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Stephanie Stephens McKnight, CWA®
Vice President
Financial Consultant


Hilliard Lyons
1000 Ashland Drive, Suite 305
Ashland, KY 41101

606/324-6133

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Welcome to Hilliard Lyons

When it comes to creating and preserving wealth, as well as boosting income, today's investors aren't just looking for investment vehicles and services; they're looking for a personal understanding of their financial needs and goals.

As your Financial Consultant, I look forward to helping you get where you want to be. It's my top priority to meet the unique objectives and financial goals of individuals and families like yours. Let's work together to find the investment strategy that's right for you. I am dedicated to finding your appropriate investment strategy while providing excellent, personalized service.

Hilliard Lyons understands that as your personal life changes, so does your financial life so we focus on formulating a personalized strategy appropriate to your needs. I invite you to call or email me today to find out how I can help you.

Services

Building and Preserving Wealth
You have financial goals you want to achieve. Creating an executable plan is the first step to achieving these goals. By clearly understanding your goals and working closely with you, I can create a financial plan to help you pursue your goals.

Portfolio Management
You have taken many important steps to create your investment portfolio. World events, economic issues and personal challenges can affect the status of your portfolio. My goal is to help protect your assets through periodic portfolio analysis. Portfolio management is an important step in preserving your wealth.

Retirement Planning
What does a comfortable retirement mean to you? Traveling to far-flung destinations? Buying a vacation home? Building a comfortable nest egg is the key to an enjoyable retirement. I can guide you toward your retirement financial goals through prudent planning and disciplined investing.

Insurance
Peace of mind is a valuable commodity. Protecting your family and your assets from unforeseen harm is a precautionary step that cannot be avoided. Learn how today's insurance products can help protect your most valuable assets.

Trusts and Estate Planning
Interested in leaving a legacy for your heirs? Through our affiliate, the Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, LLC, we can provide trust and estate planning services to protect your assets and minimize costs to your beneficiaries. Ask us how to take advantage of these services to improve your planning needs.

Funding for Higher Education
College costs are continually on the rise. Today's tuition rates will pale in comparison to future costs. Plan today to ensure your children's educational future is well funded.

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


Updated Each Business Day at Approximately 4:30 pm ET.



On Thursday, another volatile session left US markets mixed by the close, with the Dow 30 retaining some of its rally despite financials in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 164.70 points at 24962.48 and the S&P 500 added 2.63 points at 2703.96, while the NASDAQ Comp fell 8.14 points to 7210.09. Earnings season was still in focus for investors. Shares of streaming video company Roku Inc. shed 17.7 percent on a lower forecast than analysts had expected, despite quarterly results that beat the street; Avis Budget Group shares rose 13.5 percent on better than anticipated quarterly results. For the week ended February 17th, there were fewer initial US jobless claims than economists had expected.

Dow Transports rose 56.81 points at 10428.87, and the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 3.38 points at 668.20. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1529.99, down 1.85 points. 834 million and 502 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 15 to 13, and decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ 17 to 12.

March WTI crude strengthened 1.8 percent, settling at $62.77 per barrel. A weaker US dollar sent gold for April delivery up a scant $0.60 to $1332.70 per ounce. The 10-year and 30-year US Treasury bond yields were 2.92 and 3.20 percent, respectively, both a bit lower than they were yesterday.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

On Wednesday, a volatile session with earlier rallying left US markets mostly in the red by the close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 166.97 points at 24797.78, the S&P 500 slipped 14.93 points to 2701.33, and the NASDAQ Comp fell 16.08 points to 7218.23. Investors considered the newly released minutes from the Federal Reserve; the notes, which seemed to indicate both that the US economy was strong and that additional interest rate hikes are increasingly likely, helped strengthen the US dollar and increase the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which was recently at 2.94 percent.

Dow Transports gained 31.46 points at 10372.06, while the Dow Jones Utility Index was off 8.39 points at 664.82. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1535.04, up 5.05 points. 890 million and 513 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE 15 to 13, and advancers outnumbered decliners on the NASDAQ 16 to 13.

April WTI crude strengthened lost a scant 0.2 percent, settling at $61.68 per barrel. Gold for April delivery inched up 0.3 percent to $1335 per ounce. The 30-year US Treasury bond yield was recently at 3.22 percent; both it and the 10-year bond were higher versus yesterday.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

Lower than expected fourth quarter results from retail heavyweight Walmart took a toll on US markets on Tuesday, with shares of the Dow 30 component closing down 10.2 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 254.63 points to 24964.75, the S&P 500 lost 15.96 points at 2716.26, and the NASDAQ Comp shed 5.16 points at 7234.31. Stocks were broadly lower, with tech the only one of S&P's eleven primary sectors to end in the green for the session. Besides Walmart's results, investors considered a stronger US dollar and rising bond yields.

Dow Transports slumped 161.73 points at 10340.60, the Dow Jones Utility Index was off 7.91 points at 673.21, and Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1529.99, down 13.56 points. 853 million and 527 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Decliners outpaced advancers on both the NYSE and NASDAQ 2 to 1.

April WTI crude strengthened another 0.4 percent, settling at $61.79 per barrel. The ICE US Dollar Index gained 0.6 at 89.72, sending gold for April delivery down 1.9 percent to $1331.20 per ounce. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.89 percent and the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.15 percent, both slightly higher versus Friday.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --

On Friday, US markets ended the week on a mixed note. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 19.01 points at 25219.38 and the S&P 500 rose 1.02 points at 2732.22. The NASDAQ Comp, however, lost 16.97 points at 7239.46. For the week, the Dow and S&P 500 each advanced 4.3 percent, and the NASDAQ Comp added 5.3 percent. Stocks were shakier in the afternoon as investors considered news of Department of Justice indictments regarding alleged Russian influence over the US presidential election in 2016.

Dow Transports fell 54.02 points at 10502.33, while the Dow Jones Utility Index added 5.40 points at 681.12. Russell 2000 small caps ended the session at 1543.55, rising 6.35 points. 945 million and 558 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners on the NYSE 17 to 12 and on the NASDAQ 17 to 13.

March WTI crude strengthened another 0.6 percent, settling at $61.68 per barrel for the session; for the week the contract was higher by 4.2 percent. The ICE US Dollar Index gave up 1.4 percent for the week, but strengthened 0.7 percent at 89.20 for the day. Gold for April delivery was up a scant 0.1 percent at $1356.30 per ounce today, and 3 percent higher for the week. The 10-year US Treasury bond's yield was recently at 2.87 percent and the 30-year bond yield was recently at 3.13 percent, both slightly lower versus yesterday. The markets will be closed on Monday for the Presidents' Day holiday.

-- Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Amanda Collier at 1-800-444-1854 x8820 or (502) 588-8820. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738. --
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