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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here.

There will be no changes to the model portfolio or the buy ratings this week, but last week’s covered call sales are reviewed in the following discussion topic:

The executive summary is as follows:

Amid better-than-expected economic news in general and strong retail sales in particular, U.S. stocks rebounded sharply from big declines the prior week and investor enthusiasm appears to have returned, even for recently battered tech and biotech shares. Emerging market shares advanced again, the bond market saw heavy selling as money was shifted back into stocks, and the U.S. dollar rebounded a bit.

Rising energy prices and surging equity markets combined to push energy stocks sharply higher and both agricultural stocks and REITs followed along. Lower gold and silver prices pressured mining stocks and losses here offset other gains as the model portfolio fell 0.5 percent, now up 4.1 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here.

There will be no changes to the buy ratings this week but two changes to the model portfolio, the latter being covered along with some thoughts about inflation (or the lack thereof) in the following discussion topics:

The executive summary is as follows:

Iacono Research Model Portfolio PerformanceDovish Federal Reserve meeting minutes offered only a temporary respite for U.S. stocks that saw some of their heaviest selling in years as technology shares have quickly fallen out of favor with investors and dragged the broader stock market lower with them. As expected, Treasuries moved higher on increased demand for safe haven assets, however, in something of a surprise, emerging market stocks also saw big gains, the latter due (at least in part) to a weaker trade-weighted dollar.

The natural resource sector had one of its best weeks of the year as metal prices surged and energy products rebounded from the prior week’s declines, but related shares moved lower along with major stock indexes. For the week, the model portfolio rose 0.1 percent and is now up 4.6 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here. The executive summary is as follows:

Amid good (but not quite as good as expected) economic data for both the U.S. labor market and manufacturing sector, asset prices were little changed with the notable exception of some U.S. technology stocks that saw a second straight week of heavy selling. Emerging market shares rose and are now besting their U.S. counterparts so far this year and REITs continued to outperform most other asset classes while fixed income investments saw modest gains.

The trade-weighted dollar fell and this helped the natural resource sector where both gold and silver rose for only the second time in the last six weeks and mining stocked rebounded from what was clearly a bad month in March. For the week, the model portfolio rose 0.5 percent and is now up 4.5 percent for the year.

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The latest issue of the Iacono Research Weekend Update has been posted to the website and is now available for subscribers here.

There will be no changes to the model portfolio or the buy ratings this week, but last week’s covered call sale is reviewed in the following discussion topic:

The executive summary is as follows:

In the wake of a more hawkish Federal Reserve after the mid-month policy meeting and amid simmering tensions in Eastern Europe as Russian troops amass along the border with Ukraine, emerging market stocks posted an impressive rebound. U.S. technology stocks moved in the opposite direction, seeing their worst selling since late-2012, as economic reports were generally good, but U.S. investors were more interested in bonds than stocks after more warnings of overvalued domestic shares.

As the first quarter draws to a close, prices for agricultural goods and energy products jumped with related shares following along, but precious metals and mining stocks moved lower for the second week in a row, returning another portion of their once-hefty year-to-date gains. REITs dipped but maintain impressive gains for the year as the model portfolio fell 1.3 percent, now up 4.0 percent for the year.

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