Weekly Market Recap


Weekly Market Recap – August 7, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – August 7, 2020

In the Markets
US employers added 1.8 million jobs in July. The unemployment rate decreased to 10.2%. The new jobless benefit filings for the prior week fell to 1.2 million claims. Less than half of the job loss caused by the pandemic has been recovered. Congress made no progress in talks on …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 31, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – July 31, 2020

In the Markets
According to a Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) release on Thursday, the US economy contracted at a record rate of 32.9% in the second quarter of 2020. The weekly jobless report showed another increase, with 1.43 million Americans filing new claims. On Friday, Fitch announced a lowered outlook …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 24, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – July 24, 2020

In the Markets
The week started with the European Union agreeing to a €1.6 trillion pandemic recovery strategy based on the sale of hundreds of billions of common debt. On Wednesday, the US abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, resulting from accusations of espionage. Filings for weekly unemployment …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 17, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – July 17, 2020

In the Markets
This past week, the Department of Commerce report showed that retail sales rose 7.5% in June; this was largely attributed to online consumer purchasing of summer clothing. Another major factor was that Americans were returning to re-opened restaurants. According to the Fed’s report, June industrial production showed the …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 10, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – July 10, 2020

In the Markets
Thursday’s labor department figures stated that 1.4 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance for the first time last week and more than 19 million people are still receiving unemployment benefits. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that consumer borrowing declined by $18.3 billion in May, a drop of 5.3%. …


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Weekly Market Recap – July 2, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – July 2, 2020

In the Markets
After US employers added a record 4.8 million jobs in June, the national unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%. However, many states are reporting record increases in new Covid-19 cases and a growing death toll.
Our weekly recap includes a few noteworthy quarterly changes because the second quarter of …


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Weekly Market Recap – June 26, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – June 26, 2020

In the Markets
After weeks of news stories dominated by better economic numbers and coverage of re-openings, along with the focus on developments surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, the spotlight is on COVID-19 once again. On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal’s lead headline was “Virus Spread Accelerates Across U.S.” Also …


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Weekly Market Recap – June 19, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – June 19, 2020

In the Markets
Recent data releases are giving investors signs that the reopening is stimulating the economy. Retail sales jumped 17.7% in May; the previous monthly change had been down 14.7%. Industrial production increased by 1.4% versus the negative 12.5% reported for April. 1.5 million jobless claims were filed, equal to …


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Weekly Market Recap – June 12, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – June 12, 2020

In the Markets
The week for stock markets started off with a bang as the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions took the NASDAQ Composite to three consecutive all time highs. By the end of the week, however, the exuberance was gone. Also, the NBER panel reported that the US had entered …


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Weekly Market Recap – June 5, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – June 5, 2020

In the Markets
On Thursday, the European Central Bank boosted its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program by €600 billion ($676 billion). This additional bond-buying stimulus brings the total to €1.35 trillion ($1.53 trillion), and the plan is being extended to June 2121. The euro soared to $1.135 on the news, a level …


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Weekly Market Recap – May 29, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – May 29, 2020

In the Markets
Restrictions have been easing in major US cities, and businesses are coming back, though worldwide coronavirus cases hit 6 million. On Thursday, the labor department reported 2.1 new jobless claims; one in every four American workers, more than 40 million, have filed for unemployment since the middle of …


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Weekly Market Recap – May 22, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – May 22, 2020

In the Markets
With 2.4 million new unemployment claims this week, bringing the total to 38.6 million since mid-March, this gauge of joblessness would look like a flattening curve on a graph. This aspect of the data contributed to investor confidence in the stock market. Another positive impetus for market participants …


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Weekly Market Recap – May 15, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – May 15, 2020

In the Markets
Stock market investors pushed the indices lower this past week, due to a combination of pandemic news, a rekindled US-China trade war campaign and more negative economic data. Retail sales plunged 16.4% in April (worse than the expected 12% setback), registering the largest drop since the reporting of …


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Weekly Market Recap – May 8, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – May 8, 2020

In the Markets
This week’s statistics gave investors another snapshot of stresses in the economy and society, as a whole. The Department of Commerce reported that the US trade gap rose to $44.4 billion in March, wider than February’s gap of $39.8 billion. According to the Federal Reserve, Consumer borrowing fell …


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Weekly Market Recap – May 1, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – May 1, 2020

In the Markets
Early last week, some businesses across the nation began the process of opening their doors again, adding to investor confidence which was also bolstered by encouraging news about Remdesivir trials.  On Wednesday, the commerce department reported that the gross domestic product contracted 4.8% in Q1. The jobless claims …


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Weekly Market Recap – April 24, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – April 24, 2020

In the Markets
This week, the trading markets absorbed Thursday’s labor department report of 4.4 million jobless claims, a number lower than the three previous weekly releases. This brings the total claims reported in April to 23.1 million.
In other Coronavirus related news, more economic stimulus legislation was enacted. On Friday, …


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Weekly Market Recap – April 17, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – April 17, 2020

In the Markets
Pandemic news has been the primary fundamental factor in global capital markets since February. As the data has begun showing COVID-19’s curves flattening, investors have been reacting more positively. Recent market action continued the uptrend as stock indexes posted strong gains for a second consecutive week. The Wall …


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Weekly Market Recap – April 9, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – April 9, 2020

In the Markets
COVID-19’s spread has led to 16.8 million job losses in the past three weeks. Thursday’s statistic of 6.6 million new unemployment claims was already “in the market” when the figure was released that day. Later that afternoon the Federal Reserve announced a plan for a stimulus package of …


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Weekly Market Recap – April 3, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – April 3, 2020

In the Markets
Last week ended the first quarter of 2020; hence, our weekly recap highlights many of the Q1 statistics. The Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 companies ended the quarter at 21052.53, down 23.2% the period (-2.7% for the week ending April 3rd). The spot S&P 500 index closed …


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Weekly Market Recap – March 27th, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – March 27, 2020

In the Markets
As the pandemic and the economy again dominated the headlines, the markets appeared less erratic and volatile than they had been since March roared in.
The DJIA spot index ended the week at 21,637, gaining 12.8%, and the S&P 500 closed on Friday at 236.55, a 10.3% rise. …


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Weekly Market Recap – March 20th, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – March 20, 2020

In the Markets
Last Sunday’s rate cutting action by the Fed to “nearly zero” percent preceded a sharp drop in stock futures that evening. By the end of Monday’s session, the DJIA spot index settled 2,997.10 points lower. The decline of 12.9% was the steepest daily drop since October 19, 1987. …


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Weekly Market Recap – March 13th, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – March 13, 2020

In the Markets
Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 10.4% from where it had settled the previous Friday. Compared to its high water mark a month ago (29,551 on February 12th) the DJIA had retreated 21.5%. For investors aware of textbook definitions, a decline of more than 20% …


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Weekly Market Recap – March 6th, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – March 6, 2020

In the Markets
Volatility remained high again this week as tensions surrounding the spreading coronavirus continued to rock the world. During the week’s sessions, the S&P 500 moved within a 235-point range. Despite the numerous factors applying pressure to global markets, major U.S. indices managed gains on the week. …


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Weekly Market Recap – February 28th, 2020

Weekly Market Recap – February 28, 2020

In the Markets
While markets had managed to shrug off symptoms of the coronavirus for the most part, the last week of February saw the outbreak bring both equities and commodities to their knees. The rate of new cases may have slowed in China, but reports of the virus’s …


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