Leap Year

February 26, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index leaped back to new highs last week. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.7%, the Dow was +1.3%, and the NASDAQ was +1.4%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Consumer Staples, Materials, and Industrial sectors, while the Energy, Real Estate, and Communication sectors lagged. All eleven …

Sticky Prices

February 20, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index had only its second weekly loss year-to-date but did stay above the 5,000 level. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was -0.3%, the Dow was just a touch positive, and the NASDAQ was -1.5%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Energy, Materials, and Utility sectors, while the …

NovaPoint Partnership with AUSA

February 15, 2024

  NovaPoint has partnered with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) as a service provider for their member benefits. For AUSA members seeking financial planning or investment advice, retirement planning as an employee or owner of a business, or accounting and tax planning assistance for individuals or businesses, NovaPoint can be a value-added …

Stock Love

February 12, 2024

  Investors have shown stocks a lot of love so far this year, pushing the S&P 500 Index above the 5,000 level for the first time. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.4%, the Dow was +0.1%, and the NASDAQ +1.8%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Technology, Consumer Discretionary, and …

More Progress is Needed

February 5, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index declined intra-week due to hawkish Federal Reserve comments, but rallied Friday to close at a new high. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.4%, the Dow was +1.4%, and the NASDAQ +1.3%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, and Consumer Staples sectors, …

Growing Economy

January 29, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index hit a new record high inter-week before closing lower on Friday. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.1%, the Dow was +0.6%, and the NASDAQ +0.6%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Energy, Communication Services, and Financial sectors, while the Consumer Discretionary, Real Estate, and Health …

Fully Recovered

January 22, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index returned to record high territory last week. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.2%, the Dow was +0.8%, and the NASDAQ +2.9%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Technology, Communication Services, and Financial sectors, while the Energy, Utility, and Real Estate sectors lagged. The 10-year U.S. …

Stop and Go

January 16, 2024

  The major equity indices rebounded from the initial down week of 2024. For the week, the S&P 500 Index was +1.9%, the Dow was +0.4%, and the NASDAQ +3.2%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Technology, Communication Services, and Consumer Staples sectors, while the Energy, Utility, and Materials sectors lagged. The 10-year …

Slow Start

January 8, 2024

  The S&P 500 Index snapped its nine-week winning streak to open the year down 1.5%. The other major benchmarks also closed lower with the Dow -0.6% and the NASDAQ -3.1%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Health Care, Utility, and Energy sectors, while the Technology, Consumer Discretionary, and Industrial sectors lagged. The …

Launch

January 2, 2024

  The equity markets had a quiet, but positive, last week of the year. The weekly return for the S&P 500 Index was +0.3%, the Dow was +0.8%, and the NASDAQ was +0.3%. The S&P 500 Index was led by the Utility, Consumer Staples, and Real Estate sectors. The Energy, Consumer Discretionary, and Communication Services …