Stocks ended the short trading week lower

Market Week: April 14, 2017 With the United States and many global markets closed for Good Friday, stocks ended the short trading week lower. Trading volumes were low for much of the week, as investors may be concerned with rising tensions overseas in Syria and North Korea, and the continuation of strained diplomatic relations with  Read more ➝

Stocks gave back the prior week’s gains

Market Week: April 7, 2017 Stocks gave back the prior week's gains as each of the indexes listed here lost value by last Friday's market close. The small-cap Russell 2000, which had gained over 2.0% the prior week, fell over 1.5% and is once again in danger of falling below its year-end closing value. Energy  Read more ➝

The price of crude oil rose last week

Market Week: March 31, 2017 Stocks rebounded last week as each of the indexes listed here posted week-over-week gains. The small-cap Russell 2000, the strongest-performing index last year, hit a rough patch over the past several weeks. But the index gained over 2.30% last week, pushing it up 2.12% year-to-date. Tech-heavy Nasdaq climbed about 1.40%  Read more ➝

The final report on the fourth-quarter GDP is released this week

Market Week: March 24, 2017 Uncertainty over whether Congress would pass a new health-care law, coupled with the prospects of additional interest rate hikes later in the year, may have weighed on investors' minds as stocks tumbled early last week. The S&P 500 lost over 1.0% last week for the first time this year. By  Read more ➝

Fed’s decision last week to increase interest rates

Market Week: March 17, 2017 Following the Fed's announcement that it was raising the target range for the federal funds rate 25 basis points, investors favored government bonds and dividend-paying stocks last week. As a result, the yield on 10-year Treasuries fell 7 basis points as prices climbed with increased demand. Each of the benchmark  Read more ➝

Stocks rallied last Friday, fueled by a robust jobs report

Market Week: March 10, 2017 Stocks rallied last Friday, fueled by a robust jobs report. However, the end-of-week surge wasn't enough to overcome index losses from earlier in the week. Falling energy prices dragged down both the large-cap Dow and S&P 500, while the Russell 2000 dropped over 2.0% and is barely in positive territory  Read more ➝

The Dow reached 21115 last Wednesday

Market Week: March 3, 2017 The Dow reached 21115 last Wednesday, then fell back a bit, but still closed the week over 21000. The S&P 500 marked its sixth consecutive week of gains, while the Global Dow led the way, climbing over 1.0% by last week's end. Of the benchmarks listed here, only the Russell  Read more ➝

Existing home sales surged in January

Market Week: February 24, 2017 Most of the benchmark indexes listed here rallied by the close of the market last Friday to finish ahead for the week. The Dow led the way by marking its 11th consecutive day of positive gains, followed by the S&P 500, which has not experienced a daily swing of more  Read more ➝

In a holiday-shortened week

Market Week: February 20, 2017 The Markets (as of market close February 17, 2017) Equities closed last week in positive territory, as several of the indexes listed here posted record gains. Some positive economic news, particularly from FOMC Chair Janet Yellen, and favorable corporate earnings reports may have enticed investors to stay in the market.  Read more ➝

A Strong Week of Gains as the Dow, S&P 500

Market Week: February 13, 2017 The Markets (as of market close February 10, 2017) The stock indexes listed here posted a strong week of gains as the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq each achieved record highs. Long-term bond prices also rose last week, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries falling 6 basis points. Favorable fourth-quarter  Read more ➝