Markets Post Week of Growth

On Friday, the markets closed the week gaining traction.  The Dow had 7 days of consecutive growth, rising 2.34%-its largest weekly gain since March.  Meanwhile, the S&P 500 rose 2.41%, the NASDAQ jumped 2.68%, and the MSCI EAFE increased 1.41%.

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Examining Employment

Domestic indexes posted strong results on Friday, May 4, as the latest labor report data lessened investors’ concerns about inflation and interest rates.  Nonetheless, stocks had mixed results last week.  The S&P 500 dropped 0.24% and the Dow gave back 0.20%, which marked both indexes 2nd week of losses in a row.  Thanks to a bounce in tech stocks, however, the NASDAQ gained 1.26%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.57%.

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Earnings Rise, Stocks Stumble

We just finished the busiest week of 1st quarter earnings season, and although many companies shared positive results, stock indexes experienced modest declines.  The S&P 500 lost 0.01%, the Dow dropped 0.62%, and the NASDAQ gave back 0.37%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.39%.

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Examining Earnings & Yields

Stocks posted moderate gains last week, as the S&P 500 added 0.52%, the Dow increased 0.42%, and the NASDAQ rose 0.56%.   International stocks in the MSCI EAFE followed suit, gaining 0.41%.

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Earnings Season Begins

Market volatility continues. Stocks slid on Friday, April 13, but still held on to gains for the week.  The S&P 500 increased 1.99%, the Dow added 1.79%, and the NASDAQ was up 2.77%.   International stocks in the MSCI EAFE also rose, gaining 1.45%.

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Special Update: Quarterly Report

Domestic stocks lost ground last week as trade war concerns continued to rattle investors. With these declines, the Dow officially moved back into correction territory.  For the week, the S&P 500 lost 1.43%, the Dow dipped 0.95%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.11%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE managed a 0.38% increase.

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Markets Increase

Markets were closed on March 30 for Good Friday, but in the four days of trading, stocks recovered some of this year’s losses.  For the week, the S&P 500 added 2.09%, the Dow gained 2.67%, and the NASDAQ increased by 1.03%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE grew 0.81%.

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Stocks Drop as Tariffs Rise

Markets experienced significant declines last week.  The S&P 500 lost 5.95%, the Dow dropped 5.66% and the NASDAQ declined 6.54%.  With these losses, all 3 domestic indexes had their worst weekly performance in more than 2 years.  International stocks also declined, and the MSCI EAFE giving back 2.64%.

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A Look Back

Markets were up on Friday, but domestic stocks lost ground for the week as political turmoil and potential trade wars weighed on investors’ minds.[i] The S&P 500 dropped 1.24%, the Dow gave back 1.54%, and the NASDAQ decreased 1.04%.[ii] International stocks in the MSCI EAFE barely avoided losses with a 0.13% gain.[iii]

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Goldilocks Returns

Domestic stocks leapt ahead last week as the latest jobs report inspired renewed confidence in our economic standing.  The S&P 500 added 3.54%, and the Dow gained 3.25%.  The NASDAQ erased its losses from February’s market correction to hit a new record close while growing 4.17% for the week.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.79%.

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