View From the Hill: Look for the Devil in the Details of Tax Reform Plan

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Comments Tax reform and a strong durable goods report were bullish catalysts for today’s equity markets. Taking exception were bonds, which made new lows as 10-year treasury rates confirmed a higher probability that Fed Chair Yellen will make good on yesterday’s word to hike in December. Consequently, US Dollar power surged to levels overwhelming the […]

Weekly Capital Markets Technical Analysis Summary: June-2-2017

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Stocks: US Equity indexes continued to make new highs, with exception of the Transports which are attempting a key bullish reversal after a recent price correction. Russell-2000 small caps also failed to achieve a new high and may be encountering some resistance. Lately, the real standout has been the interest rate sensitive Utilities index, which cleared […]

View From the Hill: Positive Economic Data and Gains Misleading As Volume Says Otherwise

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Market Commentary: August-3-2016 Some positive economic data releases gave bears a chance to pause. Starting with Germany, which is the EU’s locomotive engine for growth, it reported robust PMI readings @ 55.3 for Composite levels and 54.4 for Services. Signs of expansion and ongoing strength were also apparent in the EU region overall based upon […]

View From The Hill: BOJ Policy Decision Surprises Markets and Scares Investors

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  Sometimes the best surprise is no surprise at all, but the Bank of Japan thought otherwise. It pitched the market a curve ball last night when it decided not to increase its QE stimulus program and leave rates unchanged. Instead, it decided give the negative interest rate policy it implemented in January more time […]

View From The Hill (Mar-14-2016): Equities Decouple From Oil and Take Cues From Central Banks

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Commentary The decoupling between equities and energy is becoming more pronounced. Today, WTI Crude Oil fell nearly 3% as Iran refused to concede any production cuts until returning to its pre-sanction level of 4 million barrels per day. In lieu of this, equities barely budged as they await cues from Tuesday’s monetary policy announcement by the […]