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The Markets (as of market close October 9, 2020)
Last Monday saw stocks start the week on a high note, with each of the indexes listed here posting notable gains. The Russell 2000 led the way, adding 2.8%, followed by the Nasdaq (2.3%), the S&P 500 (1.8%), the Dow (1.7%), and the Global Dow (1.7%). Treasury yields and crude oil prices rose while the dollar fell. Energy, health care, and tech stocks led the market gains. Investors were encouraged by word that President Trump was expected to leave the hospital and return to the White House. That news, coupled with the possibility of fiscal stimulus in the near term, also helped propel stocks higher on the day.
Stocks plunged last Tuesday after President Trump called off stimulus talks until after the November election. The announcement came after Fed Chair Powell warned that the economy would likely regress without additional fiscal stimulus. Prior to that announcement, stocks were up as investors anticipated a deal was in the offing. By the end of trading, mega-caps, technology, communication services, and airlines were sectors that were hard hit. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here fell. The Nasdaq lost 1.6%, the S&P 500 fell 1.4%, the Dow dropped 1.3%, the Russell 2000 declined 0.3%, and the Global Dow sank 0.2%. Treasury prices surged pushing yields lower. Crude oil prices and the dollar advanced.
Equities rebounded last Wednesday as the president appeared to soften his stance on halting stimulus negotiations until after the election. Each of the major indexes listed here climbed higher, led by the Russell 2000 (2.1%), followed by the Dow (1.9%), the Nasdaq (1.9%), the S&P 500 (1.7%), and the Global Dow (0.9%). Treasury yields jumped ahead by 5.8%. Crude oil prices fell after a report showed that stockpiles increased. The dollar fell against a basket of currencies. Sectors that performed well include communication services, consumer discretionary, industrials, materials, and information technology.
Stocks posted a second consecutive day of gains last Thursday. Hopes for fiscal stimulus outweighed a larger-than-expected number of unemployment claims. Treasury bond yields and the dollar fell while crude oil prices rebounded from the prior day’s retreat. Energy, utilities, financials, and real estate led the market surge. The Russell 2000 (1.1%) posted the largest gain for the second day in a row, followed by the Global Dow (0.9%), the S&P 500 (0.8%), the Nasdaq (0.5%), and the Dow (0.4%).
Equities got a jolt last Friday following President Trump’s call for a bigger fiscal relief
package. While the president said he favored a relief package larger than what has
been proposed by either Democrats or Republicans, Senate Majority Leader McConnell
warned that no deal was likely before the November election. The number of COVID-19
cases rose in several areas, with Europe emerging as a new hot spot. Nevertheless,
each of the indexes listed here advanced by the close of Friday’s trading, led by the
Nasdaq (1.4%), followed by the S&P 500 (0.9%), the Dow (0.6%), the Russell 2000
(0.6%), and the Global Dow (0.5%). Treasury yields rose while crude oil and the dollar
fell.
For the week, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 each posted their best weekly gains since
July, climbing 4.6% and 3.8%, respectively. The Dow advanced 3.3% and the Global
Dow gained 3.9%. But the week’s big winner was the Russell 2000, which shot up 6.4%.
Sectors that helped drive the market last week include energy, health care, industrials,
and information technology. For the year, the Dow is back in the black after this latest
surge, joining the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 as the benchmark indexes with values
ahead of their respective 2019 closing values.
Crude oil prices rebounded last week, closing at $40.54 per barrel by late Friday
afternoon, up from the prior week’s price of $37.00. The price of gold (COMEX) climbed
for the second consecutive week, closing at $1,934.20, up from the prior week’s price of
$1,905.40. The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.172 per gallon
on October 5, $0.003 higher than the prior week’s price but $0.473 less than a year ago. For the full article click here:Winthrop Partners Market Update 10-12-2020