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Paul D. Devenski, CFP®
Senior Vice President
Financial Consultant


8862 Cedar Springs Lane
Knoxville, TN 37923

865/769-6472

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.

Paul Devenski entered the investment industry over 30 years ago in Knoxville, Tennessee after relocating from upstate New York.  During his career he has been a financial consultant, branch manager, and portfolio manager.  Paul came to Hilliard Lyons in 2009 from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney having been with that and predecessor firms for over 25 years, and currently manages client assets within our Private Account Management Program.  The program affords him the opportunity to manage client accounts with discretion; however, Paul has been managing client assets with discretion since 1995.  His clients tend to be pension plans, rollovers, and high net worth individuals.  He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the College of Financial Planning in Denver, in addition to a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and a Master's degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany.  Paul and his wife Carol have made Knoxville their home for the past 30 years.

As your Financial Consultant, Paul looks forward to helping you get where you want to be. It's his top priority to meet the unique objectives and financial goals of individuals and families like yours. He will work to find the investment strategy that's right for you. Paul is 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.Call or email Paul today to find out how he can help you.

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



US markets slid into negative territory on Thursday as third quarter earnings season arrived in earnest. Q3 results at financial heavyweights Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase both bested analyst expectations but shares of both declined for the session. Profit warnings sent shares of AT&T, Juniper Networks, and J. Jill lower. In economic news the Bureau of Labor Statistics said its producer price index rose 0.4 percent last month, matching economists' forecasts for September.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 31.88 points at 22841.01, the S&P 500 shed 4.31 points at 2550.93, and the NASDAQ Comp slid 12.04 points at 6591.51. Dow Transports jumped 61.47 points at 10038.13, the Dow Jones Utility Index added 2.42 points at 744.88, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session 1.76 points lower at 1505.16. 788 million and 504 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners 15 to 13 on the NYSE, while decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ 16 to 13.

The US dollar mostly treaded water on Wednesday. Gold for December delivery rose 0.6 percent, settling at $1296.50. Traders considered global supplies of crude, which the Intl Energy Agency said were higher for September, and domestic crude stockpiles, which per the US government were lower for the third consecutive week. November WTI crude settled at $50.60 per barrel, off 1.4 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.5 percent for the 2-year note, 1.9 percent for the 5-year note, 2.3 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.9 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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 US stocks ended the session in mostly positive territory, with benchmark indexes Dow 30, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Comp once again achieving a trifecta of record high closes. Dow 30 components Johnson & Johnson and McDonald's led the way higher, with shares up 2.1 and 1.6 percent, respectively. Investors digested minutes from September's Federal Reserve policy meeting, which suggested the Fed wants one more interest rate increase in spite of low inflation. Third quarter earnings season begins in earnest tomorrow with releases from financial sector heavyweights Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 42.21 points at 22872.89, the S&P 500 rose 4.60 points at 2555.24, and the NASDAQ Comp gained 16.30 points at 6603.55. Dow Transports jumped 48.18 points to 9926.66, the Dow Jones Utility Index was up 3.03 points at 742.46, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session down 1.21 points at 1506.79. 742 million and 448 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners 17 to 11 on the NYSE, while decliners outpaced advancers on the NASDAQ 15 to 14.

The US dollar sagged versus major rivals after the Fed minutes were released, with the ICE Dollar Index off 0.3 percent to 93.02. Gold futures settled lower for Wednesday, though post-Fed minutes the futures rebounded somewhat in electronic trading. Oil prices were higher as traders weighed OPEC's rising output in September against OPEC's increased crude demand outlook; November WTI crude settled at $51.30 per barrel, up 0.8 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.5 percent for the 2-year note, 2 percent for the 5-year note, 2.3 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.9 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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. --

The consumer staples sector helped the US markets into the green on Tuesday, with Dow 30 component Wal-Mart leading the way -- shares closed up 4.5 percent following an investor meeting where the retailer said it would keep its sales focus on growing e-commerce and existing stores. Procter & Gamble was down 0.6 percent after the company's current directors were re-elected in a shareholder proxy vote. Nelson Peltz, an activist investor, had been on the ballot.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 69.61 points to 22830.68 (its 47th record high close for the year), the NASDAQ Comp added 7.52 points at 6587.25, and the S&P 500 was 5.91 points higher at 2250.64. Dow Transports soared 63.59 points at 9928.48, the Dow Jones Utility Index rose 7.64 points at 739.43, and the Russell 2000 small caps ended the session up 4.44 points at 1508. 709 million and 426 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Advancers outnumbered decliners 2 to 1 on the NYSE and 3 to 2 on the NASDAQ.

Geopolitical pressures and a stronger British pound weighed on the US dollar, with the ICE Dollar Index down 0.5 percent at 93.26. Inversely, Gold for December delivery rose 0.7 percent, settling at $1293.80 per ounce. Oil prices were higher as traders digested slower crude output due to hurricanes and a pledge regarding a monthly reduction in exported crude from Saudi Arabia. November WTI crude settled at $50.92 per barrel, up 2.7 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.5 percent for the 2-year note, 2 percent for the 5-year note, 2.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.9 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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. --

US markets started the week quietly and mostly in the red, hampered by sell offs in healthcare, financials, and industrials. The bond markets were closed for the holiday. General Electric closed down nearly 4 percent and dragged on the Dow 30. Investors seemed to be reacting to the recent departure of a handful of executives at GE under John Flannery, the company's new CEO. Shares of Dow 30 component Wal-Mart Stores were 1.9 percent higher and helped offset some of the index's downside.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 12.60 points to 22761.07, the NASDAQ Comp lost 10.45 points at 6579.73, and the S&P 500 was off 4.60 points at 2544.73. Dow Transports slumped 21.99 points at 9864.89, the Dow Jones Utility Index added less than a point at 731.79, and the Russell 2000 small caps declined 6.66 points at 1503.56. 620 million and 377 million shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NADAQ, respectively. Decliners bested advancers 4 to 3 on the NYSE and 3 to 2 on the NASDAQ.

The US ICE Dollar Index was a scant lower on Monday. Worries about US and North Korean relations sent Gold for December delivery up 0.8 percent, settling at $1285 per ounce. Oil prices rose slightly as traders considered recent comments from the secretary-general of OPEC regarding future potential rebalancing measures for the oil market. November WTI crude settled at $49.58 per barrel, up 0.6 percent. Recent US treasury yields: 1.5 percent for the 2-year note, 2 percent for the 5-year note, 3.4 percent for the 10-year note, and 2.9 percent for the 30-year bond.

-- 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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