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Stocks Stage a Modest Retreat

The Week on Wall Street

Investors reacted to two major news items last week, one far more of a surprise than the other. The Federal Reserve did indeed make a rate cut, matching Wall Street expectations. Drone strikes on two of the world's largest oil fields brought a shock to the global oil market.

China Trade Issues Continue

The Week on Wall Street

Traders assumed that the week's biggest news event would be Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's speech at the annual Jackson Hole banking conference. Instead, China seized the headlines by announcing new tariffs on U.S. goods.

Stocks Continue Drifting Higher

The Week on Wall Street

Last week, investors assessed earnings and the initial estimate of second-quarter economic growth, while awaiting the Federal Reserve's next announcement about interest rates.

Stocks Touch Record Highs

The Week on Wall Street

The S&P 500 hit an all-time peak of 2,964.03, in intraday trading Friday, while improving 2.20% across five market days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also gained 2.41%. In addition, International Stocks rose 2.58% and the U.S. Aggregate Bond Index grew by 0.44%.

Trade Tensions Linger

The Week on Wall Street

Stocks drifted lower last week as investors considered the possibility that the world's two largest economies might take some time to resolve key trade issues.

S&P Reaches a New Peak

Stocks returned to record territory, with both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite closing at historic highs. The S&P gained 1.20% for the week and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged, losing 0.06%. International Stocks also gave back 0.52% while the U.S. Aggregate Bond Index increased by 0.38%.

Gains Conclude a Great Quarter

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.

Equities 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. The U.S. Aggregate Bond index inched up 0.11%.

Stocks Muted, Big Week Ahead

For the first time in months, U.S. stock markets experienced little movement last week. The Dow and NASDAQ did have their 5th week of gains in a row, but their increases were small: 0.12% and 0.11%, respectively. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 broke its 4-week winning streak with a 0.22% loss.  International Stocks also posted modest returns, gaining 0.47% for the week and the U.S.

Stocks Continue to Struggle

Last week brought more volatility to the markets. While domestic indexes had some rallies as positive trade news emerged earlier in the week, by Friday, December 14, they had erased any gains.

For the week, the S&P 500 dropped 1.26% and the Dow lost 1.18%. International Stocks also had a 0.89% weekly loss while the U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was up a slight 0.06%.

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