Stocks Descend from Recent Peaks

Stock benchmarks retreated during the first week of the second-quarter earnings season.  As some big names shared quarterly results, investors seemed more interested in what might happen at the Federal Reserve’s upcoming policy meeting.

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The S&P 500 is going to…

Sometimes, particularly amid rising economic uncertainty and market volatility, the financial news media publishes stunningly conflicting market analysis.  One headline news story says the S&P 500 is going to go up.  The next story says that it’s going to fall.

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S&P 500 Tops 3,000

Friday, the S&P 500 settled above 3,000 for the first time, after rising 0.78% for the week.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average chalked up a milestone of its own: the blue chips ended the week above 27,000, gaining 1.52% on the way.  Additionally, the Nasdaq Composite wrapped up the week 1.01% higher.  The MSCI EAFE index, a gauge of overseas developed markets, fell 0.65%.

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Special Update: Quarterly Report

U.S. stock benchmarks opened a new quarter positivley. The S&P 500 gained 1.65% in the opening week of July; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1.21%, the Nasdaq Composite, 1.94%. Overseas, stocks in developed markets, tracked by MSCI’s EAFE index, rose 1.43%.

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iWealth Perspectives – Summer 2019

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Down Week Ends Strong Month

A month of gains for stocks ended with a weekly retreat. The S&P 500 lost 0.30%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.32%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 0.45%.

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Stocks Touch Record Highs

The S&P 500 hit an all-time peak of 2,964.03, in intraday trading Friday, while improving 2.20% across five market days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq Composite posted respective, 5-day advances of 2.41% and 3.01%.

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Further June Gains

Stocks advanced for a second straight week. The S&P 500 benchmark rose 0.47%; the Nasdaq Composite, 0.70%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 0.41%. Overseas shares, as tracked by the MSCI EAFE developed markets index, added 0.20%.

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Big Gains for the Major Indices

Stocks rallied during a week in which Wall Street was buffeted by headlines. The S&P 500 rose 4.41%. The Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average respectively added 3.88% and 4.71%. The MSCI EAFE index of overseas stocks improved 2.02% across five days.

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May Ends with a Retreat

Stocks struggled during a 4-day market week as the U.S.-China trade standoff continued to weigh on the minds of market participants. From the Friday, May 24 close to the Friday, May 31 close, the S&P 500 retreated 2.62%, the Nasdaq Composite, 2.41%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 3.01%.

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