Bellevue Perspectives

Monday Minute

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) as a U.S. leading indicator looks to have peaked in March with two straight declining numbers. Ex-U.S. Manufacturing PMI is at its highest level since March of 2011. The Eurozone investor confidence is at the highest level in a decade. CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) hits 10 year low.  Market ...

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Monday Minute

70% of companies that have released Q1 earnings have beat estimates, with more companies raising guidance than lowering.* A jump in bad credit-card loans last quarter, drawing concern from analysts and investors about consumer credit quality. FOMC met last week and as expected, left rates unchanged.  Market is currently pricing in a June hike. Trump’s ...

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"Building up Bellevue" Event Recap

HighTower Bellevue had the privilege of hosting a breakfast panel discussion, “Building up Bellevue,” Wednesday, April 26 where key community influencers shared their insights on Bellevue’s growth, development and bright future.  A big thank you to our guest speakers, Brad Miyake, Bellevue’s City Manager; Kevin Wallace, City Council Member; and Eric Stelter, philanthropist and Principal ...

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Monday Minute

Market adds on to the French election rally with stellar earnings reports from a number of Dow members. Consumer confidence numbers slip, but new home sales surprise to the upside. Trump team announces new tax plan that includes a vastly reduced corporate rate of 15%. US Existing Home Sales Month Supply at 12 year low ...

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Monday Minute

Goldman Sachs and IBM had back-to-back poor earnings announcements mid week.  With a large weighing in the Dow Jones Industrial average, the index took a hit.  Later in the week, positive results brought interest back to the “Trump trade.” Oil continues to oscillate, trading back near $50/barrel then up again on news the Saudi Arabian ...

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Monday Minute

80% of the SP 500 reports Q1 earnings in the next few weeks, which should make for additional market volatility. Secretary Tillerson traveled to Russia last week to discuss Syria and US/Russia relations. U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan mountains Thursday, counteracting positive market action resulting from earnings releases. Tensions around ...

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Monday Minute

Gonzaga came close to bringing an NCAA championship to the state of Washington but lost to North Carolina in the tournament finals. Consumer sentiment has been surging, but the hard economic metrics haven’t changed much.  At some point these should converge. Crude oil trades above the $52/barrel mark. FOMC minutes indicate the Fed’s intention on ...

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