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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended April 30th

May 4, 2021

April blossoms April was the fifth positive month out of the past six for the S&P 500, which rose more than 5%. The NASDAQ also added about 5% while the Dow rose nearly 3%. All 11 S&P 500 sectors posted positive results in April.   Positive surprises As of Friday, 86% of the S&P 500 […]


LPL: Leading Indicators Suggest an Accelerating U.S. Economy

April 29, 2021

Economic Blog Friday, April 23, 2021 The economic reacceleration is underway in the U.S., as the expanding vaccination campaign, lifting of mobility restrictions, and infusion of fiscal stimulus combined to lift the Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) in March. The LEI grew 1.3% month over month, ahead of Bloomberg consensus forecasts of 1%, raising […]


Alliance Bernstein: Global Macro Outlook Q2 2021

April 28, 2021

KEY FORECAST TRENDS The near-term outlook for global growth is likely to be determined by two key factors: the pace of COVID-19 vaccination programs and fiscal stimulus. The US is at a significant advantage over other advanced economies in these areas, and we expect economic growth there to reach 6.5% in 2021 and 4.6% next […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended April 23rd

April 27, 2021

  Upbeat earnings Earnings season continued to exceed expectations. Profits at companies in the S&P 500 were expected to rise 33.8% as of Friday, based on the roughly one-quarter of companies that have reported so far and forecasts for upcoming reports, according to FactSet. That rate would mark the highest year-over-year earnings growth since the […]


LPL: Three Things That Scare Us

April 23, 2021

Market Blog Friday, April 16, 2021   The bull market rally continues and the economic data keeps getting better and better. Things do look really good here and if you’ve followed us long enough, then you know we’ve been expecting an improving economy and continued strong equity prices. Still, there are always worries lurking out […]


Federated Hermes: Earnings Season Arrives and Guidance Will Be Key

April 22, 2021

As 2022 comes into focus, room for upside remains but stock picking will be key. The first-quarter earnings season that’s about to kickoff should prove interesting. Although investors as always will want to know how it went, the backward-looking Q1 actuals will matter most in the lockdown plays such as technology, software and health care […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended April 16th

April 21, 2021

Earning Launch Quarterly earnings season got off to a strong start, with profits of companies in the S&P 500 expected to rise around 30% as of Friday, based on the relatively small number of companies that have reported so far and forecasts for upcoming reports. That 30% growth rate exceeds the 25% gain that had […]


LPL: Stocks Love April

April 9, 2021

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Mark Twain What more can we say other than few months have been kinder to stocks lately than the month of April. In fact, it was last year that saw the S&P 500 Index gain an incredible 12.7%, for one of the greatest one-month gains in history. […]