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Dale S. Ditto, CFP®,CRPC®
Senior Vice President
Financial Consultant


300 West Vine Street
Suite 1100
Lexington, KY 40507

859/514-6415

About Dale

Dale Ditto, one of the founding members of the McIntosh-Ditto Wealth Advisory Group at Hilliard Lyons, has a goal to help “Make Wealth a Blessing, not a Burden”.  This involves a process that includes the following 3 steps: Organize, Simplify, and Maximize. 

Developing this plan requires Dale and other members of the McIntosh-Ditto Wealth Advisory Group to have a deep understanding of your financial situation. Then, using the group’s creative and professional resources and a well-designed investment process, they help develop a financial plan that will help you pursue your financial goals. 

Dale’s legitimacy as a financial consultant is backed by his education and work experience. He graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University in 1975.  He then went on to the University of Virginia where he acquired his Law Degree (JD) and Masters in Foreign Affairs in 1978 and 1982, respectively.

Since then, Dale has had over 20 years of estate planning experience as an attorney, acquired multiple financial certifications, and belongs to multiple service organizations such as Kentucky Harvest, Christian Business Men’s Committee, and Habitat for Humanity.  Dale also has multiple financial certifications, including, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CFPC®).  Through integrity, trust, knowledge, and experience, Dale is prepared to do what’s best for his clients.

Dale is happily married to Louise Haughton Ditto, his wife of 31 years with whom he has five grown sons. 

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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.

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Daily Market Comment

Daily Market Recap -


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



The major indices were calm ahead of Memorial Day weekend with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closing essentially flat on the day. In economic news, first quarter GDP growth was revised to 1.2% from the initial reading of 0.7%. Economists are expecting growth to pick up to 3% in the second quarter. Durable goods orders fell in April for the first time in five months. Orders declined 0.7% versus expectations for a 1% drop. Sweet crude for July delivery closed up around 1.7% at $49.72 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials declined 3 points to close at 21,080. The S&P 500 was up one point at 2,416. The NASDAQ advanced 5 points to finish the day at 6,210 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 moved 1 point lower to 1,383. Dow Transports were up 12 points to 9,176, while the Dow Utility Index was flat at 720.

Trading volume totaled 683 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 389 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were slightly more than 1 stock higher for every 1 lower on the New York Stock Exchange and slightly more than 1 stock declining for every 1 advancing on the NASDAQ. U.S Treasury securities were essentially flat today with the 5-, 10-, and 30-year yields closing at 1.79%, 2.25%, and 2.91%, respectively.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices continued to move higher today with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closing up on the day. In economic news, the trade deficit for goods rose to $67.6 billion in April from $65.1 billion in March. Economists had expected a trade deficit of $64 billion. Weekly initial jobless claims inched 1,000 higher to 234,000 for the seven days ending May 20th. Sweet crude for July delivery closed down around 5.4% at $48.61 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 71 points to close at 21,083. The S&P 500 was up 11 points at 2,415. The NASDAQ advanced 42 points to finish the day at 6,205 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 moved 1 point higher to 1,384. Dow Transports were up 141 points to 9,164, while the Dow Utility Index was up 5 points to 720.

Trading volume totaled 814 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 444 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were slightly more than 1 stock higher for every 1 lower on both the New York Stock Exchange the NASDAQ. U.S Treasury securities were flat today with the 5-, 10-, and 30-year yields closing at 1.79%, 2.26%, and 2.92%, respectively.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices continued to move higher today with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closing up on the day. In economic news, Federal Reserve officials mostly agreed that the central bank should end the reinvestment of principal of maturing securities in slow, increasing stages instead of asset sales to begin unwinding the Fed¿s balance sheet, according to minutes released from the FOMC¿s May meeting. The pace of existing home sales declined 2.3% from March to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.57 million, essentially in line with consensus expectations for a 5.60 million pace. Sweet crude for July delivery closed down around 0.3% at $51.32 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 75 points to close at 21,012. The S&P 500 was up 6 points at 2,404. The NASDAQ advanced 24 points to finish the day at 6,163 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 moved 3 points higher to 1,384. Dow Transports were up 13 points to 9,023, while the Dow Utility Index was up 5 points to 715.

Trading volume totaled 797 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 422 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were slightly less than 4 stocks higher for every 3 lower on the New York Stock Exchange and slightly more than 1 stock advancing for every 1 declining on the NASDAQ. U.S Treasury securities moved higher today with the 5-, 10-, and 30-year yields closing down at 1.79%, 2.26%, and 2.93%, respectively.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices moved higher today with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closing up on the day. In economic news, the ISH Markit manufacturing PMI moved down to 52.5 in May from 52.8 in April, still signaling that more executives believe business conditions are getting better instead of worse. Markit¿s U.S. services index rose to a four-month high of 54.0 from 53.1 during the same period. New home sales fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 569,000 in April, which was well short of consensus expectations for 610,000. The March reading for new home sales was revised up to 642,000, the highest since October 2007. Sweet crude for July delivery closed up around 0.8% at $51.57 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 43 points to close at 20,938. The S&P 500 was up 4 points at 2,398. The NASDAQ advanced 5 points to finish the day at 6,139 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 moved 4 points higher to 1,381. Dow Transports were up 45 points to 9,010, while the Dow Utility Index was up 1 points to 711.

Trading volume totaled 767 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 432 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were slightly less than 3 stocks higher for every 2 lower on the New York Stock Exchange and slightly more than 1 stock advancing for every 1 declining on the NASDAQ. U.S Treasury securities moved lower today with the 5-, 10-, and 30-year yields closing up at 1.83%, 2.29%, and 2.95%, respectively.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.

The major indices moved higher today with the Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all closing up on the day. In economic news, the Chicago Fed national activity index rose to 0.49 in April from 0.07 in March, marking the highest reading since March 2014. Sweet crude for May delivery closed up around 0.7% at $51.02 per barrel.

The Dow Jones Industrials rose 90 points to close at 20,895. The S&P 500 was up 12 points at 2,394. The NASDAQ advanced 50 points to finish the day at 6,134 as the small caps of the Russell 2000 moved 11 points higher to 1,378. Dow Transports were up 85 points to 8,965, while the Dow Utility Index was up 6 points to 709.

Trading volume totaled 793 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange while 443 million shares were exchanged on the NASDAQ. There were slightly more than 2 stocks higher for every 1 lower on the New York Stock Exchange and slightly less than 2 stocks advancing for every 1 declining on the NASDAQ. U.S Treasury securities moved lower today with the 5-, 10-, and 30-year yields closing up at 1.79%, 2.25%, and 2.91%, respectively.

Clients with questions concerning this Afternoon Comment are advised to contact Tyler Agee at: 1-800-444-1854 x8686 or (502) 588-8686. Members of the media are advised to contact Gary England at 1-800-444-1854 x1738 or (502) 588-1738.
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