Stocks advanced slightly in the third quarter, adding to their strong gains in the first half and closing just under the market highs of late July. Volatility remained high as headlines around China trade negotiations and prospective Fed policy moved stocks in both directions. Economic...

U.S. stocks added to the strong gains of the first quarter, giving the broad market its best six month start in over twenty years. A slightly longer perspective shows more moderate returns, with stocks just ahead of where they were in late January, 2018. Most...

Executive Summary Over the years, we have addressed the periodic performance swings between value equity strategies and growth equity strategies.   Differences have historically been cyclical in nature and often associated with the stage of the business cycle.  More recently, the pronounced outperformance of growth stocks over...

Deeply oversold conditions at year-end set the stage for a vigorous recovery for stocks in the first quarter of 2019. Similar to other corrections during the course of this bull market, the retracement in stock prices has occurred quickly. At the risk of oversimplifying, the turnaround...

Good News Many interim-quarter updates we send are typically in response to an unexpected market decline, so instead, we thought we would take the opportunity to provide commentary after what has been a more positive experience. Equity markets have rebounded strongly from the panic decline of December,...

The stock market pulled back sharply in the fourth calendar quarter.  Earlier-year gains were erased as declines breached bear-market territory for most broad-based indices.  A year that began with high expectations and optimism around a resurgent economy finished the year in the opposite camp.  The abruptness...

Meritage CIO, Mark Eveans, recently sat down with The Wall Street Transcript to discuss the firm's investment process and specific investment ideas within our separate equity strategies. This publication has been interviewing money managers and CEOs for over 50 years for an institutional subscriber base.The full interview...

Strong economic and corporate fundamentals fell into place in the third quarter, triggering an impressive rally in stock prices. Annualized GDP growth exceeded 4% and corporate earnings (abetted by tax reform) grew over 20% for a second consecutive quarter. Markets also took a more measured view of the trade concerns, in spite of an escalation in tariffs. By quarter’s end, most major stock indices had registered new all-time highs.

Broad equity markets posted positive returns in the second calendar quarter, rebounding from the modest declines of Q1. While the news flow regarding continued economic growth and strong corporate earnings was generally positive, the market struggled for direction amidst longer-term uncertainties regarding the duration of the current economic cycle. As we discussed in our note last quarter, this is consistent with a market in transition, as the outlook for better growth also signals the latter stage of an economic cycle that now exceeds nine years.

Since we last distributed a special commentary on general market conditions (MARKET PERSPECTIVE, FEB 6, 2018), stocks have rebounded from lows established on February 8, recovering most of the 10% decline. Thankfully, what we experienced then was an overdue, “normal” market correction, not the beginning...