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Matthew R. Bush
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Hilliard Lyons
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When you're trying to live life more fully and worry less often, it's important to have the 'money part' of your life under control.

But that's part of the problem. For many people, managing money can seem like a full-time job in itself: Crafting a sound investment plan designed to meet your goals; keeping up with the markets; changes in the tax laws; monitoring the performance of stocks, bonds and mutual funds; figuring out what to do about paying college costs; planning for retirement, and estate planning. It really can be a full-time job.

For us, it is a full time job. It's a job we do for our clients every day; and we can do the same for you so that you can go about doing more interesting things…such as living life to its fullest.

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


Updated Each Business Day at Approximately 4:30 pm ET.



The three main US benchmarks hit record highs in intraday trading, but all three also closed Tuesday's session in the red as investor enthusiasm seemed tempered by political and earnings season concerns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 10.33 points at 25792.86, the S&P 500 shed 9.82 points at 2776.42, and the NASDAQ Composite was down 37.38 points at 7223.69. Merck and UnitedHealth led the Dow 30 on the upside, rising 5.8 and 2 percent, respectively, while shares of General Electric were off 3 percent, leading on the downside. For December the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Index came in at 17.7, below economists' expectations for a rise from November's read of 18.

Dow Transports skidded 146.07 points at 11227.31, while the Dow Jones Utility Index was off less than a point at 683.19. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1572.97, lower by 19 points. 1.1 billion and 618 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outnumbered advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ 2 to 1.

February WTI crude's climb took a breather, with the contract off 0.9 percent at $63.73 per barrel. The US dollar declined versus major rivals, helping gold for February delivery inch 0.2 percent higher, settling at $1337.10 per ounce. Recent US Treasury yields: 2.01 percent for the 2-year note, 2.35 percent for the 5-year note, 2.54 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.83 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

The three main US benchmarks closed at record highs yet again on Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 228.46 points to 25803.19 (+2 percent for the week), the S&P 500 rose 18.68 points at 2786.24 (+1.6 percent for the week), and the NASDAQ Composite gained 49.29 points at 7261.06 (+1.7 percent for the week). Energy and consumer discretionary sectors led in the green. The tech sector was slightly hampered by shares of Facebook, which were off 4.5 percent after the company's decision to make some changes to what's prioritized for users on its News Feed function.

Dow Transports added 89.06 points at 11373.38, while the Dow Jones Utility Index lost 6.66 points at 683.91. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1591.76, up 4.98 points. 874 million and 494 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13 and on the NASDAQ 3 to 2.

February WTI crude closed at $64.30 per barrel, up 0.8 percent for the session and around 4.7 percent for the week. The ICE US Dollar Index saw continued weakness, falling another 0.8 percent. Inversely, gold for February delivery rose another 0.9 percent, settling at $1334.90 per ounce; for the week the contract was up approximately 1 percent. US Treasury yields increased. Recent yields: 2.00 percent for the 2-year note, 2.34 percent for the 5-year note, 2.55 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.85 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

On Thursday, rising oil prices -- ergo, higher energy sector share prices -- translated to another round of record high closes for the three main US benchmarks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 205.60 points to 25574.73, the S&P 500 added 19.33 points at 2767.56, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 58.21 points at 7211.78. Oil was helped higher by another weekly decrease in the US's crude stockpiles and lower US production. February WTI crude closed at $63.80 per barrel, up 0.4 percent for the session.

Dow Transports climbed 254.22 points at 11284.32, while the Dow Jones Utility Index shed 2.57 points at 690.57. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1585.97, up 26.73 points. 828 million and 482 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outpaced decliners on the NYSE 11 to 3 and on the NASDAQ over 3 to 1.

The US dollar weakened versus major rivals, with the ICE US Dollar Index down 0.5 percent. Inversely, gold for February delivery inched up another 0.2 percent, settling at $1322.50 per ounce. Recent US Treasury yields: 1.98 percent for the 2-year note, 2.32 percent for the 5-year note, 2.53 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.87 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

Investors took a cautious breather on Wednesday to consider reports that China may stop purchasing US debt. Financials were a rare spot of green for the session; real estate, utilities, and telecoms were in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 16.67 points to 25369.13. The S&P 500 lost 3.06 points at 2748.23. The NASDAQ Composite dropped 10.01 points at 7153.57.

Dow Transports added 11.64 points at 11030.10, while the Dow Jones Utility Index shed 7.84 points at 693.14. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1559.80, down less than a point. 811 million and 492 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outnumbered advancers on the NYSE 17 to 11 and on the NASDAQ 15 to 14.

The US dollar was weaker versus major rivals on the reports about China. Inversely, gold for February delivery added 0.4 percent, settling at $1319.30 per ounce. Oil prices continued to track higher, with February WTI crude up 1 percent, settling at $63.57 per barrel. Recent US Treasury yields: 1.97 percent for the 2-year note, 2.33 percent for the 5-year note, 2.56 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.90 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --
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