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Stocks Oversold Short-Term

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Having Fun and Helping a Child

Happy New Year from the Pinnacle Trust team.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family.  We had a great time seeing our two granddaughters from New York (ages 4 and 2). But as I've told many of you, after a week with the family and a fun but hectic Sugar Bowl trip, I need a break after my break!

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Does the First Week of Trading Determine the Year?


Much has been made about the abysmal beginning to 2016.  The first five trading days of the year saw the S&P 500 decline 5.96%.  The decline tops 2008 as the worst start to a year ever!  But does that mean 2016 is now destined to be a down year?  History says, “not necessarily.”

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Market Update – China Declines Continue

For the second time this week the Chinese stock market plunged 7 percent, triggering circuit breakers that shut the market down for the day.  This has bled over into the European markets and now our domestic markets this morning.  Although the declines in China are startling, we should not assume that they are systemic to the rest of the global markets.

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Expect the Unexpected in 2016

In his fourth quarter earnings preview: The Lost Year? Reid Davis, Pinnacle Trust’s Investment Officer focused on U.S. equity analysis, details a 2015 where we saw the S&P 500 post three consecutive quarters of year-over-year earnings declines for the first time since 2009.  The declines are primarily due to a decimated energy sector and a stronger dollar, which hurt multi-national corporations’ overseas profits.  2015 also shows that at current equity values, a 2% domestic economy will struggle to produce enough topline revenue growth to propel the major equity indices significantly higher. 

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4th Quarter Earnings Preview: The Lost Year?

In October, Q3:2015 earnings results confirmed that weak top-line revenue growth continued to create a challenging environment for U.S. corporations to grow earnings.  Q3:2015 ended with negative 2.5% earnings growth and negative 3.1% revenue growth for the S&P 500, making it the second straight quarter of negative earnings growth, which is otherwise known as an "earnings recession". While U.S. (and international) corporations have continued to focus their efforts on cutting expenses to squeeze every possible penny to the bottom-line, the simple truth is that there just isn’t much fat left to cut.

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