Presented by Rich Tegge


General market news

  • Equity markets staged a small rebound last week after a dismal start to the year. The S&P 500 Index gained 1.43 percent, but the Nasdaq Composite Index claimed top performance honors for the week, returning 2.29 percent. A combination of rebounding oil prices, signs of geopolitical stabilization, and short covering contributed to the gains.
  • Although volatility decreased last week as markets stabilized, a significant uptick in companies reporting quarterly earnings over the next two weeks will likely spark additional volatility, both for the overall market and individual stocks, due to the strong dollar and ongoing weakness in energy.
  • Market participants will be watching this week’s Federal Reserve meeting for further clarity on the direction of monetary policy. Treasury markets have rallied to begin 2016 as global market volatility has increased investor appetite for perceived safety assets.
Equity Index Week-to-Date Month-to-Date Year-to-Date 12-Month
S&P 500 1.43% −6.61% −6.61% −5.61%
Nasdaq Composite 2.29% −8.28% −8.28% −2.09%
DJIA 0.69% −7.53% −7.53% −7.39%
MSCI EAFE 1.33% −8.59% −8.59% −9.10%
MSCI Emerging Markets 1.04% −10.48% −10.48% −25.89%
Russell 2000 1.30% −10.10% −10.10% −13.07%

  Source: Bloomberg


Fixed Income Index Month-to-Date Year-to-Date 12-Month
U.S. Broad Market 1.01% 1.01% 0.29%
U.S. Treasury 1.71% 1.71% 0.66%
U.S. Mortgages 0.85% 0.85% 1.98%
Municipal Bond 0.99% 0.99% 3.17%

  Source: Morningstar Direct

What to look forward to  

The week will begin with more housing data and an expected increase in New Home Sales.

Headline Durable Goods Orders are expected to have dropped in December, and the advance estimate for fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product growth is expected to come in low, at 0.8 percent.

The week will end with the January reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey.

Disclosures: Certain sections of this commentary contain forward-looking statements that are based on our reasonable expectations, estimates, projections, and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. All indices are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment by the public. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The S&P 500 is based on the average performance of the 500 industrial stocks monitored by Standard & Poor’s. The Nasdaq Composite Index measures the performance of all issues listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, except for rights, warrants, units, and convertible debentures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is computed by summing the prices of the stocks of 30 large companies and then dividing that total by an adjusted value, one which has been adjusted over the years to account for the effects of stock splits on the prices of the 30 companies. Dividends are reinvested to reflect the actual performance of the underlying securities. The MSCI EAFE Index is a float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure developed market equity performance, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a market capitalization-weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of 26 emerging market countries in Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Basin. The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index. The Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted performance benchmark for investment-grade fixed-rate debt issues, including government, corporate, asset-backed, and mortgage-backed securities with maturities of at least one year. The U.S. Treasury Index is based on the auctions of U.S. Treasury bills, or on the U.S. Treasury’s daily yield curve. The Barclays Capital Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted index of 15- and 30-year fixed-rate securities backed by mortgage pools of the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA), Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), and balloon mortgages with fixed-rate coupons. The Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index includes investment-grade, tax-exempt, and fixed-rate bonds with long-term maturities (greater than 2 years) selected from issues larger than $50 million. The Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) Index measures the performance of intermediate (1- to 10-year) U.S. TIPS. 

Rich Tegge is a financial consultant located at Wealth Strategy Group 300 S. Front St. Ste C Marquette, MI  49855. He offers securities as a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC. He can be reached at 906-228-3696 or at

Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network.

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