Down Week Ends Strong Month

Weekly Commentary — July 1st, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

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%. In contrast, overseas shares, tracked by the MSCI EAFE index, advanced 0.14%.[1],[2]

Last month was the best June for the blue chips since 1938; the best month for the S&P, since 1955. The Dow gained 6.9% in June, the S&P 6.2%.[3]

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Gains Conclude a Great Quarter!

Weekly Commentary — 4/1/19

The Week on Wall Street

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.[1] The S&P 500 gained 1.27% for the week. The Dow Industrials and Nasdaq Composite both exceeded that advance: the Dow rose 1.60%; the Nasdaq, 1.42%.[2],[3],[4]

Foreign shares went the other way. The MSCI EAFE index following international stocks retreated 0.91%.[5]

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Treasury Yields Prompt Concerns

Weekly Commentary — March 25, 2019

The Week on Wall Street

Friday, the yield of the 3-month Treasury bill exceeded the yield of the 10-year Treasury note for the first time in 12 years. For some analysts, this “inverted yield curve” may imply a short-term lessening of confidence. (Treasury yields move inversely to Treasury prices.)[i]

As a result, the S&P 500 ended the week 0.94% lower. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.80%, and the Dow Industrials lost 1.19%.[ii],[iii],[iv] In contrast, the MSCI EAFE index following international stocks rose, gaining 0.52% for the week.[v]Read More »