Craig Johnson’s

Financial Markets Summary

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

  • The U.S. dollar, after moving higher for ten consecutive days, took a breather yesterday. However, it broke out of the multi-year trading range last week reaching levels that the dollar hasn’t been at since the first quarter of 2003.
  • Oil has proven to be resilient while moving sideways since June. Various news stories coming from producing countries during that time haven’t been able to sway oil into a defined trend.
  • The rapid rise in interest rates last week sent the five and ten year yields to the largest percentage increase in yields during a two-week period in history. Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen seemed to make her strongest case yet for a December interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.
  • The stock market continues to dazzle with the Russell 2000 extending its streak of consecutive daily gains to 12. It is the longest streak since 2003.
  • Yesterday was the first time since 12/31/99 that the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Russell 2000 and S&P 400 Midcap all closed at new highs. Historically, what follows all-time highs in the S&P 500 are more all-time highs.
  • Gold is retesting the June lows. It is becoming more significant that it holds the support level at $1200 an ounce. It closed yesterday near the $1213 an ounce level. Last week’s low was $1201.30. 

Sources:,,, Dow Jones News, Financial Times,, Investor's Business Daily,,, Thomson Reuters/First Call, U.S. Dept of Treasury, and individual company web sites and press releases.

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