Special Update: Quarterly Report

Stocks just posted their second straight weekly gain.  Investors were encouraged by the latest jobs report and new signs of progress on a U.S.-China trade deal.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.17% in five trading days; the S&P 500, 1.27%; the Nasdaq Composite, 1.72%.  The MSCI EAFE index of international stocks improved 1.84%.

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Gains Conclude a Great Quarter

Stocks ended last week higher as volatility slowed, completing their best quarter since 2009.  A Friday tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraged investors, referring to “constructive” discussions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations.

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Dow, S&P, Nasdaq All Rise

The big story last week was the sudden grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 passenger jets in dozens of countries.  The financial effects of this ban could potentially impact the airline industry and segments of the economy for months.

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Stocks Dip on Growth Concerns

As in February, investors spent most of the first full trading week of March hoping for new details in U.S.-China trade negotiations.   While they waited, stock benchmarks drifted downward.  From Monday’s open to Friday’s close, the S&P 500 lost 2.55%, while the Dow Industrials took a 2.66% fall, and the Nasdaq Composite weakened 3.12%.  The MSCI EAFE index tracking developed markets outside the U.S. and Canada fell 1.09%.

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S&P Ends Week Little Changed

The Week on Wall Street
Stocks lost a little ground as February gave way to March.  While domestic and overseas political developments made headlines, the market stayed relatively calm: from Monday’s open through Friday’s close, the S&P 500 ceded just 0.17%, finishing the week at 2,803.69.

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Optimism Spurs a Broad Rally

Stocks rallied last week as optimism about a potential U.S.-China trade deal grew.  The S&P 500 advanced 0.80% during the 4-day trading week to 2,792.67.  The Nasdaq Composite improved 0.86% to 7,527.54, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.64% to 26,031.81.

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Dow, S&P, Nasdaq Climb Higher

Stocks ended a good week on a high note, as hints of progress in U.S.-China trade talks encouraged investors.

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Stocks Post Small Weekly Gains

Major U.S. stock benchmarks eked out slight gains last week, with corporate profit reports and news about U.S.-China trade negotiations vying for investor attention over five trading sessions.

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Markets Gain Again

Last week closed out one of stocks’ top January performances in years.  In fact, both the S&P 500 and Dow posted their best January results in at least 3 decades.  For the week, major domestic indexes were also up.  The S&P 500 gained 1.57%, the Dow added 1.32%, and the NASDAQ increased 1.38%.  The Dow’s performance marked its 6th week of gains in a row.  Internationally, the MSCI EAFE stocks also posted growth, rising 0.91%.

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