Category: Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 24th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks edged up over the week aided by healthcare and pharmaceutical stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% and the Dow ticked up less than 0.1% for the week. Abroad, Japan gained 1.0% and Europe declined 0.3% for the week. Oil fell 4.4% for the week to $43.01 a barrel entering bear market territory. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell slightly to finish the week at 2.15%.  Article

The largest US banks passed the Fed’s stress tests providing more ammunition for calls of reduced regulations.

New home sales rose 2.9% in May and prices hit a record high.

Travis Kalanick, the embattled founder and CEO of Uber was forced to resign.  Article

Oracle posted earnings that well outpaced expectations.

 

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Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 17th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks rose slightly over the week as the outcome of the Fed meeting was in line with expectations. The S&P 500 edged up 0.1% and the Dow rose 0.5% for the week. Internationally, Japan ticked down 0.3% and Europe eased 0.5% for the week. The yield on the 10 Year Treasury edged up to 2.16% near its lowest level of the year. Oil prices fell to $44.73 a barrel its lowest level of 2017 on news of still high levels of inventory. For the year oil is down 17%. The price decline show the limitations of OPEC production cuts.  Article

At the Fed’s June meeting, as expected, it raised the Fed Funds rate a quarter percent to a range between 1% and 1.25%. They still expect to raise interest rates one more time this year. It also spelled out how it would begin to unwind its $4.5 trillion bond portfolio later this year. It will start by letting $6 billion in Treasury securities and $4 billion in mortgage bonds mature without being reinvested and let that increase until a maximum of $30 billion in Treasuries and $20 billion in mortgages a month mature.  Article

Amazon agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion upending the grocery business.  Article

 

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Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 10th

US Stocks were mixed over several market moving events and a sharp drop in tech company shares to end the week. The S&P 500 eased 0.3% and the Dow rose 0.3% for the week. Internationally, Europe was off 0.6% and Japan fell 1.3% for the week. The yield on the 10 Year Treasury edged up to 2.20%. Oil prices have continued to slide ending the week at $45.83 a barrel down 3.8% for the week.  Article

The World Bank estimates that global growth will reach a seven year high of 2.9% next year.

The UK election surprised pundits again with the ruling Conservative Party losing its majority. The election was called to strengthen the Theresa May and her parties hand, but instead weakened it heading into negotiations to exit the EU.

US worked productivity was revised upwards to be flat in the first quarter. Compared to a year ago it gained 1.2%.

After an ECB meeting President Draghi revealed a more upbeat outlook and stated they probably would not need to cut rates again, but did not reduce any of the simulative actions its taking.

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 3rd

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

Global stocks hit fresh record highs to end a strong week for world markets. Stock price gains were driven by corporate profits and signs of economic strength. The US, South Korea and Germany all posted records on Friday. The S&P 500 gained 1.0% and the Dow rose 0.6% for the week. Internationally, Japan jumped 2.5% and Europe edged up 0.3% for the week. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.16% the lowest level since just after the presidential election as investors believe the Fed will take a slow and steady pace with interest rate increases.   Article

The US added 138,000 jobs in May, well below estimates. Hiring numbers were revised down for the previous two months by 66,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.3% its lowest level in 16 years.   Article

US manufacturing remained in expansion territory in May and picked up pace form April.

Illinois was downgraded by both S&P and Moody’s and is now on the verge of being the first US state with junk rated bonds.

ECB President Draghi said that despite the improving economic picture in Europe the bank is not ready to cut back on its stimulus.

Personal consumption expenditures rose 0.4% in April the largest one month increase since December.

The Fed’s preferred measure of inflation ticked up 0.2% in April, but year over year prices rose 1.7% compared to 1.9% in March.

 

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Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through May 27th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks ended the week at fresh all time highs driven by the Fed meeting minutes and strong corporate earnings. The S&P 500 rose 1.4% and the Dow gained 1.3% for the week.  Internationally, Japan was up 0.5% and Europe was flat for the week.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond was flat for the week ending at 2.25%.  Oil prices fell 1.7% over the week on disappointment from the results of the OPEC meeting.

China’s credit rating was downgraded by Moody’s who cited concerns over the countries financial strength over the coming years. It downgraded it from Aa3 to A1.  Article

Minutes from the Fed’s May meeting were released and showed that the Fed felt it would “soon be appropriate” to raise short term interest rates. The statement confirmed investors’ expectations that an interest rate increase at the June meeting was on the table.  Article

US GDP rose 1.2% in the first quarter. It was revised up from the 0.7% originally estimated.

Huntsman Corp and Clariant are close to an agreement to merge that would create a chemicals giant worth approximately $14 billion.

Jim Hackett was tapped to replace Mark fields as CEO of Ford.

Earnings in the first quarter grew at the fastest pace in six years. Earnings of firms in the S&P 500 grew 13.6% from the year earlier period.

 

 

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Raffa Wealth Management is an independent investment advisor providing nonprofit organizations, high net-worth investors, and qualified retirement plans with a full range of investment consulting services.  We were established to fill the need for transparency, clarity, and vision in the professional management of investment assets.   Visit us at www.raffawealth.com