Week in Review 3/25 – Stocks Up as Fed Signals Lower Rates

The Fed met on Wednesday and held rates at 5.25%.  The statement released with its interest rate decision was interpreted by the market as dovish.  Meaning that we will see lower interest rates before we see higher rates.  The market responded with gains of 2.9%, 3.5% and 3.2% for the DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ respectively for the week.

Lower interest rates should be bullish for gold, but it didn’t respond as such.  For the week, Gold was up a rather disappointing 0.5%.  Silver was essentially flat 0.1%. Copper continued strutting its stuff up 1.9%, but the commodity star of the week was Oil up 4.5%.  Start getting ready for higher gas prices for the summer driving season.

So, how did the portfolios perform?

Fab 4:

The Fab had an excellent week racking up a 6.2% return.  PetroBras (PBR) returned from the missing with a 10.3% week.  BHP Billiton (BHP), Southern Cooper (PCU) and HudBay (HBM.TO) chipped in with returns of 7.1%, 5.3% and 1.9% respectively.

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BBO:

BBO retains its top dog status generating a return of 4.4% for the week.  The portfolio is up 9.1% year to date.

Real Money:

Quite a few changes this past week.  Read here for details.

BRIC:

The emerging markets are slowing recovering.  BRIC had an excellent week with a return of 6.4%.  It is still deeply in the red for the year.  I have been working on an alternative BRIC portfolio.  Read here for details.

Here are the rest of the regulars:

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SOX – Semiconductor Index
CEF – Gold and Silver Bullion ETF
CRESY – Argentine Beef, Grain and Farmland
GDX – Gold Mining Stocks ETF
GLD – Gold Bullion Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)
PHO – Water Resources ETF
USO – Oil ETF
BBO (Big-Build Out) – basket of 12 stocks critical to the industrialization of BRIC
BRIC – basket of 4 country ETFs: Brazil, Russia, India and China
Real Money – actual trades from one of my portfolios

Refer to the following links for more information on above stocks and portfolios:

SOX – Semiconductor Index
CEF – Gold and Silver Bullion ETF
CRESY – Argentine Beef, Grain and Farmland
GDX – Gold Mining Stocks ETF
GLD – Gold Bullion Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)
PHO – Water Resources ETF
USO – Oil ETF
BBO (Big-Build Out) – basket of 12 stocks critical to the industrialization of BRIC
BRIC – basket of 4 country ETFs: Brazil, Russia, India and China
Real Money – actual trades from one of my portfolios

Refer to the following links for more information on above stocks and portfolios:

GDX, CEF: Link
USO:
Link
BRIC, BBO:
Link
PHO:
Link
Real Money:
Link
Fab 4:
Link

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