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Market Recap – July 1, 2024

Market Recap – July 1, 2024

The big economic news last week was that core PCE inflation and consumer spending both increased more slowly than expected.  The S&P 500 and All-Country World Index are up 3.5% and 2.0% respectively for June and up 14.5% and 11.4% respectively YTD.       The core...

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Market Recap – June 24, 2024

Market Recap – June 24, 2024

The economic news last week was generally positive, and stock prices were up for the week.  The S&P 500 and All-Country World Index are up 14.6% and 11.1%, respectively, this year.     There is concern about how few stocks are experiencing earnings and share price...

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Market Recap – June 17, 2024

Market Recap – June 17, 2024

The big news last week was lower inflation reports and the Fed meeting indicating interest rate cuts are still possible this year. Stock and bond markets reacted positively. With the outlook for earnings per share (“EPS”) growth remaining strong, one or two Fed rate...

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Market Recap – June 10, 2024

Market Recap – June 10, 2024

The unexpectedly strong 272,000 new jobs in May – compared to 165,000 added in April -- and wages up 4.1% over the prior year surprised financial markets.  Treasury yields rose, U.S. stock prices were slightly negative, and expectations of Fed cuts in September...

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Market Recap – June 6, 2024

Market Recap – June 6, 2024

Last Friday’s release of April Personal Consumption Expenditures data showed modest improvement in core PCE inflation and slowing real spending. This suggests second-quarter consumption and GDP could be weaker than previously expected.  Financial markets reacted...

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Market Recap – May 28, 2024

Market Recap – May 28, 2024

Last week’s economic and financial news was mixed, leaving financial markets generally unchanged from the prior week’s close.  The S&P 500 remains up 11.2% so far in 2024.  Minutes from the Fed’s April 30/May 1 meetings were more hawkish than expected given Chair...

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Market Recap – May 20, 2024

Market Recap – May 20, 2024

Financial markets greeted positively the April consumer and producer price index data showing inflation slowed for the first time this year.  The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury declined, and the S&P 500 closed the week up 1.5% and up 11.2% so far in 2024. ...

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Market Recap – May 13, 2024

Market Recap – May 13, 2024

Financial markets were steady last week, and the S&P 500 was up 1.85% from the prior week’s close and up 9.5% so far in 2024.  The April CPI reports on Wednesday, May 15, and core CPI inflation is likely to change only slightly from higher than expected than...

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