U.S. Stocks And Ebola: A Risk Without Precedent

The United States saw its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus in Dallas on Tuesday. While the potential for the virus to begin spreading more widely in the U.S. remains very minimal, the fact that it has arrived in the U.S. alone is cause to more closely examine the possible spillover effects from such an unlikely outcome. And one area that warrants consideration is the potential impact from such an episode on investment portfolios including stocks.

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How Green Was My Market

The U.S. stock market had an unusual feel to it in the just completed third quarter of 2014. On the surface, it appeared that stock investors managed to squeeze out yet another positive quarter despite the various swings of volatility and general sense of unease that took place along the way. But one does not have to search far under the surface of this market to quickly come to the realization that all was not at all well for capital markets in the third quarter. And when looking ahead to the rest of the year and the twelve months of 2015 that will follow, investors will likely be confronted with an environment where a portfolio that is built both solid and good with careful thought will become an increasing necessity from a risk control and total returns perspective.

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About That Friday Bounce

The U.S. stock market roared back to life on Friday. After a dismal trading day on Thursday, stocks opened the Friday session in a choppy sideways pattern between 1968 and 1975 on the S&P 500 Index through much of the trading day. Then suddenly, like so many times before in the post-crisis period, stocks suddenly awoke around 1PM and rallied for the next two hours before settling into the close. Does this mean that the market has finally shaken off its recent blues and is poised to make its next bold move higher? Hardly.

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Perspectives On Thursday’s Sell Off

Thursday was a lousy day for equity investors. U.S. stocks as measured by the S&P 500 Index dropped by -1.62%, which represented its fifth worst decline in 2014 thus far. When putting this latest decline into perspective, it appears at first glance that the bulls still have good reason to remain optimistic. But when exploring deeper under the surface, troublesome signs are increasingly accumulating that may be hinting that a far more significant change in the long-term market trend may soon be on its way.

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The Stock Market Machines Are Breaking Down

Much has been made of the relative weakness of U.S. small cap stocks so far in 2014. Despite the fact that the large cap S&P 500 Index has battled its way to fresh new highs throughout the year, the small cap Russell 2000 Index is down by -2% year to date. But what is perhaps even more notable than small cap underperformace is the fact that increasing signs of rot are presenting themselves from within the S&P 500 Index itself. And the fact that these trailing results are coming from the economically sensitive industrials sector is particularly troublesome for the sustainability of the stock market rally going forward.

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