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Weekly Market Commentary – December 2, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – December 2, 2019

Trade negotiators remained primarily responsible for the market yo-yoing up and down in a tight range. Last week, the U.S. and China both shared positive comments about the status of negotiations toward a “Phase One” deal. Asian economies are more tightly tied to trade than other regions, and economic data from the region remains weak.

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 25, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! After a few weeks where growing hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal propelled markets higher, the opposite occurred last week. Trade negotiations took a small step backward, and global stocks followed. Other global economic news was generally positive.

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 18, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 18, 2019

The S&P 500 continued to edge higher and closed Friday at another all-time high. News that U.S.-China trade negotiations continued to progress kept markets moving higher. U.S. economic news was mixed. Retail sales missed expectations but have still grown more than 3% over the last 12 months.

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 11, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 11, 2019

Last week was quieter following the multiple major data releases and Fed meeting the previous week. England and Australia left interest rates unchanged. U.S. and Chinese trade data showed both economies continue to struggle with the effects of a trade war.

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 4, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – November 4, 2019

Last week was the business economic data week of the year. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the third consecutive meeting. Third-quarter GDP grew 1.9%, beating expectations of 1.6% while still falling short of 2% because of weakness in trade and business investment.

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 28, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 28, 2019

Economic data reinforced the view that trade disputes are pressuring economic growth and creating an uncertain environment for businesses to invest. Whether it was the weekly Brexit roller coaster, the U.S. durable goods report,

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 21, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 21, 2019

Great Britain’s prime minister and the European Union reached an agreement for Britain to exit the European Union on October 31, 2019, pending the approval of the British Parliament. Efforts to secure Parliament’s approval over the weekend were postponed to this week as Brexit opponents seek to shift enough votes to thwart the deal.

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 14, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 14, 2019

Chinese and U.S. negotiators reached a tentative agreement to step back from policies designed to inflict damage on each other’s economies as they seek to negotiate a more permanent trade deal. The Chinese agreed to accelerate purchases of U.S. agricultural products,

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 7, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – October 7, 2019

The monthly U.S. employment report created some very positive headlines but also indicated slowing business investment is spilling over to the jobs market. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, the lowest level in 50 years. As shown on the accompanying chart, payrolls increased by 136,000 jobs last month, roughly in line with expectations.

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Weekly Market Commentary – September 30, 2019

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Weekly Market Commentary – September 30, 2019

Impeachment proceedings led news coverage most of the week, but other economic data may be more impactful on portfolios. As the accompanying chart shows, consumer spending rose just 0.1% in August. The below-expected results indicate weakness from trade, and business spending may be slowing consumer confidence, too.

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