Weekly Market Recap – June 28th, 2019
In the Markets
Through Wednesday, the S&P 500 dropped 1.24%. A late week rebound, however, resulted in a weekly loss for the index of just 0.29%. With optimism surrounding G-20 summit meetings between President Trump and President Xi, as well as expected rate cuts, the S&P 500 posted a 6.9% gain in the month of June; the best June since 1955. The NASDAQ fell 0.3%, and the Dow Jones lost 0.4% on the week.
The energy sector posted gains across the board. WTI crude gained 1.81%, while Brent futures advanced 2.07%. Heating oil followed the trend set by crude, up 1.5%. Gasoline, on the other hand, outperformed the other products, gaining 4.65% on the week. Natural gas managed to regain some of its steep losses from the week prior, gaining 5.58%.
Gold continued its gains from last week, as interest rate cuts remain on the horizon, up 1.17%. Silver, however, did not follow suit, losing 0.19%. Platinum paced precious metals, gaining 3.72%. Palladium also continued its recent string of gains, up 2.16%. Copper also managed to climb, up 0.63%.
Soybeans and wheat both finish almost flat on the week; wheat maintained the same exact price, while soybeans move up just 0.14%. Corn did not fare as well, dropping 4.97% on the week. Lean hogs fell 5.44%, while live cattle advanced 3.71%.
Coffee exploded on the week, rising 8.47%. Sugar and milk also gained, but not at the same pace as coffee, up 0.81% and 3.71% respectively.
World Cup Trading Championships
Durai Ramasamy maintained his streak of topping the leaderboard, holding onto first place with a net return of 231%. Kurt Sakaeda also held onto his position, retaining second with a net return of 165.3%. Third and fourth place were separated by less than a single percentage point, with Holger Groechel’s net return of 125.2% edging out Eduardo Ramos’s net return of 124.6%. The top 5 was rounded out by Fabien Fischer with his net return of 94.3%.
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