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Weekly Commentary, 12/5/16 to 12/9/16

After taking a brief breather stocks resumed their rally for the same reasons we have been writing about post-election. Higher stock prices seem to be pinning their hopes on Trump’s hoped for success in stimulating domestic economic grow. The major indexes rallied to new all-time highs.   Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index added 3% while the smaller cap Russell 2000 Index spiked 5.60%. The Dow Jones rests only 1% from the psychologically important level of 20,000. 

Financial stocks have been leading the market higher, and it could get another boost next week as the Federal Open Market Committee meets. At this meeting, they are expected to raise interest rates for the second time in a year.   Investors will look for any clues as to the path of rates in 2017.  10-year U.S. Treasury yields leaked higher to 2.46%, approaching the critical 2.50% last seen June 2015. We will soon see if 2.50% is enough yield to attract demand for risk free 10-year debt versus dividend stocks with similar yields.   

International shares posted strong gains in what could have been a troubling week. Monday the euro rallied following Italy’s vote to reject constitutional changes that would raise concerns over the survival of the euro amid diverging economies. Thursday the European Central Bank announced it would extend its bond buying program albeit at a slower pace. The Euro Stoxx 600 gained 4.70% and the German Dax added 6.50%.

Although the U.S. has been leading the global markets higher it is encouraging to see the international markets improving as well. Although the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) has yet to establish new all-time highs, it is getting close. The underlying market breadth continues to support the positive price action. The S&P 500 advance-decline is setting record highs.  31% of S&P 500 stocks hit new highs versus only 2% making new lows. 

Both the economic fundamentals and the market’s technicals support the recent move to new highs. We will enjoy the ride while we can but our focus will remain on our disciplined investment processes.

 


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Past Performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments are subject to risk, and any of Stadion's investment strategies may lose money.