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“More Rarified Air (Karuna)!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/18/19

More rarefied air was achieved at the end of the day in the markets as large caps ended the day marginally up but in record territory. This was despite the tit for that continues to go in the US-China trade war with its on again off again theatrics. The Dow closed up +31.33 points +.11% clo...

Microsoft Hires U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder To Examine Israeli Facial Recognition Startup AnyVision

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Reportedly, Microsoft has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder alo...

“Apparently Kudlow + Retail = 28k” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/15/19

Apparently, when you add up positive "Phase One/US-China trade war" comments from Larry Kudlow (NEC Director) with somewhat positive economic data, it produces fuel for the Dow to move into record territory. The October retail sales report came in today and also showed a rise of +.3% month...

“Walmart & Uncle Jerry” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/14/19

Of major significance to the market and the economy, Dow 30 component and worldwide retailer Walmart (WMT) reported earnings before the market open, beating analyst expectations as earnings were propelled forward on the back of strong online sales. WMT further reported Q3 FY20 GAAP EPS of $1...

“Go Aces!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/13/19

Kudos goes out to the University of Evansville Purple Aces Men's Basketball Team for defeating the #1 ranked team in the land, the infamous Kentucky Wildcats last night in regular-season play 67-64. This is significant on a number of levels for me as many of you know Evansville is where I wa...

“0.00” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/12/19

Overall the markets were in an uptrend today that included the Nasdaq closing at an all-time high at 8486.09 up 21.81 points +.26%,  but the Dow closed flat with a 0.00 point move (a strange sight) & closing at 27,691.49, to say the least. The S&P 500 ended today's session +4.86 po...

“Thank You, Veterans!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/11/19

Happy Veterans Day to all and thank you goes out to all veterans for their service! Here's a bit of a history lesson regarding Veterans Day which was originally known as Armistice Day. Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring m...

Microsoft Partnering With Charlotte On Smart City Initiatives

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft announced a 3-year agreement with the city of Charlotte at Junior ...

“Tres Leches Friday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/8/19

Friday, November 8th brought about an end to the week that was as sweet as "tres leches" as we finished trading in record territory across the three major indices while the little guys on the Russell supplied a nice little strawberry on top as well. This seemed to be powered by positive thou...

“To Be Or Not To Be…” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/7/19

Thursday, November 7th the markets reacted positively to stories swirling that China's Commerce Ministry stated that China had reached an agreement with the U.S. where both sides were going to phase out tariffs over time which got somewhat countered when other stories took off that there may...

“Pause” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/6/19

Wednesday, November 6th seemed to produce a time that most were pausing as the markets were basically flat.  The markets' recent runup into record territory called for this to happen and of course, we had to deal with yet another turn of understanding with regard to the trade wars too as st...

“Holy Biotech Batman! (NXTC +248.92%, $2.09B Mkt Cap)” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/5/19

Tuesday, November 5th brought forth a reminder of why I continue to invest in the biotech space as NextCure, Inc. (NXTC) jumped an amazing +248.92% closing at $92.22/share after reaching $109/share. NXTC traded 7.88 million shares and now enjoys a 2.09B market cap. NXTC opened trading at $25...

“Phase 1 Today” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/4/19

Monday, November 4th brought our attention again towards stories regarding the US-China trade wars. Specifically that we should have confidence that a phase 1 agreement is still on track for this year between these two super economic powers. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross shared that he ...

“Smashing” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 11/1/19

We welcomed our first day of November with the October jobs report surfacing and smashing expectations. The unemployment is now at a 5-decade low while wages were confirmed to have increased a bit. This was indeed enough to give the markets the much-needed fuel to move higher. As a result, ...

“Happy Halloween” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/31/19

Happy Halloween! Well, as the lead picture in this story might indicate it was not so happy of a day for market participants today as the markets sold off for the most part as concerns around the US-China trade wars surfaced its scary head again.  Reports that officials in China having doub...

“Third Time Is A Charm?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/30/19

It would seem that the Fed's move today to cut interest rates by another quarter-point for the third time this year was indeed a charm as the markets continued moving upward for the most part. The benchmark interest rate is now in a target range of 1.5% to 1.75%. The fed stated that the move...

“Waiting…” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/29/19

As we await the Fed's Wednesday decision to lower interest rates again for the third time this year,  the S&P 500 hit an all-time new high prior to ending today's session down by 2.53 points or -.08% as it closed at 3,036.89. Firms making up just over 50% of the S&P 500’s market ...

“Looking Probably Ahead” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/28/19

The markets today seemed to be reacting to a number of actions at the macro level that once again buoyed the markets into positive and record territory. Today, according to a Reuters article,  one of those factors played a hand we heard from President Trump regarding the US_-China trade war...

“Positive Sentiment” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/25/19

At the end of the day, the results of the market rose strongly on the sentiment that the US-China trades were heading towards a positive outcome as we head into next week's likely interest rate cut as the Fed makes its decision on Wednesday.  The S&P 500 ended today's session up by 12.2...

“Microsoft, Dow, Paypal, INVO Bioscience, & Tesla Jump Today” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/24/19

Shares of Microsoft (MSFT), Dow (DOW), Paypal (PYPL), INVO Bioscience (IVOB) & Tesla (TSLA) all jumped today.  Microsoft released Q3 earnings after the close yesterday beating expectations as cloud services boosted revenue and ended today's trading at $139.94/share up 1.97%. Dow (DOW) ...

Microsoft Soundly Beats Q1 2020 Expectations

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft announced Q1 2020 earnings on Wednesday reporting a revenue of $33...

“Moderately Green Session” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/23/19

A number of companies from the S&P 500 & Dow 30 continued to report their Q3 earnings again today with varying degrees of success or failures to meet Wall Street's expectations, but at the end of the day, the markets ended in moderately green territory. Of note, Boeing (BA) reported ...

“Earnings & Brexit” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/22/19

A number of companies from the S&P 500 & Dow 30 continued to report their Q3 earnings today while the Brexit reared its ugly head towards the end of the day to put a damper on any excitement that was bubbling early in the markets. Procter & Gamble (PG) beat expectations, United T...

“Apple Leads Market” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/21/19

Apple (AAPL) hit a new high as Raymond James updated its AAPL price target from $225 to $280 today which in turn led the market forward. AAPL shares closed at $240.51/share after hitting a new all-time high of $240.99 a touch higher. At the end of the day, the S&P 500 ended today's se...

SAP “Embrace” Microsoft Via 3-Year Cloud Partnership

Reportedly, the business software group SAP has entered into a three-year partnership, named “Embrace” with Microsoft to assist its large enterprise customers to move businesses into the cloud. The integrated product to be sold through Microsoft's distribution channels, as reported. "We bundled...

“Heavy Friday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/18/19

The market traded in the red today as a few issues were feeling a bit heavy. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) with the headlines swirling about their baby powder which was apparently found to have traces of asbestos, Boeing (BA) with a report that surfaced suggesting that they may have misled the...

“Splash Of Green” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/17/19

It was a splash of green for all across the board in the markets today as it pointed to a number of better than expected earnings reports and news from across the pond that a Brexit deal may be in the works. The S&P 500 ended today's session up by 8.26 points or .28% as it closed at 2,99...

“Mixed At Best” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/16/19

 The S&P 500 ended today's session down by 5.99 points or .2% as it closed at 2,989.69 just shy of the 3k level. The Dow lost 22.82 points closing over the 27k level at 27,001.98 down by .08%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed above the 8k mark closing at 8,124.18 down .30% or 24...

“A Fresh Wave Of Earnings” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/15/19

Today, a wave of earnings kicked into high gear today which seemed to block out the ongoing trials and tribulations of the US-China trade war and we managed to have a very positive day in the markets. From the Dow 30, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported earnings of $2.12, beating estimates ...

“Simply Red Columbus” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/14/19

Today felt like a day where many were hiding or trying to hide in the US as schools, banks, and a few other companies celebrated the Columbus Day holiday but there is no rest for the wicked as the markets were open. It was lighter than normal volume day as many did play a bit of hookey and m...

“Optimistic Market Music” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/11/19

The optimism and sweet tune or news that the US-China 'partial' trade deal was in play, imminent and apparently agreed to today fueled the market throughout as it reached mid-session highs. The Dow was up over 500 points at one point before tailing off into the close.  We should also mentio...

“Partial To Green” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/10/19

The US-China trade wars were squarely in the markets' line of view again today.  An optimistic understanding flew around the "www" today that at least a partial agreement with China may be in the cards.  A meeting with President Trump and China's Vice Premier, Liu He, also had wings and th...

“Open…?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/9/19

All the markets apparently needed today was one word from the Chinese regarding the trade wars, "open", and the game was back on. Mind you that the Chinese only suggested that they were open to a partial deal but again the markets these days seem to hold on to what they want to here and tod...

“Expanding” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/8/19

"Expanding" seemed to be the word of the day today. First, it was widely reported that the U.S. Commerce Department expanded its Entity List" with 28 additional Chinese firms as they had played some role in "fostering violations of human rights" against a Muslim minority in China. A Beijing...

Microsoft & Avaya Announce Avaya IX-CC A Next Gen Contact Center As A Service Platform

Recently at the 39th GITEX Technology Week, Microsoft (MSFT) and Avaya, a global leader in solutions creating intelligent communications experiences for customers and employees announced that they are joining forces to bring in contact center services to the cloud. The next-generation contact cen...

“Trade, Cut, Confusion” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/7/19

With Warner Brothers' new supervillain movie Joker experiencing an opening weekend with $247M in global ticket sales you might think all is well as headlines flew around the world today preaching its success. However, a Bloomberg article did its best to counter these good feelings with anoth...

“Fragile Wings!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/4/19

We received a good ending to a volatile week that certainly left many of our heads still spinning. As has been the custom this week the markets seem to be riding up and down on the fragile wings of each piece of economic data more than normal. Today, the economic schedule confirmed that the ...

“Rate Cut…!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/3/19

On Thursday, more economic data was released and hit the markets at 7 am pacific. The markets took an initial nosedive prior to recovering into the close after we received the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index report for September which dropped to 52.6% from the 56.4% mark in August. Layering this...

“Double Down?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/2/19

No sir!... I am not suggesting you double down on the stock market or anything at this point,  however, we did double our consecutive down days today as the markets got stung again & proceeded fall significantly across the board once again. The downward move came in reaction to addition...

“Manufacturing Woes” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/1/19

Today, the markets suffered through a bit of negative economic news that came out of the manufacturing sector that seemed to surprise and bring forth woes for many on this first day of October. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index was reported to have slipped to 47.8 in Sept...

Microsoft Ups Game In Cloud-Computing Clash With Amazon

Reportedly, Microsoft is intensifying its cloud-computing rivalry with Amazon.com with the launch of its Dynamics 365 Commerce and Dynamics 365 Connected Store allowing brands to create personalized and detailed product webpages with customer ratings and reviews. Dynamics 365 Commerce is an omnichan...

“Friday’s Mixer” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/13/19

The markets finished a bit mixed today but the Dow proceeded to charge forward as it gained 37.07 points closing at 27,219.52 up .14% & now moving well above the 27k mark and dare I say eyeing 28k? The Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in t...

“Extended” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/12/19

All markets moved higher today extending their recent run except for the Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index,  which dropped .04% of .65 points closing at 1,575.07. The Russell 2000 had outpaced the balance of the marke...

“How About Apple Today?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/10/19

All markets rose today except the tech-heavy Nasdaq which closed at 8,084.16 down 1.23% or 18.76 points. Apple (AAPL) did its part to help out as it rose 1.18% ($216/70/share) today after announcing their new iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, iPad and that their new streaming offe...

“Smalls, Oil & Expansion” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/9/19

It was a day that saw the "smalls" or Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index,  lead the way and look very strong closing up 1.3% at 1,524.23 up 19.06 points. However, the balance of the markets, the "bigs", sort of limped a...

Cloud Migration Firm Movere Being Acquired By Microsoft

In order to further facilitate a seamless cloud migration for its customers, Microsoft is acquiring Movere whose innovative methods and assessment capacity along with Microsoft's integrated partner solutions are thought to boost and make migration of applications and infrastructure a simpler pro...

“Jerome Reiterates” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/6/19

It was a relatively decent day in the markets that saw Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterate his position on the economy stating "We are not forecasting or expecting a recession." He also confirmed again that he and the Fed will do whatever is needed to keep the US economy growing. Speaking of the e...

“A Very Good Day” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/5/19

We had a very good day in the markets, to say the least. The markets were thrust forward by reports that the US will hold trade talks with China in October. Secondarily we received a smattering of somewhat positive economic reports that made many feel that we were not heading towards a recession...

“Manufactured Decline” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/3/19

We got hit with a solid club this weekend as the additional tariffs went in to effect on the Chinese levied by the White House and the markets did not like it on this first trading day in September. The certainty of the uncertainty or the trade wars continues to weigh heavy on the markets. We al...

“Extraordinary Extradition” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/4/19

We woke up to the futures being charged into positive territory today on the news that Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam had completely withdrawn the bill for that would allow extradition to mainland China after 3- months of highly publicized umbrella protests. Their markets (Heng Seng jumped 3.9%)...

“Chilling End” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/30/19

It was a chilling sort of end to trading today on this last trading session of August where little to nothing was really changed in a broad sense. It may have been because of the recent significant moves higher, or that little to nothing was reported today, or that its the Friday on Labor Day We...

“Calming Rally” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/29/19

A "Thank you" seems to be is in order for China Commerce Minister Gao Feng for providing the calming statement and much-needed energy that apparently served to fuel the market's rally today. According to a CNBC's translation of his Mandarin-language, they published “We firmly reject an escalat...

“Energy Leads” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/28/19

The energy sector led the way to ensure a positive move in the markets overall today. The energy sector was up 1.4% as oil prices moved up 1.6% to close at $55.76/bbl. 10 of the eleven S&P 500 sectors were up today. The S&P 500 gained 18.78 points or .65% to end the session at 2,887.94....

“Inverted Confidence” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/27/19

After a positive start to the week, the markets ushered in an '"inverted" sort of day today as the US yield curve turned for the worse and ended inverted while the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index for August came in at 135.1 confirming a relatively strong consumer confidence position...

“Game On” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/26/19

It was "game on" again for the most part with US markets rising significantly during Monday's trading.  During President Trump's continuing poker ganme with China and the world he offered the notion that China has called US delegates to move US-China trade war negotiations forward and offered h...

“Sliding…” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/23/19

The US markets slid aggressively throughout the day reacting negatively to the US-China trade wars and their associated fears. The trade war situation turned for the worse early Friday morning when China announced that they would be adding tariffs on $75B of US goods imported starting on Sept. 1...

“Anticipation” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/22/19

The markets closed mixed today as we anticipate Fed Chair Jerome Powell's comments that are due to surface during the annual meeting in Jackson Hole tomorrow. Today the markets were met with interviews of a couple of the members of the FOMC which expressed that they were against last month's int...

Microsoft Adding 3 Million Square Feet Campus Headquarters

Reportedly, Microsoft (MSFT) is renovating its headquarters in order to add 3 million square feet of space to the campus including 500,000 square feet of amenities, with 17 new buildings built across 72 acres. To add to the excitement of the employees Microsoft is using its technology which will...

“Flexible Minutes” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/21/19

The markets moved up nicely today post receiving a message via the FOMC minutes that seemed to express a willingness of the Fed to be "flexible" when it comes to interest rates and dealing with the economy based on data. This also caused some selling on the shorter end of the yield curve which i...

“The Waiting Game” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/20/19

It was a down day for the markets.  It seemed to be a day where most spent their time playing a waiting game as we quickly move towards the release of the Fed’s July meeting minutes tomorrow and then onward to Jerome Powell's Friday comments from the Annual Jackson Hole meeting.  Coupled wi...

“Double Order of Stimulus” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/19/19

The markets advanced today after receiving a double order of possible stimulus with with cheese from our friends in China and Germany. Reports that China and Germany may step forward with a stimulus package excited the world and the markets moved forward as it was a quiet day for the fed and the...

“Roaring Back” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/16/19

The markets advanced today. All 11 S&P 500 sectors roared higher as we received many economic reports that painted a better than expected picture (see the Economy section below.) The Dow ended at 25,886.01 up 1.20% adding 306.62 points. The S&P 500 gained 41.08 points or 1.44% to end th...

“Retail Rescue” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/15/19

Buy! Buy! Buy!... This is at least what the American consumer was stating and also moving forward with last month.  Today these actions came to the market's rescue as the Retail Report for July surfaced confirming a .7% increase month-over-month which was more than double estimates. The markets a...

“Mounting Fears” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/14/19

Yikes! And Double Yikes! Fears ran rampant across the markets again today resulting in the worst selloff this year.  Before the market opened today, we discovered that the yield curve had indeed inverted as the 2-yr Treasury yield made a move above the 10-yr yield after its recent moves had threa...

“Welcomed Delay” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/13/19

The markets welcomed in a tariff delay today that was conveniently put forth by the White House and we were off to the races back up today.  Specifically, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative or USTR announced that there would be a delay until December 15th on the tariffs that were set t...

“Gloomy” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 8/12/19

It was a downright gloomy day today in the markets and seemingly across the world. Every which way you would look today seemed to bring forth yet another issue, risk or cloud that was dropping already or possibly could drop on our "heads" in the not-too-distant future. US-China trade tensions &a...

Microsoft – Samsung Teaming Up Via Mobile Apps

Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly strengthening its partnership with Samsung Electronics Co by blending in Office applications with Samsung’s latest launch Galaxy Note 10. At the unveiling event in New York recently, the companies confirmed that the new phone will come with an Outlook email app pre...

“Oil Interrupted” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/16/19

The broad markets finished down today all except for the Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index,  moved up by .41% or 6.46 points closing at 1,584.60. The downward pressure on the balance of the markets looked to be squa...

“Rarefied Boneheads” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/11/19

All markets rose today including the Dow move over 27k and the S&P 500 move over 3k! This positive move came in concert with news from the trade war saga that our good friends in China were getting ready to release a list of 16 US products that they will exempt or waive from a higher tariff ...

“Jerome Reiterates” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 9/6/19

It was a relatively decent day in the markets that saw Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterate his position on the economy stating "We are not forecasting or expecting a recession." He also confirmed again that he and the Fed will do whatever is needed to keep the US economy growing. Speaking of the e...

“The Axe Fell” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/31/19

The wait is over and now approximately 80% of the markets' participants have received the .25 point interest rate cut that they were expecting (about 20% wanted a .50 pointcut), unfortunately, the Fed also lowered their ax and served a hawkish message. Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated, “Let me be ...

“Rolling With Apple” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/30/19

The FOMC got their 2-day meeting underway today however we will have to wait until tomorrow to get the interest rate decision. In the meantime, the markets continue to digest another 30% of the S&P 500 earnings reports. What we do not have to wait for anymore is Apple's (AAPL) earnings report ...

“The Wait” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/29/19

The markets were a bit uncommitted & mixed today as it lays in wait for the FOMC decision on Wednesday, July 31. The markets also needed to collect itself in the so-called summer doldrums after establishing all-time highs last week. Let's not for a minute forget that we also have the trade tal...

“Now Serving Q2 GDP” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/25/19

The markets were served a solid serving of better than expected Q2 GDP results (showing less of a slowdown than expected) today, which seemed to give market participants' enough of a jolt once again and we turned a nice shade of green into Friday's close. We also received a healthy serving soli...

“Downward Dog” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/25/19

After we flew to new heights in the yesterday, the markets took a decidedly negative ride into the close today. We continued to see several earnings reports surface and many are highlighted in the balance of the letter. The S&P 500 lost 15.89 points or .53% to end the day at 3,003.67. The Do...

“Climbing To New Levels” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/24/19

The markets climbed to levels today that the investing world has never seen before! The S&P 500 knocked it out the park as it set a new record high of 3,019.59 during intraday trading and closed the day adding 14.09 points or .47% & at 3,019.56. The tech-heavy Nasdaq also charged forward...

“All Roses Again?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/23/19

The markets were overwhelmingly positive again today and they even invited the little guys on the Russell 2000 to play. All things seemed to get all roses again when Bloomberg reported that US representatives will be headed over to China Monday to Wednesday next week to once again meet in-person ...

“Technologically Driven” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/22/19

As we count down the handful of trading days left until July 31 when the Fed makes their decision to or not to make their first interest rate reduction in 10 years,  the markets today were overwhelmingly positive and "technologically driven" by some of the name brand tech and so-called FANG stock...

Microsoft Beats Expectations While Pushing Cloud Strategy

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Recently, Microsoft Corp reported its Q2 sales and profit earnings that beat...

“Drifting Into The Close” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/19/19

After our "Red Wednesday" & "Green Thursday" this week (see the last 2 days of recaps), we seemed to drift and/or selloff across all markets into the close today. The Dow lost 68.77 points today closing down .25% closing at 27,154.20. The S&P 500  gave back 18.50 points or .62% closing...

“Green Thursday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/18/19

After yesterday's trading produced a "Red Wednesday" in the markets as I wrote about yesterday, we thankfully received a green or positive move across the board in the markets by the end of today's trading session. The Dow gained 3.12 points today closing up .01% closing at 27,222.97. The S&P...

“Red Wednesday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/17/19

The markets were all in the red today.  Earnings reports continued to roll out with mixed messages as the bank sector (i.e JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Citigroup (C) & Bank of America (BAC) have led the way but have been countered by the likes of CSX Corporation (CSX) which missed expec...

“Little Russell Tags In” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/16/19

The Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index tagged in today & gained a weak .17 points closing at 1,562.00 up .01% but did manage to outperform the remaining indices even though there were a number of earnings beats in larg...

“Interest Parade Continues” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/15/19

The markets moved further into new record territory again today. The locomotive like recent move seems to be continuing to gain its power from the strong belief that we deserve and need an interest rate cut on July 31st when the Fed meets again. However, earnings season is swinging into high gear ...

Oracle’s Pushing Charges To Delay Pentagon’s Decision For “War Cloud” System?

Amazon and Microsoft continue to wrestle for a $10 billion opportunity to build the first “war cloud” computing for U.S. military under the name The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan (JEDI) after Oracle and IBM were excluded at the earlier round of the competition. The project power...

“More Fed Market Magic” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/12/19

The markets moved sharply higher today. Friday's trading saw both the large caps and the small caps participate. The markets' strength seems to be squarely sitting on the strong shoulders or belief that a quarter-point interest rate cut will likely be in the cards on July 31st. The Dow, S&P 50...

“27K Magic” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/11/19

The markets or at least the large caps today were further buoyed by the warm-and-fuzzy feeling that Fed Chair Jerome Powell has given us this week that a quarter-point interest rate cut would be in the cards by July 31st. Both the Dow and the S&P 500 moved past and/or into record territory whi...

“Markets Love Insurance” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/10/19

The markets today seemed to love the insurance or at least the belief that Fed Chair Jerome Powell provided with his prepared remarks within the semi-annual Monetary Policy Report that he served Congress. Basically, he gave most the feeling that a quarter-point interest rate cut would be in the ca...

“A Medley” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/9/19

The markets seem to be a bit of a medley today as we spent a great deal of it in the red and it was not tasting well.  However, three of the four indices made it back to positive territory at the close. The S&P 500 managed to move up 3.68 points while closing at 2,979.63 down .48% after swimmi...

Microsoft Partnering With Providence St. Joseph Health To Move to the Cloud

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Recently, Providence St. Joseph Health and Microsoft reportedly entered ...

“Swing Low” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/8/19

The markets swung lower today as we all shrug off the long holiday week or weekend depending on how you handled Independence Day. Two Dow 30 components that hold a great deal of weight were hit with negative news and sentiment today which helped pull it down.  Apple (AAPL) was yanked down when Ros...

“Job Gains – Market Losses” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/5/19

The markets today were ruled by the news that the US had realized a better than expected jobs report for the month of June. The US economy added 224K new jobs in June which was well above the 161k monthly average in 2019. The June unemployment rate was reported as 3.7% versus 3.6% in May, but still...

“Early Fireworks” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/3/19

In this shortened holiday trading day, where the markets closed at 1 pm eastern, we were served an early and brilliant fireworks display in the form of a record day for the S&P 500, Dow and the Nasdaq.  The S&P 500 moved up 22.81 points and closed at 2,995.82 up .77% on the day. The Dow a...

“Bumping Forward” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/2/19

The markets were a bit rocky out of the gate today as they initially dropped post the solid move yesterday after the weekend's news that the US-China trade wars were finding their way forward again. However, by the end of the trading day, the markets regained strength to bump forward once again. Th...

“Q3 Cannon” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 7/1/19

The markets shot out like a cannon this morning but tailed off over the course of the day to finish higher on this first day of July and the first day of Q3 2019. The markets initial reaction seemed to be fueled by positive news that a trade truce materialized between the US & China over the w...

“+1955” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/28/19

The markets finished the last day of trading in June on the positive side and at a level representing the best June in the markets since 1955 as the S&P 500 finished up a whopping 6.9% over the course of trading in June. Also, coming off yesterday's 1.9% upward move the Russell 2000, the small...

“Little Russell’s Day!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/27/19

It was the Russell 2000's day today as the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index moved up nicely by 1.9%.  The balance of the markets struggled to find there way again today as it awaits the over reported G-20 Summit -President Trump - Xi Jinpi...

“A Mnuchin Fizzle” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/26/19

The markets initially popped to the positive side today reacting early to a CNBC interview that revealed that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had told CNBC that the "U.S. and China were close to a trade deal, and he's optimistic that progress can be made during weekend talks between President Do...

“Fed Mega Pressure” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/25/19

The markets felt negative pressure today from the further selloff of the mega caps as it digested a tempered and or a clipped alternative approach to monetary policy which was described by Fed Chair Jerome Powell. He seemed to be trying to revise the markets' previous understanding regarding an int...

“Mixed Conviction Blues” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/24/19

The markets caught a bit of 'mixed conviction blues' this Monday as it laid in wait for further clarity from both Iran situation and the US-China trade wars this week and on the backside of such a significant run this year not to mention the 7-8% run in June alone. The S&P 500 dropped 5.11 poi...

“Quadruple-Witching Day” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/21/19

Quadruple-witching day presented itself this fine Friday after a week of market jumps & eclipsed records which were fueled by the ongoing flow of dovish comments and confirmations by the Fed.  What is quadruple-witching day?  It is when the markets simultaneously experience the expiration of...

“Breaking Records” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/20/19

Thursday brought forth a record-breaking day for the S&P 500 as it climbed to an intraday all-time high of 2,958.06 prior to closing at 2,954.18 up .95% on the day. The move came after yesterday's Fed motion to leave interest rates alone for the time being while also making it clear that they...

“Dovish Summer Tones” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/19/19

This fine day of summer brought forth the end of the Fed's two-day meeting and along with it came Fed Chair Powell's comments and conclusions. The comments continued to be dovish in nature but officially removed the word "patient." However, interest rates were left alone for now as the FOMC voted 9-...

“Taco Tuesday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/18/19

It was a  "Taco Tuesday special" kind of day for those involved in the markets today as as we continue to wait for the Fed to announce their much-anticipated interest rate decision tomorrow.  In other words the markets charged upward and it tasted good. The S&P 500 ended the session .98% at...

“Tech, Biotech Lead” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/17/19

Overall the markets were up today as it waited for the FOMC to begin its 2-day meeting tomorrow. Attention is once again pointed towards their decision to lower or delay the lowering of interest rates. Consensus still has it that we will not see a rate cut this week but we instead continue to rece...

“Semi Slowing?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/14/19

Negative reports came out of the semiconductor sector today which slowed things to a bit of a halt. This is significant as the sector typically serves as a harbinger for the market and economic conditions. In particular, Global chipmaker Broadcom (AVGO) Ceo Hock Tan gave the world and the markets ...

“Energy Powers?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/13/19

Amazing what a good old fashioned crisis, not to mention an attack on an oil tanker or two, like the unfortunate mishaps that happened not too far the coast of Iran today, will do to move oil prices higher.  And when you move oil prices higher it is generally a good recipe for energy stocks to mo...

“Summer Consumer Inflation?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/12/19

The consumer inflation or CPI reports came in today and basically met expectations. The total CPI & the core CPI (sans food & energy prices) both increased by .1%. What does the mean? Basically, inflation is in check and reinforces the belief that The Fed will likely need to raise interes...

“China 1 – Market 0” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/11/19

I guess the markets' streak of winning days had to end at some point, right?  The recent five consecutive days of upward movement in the markets that we just experienced was a very good run. Did you know that the S&P 500 is up north of 6% just since June 1?  Part of the problem today is that...

“Gracias Mexico” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/10/19

 The markets today push forward for yet the 5th day in a row. A "gracias" or "thank you very much" seems to be in store for our friends located south of the US border,  Mexico! The markets moved swiftly higher after receiving another shot of adrenaline from the tariff related news over the weeke...

Will Microsoft & Oracle’s Joint Cloud Services Change The Cloud Computing Arena?

Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle  (ORCL) have reportedly come together with a goal of to enhance their cloud computing services with high-speed links between both company’s data centers which is believed to enable them to pitch & to a greater degree win large businesses and government organizati...

“Four For You” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/7/19

The markets this Friday once again performed for you which now makes it four consecutive days of positive movement.  Today we received the May employment report which the consensus determined that it came in "soft." In other words, the job creation & the average hourly earnings growth came i...

“Three’s A Charm” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/6/19

Today marked the third consecutive day that the broad markets moved higher.  Stories that the tariffs on Mexico that are set to go in effect on Monday next week could possibly be delayed or shortlived, flew across the world wide web today and seemed to add just enough power for the markets to mar...

“Loving Cut” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/5/19

Participants and pundits alike seemed to believe and love the idea that the Fed will be cutting interest rates this year and possibly even as soon as their next meeting. This belief was fueled by Fed Chair Jerome Powell's recent comments assuring the Fed would do what it had to do to continue expa...

“2% For Everyone” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/4/19

Wow! It is amazing what 24 hours of time, a new belief that the markets were oversold and a few interest rate adjustment comments from the Fed can do for the markets.  We had our best day in the markets since January this year as the markets moved 2% or higher across the board. Everyone is appare...

“To Trust or Antitrust” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/3/19

At least the world order these days is consistent in providing the markets with enough reasons to be concerned and/or continue to fuel the sell-off. Today the bearish theme for the tape was fed another serving from the US-China trade wars.  This time the entree was a slice of Chinese negative pie...

“Hello, Mexico!!!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/31/19

The markets' crashed today post President Trump's declared threat of imposing a new 5% tariff became clear. This tariff could possibly go in effect as early as June 10th and did not have anything to do with China. This time it's in store for our good ol' friends that live south of the border that ...

“Inverted Waters” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/30/19

The markets' waters remained a bit rough again today but they ended up for the most part as we glided into the close,  except for the Russell 2000 which lost .3% and closed at 1485.53. The S&P 500 ended the session up .21% at 2788.86. The Dow ended higher by 43.47 points and ended up .17% cl...

“Rare Earth Fears” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/29/19

It was quite a day that was full of fear and volatility in the markets. The US-China trade wars continued to produce its daily headlines on cue and the markets crashed early on with it but began to recover towards the end of the day. The S&P 500 ended the session down .69% at 2783.02 above its...

“A Mighty Nice Start…” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/28/19

It was a mighty nice welcome back today, that is, for the first part of the markets trading session as it was relatively on fire. However, as the day proceeded the markets began to accelerate its losses into the close and fizzle.  The markets overall still seem to be trying to get comfortable wit...

“Favorable Friday” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/24/19

Prior to all of us in the US made our way to the exit doors today for a wonderful 3-day Memorial Day Weekend, the sun shined on the markets once again & many risk assets headed relatively north. Part of the reason that the day was slightly more favorable is that late Thursday trade tensions w...

“Main Concerns” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/23/19

The markets fell today as we all had many concerns.  It was one of those days that felt as though our coveted ice cream cone had been dropped before we got the first taste.  The main concerns swirling around the markets and the world today were of the trade war tensions variety, economic growth ...

“Cobra Kai Wins…” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/22/19

The markets these days feel a bit like being in a "Karate Kid" movie where one day you wake up to getting your rear kicked by the Cobra Kai and the next morning you are performing the crane kick and winning the tournament. Today, unfortunately, volatility swung to the dark side as the Cobra Kai wa...

“Easy Peasy” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/21/19

Yes, it was a bit more "easy peasy lemon squeezy" today in the markets today folks as the technology sector/the "US-China trade war" headlines that dragged us down again yesterday managed to loosen their stranglehold. Out of the starting blocks today, the markets were met with the overnight news ...

“Uncomfortable Tech Drag” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/20/19

The technology sector as it specifically relates to the US-China trade war dragged us down again today.  Headlines and actions out of large chipmakers like Intel to Qualcomm were flying as they were complying with the US's new tech ban.  This ban is forcing them to proceed to cut off the suppl...

“Stalled” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/17/19

After a nice 3-day run the US markets hit a speedbump today when news hit that US-China trades had "stalled." The news followed that seem to confirm it too as China officials added that they thought the US negotiating tactics need to change from its "bullying" ways prior heading their way. I would...

“The Rule of Three” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/16/19

US markets moved higher for the third straight day possibly making many of us wonder if indeed there is any magic or power in the "rule of three" as it is believed to be in stories, fairy tales, and myths.  I am not entirely sure if there is but I do not know that we did get three reports directl...

“Unsettlingly Higher” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/15/19

US markets moved unsettlingly higher today, but not before they dropped coming out of the gates.   The slow start for the markets could be easily attributed to the lingering US-China trade war,  but the mood was also dampened by other factors. US Retail sales were reported to have fallen .2% in ...

“An Extraordinary Day” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/14/19

Today the markets moved nicely higher after crashing feverishly yesterday. Amazing how a change of sentiment and associated action can change the market value and mood. TAt the end of the day today the S&P 500 bounced nearly a point or .80% ending the session at 2834.41. The Dow rose .82% end...

“Never Surrender” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/13/19

Unfortunately, by using the title "Never Surrender" I am not writing about how we should all rollback time today and break out our cassette tapes to listen to 80's pop star Cory Hart's hit "Never Surrender" or even "Sunglasses at Night." However,  this action might make you feel better after a da...

“Constructive Bounce?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/10/19

U.S. equities bounced on Friday after four straight days of declines.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that the Chinese trade talks this week were "constructive."  This statement alone seemed to be enough to allow the markets to bounce after initially dropping this morning post new US t...

“Excellent Pressure” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/9/19

U.S. equities dropped again on Thursday as the China trade saga applied a significant amount of worry, concern and downward pressure on the markets as many fled to "safety." President trump offered that he had an "excellent alternative" to a trade deal with China but it is was made certain that h...

“Safety, Please?” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/7/2019

U.S. equities tanked today as investors fled to safety after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer joined the President’s recent tweet parade by issuing a statement that the tariffs on Chinese goods would be increased from 10% to 25% at 12:01 am on May 10, 2019.  This spurred stories that...

“More Caffeine Please” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/6/2019

U.S. equities overall did not fare well on Monday and required that many of us, including yours truly, add another cup of Joe to stay alert and on top of things. I wish it tasted as well as the richly pictured cup above but this was not the case. This downward move came on the backside of the Pr...

Will Microsoft & VMware’s New Partnership Boost Cloud Computing Growth?

It would seem that Microsoft has taken a page from its cloud computing rival, Amazon Web Services that partnered with VMware Inc. in 2016 to draw customers to its network. Recently, it was reported that Microsoft (MSFT) is currently partnering with VMware Inc. to attract more customers to its Azur...

“Strong” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 5/3/2019

U.S. equities did well on Friday, buoyed up by a strong jobs report for April. While analysts had expected the unemployment rate for April to hold steady at 3.8%, it actually decreased to 3.6% as 263,000 jobs were added. The increase in payrolls brought unemployment to the lowest level it's been a...

“The Digital Economy & World Markets” Vista Partners April 2019 Macro Economic & Investment Newsletter 4-30-19

Vista Partners ("Vista") has published April 2019's FREE Macroeconomic & Investment Monthly Newsletter, "The Digital Economy & World Markets." Vista's monthly newsletter contains macroeconomic views & investment considerations that center around Vista's Coverage of the Dow 30 Compone...

“Retreat” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 4/25/2019

The market, and the Dow in particular, had a bit of a retreat today after 3M (MMM) offered disappointing earnings and guidance when it reported before the session began. The Dow slipped 0.51% (134.97 points) before the market closed while the S&P 500 fell 0.04% (1.08 points) despite holding on...

Book Lover? Some Recommendations From Microsoft’s Founder Himself

William Henry Gates III ("Bill Gates") is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and programmer. He is best known as the principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation. An interesting fact about Bill Gates is that he prioritizes his sleep as it keeps him act...

Microsoft Top Executives To Meet & Discuss Harassment Issues At Upcoming Employee Meeting

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft Corp’s top officials are scheduled to meet and discuss the issue...

Microsoft Takes Control of 99 Websites Used By “Malicious Group”

Redmond, Washington-based American multinational technology company Microsoft (MSFT) develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Microsoft (MSFT) recently took control of 99 websites used by a "malicious ...

“Failed to Impress” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 2/21/2019

US stocks fell slightly on Thursday as a variety of reports showed economic data that failed to impress. The S&P 500 dropped slightly 0.35% (9.82 points) while the Nasdaq followed suit with a 0.39% (29.36 points) loss. The Dow had the biggest losses percentage-wise as it sank 0.40% (103.81 poi...

“Red Red Red Already Said” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 2/6/2019

US stocks stayed in the red for the red for most of the day on Wednesday and finished there as well. This broke the five day streak of gains that market had seen in previous sessions. The S&P 500 dropped 0.22% (6.09 points) while the Nasdaq sank 0.36% (26.80 points). After barely breaking into...

“Calm Before the Storm” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 2/4/2019

US stocks rose throughout the day on Monday, despite starting out the session in the red. The S&P 500 climbed 0.68% (18.33 points) while the Nasdaq had risen 1.15% (83.67 points) by the time the market closed. After a somewhat shaky start this morning, the Dow finished out the day with gains o...

“A Solid Start” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 1/31/2019

Two of the three major US indices ended the day with gains on Thursday, bringing January to a close and marking a solid start to 2019. The S&P finished up 0.86% (23.05 points) making this the best January it has seen since 1987. The Nasdaq rose 1.37% (98.66 points). The Dow started the day in ...

“A Disappointing Decline” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 1/28/2019

US stocks saw a disappointing decline on Monday that was spurred by several concerning reports. The Nasdaq was down 1.11% (79.18 points) on the day, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.78% (20.91 points). The Dow finished the session out with a loss of 0.84% (209.98 points) although at one point it had ...

Current Beats, Meets & Misses of Dow 30 Company Q4 Earnings Reports (1-25-19)

With the fourth quarter of the fiscal year having come to a close we are squarely in the "earnings season' again.  The components of the Dow 30  have also begun releasing their current Q4 earnings reports and we have seen seven of the Dow 30 components beat  estimates, one company meet estimates...

Microsoft Committing $500M Towards Affordable Housing Situation in Seattle

Microsoft (MSFT) announced on Thursday this week that it is committing  $500M towards the worsening affordable housing situation in Seattle. The vast majority of the money is to be used to increase housing options for low and middle-income workers as they are being priced out of Seattle. Mic...

“And They’re Back” – Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 1/15/2019

Stocks were back up again on Tuesday with all three of the major indices building on early gains throughout the day. The Nasdaq was up 1.71% (117.92 points) by the time markets closed, and the S&P 500 gained 1.07% (27.96 points). The Dow had a slightly more volatile day but still ended in the ...

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