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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 8, 2019) Most of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains for the seventh consecutive week. Only the Global Dow lagged behind. Utilities and information technology shares performed well...

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Markets (as of market close Feb. 1, 2019) The benchmark indexes listed here rose for the week, particularly last Wednesday and Thursday. Strong corporate earnings reports, especially in the communication services sector, helped...

 

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Markets (as of market close Jan. 25, 2019) Last week did not start off well in the market. However, stocks rebounded on Friday, recouping much of the value lost earlier in the week. Nevertheless, stocks ended last week relatively...

 

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Markets (as of market close Jan. 18, 2019) Rhetoric that trade tensions between the United States and China may be easing helped quell investors’ concerns, prompting a stock market rally last week. The large caps of the S&P...

 

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Markets (as of market close Jan. 11, 2019) For the third straight week, stocks posted positive returns by the close of last week. Each of the indexes listed here gained at least 2.40%, with the small caps of the Russell 2000...

 

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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Markets (as of market close Jan. 4, 2019) Stocks posted solid gains by the close of the first week of the new year. A favorable jobs report helped push the benchmark indexes listed here higher last Friday, as stocks recovered from...

 

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Dec. 28, 2018) A crazy week of market swings finally closed with each of the benchmark indexes listed here posting gains for the first time in three weeks. Christmas Eve (Monday) saw stocks drop...

 

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Dec. 21, 2018) The tech-heavy Nasdaq had been the only benchmark index to have exceeded its 2017 closing value. That is no longer the case, as an 8.36% drop last week put the Nasdaq more than 8.0% below...

 

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Dec. 14, 2018) A market correction refers to a decline in a stock or index of at least 10% following a temporary high price. After last week’s losses, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq are entering...

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Dec. 7, 2018) Losses in technology and health-care stocks accounted for much of last week’s market drop. The tech-heavy Nasdaq and the small caps of the Russell 2000 suffered the largest declines,...

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Nov. 23, 2018) Trading volume may have been slower than usual during the Thanksgiving holiday week, but that didn’t stop the downward spiral for stocks. Tumbling oil prices, which fell to their...

 

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Nov. 23, 2018) Trading volume may have been slower than usual during the Thanksgiving holiday week, but that didn’t stop the downward spiral for stocks. Tumbling oil prices, which fell to their...

 

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Nov. 16, 2018) Volatility best describes last week in the market, as each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value. Apparently, investors may be having trepidations about ongoing business growth...

 

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Nov. 2, 2018) Stocks posted a solid week of returns for the first time in several weeks, pulling all but one of the major benchmark indexes listed here into positive territory for the year to date. A...

 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Oct. 26, 2018) The benchmark indexes suffered another sharp decline last week. Each of the indexes listed here lost value, led by the Global Dow. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq could be nearing a correction...

 

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Markets (as of market close October 19, 2018) After a sweat-inducing ride on Wall Street last week, several earnings reports helped ease some of the pain in domestic large caps by Friday’s close. The Dow managed to see a 0...

 

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Markets (as of market close October 12, 2018) Despite a surge at the end of the week, stocks plummeted last week. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value, led by the small caps of the Russell 2000, which fell over 5...

 

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Oct. 5, 2018) Another tough week on Wall Street as stocks and long-term bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. While each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value last week, the large caps of...

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Sept. 28, 2018) Rising interest rates and ramped-up trade wars put a damper on stocks last week. While not unanticipated, the Fed raised the federal funds target rate 25 basis points and intimated that...

 

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Sept. 21, 2018) Performance of the benchmark indexes listed here was a mixed bag last week. Large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 outperformed the tech stocks of the Nasdaq and the small caps of the Russell...

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Markets (as of market close Sept. 14, 2018) Tech and foreign stocks led the way as the market rebounded from the prior week’s decline. The prospect of renewed trade talks between China and the United States eased investor...

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Markets (as of market close September 7, 2018) Apparently a strong labor report, which included increasing wages, wasn’t enough to quell investors’ fears as stocks plummeted last week. President Trump’s threat to...

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Markets (as of market close August 24, 2018) Despite a week that included yet more tariff trepidations and negative headlines on the political front, investors celebrated last Friday as several indexes hit new highs. The S&P 500...

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Markets (as of market close August 17, 2018) The large caps of the Dow and S&P 500 got a boost from a tentative agreement between the United States and China to settle their trade dispute by November. Strong corporate earnings...

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Markets (as of market close August 10, 2018) Despite the continued strength shown in corporate earnings reports, investors reeled in their enthusiasm last week, sending the large caps of both the S&P 500 and the Dow plummeting....

 

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Markets (as of market close August 3, 2018) Tech and mid-cap stocks performed best last week following strong second-quarter corporate earnings reports. Led by the Nasdaq, each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains...

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Markets (as of market close July 27, 2018) Tech stocks and small caps took a hit last week as both the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 lost value. The large caps of both the S&P 500 and the Dow closed in positive territory following a...

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Markets (as of market close July 20, 2018) Last week stocks held their own for the most part, with the Dow and S&P 500 posting marginal gains. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell slightly, while the small caps of the Russell 2000 gained...

 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Stocks posted gains for the second week in a row following some good corporate earnings reports. Each of the indexes listed here improved, except for the small caps of the Russell 2000, which dipped less than a half a point....

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Markets (as of market close July 6, 2018) A positive labor report may have been enough to offset investor concerns about the tit-for-tat tariff war between the United States and its trade partners as stocks posted positive returns...