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Week in Review Process

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Week in Review

The day begins at 5:00 a.m., as Brian Trumbore reads some 15 papers online, as well as hard copies of two or three other journals, to glean all the financial news as well as geopolitical items from around the world to begin to build the week in review. Throughout the day, it’s a non-stop news review, in essence, as the financial news piles up.

At 4:00 p.m., it’s time to review many of the same online sources following the market’s close, and then around 7:30 p.m., its back to some of the other global sources, plus over 20 business and political journals that arrive weekly and monthly for more financial news and foreign affairs, all part of the week in review. Then the next morning it starts all over again, seven days a week.

Week in review is the only column of its kind that truly supplies one with all the geopolitical and financial news that both the average investor and follower of the world scene needs to compete in our information age.  Online Investor magazine rated StocksandNews.com No. 1 for economic commentary for 2000-2002 and we’ve only gotten better since.

Updated every Saturday, check out week in review, available only at StocksandNews.com. Edited by Brian Trumbore.

 

      
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Wall Street History

12/04/2017

The Economy and the Market

We had a revision to third-quarter GDP the other day up to 3.3%.  So the last few quarters look like this.

Q3 2017...3.3% (ann.)
Q2 2017...3.1
Q1 2017...1.2

Q4 2016...1.8
Q3 2016...2.8
Q2 2016...2.2
Q1 2016...0.6

Q4 2015...0.5
Q3 2015...1.6
Q2 2015...2.7
Q1 2015...3.2

Q4 2014...2.0
Q3 2014...5.2
Q2 2014...4.6
Q1 2014... -0.9

[U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis]

The other week, Adam Shell of USA TODAY had a list of the so-called “21-Club,” 21 U.S. tech and blue chip stocks that have been driving the market’s gains this year.  This is a little dated, but the market has only powered higher since and I wanted to get down for the archives the 21 that a/o 11/14/2017, accounted for 50.7% of the S&P 500’s total return (Apple nearly 10% alone).

Will these stocks continue to power the advance?  What happens during the inevitable decline?

Apple 9.34% index contribution
Microsoft 5.21%
Facebook, Class A 4.61%
Amazon.com 4.61%
Alphabet, Class A 2.31%
Alphabet, Class B 2.26%
Johnson & Johnson 2.15%
Visa, Class A 1.95%
Boeing 1.88%
NVIDIA 1.85%
AbbVie 1.60%
UnitedHealth Group 1.52%
Intel 1.36%
Home Depot 1.35%
JPMorgan Chase 1.34%
Mastercard, Class A 1.34%
Bank of America 1.33%
McDonald’s 1.22%
Adobe Systems 1.16%
PayPal Holdings 1.15%
Berkshire Hathaway, Class B 1.15%

Source: The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index
Frank Pompa / USA TODAY

Wall Street History will return in a few weeks.

Brian Trumbore