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Market Summaries


Market Month: May 2017

Quarterly Market Review: April-June 2017

Annual Market Review 2016

Market Week: July 17, 2017

The Markets (as of market close July 14, 2017)

Both the Dow and S&P 500 reached record highs last week, and each of the indexes listed here posted gains. While the large-cap indexes reached new highs, the tech-heavy Nasdaq had the best week, climbing over 2.50% by last week's end, followed by the Global Dow, which gained a little over 2.0%. With consumer prices holding steady inflation appears to be stagnant, which bodes well for the Fed holding interest rates at their current level. This may have prompted investors to sell long-term bonds as prices dropped, hiking yields higher.

The price of crude oil (WTI) closed at $46.68 per barrel, up from the prior week's closing price of $44.30 per barrel. The price of gold (COMEX) closed last week at $1,228.00 by late Friday afternoon, $16.00 ahead of the prior week's price of $1,212.00. The national average retail regular gasoline price increased to $2.297 per gallon on July 10, 2017, $0.037 higher than the previous week's price and $0.044 higher than a year ago.

Market/Index2016 ClosePrior WeekAs of 7/14Weekly ChangeYTD Change
DJIA19762.6021414.3421637.74 1.04% 9.49%
Nasdaq5383.126153.086312.472.59% 17.26%
S&P 5002238.832425.182459.271.41% 9.85%
Russell 20001357.131415.841428.820.92% 5.28%
Global Dow2528.212772.662829.442.05% 11.91%
Fed. Funds target rate0.50%-0.75%1.00%-1.25%1.00%-1.25%0 bps 50 bps
10-year Treasuries2.44%2.38%2.33% -5 bps-11 bps

Chart reflects price changes, not total return. Because it does not include dividends or splits, it should not be used to benchmark performance of specific investments.

Last Week's Economic Headlines

  • In a sign that inflation is weakening, the prices consumers pay for goods and services, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, were unchanged in June compared to May. Over the last 12 months, consumer prices have increased 1.6%. The core CPI, less volatile food and energy prices, managed a subtle 0.1% bump for the month, while increasing 1.7% since June 2016. If expanding inflation is one of the key justifications used by the Fed in raising interest rates, this report makes it likely that rates will not be increased when the FOMC next meets at the end of July.

Eye on the Week Ahead

There isn't much available in terms of economic indicators this week. One report worth noting focuses on import and export prices in June. An indicator of inflation in products traded globally, the Import and Export Price Indexes impacts bond prices and equity markets, particularly when importing inflation rises, which often leads to bond and stock prices decreasing.

Data sources: News items are based on reports from multiple commonly available international news sources (i.e. wire services) and are independently verified when necessary with secondary sources such as government agencies, corporate press releases, or trade organizations. Market data: Based on data reported in WSJ Market Data Center (indexes); U.S. Treasury (Treasury yields); U.S. Energy Information Administration/ Market Data (oil spot price, WTI Cushing, OK); (spot gold/silver); Oanda/FX Street (currency exchange rates). All information is based on sources deemed reliable, but no warranty or guarantee is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Neither the information nor any opinion expressed herein constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any securities, and should not be relied on as financial advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index composed of 30 widely traded blue-chip U.S. common stocks. The S&P 500 is a market-cap weighted index composed of the common stocks of 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a market-value weighted index of all common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The Russell 2000 is a market-cap weighted index composed of 2,000 U.S. small-cap common stocks. The Global Dow is an equally weighted index of 150 widely traded blue-chip common stocks worldwide. Market indices listed are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment.

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