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09/15/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 9/13/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,219.52         +422.06         1.58         +3,892.06         16.68        
NASDAQ 8,176.71         +73.64         0.91         +1,541.43         23.23        
S&P500 3,007.39         +28.68         0.96        +500.54         19.97        
Russell 2000 1,578.14         +72.97         4.85        +229.58         17.02        
International 1,919.61         +37.18         1.98        +199.73         11.61        
10-year bond 1.90%        +0.35%          -0.79%         
30-year T-bond 2.38%        +0.36%          -0.64%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Fickle Financial Headlines Brighten
Retail sales, which drive 70% of U.S. economic growth, rose four-tenths of 1% in August, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Friday morning. Suddenly headlines changed, growing less grim than they've been lately. ...more

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09/08/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 9/6/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,797.46         +394.18         1.49         +3,470.00         14.88        
NASDAQ 8,103.07         +140.19         1.76         +1,467.79         22.12        
S&P500 2,978.71         +52.25         1.79        +471.86         18.82        
Russell 2000 1,505.17         +10.33         0.69        +156.61         11.61        
International 1,882.43         +39.85         2.16        +162.55         9.45        
10-year bond 1.55%        +0.04%          -1.14%         
30-year T-bond 2.02%        +0.05%          -1.00%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Economy Gets Bad Press Again
The bad news about the manufacturing sector slowdown is widely sensationalized in the financial press. With the exception of The New York Times, the media coverage of the slump in manufacturing neglected to report the fact that only 11% of the U.S. gross domestic product is derived from manufacturing activity. Without that context, the press would have you think a recession is right around the corner when it's not. ...more

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09/07/2019 Weekly Market Summary

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09/01/2019 Weekly Market Summary

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08/31/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/30/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,403.28         +774.38         3.02         +3,075.82         13.19        
NASDAQ 7,962.88         +211.11         2.72         +1,327.60         20.01        
S&P500 2,926.46         +79.35         2.79        +419.61         16.74        
Russell 2000 1,494.84         +35.35         2.42        +146.28         10.85        
International 1,842.58         +15.85         0.87        +122.70         7.13        
10-year bond 1.51%        -0.02%          -1.18%         
30-year T-bond 1.97%        -0.05%          -1.05%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Europe's Growth Problem And Your Portfolio
Unprecedented negative yields in Europe continued to depress yields on U.S. Treasury bonds last week. The negative yields in Europe have caused an inversion of the U.S. yield curve and set off fears of a U.S. recession. Stocks rose anyway. ...more

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08/25/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/23/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,628.90         -257.11         -0.99         +2,301.44         9.87        
NASDAQ 7,751.77         -144.22         -1.83         +1,116.49         16.83        
S&P500 2,847.11         -41.57         -1.44        +340.26         13.57        
Russell 2000 1,459.49         -34.15         -2.29        +110.93         8.23        
International 1,826.73         +14.87         0.82        +106.85         6.21        
10-year bond 1.53%        -0.01%          -1.16%         
30-year T-bond 2.02%        +0.02%          -1.00%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Dropped 2.6% On Friday, As Reality Gap Seemed To Widen
Stocks plunged on Friday, despite Thursday's rise in the U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Index, as the gap between reality and perception of financial economic conditions grew more difficult to discern. ...more

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08/24/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/23/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,628.90         -257.11         -0.99         +2,301.44         9.87        
NASDAQ 7,751.77         -144.22         -1.83         +1,116.49         16.83        
S&P500 2,847.11         -41.57         -1.44        +340.26         13.57        
Russell 2000 1,459.49         -34.15         -2.29        +110.93         8.23        
International 1,826.73         +14.87         0.82        +106.85         6.21        
10-year bond 1.53%        -0.01%          -1.16%         
30-year T-bond 2.02%        +0.02%          -1.00%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Dropped 2.6% On Friday, As Reality Gap Seemed To Widen
Stocks plunged on Friday, despite Thursday's rise in the U.S. Leading Economic Indicators Index, as the gap between reality and perception of financial economic conditions grew more difficult to discern. ...more

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08/18/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/16/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,886.01         -401.43         -1.53         +2,558.55         10.97        
NASDAQ 7,895.99         -63.15         -0.79         +1,260.71         19.00        
S&P500 2,888.68         -29.97         -1.03        +381.83         15.23        
Russell 2000 1,493.64         -19.40         -1.28        +145.08         10.76        
International 1,811.86         -28.62         -1.56        +91.98         5.35        
10-year bond 1.54%        -0.19%          -1.15%         
30-year T-bond 2.00%        -0.25%          -1.02%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Prudent Perspective On Recent Volatility
Fears of a recession caused a 2.9% price plunge on Wednesday, but the Standard & Poor's 500 index rebounded sharply by Friday on news of strong retail sales in July and closed the week at 2,888.68, less than 5% from its all-time high. ...more

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08/17/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/16/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,886.01         -401.43         -1.53         +2,558.55         10.97        
NASDAQ 7,895.99         -63.15         -0.79         +1,260.71         19.00        
S&P500 2,888.68         -29.97         -1.03        +381.83         15.23        
Russell 2000 1,493.64         -19.40         -1.28        +145.08         10.76        
International 1,811.86         -28.62         -1.56        +91.98         5.35        
10-year bond 1.54%        -0.19%          -1.15%         
30-year T-bond 2.00%        -0.25%          -1.02%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Prudent Perspective On Recent Volatility
Fears of a recession caused a 2.9% price plunge on Wednesday, but the Standard & Poor's 500 index rebounded sharply by Friday on news of strong retail sales in July and closed the week at 2,888.68, less than 5% from its all-time high. ...more

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08/04/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/2/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,485.01         -707.44         -2.60         +3,157.55         13.54        
NASDAQ 8,004.07         -326.14         -3.92         +1,368.79         20.63        
S&P500 2,932.05         -93.81         -3.10        +425.20         16.96        
Russell 2000 1,533.66         -45.31         -2.87        +185.10         13.73        
International 1,863.85         -50.83         -2.65        +143.97         8.37        
10-year bond 1.86%        -0.22%          -0.83%         
30-year T-bond 2.39%        -0.21%          -0.63%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Worries, New Equity Risk Premium Data Explained
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates this past week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis because of fears the U.S. economy was slowing. U.S.-China trade talks ended with no progress and President Trump announced additional tariffs on Chinese imports, deepening the trade war between the world's two largest economies and the chance of a global slowdown. ...more

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08/03/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 8/2/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,485.01         -707.44         -2.60         +3,157.55         13.54        
NASDAQ 8,004.07         -326.14         -3.92         +1,368.79         20.63        
S&P500 2,932.05         -93.81         -3.10        +425.20         16.96        
Russell 2000 1,533.66         -45.31         -2.87        +185.10         13.73        
International 1,863.85         -50.83         -2.65        +143.97         8.37        
10-year bond 1.86%        -0.22%          -0.83%         
30-year T-bond 2.39%        -0.21%          -0.63%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Worries, New Equity Risk Premium Data Explained
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates this past week for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis because of fears the U.S. economy was slowing. U.S.-China trade talks ended with no progress and President Trump announced additional tariffs on Chinese imports, deepening the trade war between the world's two largest economies and the chance of a global slowdown. ...more

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07/28/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/26/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,192.45         +38.25         0.14         +3,864.99         16.57        
NASDAQ 8,330.21         +183.72         2.26         +1,694.93         25.54        
S&P500 3,025.86         +49.25         1.65        +519.01         20.70        
Russell 2000 1,578.97         +31.07         2.01        +230.41         17.09        
International 1,914.68         -4.20         -0.22        +194.80         11.33        
10-year bond 2.08%        +0.03%          -0.61%         
30-year T-bond 2.60%        +0.02%          -0.42%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

GDP Rose More Than Expected; Stocks Top Record Again
U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 3.1%, but many forecasts had expected GDP to decelerate more sharply. ...more

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07/27/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/26/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,192.45         +38.25         0.14         +3,864.99         16.57        
NASDAQ 8,330.21         +183.72         2.26         +1,694.93         25.54        
S&P500 3,025.86         +49.25         1.65        +519.01         20.70        
Russell 2000 1,578.97         +31.07         2.01        +230.41         17.09        
International 1,914.68         -4.20         -0.22        +194.80         11.33        
10-year bond 2.08%        +0.03%          -0.61%         
30-year T-bond 2.60%        +0.02%          -0.42%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

GDP Rose More Than Expected; Stocks Top Record Again
U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in the second quarter of 2019, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 3.1%, but many forecasts had expected GDP to decelerate more sharply. ...more

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07/21/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/19/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,154.20         -177.83         -0.65         +3,826.74         16.40        
NASDAQ 8,146.49         -97.65         -1.18         +1,511.21         22.78        
S&P500 2,976.61         -37.16         -1.23        +469.76         18.74        
Russell 2000 1,547.90         -22.10         -1.41        +199.34         14.78        
International 1,918.88         -2.57         -0.13        +199.00         11.57        
10-year bond 2.05%        -0.06%          -0.64%         
30-year T-bond 2.58%        -0.05%          -0.44%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Slower Growth Confirmed By June Leading Economic Indicators
A drop in the U.S. Leading Economic Index for June on Friday confirmed that decelerating growth is likely for the rest of 2019. The LEI ticked down -0.3% in June, following no change in May and ticking up by +0.1% in April. ...more

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07/20/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/19/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,154.20         -177.83         -0.65         +3,826.74         16.40        
NASDAQ 8,146.49         -97.65         -1.18         +1,511.21         22.78        
S&P500 2,976.61         -37.16         -1.23        +469.76         18.74        
Russell 2000 1,547.90         -22.10         -1.41        +199.34         14.78        
International 1,918.88         -2.57         -0.13        +199.00         11.57        
10-year bond 2.05%        -0.06%          -0.64%         
30-year T-bond 2.58%        -0.05%          -0.44%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Slower Growth Confirmed By June Leading Economic Indicators
A drop in the U.S. Leading Economic Index for June on Friday confirmed that decelerating growth is likely for the rest of 2019. The LEI ticked down -0.3% in June, following no change in May and ticking up by +0.1% in April. ...more

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07/14/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/12/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,332.03         +409.91         1.52         +4,004.57         17.17        
NASDAQ 8,244.14         +82.35         1.01         +1,608.86         24.25        
S&P500 3,013.77         +23.36         0.78        +506.92         20.22        
Russell 2000 1,570.00         -5.62         -0.36        +221.44         16.42        
International 1,921.45         -10.68         -0.55        +201.57         11.72        
10-year bond 2.11%        +0.06%          -0.58%         
30-year T-bond 2.63%        +0.08%          -0.39%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Closed At A Record High; Should You Worry?
The Standard & Poor's 500 closed the week at an all-time high on Friday of 3,013.77. With the economy in its eleventh-year of expansion showing some possible signs of slower growth, should you be fearful? ...more

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07/13/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/12/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 27,332.03         +409.91         1.52         +4,004.57         17.17        
NASDAQ 8,244.14         +82.35         1.01         +1,608.86         24.25        
S&P500 3,013.77         +23.36         0.78        +506.92         20.22        
Russell 2000 1,570.00         -5.62         -0.36        +221.44         16.42        
International 1,921.45         -10.68         -0.55        +201.57         11.72        
10-year bond 2.11%        +0.06%          -0.58%         
30-year T-bond 2.63%        +0.08%          -0.39%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Closed At A Record High; Should You Worry?
The Standard & Poor's 500 closed the week at an all-time high on Friday of 3,013.77. With the economy in its eleventh-year of expansion showing some possible signs of slower growth, should you be fearful? ...more

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07/07/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/5/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,922.12         +322.16         1.21         +3,594.66         15.41        
NASDAQ 8,161.79         +155.55         1.94         +1,526.51         23.01        
S&P500 2,990.41         +48.65         1.65        +483.56         19.29        
Russell 2000 1,575.62         +9.05         0.58        +227.06         16.84        
International 1,932.13         +9.83         0.51        +212.25         12.34        
10-year bond 2.05%        +0.05%          -0.64%         
30-year T-bond 2.55%        +0.02%          -0.47%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Record Stock Prices, Fed Policy Is A Risk
Stocks closed at an all time high again on Friday and the latest economic data - though it shows growth is slowing - indicates no recession is on the horizon. The Federal Reserve Board's inflation policy is perhaps the biggest risk to the 10-year old expansion. ...more

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07/06/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 7/5/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,922.12         +322.16         1.21         +3,594.66         15.41        
NASDAQ 8,161.79         +155.55         1.94         +1,526.51         23.01        
S&P500 2,990.41         +48.65         1.65        +483.56         19.29        
Russell 2000 1,575.62         +9.05         0.58        +227.06         16.84        
International 1,932.13         +9.83         0.51        +212.25         12.34        
10-year bond 2.05%        +0.05%          -0.64%         
30-year T-bond 2.55%        +0.02%          -0.47%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Record Stock Prices, Fed Policy Is A Risk
Stocks closed at an all time high again on Friday and the latest economic data - though it shows growth is slowing - indicates no recession is on the horizon. The Federal Reserve Board's inflation policy is perhaps the biggest risk to the 10-year old expansion. ...more

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06/30/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/28/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,599.96         -119.17         -0.45         +3,272.50         14.03        
NASDAQ 8,006.24         -25.47         -0.32         +1,370.96         20.66        
S&P500 2,941.76         -8.70         -0.29        +434.91         17.35        
Russell 2000 1,566.57         +16.94         1.09        +218.01         16.17        
International 1,922.30         +11.12         0.58        +202.42         11.77        
10-year bond 2.00%        -0.07%          -0.69%         
30-year T-bond 2.53%        -0.06%          -0.49%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Uncle Sam Delivers A Strong Economy
In July, amid a world of seemingly unprecedented uncertainty, the expansion enters its eleventh year, officially qualifying as the longest economic growth cycle in U.S. modern history. Here's what going on. ...more

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06/23/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/21/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,719.13         +629.52         2.41         +3,391.67         14.54        
NASDAQ 8,031.71         +235.05         3.01         +1,396.43         21.05        
S&P500 2,950.46         +63.48         2.20        +443.61         17.70        
Russell 2000 1,549.63         +27.13         1.78        +201.07         14.91        
International 1,911.18         +41.01         2.19        +191.30         11.12        
10-year bond 2.07%        -0.02%          -0.62%         
30-year T-bond 2.59%        +0.00%          -0.43%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Dramatic Pause, As Expansion Breaks Longevity Record
With the start of the second half of 2019, this expansion officially sets a new record as the longest growth cycle in modern U.S. history. However, growth has moderated lately. The U.S. Leading Economic Index (LEI) in May was unchanged from April. It's a dramatic pause after 10 years of strong growth. ...more

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06/22/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/21/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,719.13         +629.52         2.41         +3,391.67         14.54        
NASDAQ 8,031.71         +235.05         3.01         +1,396.43         21.05        
S&P500 2,950.46         +63.48         2.20        +443.61         17.70        
Russell 2000 1,549.63         +27.13         1.78        +201.07         14.91        
International 1,911.18         +41.01         2.19        +191.30         11.12        
10-year bond 2.07%        -0.02%          -0.62%         
30-year T-bond 2.59%        +0.00%          -0.43%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Dramatic Pause, As Expansion Breaks Longevity Record
With the start of the second half of 2019, this expansion officially sets a new record as the longest growth cycle in modern U.S. history. However, growth has moderated lately. The U.S. Leading Economic Index (LEI) in May was unchanged from April. It's a dramatic pause after 10 years of strong growth. ...more

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06/16/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/14/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,089.61         +105.67         0.41         +2,762.15         11.84        
NASDAQ 7,796.66         +54.56         0.70         +1,161.38         17.50        
S&P500 2,886.98         +13.64         0.47        +380.13         15.16        
Russell 2000 1,522.50         +8.11         0.54        +173.94         12.90        
International 1,870.17         -5.45         -0.29        +150.29         8.74        
10-year bond 2.09%        +0.01%          -0.60%         
30-year T-bond 2.59%        +0.02%          -0.43%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

The Explosion In Real Retail Sales You Never Hear About
A retail sales boom is being muted by inflation, but it is real and becomes visible only after factoring in inflation. ...more

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06/15/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/14/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,089.61         +105.67         0.41         +2,762.15         11.84        
NASDAQ 7,796.66         +54.56         0.70         +1,161.38         17.50        
S&P500 2,886.98         +13.64         0.47        +380.13         15.16        
Russell 2000 1,522.50         +8.11         0.54        +173.94         12.90        
International 1,870.17         -5.45         -0.29        +150.29         8.74        
10-year bond 2.09%        +0.01%          -0.60%         
30-year T-bond 2.59%        +0.02%          -0.43%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

The Explosion In Real Retail Sales You Never Hear About
A retail sales boom is being muted by inflation, but it is real and becomes visible only after factoring in inflation. ...more

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06/09/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/7/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,983.94         +1,168.90         4.71         +2,656.48         11.39        
NASDAQ 7,742.10         +288.95         3.88         +1,106.82         16.68        
S&P500 2,873.34         +121.28         4.41        +366.49         14.62        
Russell 2000 1,514.39         +48.90         3.34        +165.83         12.30        
International 1,875.62         +58.23         3.20        +155.74         9.06        
10-year bond 2.08%        -0.06%          -0.61%         
30-year T-bond 2.57%        -0.01%          -0.45%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Signs Of Weakness, Fed Reverses Course; Stocks Rally
Uniformly positive economic fundamentals of early May suddenly turned mixed, the Federal Reserve abruptly reversed course, and stocks rallied this past week. Here's what's happening. ...more

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06/08/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 6/7/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,983.94         +1,168.90         4.71         +2,656.48         11.39        
NASDAQ 7,742.10         +288.95         3.88         +1,106.82         16.68        
S&P500 2,873.34         +121.28         4.41        +366.49         14.62        
Russell 2000 1,514.39         +48.90         3.34        +165.83         12.30        
International 1,875.62         +58.23         3.20        +155.74         9.06        
10-year bond 2.08%        -0.06%          -0.61%         
30-year T-bond 2.57%        -0.01%          -0.45%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Amid Signs Of Weakness, Fed Reverses Course; Stocks Rally
Uniformly positive economic fundamentals of early May suddenly turned mixed, the Federal Reserve abruptly reversed course, and stocks rallied this past week. Here's what's happening. ...more

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06/02/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/31/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 24,815.04         -770.65         -3.01         +1,487.58         6.38        
NASDAQ 7,453.15         -183.86         -2.41         +817.87         12.33        
S&P500 2,752.06         -74.00         -2.62        +245.21         9.78        
Russell 2000 1,465.49         -48.62         -3.21        +116.93         8.67        
International 1,817.39         -35.87         -1.94        +97.51         5.67        
10-year bond 2.14%        -0.18%          -0.55%         
30-year T-bond 2.58%        -0.17%          -0.44%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Three Stories Affecting Your Wealth This Week
It was a difficult week for investors, as the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed lower for the third straight week. The S&P 500 Index sank 1.3% on Friday. Closing at 2,752.06, the S&P 500 index was 6.5% from its all-time high on April 30th. ...more

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06/01/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/31/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 24,815.04         -770.65         -3.01         +1,487.58         6.38        
NASDAQ 7,453.15         -183.86         -2.41         +817.87         12.33        
S&P500 2,752.06         -74.00         -2.62        +245.21         9.78        
Russell 2000 1,465.49         -48.62         -3.21        +116.93         8.67        
International 1,817.39         -35.87         -1.94        +97.51         5.67        
10-year bond 2.14%        -0.18%          -0.55%         
30-year T-bond 2.58%        -0.17%          -0.44%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Three Stories Affecting Your Wealth This Week
It was a difficult week for investors, as the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed lower for the third straight week. The S&P 500 Index sank 1.3% on Friday. Closing at 2,752.06, the S&P 500 index was 6.5% from its all-time high on April 30th. ...more

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05/26/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/24/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,585.69         -178.31         -0.69         +2,258.23         9.68        
NASDAQ 7,637.01         -179.27         -2.29         +1,001.73         15.10        
S&P500 2,826.06         -33.47         -1.17        +319.21         12.73        
Russell 2000 1,514.11         -21.65         -1.41        +165.55         12.28        
International 1,853.26         -12.57         -0.67        +133.38         7.76        
10-year bond 2.32%        -0.07%          -0.37%         
30-year T-bond 2.75%        -0.07%          -0.27%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Buried In The Fed's Financial Stability Report, A Potential Risk To Investors
A story that did not make front page headlines this past week may pose a greater risk to investors than what is widely understood. Here's an early warning about a potential risk to mutual fund investors. ...more

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05/25/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/24/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,585.69         -178.31         -0.69         +2,258.23         9.68        
NASDAQ 7,637.01         -179.27         -2.29         +1,001.73         15.10        
S&P500 2,826.06         -33.47         -1.17        +319.21         12.73        
Russell 2000 1,514.11         -21.65         -1.41        +165.55         12.28        
International 1,853.26         -12.57         -0.67        +133.38         7.76        
10-year bond 2.32%        -0.07%          -0.37%         
30-year T-bond 2.75%        -0.07%          -0.27%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Buried In The Fed's Financial Stability Report, A Potential Risk To Investors
A story that did not make front page headlines this past week may pose a greater risk to investors than what is widely understood. Here's an early warning about a potential risk to mutual fund investors. ...more

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05/19/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/17/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,764.00         -178.37         -0.69         +2,436.54         10.44        
NASDAQ 7,816.28         -100.66         -1.27         +1,181.00         17.80        
S&P500 2,859.53         -21.87         -0.76        +352.68         14.07        
Russell 2000 1,535.76         -37.23         -2.37        +187.20         13.88        
International 1,865.83         +0.73         0.04        +145.95         8.49        
10-year bond 2.39%        -0.07%          -0.30%         
30-year T-bond 2.82%        -0.05%          -0.20%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Forget Everything You Know About Inflation
If you grew up in the 1960s, '70s or '80s, you may want to forget everything you know about inflation. ...more

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05/18/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/17/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,764.00         -178.37         -0.69         +2,436.54         10.44        
NASDAQ 7,816.28         -100.66         -1.27         +1,181.00         17.80        
S&P500 2,859.53         -21.87         -0.76        +352.68         14.07        
Russell 2000 1,535.76         -37.23         -2.37        +187.20         13.88        
International 1,865.83         +0.73         0.04        +145.95         8.49        
10-year bond 2.39%        -0.07%          -0.30%         
30-year T-bond 2.82%        -0.05%          -0.20%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Forget Everything You Know About Inflation
If you grew up in the 1960s, '70s or '80s, you may want to forget everything you know about inflation. ...more

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05/12/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/10/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,942.37         -562.58         -2.12         +2,614.91         11.21        
NASDAQ 7,916.94         -247.06         -3.03         +1,281.66         19.32        
S&P500 2,881.40         -64.24         -2.18        +374.55         14.94        
Russell 2000 1,572.99         -41.03         -2.54        +224.43         16.64        
International 1,865.10         -53.71         -2.80        +145.22         8.44        
10-year bond 2.46%        -0.07%          -0.23%         
30-year T-bond 2.87%        -0.06%          -0.15%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

China Trade War Sparks Fear But Not Stock Losses
While fearful headlines about the U.S. - China trade war dominated the news, stocks gyrated throughout the week. ...more

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05/11/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/10/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,942.37         -562.58         -2.12         +2,614.91         11.21        
NASDAQ 7,916.94         -247.06         -3.03         +1,281.66         19.32        
S&P500 2,881.40         -64.24         -2.18        +374.55         14.94        
Russell 2000 1,572.99         -41.03         -2.54        +224.43         16.64        
International 1,865.10         -53.71         -2.80        +145.22         8.44        
10-year bond 2.46%        -0.07%          -0.23%         
30-year T-bond 2.87%        -0.06%          -0.15%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

China Trade War Sparks Fear But Not Stock Losses
While fearful headlines about the U.S. - China trade war dominated the news, stocks gyrated throughout the week. ...more

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05/05/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/3/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,504.95         -38.38         -0.14         +3,177.49         13.62        
NASDAQ 8,164.00         +17.60         0.22         +1,528.72         23.04        
S&P500 2,945.64         +5.76         0.20        +438.79         17.50        
Russell 2000 1,614.02         +22.20         1.39        +265.46         19.68        
International 1,918.81         +3.16         0.16        +198.93         11.57        
10-year bond 2.53%        +0.03%          -0.16%         
30-year T-bond 2.93%        +0.00%          -0.09%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Surprisingly Good Productivity, Jobs, Inflation And Trade News
Financial and economic news this past week was very good on four fronts: productivity, employment, inflation and trade. ...more

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05/04/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 5/3/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,504.95         -38.38         -0.14         +3,177.49         13.62        
NASDAQ 8,164.00         +17.60         0.22         +1,528.72         23.04        
S&P500 2,945.64         +5.76         0.20        +438.79         17.50        
Russell 2000 1,614.02         +22.20         1.39        +265.46         19.68        
International 1,918.81         +3.16         0.16        +198.93         11.57        
10-year bond 2.53%        +0.03%          -0.16%         
30-year T-bond 2.93%        +0.00%          -0.09%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Surprisingly Good Productivity, Jobs, Inflation And Trade News
Financial and economic news this past week was very good on four fronts: productivity, employment, inflation and trade. ...more

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04/28/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/26/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,543.33         -16.21         -0.06         +3,215.87         13.79        
NASDAQ 8,146.40         +148.34         1.85         +1,511.12         22.77        
S&P500 2,939.88         +34.85         1.20        +433.03         17.27        
Russell 2000 1,591.82         +26.07         1.67        +243.26         18.04        
International 1,915.65         -4.76         -0.25        +195.77         11.38        
10-year bond 2.50%        -0.06%          -0.19%         
30-year T-bond 2.93%        -0.03%          -0.09%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Break Record High On Economic Surprises
The U.S. economy grew by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, according to a government release on Friday morning. The 3.2% rise in gross domestic product was more than twice the 1.5% consensus expected by economic experts in two separate surveys conducted by Blue Chip Financial Forecasts and The Wall Street Journal just three weeks ago. ...more

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04/27/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/26/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,543.33         -16.21         -0.06         +3,215.87         13.79        
NASDAQ 8,146.40         +148.34         1.85         +1,511.12         22.77        
S&P500 2,939.88         +34.85         1.20        +433.03         17.27        
Russell 2000 1,591.82         +26.07         1.67        +243.26         18.04        
International 1,915.65         -4.76         -0.25        +195.77         11.38        
10-year bond 2.50%        -0.06%          -0.19%         
30-year T-bond 2.93%        -0.03%          -0.09%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Stocks Break Record High On Economic Surprises
The U.S. economy grew by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, according to a government release on Friday morning. The 3.2% rise in gross domestic product was more than twice the 1.5% consensus expected by economic experts in two separate surveys conducted by Blue Chip Financial Forecasts and The Wall Street Journal just three weeks ago. ...more

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04/21/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/19/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,559.54         +147.24         0.56         +3,232.08         13.86        
NASDAQ 7,998.06         +13.90         0.17         +1,362.78         20.54        
S&P500 2,905.03         -2.38         -0.08        +398.18         15.88        
Russell 2000 1,565.75         -19.05         -1.20        +217.19         16.11        
International 1,920.41         +4.74         0.25        +200.53         11.66        
10-year bond 2.56%        +0.00%          -0.13%         
30-year T-bond 2.96%        -0.01%          -0.06%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

U.S. Leading Indicators, Retail Sales, And Atlanta Fed Forecast Signal Strength
The Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased by four-tenths of 1% in March, following a one-tenth of 1% increase in February, and showing no change in January. ...more

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04/20/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/19/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,559.54         +147.24         0.56         +3,232.08         13.86        
NASDAQ 7,998.06         +13.90         0.17         +1,362.78         20.54        
S&P500 2,905.03         -2.38         -0.08        +398.18         15.88        
Russell 2000 1,565.75         -19.05         -1.20        +217.19         16.11        
International 1,920.41         +4.74         0.25        +200.53         11.66        
10-year bond 2.56%        +0.00%          -0.13%         
30-year T-bond 2.96%        -0.01%          -0.06%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

U.S. Leading Indicators, Retail Sales, And Atlanta Fed Forecast Signal Strength
The Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased by four-tenths of 1% in March, following a one-tenth of 1% increase in February, and showing no change in January. ...more

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04/14/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/12/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,412.30         -12.69         -0.05         +3,084.84         13.22        
NASDAQ 7,984.16         +45.47         0.57         +1,348.88         20.33        
S&P500 2,907.41         +14.67         0.51        +400.56         15.98        
Russell 2000 1,584.80         +2.24         0.14        +236.24         17.52        
International 1,915.67         +4.27         0.22        +195.79         11.38        
10-year bond 2.56%        +0.06%          -0.13%         
30-year T-bond 2.97%        +0.06%          -0.05%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

S&P 500 Closes Near Record High Amid Growing Ebullience
Signs of a change in investor psychology flashed brighter, as stock indexes on Friday edged closer to all-highs of September 2018. ...more

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04/13/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/12/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,412.30         -12.69         -0.05         +3,084.84         13.22        
NASDAQ 7,984.16         +45.47         0.57         +1,348.88         20.33        
S&P500 2,907.41         +14.67         0.51        +400.56         15.98        
Russell 2000 1,584.80         +2.24         0.14        +236.24         17.52        
International 1,915.67         +4.27         0.22        +195.79         11.38        
10-year bond 2.56%        +0.06%          -0.13%         
30-year T-bond 2.97%        +0.06%          -0.05%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

S&P 500 Closes Near Record High Amid Growing Ebullience
Signs of a change in investor psychology flashed brighter, as stock indexes on Friday edged closer to all-highs of September 2018. ...more

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04/07/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/5/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,424.99         +496.31         1.91         +3,097.53         13.28        
NASDAQ 7,938.69         +209.37         2.71         +1,303.41         19.64        
S&P500 2,892.74         +58.34         2.06        +385.89         15.39        
Russell 2000 1,582.56         +42.82         2.78        +234.00         17.35        
International 1,911.40         +35.97         1.92        +191.52         11.14        
10-year bond 2.50%        +0.09%          -0.19%         
30-year T-bond 2.91%        +0.09%          -0.11%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

An Early Indication The Economy Is Stronger Than Expected
Just three weeks ago, the consensus of about 60 top economists was for a weak 1.3% growth in the first quarter of 2019, but the early indication of a good surprise has appeared. ...more

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04/06/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 4/5/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 26,424.99         +496.31         1.91         +3,097.53         13.28        
NASDAQ 7,938.69         +209.37         2.71         +1,303.41         19.64        
S&P500 2,892.74         +58.34         2.06        +385.89         15.39        
Russell 2000 1,582.56         +42.82         2.78        +234.00         17.35        
International 1,911.40         +35.97         1.92        +191.52         11.14        
10-year bond 2.50%        +0.09%          -0.19%         
30-year T-bond 2.91%        +0.09%          -0.11%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

An Early Indication The Economy Is Stronger Than Expected
Just three weeks ago, the consensus of about 60 top economists was for a weak 1.3% growth in the first quarter of 2019, but the early indication of a good surprise has appeared. ...more

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03/31/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/29/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,928.68         +426.36         1.67         +2,601.22         11.15        
NASDAQ 7,729.32         +86.65         1.13         +1,094.04         16.49        
S&P500 2,834.40         +33.69         1.20        +327.55         13.07        
Russell 2000 1,539.74         +33.82         2.25        +191.18         14.18        
International 1,875.43         -7.54         -0.40        +155.55         9.04        
10-year bond 2.41%        -0.05%          -0.28%         
30-year T-bond 2.82%        -0.07%          -0.20%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Spectacular Quarter For U.S. Stocks Just Ended
The first quarter of 2019 ended on Friday with a gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index of 13%, the best quarterly performance since the third quarter of 2009. ...more

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03/30/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/29/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,928.68         +426.36         1.67         +2,601.22         11.15        
NASDAQ 7,729.32         +86.65         1.13         +1,094.04         16.49        
S&P500 2,834.40         +33.69         1.20        +327.55         13.07        
Russell 2000 1,539.74         +33.82         2.25        +191.18         14.18        
International 1,875.43         -7.54         -0.40        +155.55         9.04        
10-year bond 2.41%        -0.05%          -0.28%         
30-year T-bond 2.82%        -0.07%          -0.20%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

A Spectacular Quarter For U.S. Stocks Just Ended
The first quarter of 2019 ended on Friday with a gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index of 13%, the best quarterly performance since the third quarter of 2009. ...more

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03/24/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/22/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,502.32         -346.55         -1.34         +2,174.86         9.32        
NASDAQ 7,642.67         -45.86         -0.60         +1,007.39         15.18        
S&P500 2,800.71         -21.77         -0.77        +293.86         11.72        
Russell 2000 1,505.92         -47.62         -3.07        +157.36         11.67        
International 1,882.97         -7.34         -0.39        +163.09         9.48        
10-year bond 2.46%        -0.13%          -0.23%         
30-year T-bond 2.89%        -0.13%          -0.13%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Real Economy Strengthens, Yield Curve Inverts And Mueller Report Drops
The yield curve inverted Friday triggering fears of a recession and a 1.9% drop in the Standard & Poor's 500 - the second-worst one-day drop this year. Then, Robert Mueller's Special Counsel delivered his report. ...more

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03/23/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/22/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,502.32         -346.55         -1.34         +2,174.86         9.32        
NASDAQ 7,642.67         -45.86         -0.60         +1,007.39         15.18        
S&P500 2,800.71         -21.77         -0.77        +293.86         11.72        
Russell 2000 1,505.92         -47.62         -3.07        +157.36         11.67        
International 1,882.97         -7.34         -0.39        +163.09         9.48        
10-year bond 2.46%        -0.13%          -0.23%         
30-year T-bond 2.89%        -0.13%          -0.13%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Real Economy Strengthens, Yield Curve Inverts And Mueller Report Drops
The yield curve inverted Friday triggering fears of a recession and a 1.9% drop in the Standard & Poor's 500 - the second-worst one-day drop this year. Then, Robert Mueller's Special Counsel delivered his report. ...more

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03/17/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/15/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,848.87         +398.63         1.57         +2,521.41         10.81        
NASDAQ 7,688.53         +280.39         3.78         +1,053.25         15.87        
S&P500 2,822.48         +79.41         2.89        +315.63         12.59        
Russell 2000 1,553.54         +31.66         2.08        +204.98         15.20        
International 1,890.31         +51.08         2.78        +170.43         9.91        
10-year bond 2.59%        -0.03%          -0.10%         
30-year T-bond 3.02%        +0.01%          +0.00%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Despite Crises, Economic Fundamentals Are Strong
Europe's economy slowed sharply, a U.S.-China trade war loomed, fears of a real war with North Korea grew, while U.S. politics sank deeper into chaos, and a gunman massacred at least 49 innocents attending services at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque, even as they prayed. It was a week of crises. ...more

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03/16/2019 Weekly Market Summary

Major Indexes For Week Ended 3/15/2019

Index Close Net Change % Change YTD YTD %
DJIA 25,848.87         +398.63         1.57         +2,521.41         10.81        
NASDAQ 7,688.53         +280.39         3.78         +1,053.25         15.87        
S&P500 2,822.48         +79.41         2.89        +315.63         12.59        
Russell 2000 1,553.54         +31.66         2.08        +204.98         15.20        
International 1,890.31         +51.08         2.78        +170.43         9.91        
10-year bond 2.59%        -0.03%          -0.10%         
30-year T-bond 3.02%        +0.01%          +0.00%         
International index is MSCI EAFE index. Bond data reflect net change in yield, not price. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot directly invest in an index.

Despite Crises, Economic Fundamentals Are Strong
Europe's economy slowed sharply, a U.S.-China trade war loomed, fears of a real war with North Korea grew, while U.S. politics sank deeper into chaos, and a gunman massacred at least 49 innocents attending services at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque, even as they prayed. It was a week of crises. ...more

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