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US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin blamed volatility in equity markets partly upon high speed trading and the effect of the Volcker Rule.  Mnuchin stated   “in my opinion market structure has led to a lot more volatility, part of this is a combination of market presence of...

The G-20 meeting is over. I believe the two greatest issues facing the markets for the intermediate future is monetary policy and the normalization of the Fed’s balance sheet.  Both...

Equities advanced the most in eight months after a dovish tone from the Federal Reserve chairman fueled speculation the central bank is closer than thought to pausing on rate hikes.  FAANG led the markets higher. The Chairman said the economic outlook remains “solid,” bolstering expectations for...

The outcome of the Fed meeting was as largely as expected.  The Central Bank is on course to increase rates in December as strong economic growth, higher tariffs and rising wages look set to spur inflation. The Fed stated “economic activity gas been rising at a...

Banks and phone companies pushed stocks higher as the dollar is at the highest level versus the euro since 2003.  Financials are the direct beneficiary of a more hawkish Fed.  As most are aware, the central bank is now projecting three interest rate hikes in...

Equites fell amid hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials.  High dividend shares and companies sensitive to a higher dollar declined the most while banks gained.  Utilities are now down for eight consecutive sessions.  Consumer staples and phone companies also got hit....

As expected a divided Federal Reserve left its policy rate unchanged for a sixth straight meeting, saying it would wait for more evidence of progress toward it goals, while projecting that increase is still likely by year end....