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Skylight Newsletter January 17 2017

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1.17.17      News and Tips from Skylight Financial Group, LLC
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Financials Up, Indexes Mixed

As we look back on markets last week, we see mixed results, with none of the major domestic indexes gaining or losing more than 1%. The S&P 500 was down 0.10% for the week, and the Dow gave back 0.39%, once again failing to reach 20,000. On the other hand, the NASDAQ increased by 0.96% and reached its sixth record close in 2017 on Friday—pushed by a 1.36% rally for Facebook after Raymond James upgraded its stock. International stocks in the MSCI EAFE added 0.82%.

What We Saw Last Week

Big banks reported earnings
Retail sales grew
Consumer sentiment was high but divided

What We’re Looking at in the Week Ahead

Earnings season continues
Donald Trump becomes President

Find out more here
 
 
Skylight Honors Its
Top Performers of 2016

Photos from this year's annual awards banquet and casino night - More here.
Recipe of the Week
Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits
An easy, healthy Southern seafood dish!
Check out the recipe.
Use Your Thumb to Control Ball Flight in Your Short Game
In golf, a good short game can really determine how well you play.
  Learn more.
Help Keep Your Personal Data Safe
As we rely more and more on digital devices to store important information, protecting your details is essential—especially as cybercriminals continue stealing large amounts of personal data.
Here are some tips to consider.
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
 
– Henry David Thoreau
Benefit Your Health by Drinking More Water

The human body needs water to function; in fact, water composes 60% of our bodies.
Learn more.

The Social Media Buzz
Check out our feature video - a look back at 2016!
More here.

 
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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/13/us-markets.html
http://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EGSPC/history?period1=1483678800&period2=1484283600&interval=1d&filter=history&frequency=1d
http://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EDJI/history?period1=1483678800&period2=1484283600&interval=1d&filter=history&frequency=1d
http://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EIXIC/history?period1=1483678800&period2=1484283600&interval=1d&filter=history&frequency=1d
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN14X1EC
https://www.msci.com/end-of-day-data-search
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/13/us-markets.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN14X1EC
http://www.ftportfolios.com/Commentary/EconomicResearch/2017/1/13/retail-sales-rose-0.6percent-in-december
http://www.ftportfolios.com/Commentary/EconomicResearch/2017/1/13/retail-sales-rose-0.6percent-in-december
http://www.businessinsider.com/stores-closing-macys-kohls-walmart-sears-2016-12
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-hovers-near-12-year-high-in-january
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-hovers-near-12-year-high-in-january
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-hovers-near-12-year-high-in-january
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-need-earnings-to-be-flawless-to-keep-trump-rally-going-2017-01-14
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-need-earnings-to-be-flawless-to-keep-trump-rally-going-2017-01-14
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/lemon-garlic-shrimp-and-grits-recipe.html
https://www.irs.gov/uac/security-awareness-for-taxpayers-the-tax-community-needs-your-help
http://www.golfdigest.com/story/your-thumb-is-the-secret-to-controlling-ball-flight-in-your-short-game
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/buying-guides/rain-barrel/environmental-impact/
 

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