Still Underwater

Still Underwater

  This week we look at a chart of the Bloomberg Commodity Index, a benchmark index that tracks the performance of the entire commodity market. The index itself is broken down into six major commodity groups: energy, grains, industrial metals, precious metals,...
Consistent Momentum

Consistent Momentum

  Momentum is an important concept in financial markets. Sure, if you look at a chart of a broad stock market index like the S&P 500, the price seems to squiggle up and down erratically, sometimes with no clear direction as to where it’s headed. But if you...
Born to Shop

Born to Shop

OVERVIEW   U.S. stocks surged ahead last week, with the S&P 500 gaining 1.82%, the Dow rising 1.58%, and the Nasdaq increasing 2.18%. Growth stocks led the way, rising 2.57% versus the 1.33% gain for value stocks. Small caps lagged, gaining just 0.39%....
Running Hot

Running Hot

  Inflation. It’s been a big topic of discussion this year because it’s been rising at a pace that we haven’t seen in this country in 30 years, as shown in our chart above. This chart shows the U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Index. It measures...
Industrial Production

Industrial Production

  This week’s featured indicator focuses on industrial production, or how much physical stuff is produced in the economy. It includes everything from prescription medicines, cell phones, and TVs to nuggets of gold, steel bars, and planks of wood. Despite our...