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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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Market Recap – May 6, 2024

Market Recap – May 6, 2024

The Fed meeting and an across-the-board weaker April jobs report caused volatility in financial markets, which by the end of the week had settled and closed higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 up 0.55% last week and 7.5% year-to-date.     As much as the Fed seems...

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Market Recap – April 29, 2024

Market Recap – April 29, 2024

Expectations of 2.4% first quarter GDP growth didn’t materialize, and the inflation deflator was higher than expected, so markets sold off.  Under the hood, numbers looked better and both stock and bond markets rebounded by week-end.  After initially reacting badly to...

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Market Recap – April 22, 2024

Market Recap – April 22, 2024

Last week’s further pull-back in stock and bond prices is reflecting heightened angst about a possibly expanding conflict between Israel and Iran with resulting higher oil prices and inflation pressures.  Strong economic, employment and earnings growth, along with a...

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Market Recap – April 1, 2024

Market Recap – April 1, 2024

First quarter economic growth is getting a boost from stronger personal income and spending, while PCE inflation for February has come in slightly lower than expected. In the shortened trading week, S&P and DJIA stock market prices notched new records. The S&P...

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