Investment Update August 1, 2023

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Economic news for the week included the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates by another quarter percent, Q2 GDP growth that came in stronger than expected, as did durable goods orders and consumer sentiment.

Investment Update July, 11 2023

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In a holiday-shortened week, economic releases included the mixed results of ISM manufacturing falling further into contraction, while ISM services rose further into expansion. The employment situation report showed positive jobs growth, but at a slower rate than expected, to cap a week of mixed labor data generally.

Investment Update June 6, 2023

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Economic data for the holiday-shortened week included strength in the May employment situation report and construction spending, while ISM manufacturing and consumer confidence declined.

Investment Update May 2, 2023

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Economic data for the week included Q1 U.S. GDP growth coming in lower than expected, gains in durable goods orders, and continued mixed results for housing markets.

Investment Update April 4, 2023

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Economic data for the week included a slight revision lower in U.S. GDP growth for Q4, a continued deceleration in home prices, and mixed results for consumer sentiment.

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.

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