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Markets Rise During Transition

Stocks Scale New Heights

In a holiday-shortened week, stocks rallied as investors welcomed testimony from incoming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to the Senate Finance Committee that suggested lawmakers needed to "act big" on fiscal stimulus, raising hopes for a new round of federal spending.

Brief 2019 Summary

What Drove the Markets?

Four primary factors influenced investment performance in 2019: a shift in U.S. monetary policy, the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, corporate earnings, and the U.S. economy.

A New Dow Milestone

The Week on Wall Street

Stock benchmarks were little changed for much of last week, but a rally occurred Friday after news broke that the U.S. and China could be closing in on the first phase of a new trade pact.

S&P 500 Near Record Territory

Last Week on Wall Street

The S&P 500 came within 0.1% of a record close Friday. Stocks were lifted last week by positive news on U.S.-China trade negotiations, plus positive U.S. corporate earnings announcements.

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%.

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