Bifurcated Stock Market Complements Politically Divided Nation

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By J Clinton Hill, Capital Markets Strategist @ Hillbent.com ETF Market Commentary We now have a bifurcated stock market to complement our politically divided nation. How appropriate! The Nasdaq-100 (QQQ), SP-500 (SPY) and Russell 2000 (IWM) are failing to maintain key short-term support levels and making new lows. Each index represents a broad spectrum of […]

ETF Market View: Market Continues to Trend Upward On Trump’s Policy Proposals

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By J Clinton Hill, Capital Markets Strategist @ Hillbent.com ETF Market Commentary Today’s economic backdrop of a stronger than expected Retail Sales report in October-2016 gives a data dependent Fed more justification to raise rates. This sentiment is currently being expressed by the Fed Futures contract which assigns a 91% chance of such occurring. In spite […]

View From the Hill: Bipolar Fed Rattles Markets Once Again

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By J Clinton Hill, Capital Markets Strategist @ Hillbent.com Market Condition: August 26, 2016 In the first hour of trading, stocks advanced on Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s suggestion of “gradual” rate increases. However, Stanley Fischer, Fed Vice Chairman,  expressed things quite differently by reiterating the possibility of a rate hike in September. With not much […]

View From the Hill: Waiting For Yellen Before Selling?

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By J Clinton Hill, Capital Markets Strategist @ Hillbent.com Market Condition: August 25, 2016 Overall, today’s data releases underscored the strength of the US economy. Tomorrow, which is Friday, Yellen will speak after concluding the Fed’s meeting at Jackson Hole. Investors from all asset classes will be taking cues from her remarks. Despite recent hawkish overtures […]

Views From the Hill: August-14-2014

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Stock Market Commentary Regarding economic data, the Jobless Claims report, while slightly higher, continues to show signs of improvement. Inflation also remains benign as Import-Export Prices are relatively flat on a monthly basis and barely increasing year-over-year. European GDP reports from France and Germany, the region’s two largest economies indicate unresolved economic weakness, but the […]