 1990s bull market as the longest ever. However, be aware that the 1990s bull market saw the S&P 500 Index gain 417%, while the current bull market is up approximately 320%—so you can’t call this the greatest bull market…yet. “Age [...]

Top Sectors in August Based on Seasonal Patterns

2018-08-06T11:41:48+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

Are you looking for a strategy that may give your portfolio a boost during what’s historically been one of the weakest months of the year for stocks? Well, our seasonal analysis in the LPL Chart of the Day highlights specific sectors and industry groups within the S&P 500 Index that have consistently outperformed the benchmark [...]

Are Only a Few Stocks Really Leading Us Higher?

2018-08-06T11:36:07+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

One of the more popular narratives we’ve heard this year is that only a few large stocks are pulling the overall market higher. We don’t agree with this assessment, and have cited several metrics over the last few months that showed market participation has been broad and eventual new highs in the S&P 500 Index [...]

July 2018

August Preview: A Month for the Bears?

2018-07-30T12:04:22+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

The surprise summer rally continues, as the S&P 500 Index is on pace to gain for a fourth consecutive month. In fact, should July close in the green, over the past 21 months, the S&P 500 has closed higher all but three times. Here is the catch: The calendar is something we should not ignore, [...]

What Does an Inverted Yield Curve Mean? Part Deux

2018-07-23T11:14:29+00:00By |Categories: Economy|

Recently, we took a closer look at the yield curve to show why an inverted yield curve didn’t necessarily mean a recession was right around the corner and why years of economic growth and stock market gains were still possible. Today we’ll take a different look. First, you may wonder why the yield curve is [...]