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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 – 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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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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