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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

U.S. equities snapped back during a period peppered with mixed economic data. Housing starts for January jumped 9.7%, the largest gain since October 2016.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It was another volatile week for global equity markets. Analysts have noted that pullbacks are normal, with 10% corrections happening once per year on average.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Global stocks declined following an incredible start to 2018, with the S&P 500 experiencing its biggest single-day dive since September 2016.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Global equities continue to power into 2018. The Wall Street Journal noted the S&P 500 is experiencing its strongest start to a year since 1987.

Monday, January 22, 2018

U.S. equities hit new highs during the period, with the Dow Jones closing above 26,000 for the first time, and finished up the holiday week posting modest gains. Despite the headline drama populating the press about the prospective government shutdown, the market largely shrugged off concerns.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stocks had another positive week, finishing strongly across most markets, despite a mid-week pullback on a report that Chinese officials might pare back or halt purchases of U.S. Treasury's. Oil and gold prices rose on the week. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note climbed from 2.48% to 2.55%.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The economic calendar underpinned positive sentiment during a holiday-shortened week, as stocks posted strong gains globally. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed the 25,000 mark, a new record. Oil and gold prices were up for the week; the widely watched 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose from 2.42% to 2.48%.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Investors in U.S. stocks enjoyed strong gains in 2017, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both posted returns greater than 20%. Looking ahead, some investors believe we are in the “eighth or ninth inning” and that the end is near for this aging bull market. Instead, we believe we are in a “doubleheader” that will give this bull market another leg. Please read more about what will happen this year in our 2018 Global Perspectives™ Forecast: Pro-Business Economy Unleashes Growth.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Passage of the tax reform bill and avoidance of a government shutdown led to another up week for major stock indices. Oil, gold and copper prices also rose. The yield on the widely-watched 10-year U.S. Treasury note jumped from 2.36% to 2.49% to close the week.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

U.S. stock markets rose strongly for the week, propelled by a Friday surge as hope rose for passage of the tax overhaul. Japan and Europe bucked the trend, posting declines. Oil prices fell, continuing last week’s decline, while gold rose. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield declined slightly to 2.35%.

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