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Can’t the Whole Year Be Like This?

Monument Wealth Management Weekly Market Commentary and Financial Wealth Management Blog

A shortened week and record closes on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) and the Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) indices…I’ll take it!  Last week there was the feared taper news and the market actually went up making every talking head on CNBC who was doom and glooming the subject look pretty stupid.  With year-to-date returns of almost 24% for the Dow and 28% for the S&P 500, maybe I’ll get all the presents I’ve asked for this year.  Except a Tesla – I scratched that gift off the list and asked for a cord of firewood instead.

Below are our two standard charts that review the previous week’s performance across the major benchmarks and for the ten sectors of the S&P 500 index.

Weekly Market Returns 12-23-13

The below chart shows how well each sector did vs. the S&P 500 (rather than its actual total return).  Once again, it’s worth pointing out that the cyclical sectors are outperforming the traditional defensive sectors.

Weekly Sector Returns 12-23-13

More Pictures – Fewer Words

I’m behind on my shopping this week, so I’ll leave you with a few charts and some comments this week.

Here’s a few from Bespoke Investment Group.  The first puts the recovery since the 2008 crisis into perspective.  Yes, there were some sell-offs that had everyone scared, but when you look over the past five years, that’s a steady climb up.  Lots of people are still scared that Dow 16,000 is a top and are scared of buying…but a lot of people said that at 14,166 also.  Remember, it’s about valuations not index level.

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Last week, someone asked where he could park money for six months and get 3-5%… given the graph below, my guess would be in a short-term loan to a Colorado Medical Marijuana dispensary.

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Third quarter GDP was also revised in a report last week.  The 4.1% reading was much higher than the 3.6% that economists were predicting and was the highest reading since the last quarter of 2011.

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When the Dow ‘SURGES’ 100 points, it’s really not a big deal anymore… a 100-point move only equates to a 0.60% move in the index.  100-point moves are so…how can I put this…Dow 7000…snore.  The chart below shows the percent change of a 100-point move on the left (purple) and the DJIA index level (green) on the right.

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Have a great holiday.  I’m taking next week off so look for more in the New Year.

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(1)      West Texas Intermediate crude spot price is as of end of week.

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