Anticipation, It’s Making Me Wait

And waiting is exactly what the markets did for most of Wednesday, right up until the 2 p.m. press release from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Following the press release, markets sold off on confirmation that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. As the release stated, “Labor market conditions have Read more […]

Who’s complaining, who’s speculating, who’s hedging and who’s to blame?

JOIN US FOR OUR 7TH ANNUAL COMMODITIES SEMINAR! Managing Commodities in Modern Times: Hard-Won Lessons After 160 Years of Trial & Error S&P Dow Jones Indices invites you to this half-day complimentary seminar which has become Europe’s annual meeting point for commodity aficionados for close to a decade. Join us and other leading industry professionals Read more […]

S&P Dow Jones Raises Market Cap Guidelines for S&P 500

In a release on June 19th the S&P Dow Jones US Index Committee raised the market cap guidelines used when selecting companies for the S&P 500, S&P  Mid Cap 400 and S&P Small Cap 600. The new guidelines are: S&P 500: Over $4.6 billion, raised from $4 billion S&P Mid Cap 400: $1.2 to $5.1 Read more […]

Fed Proposes, Market Disposes

The FOMC statement and Ben Bernanke’s press conference was not well received this afternoon.  Hopes for something that would smooth over the recent volatility with assurances that QE3 would last for many more months to come were dashed by comments during the press conference that most FOMC members could see bond buying tapering off this Read more […]

Q1 Buybacks Slightly Up, But Fewer Shares Repurchased

Q1 Buybacks Slightly Up, But Fewer Shares Repurchased Breakdown shows a broader participation in share count reduction – but it is slow Q1,’13 S&P 500 buyback expenditures slightly increased 0.8%, to $100.0B from $99.1B in Q4,’12, and was up 18.6% for Q1,’12 $84.3B (record was Q2,’07 at $172B). 12 months ending Mar,’13 increased 3.8% to $414.6B from Read more […]

CPI Rises in May: How much inflation protection have commodities provided?

After two months of deflation, headline CPI (Consumer Price Index) gained 0.1% in May, marking its second positive reading in at least the past seven months. Over the past 12 months, CPI inflation is up 1.4%, accelerating from April’s 1.1% reading. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm Historically, commodities as an asset class have had positive correlation to inflation. In the Read more […]

S&P GSCI Precious Metals Hits Lowest Since October 2010

On April 15, 2013 the S&P GSCI Precious Metals dropped 9.6% in one day, entering a bear market from the 2013 high occurring on January 23. Since then, the index has fallen further to hit its lowest level of 1733.52 since October 1, 2010 when it was at 1717.53.  The precious metals index is down 20.1% YTD, and Read more […]

Fed Meeting Report due tomorrow, Hints Bernanke will step down in January 2014

The Federal Open Market Committee — the Fed’s policy making unit — meets today and tomorrow.  Recent reports show the economy expanding, but not accelerating. Housing starts and consumer prices both slightly weaker than expected in today’s reports.  Given this and recent misplaced fears that the Fed was about to end QE3, most analysts look Read more […]

Indices Rebalance Friday

Index funds could experience slightly more trading than usual on Friday.  Company’s shares outstanding change from time to time due to buy-backs, issuance for employee options or other events. The percentage of shares in float — not closely held — also change from time to time.  In theory S&P Dow Jones could update data on Read more […]