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  • Thinking small as in small-cap stocks.

    Small-cap Stocks Still Outperforming S&P 500

    Stock markets have shown some interesting trends so far in 2015, and most of those trends have been bullish in nature.  However, some stock sectors have benefited more from this optimism than other sectors, and the overall developments might be surprising those most heavily invested in traditional assets.  If we look at the major financial news headlines, most of the attention has been on indices like the S&P 500 or the NASDAQ 100 (which recently surpassed highs not seen since the tech bubble of 1999).  However, when we compared the year-to-date performance of these bench

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  • U.S. stocks are a drag on the MSCI World Index.

    Last Year's Investment Strategy is Struggling in 2015

    For global equity investors what worked so well last year is struggling to work this year.  Last year, the S&P 500 was the place to be.  It gained nearly 11.5%.  The Dow Jones Stoxx 600 was up 4.3%. The MSCI World Index that covers the developed markets rose just shy of 3%.  MSCI Emerging Market equity index lost 4.6%.

    This year is a dramatically different story.   As this Great Graphic, composed on Bloomberg shows, the Dow Jones 600 has exploded (fuchsia line), rising a little more than 16% in Q1 15. 

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  • The markets have yet to stabilize

    Market Stabilization has Yet to be Achieved

    The US equity market was unable to sustain early gains yesterday and, although several Asian markets posted minor gains, Europe is seeing red again today.  US equities are called lower as well.  The European bond market rally continues, except for Greece, where the 10-year yield rose to about 70 bp over the past five sessions.

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  • Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy

    Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid surging investor demand

     Alibaba Group Holding the chinese e-commerce giant will sell $22 billion of shares on Thursday, finalizing a two week road show that pulled interest from world-wide investors and will likely be the world's largest initial public offering.

    Alibaba shares will be priced after the markets close at 4pm. Thursday and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday with the ticker "BABA."

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