Special Report: Quarterly Update

Last week, trade tensions with China lessened somewhat, while the 2nd quarter corporate earnings season started with mixed results.  Against this backdrop, domestic stocks experienced sizable growth.  By market’s close on Friday, July 13, the S&P 500 was above 2,800 for the first time since February 1. Meanwhile, the Dow was above 25,000, and the NASDAQ had hit a new record.  For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.50%, the Dow added 2.30%, and the NASDAQ was up 1.79%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE increased as well by 0.16%.

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Jobs Push Stocks Up

Domestic stocks only traded for 4 days last week, due to the Independence Day holiday.  In that time, all 3 major domestic indexes posted positive results for the week.  The S&P 500 added 1.52%, the Dow gained 0.76%, and the NASDAQ increased 2.37%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE were up as well by 0.56%.

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Trade and Tariffs Rattle Markets

International trade concerns continue to create uncertainty in markets around the world.  Despite the markets’ slight rises on Friday, June 29, they recorded losses for the week.  The S&P fell 1.33%, the Dow gave back 1.26%, and the NASDAQ dropped 2.37%.  Internationally, the MSCI EAFE declined 1.10%.

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The Power of Corporate Earnings

Stocks stumbled across the globe last week as trade tension continued to escalate. Despite rebounding somewhat on Friday, the S&P 500 experienced its first weekly loss in a month, and the Dow posted its worst week since March.  The S&P 500 dropped 0.89%, the Dow lost 2.03%, and the NASDAQ fell 0.69%.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE gave back 0.98%.

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Trade and Interest Rates

Last week stocks showed mixed results as political headlines continued to dominate the news.  The Dow lost 0.89% and the S&P 500 was almost flat with a 0.02% gain.  The NASDAQ, on the other hand, reached a record high on Thursday and ended the week up 1.32%.  Both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ experienced their 4th week of gains in a row.  International stocks in the MSCI EAFE lost ground, posting a 0.52% decline.

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Strength, Growth, and Tension

As last week ended, tension between the U.S. and some of its greatest allies was on the rise.  Trade remained a hot-button topic ahead of the G-7 meeting in Canada, but investors seemed largely unfazed by the drama.  In fact, all 3 domestic indexes posted strong results: The S&P 500 added 1.62% and the NASDAQ gained 1.21%, with both indexes notching their 3rd week of gains in a row.

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Jobs Report Calms Volatility

Markets experienced heightened volatility this week, with  the S&P 500 rising 0.49% and Dow dropping 0.48%. Meanwhile, the NASDAQ rose 1.62%, as international markets took a small dip, with the MSCI EAFE losing 1.10%.

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Stocks Up, Signals Mixed

Geopolitical uncertainty affected stocks last week, as the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea began to look less likely.  On Thursday, May 24, President Trump announced that the summit was off, and stocks stumbled in reaction.  The next day, Trump said the meeting might still occur next month, leaving investors questioning the eventual outcome.

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Tackling Trade & Treasuries

Major domestic indexes went down last week after all three gained more than 2% the previous week.  The S&P 500 dropped 0.54%, the Dow gave back 0.47%, and the NASDAQ lost 0.66%.  International stocks also stumbled; the MSCI EAFE decreased by 0.61%.

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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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