Weekly Market Recap – July 26th, 2019
In the Markets
With 40% of S&P 500 companies having reported earnings for the quarter, the index advanced another 1.7% on the week. The NASDAQ also gained on strong earnings reports, up 2.3% on the week. Most of the earnings reports came in better than analysts’ expectations, sparking continued growth from the S&P 500 as it eclipsed a 20% YTD return. A further boon to equities’ performance came in the form of better than expected second-quarter GDP growth estimates with a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.1%. While the other major indices saw growth on the week, including a 2% gain by the Russell 2000, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished almost flat, up just 0.1%, due in part to a steep 8.6% decline in Boeing.
The oil products saw muted gains following last week’s precipitous drop. WTI crude rose 1.02% and Brent futures advanced 1.58%. Gasoline bested heating oil, gaining 1.84% compared to 0.78%. Unlike the rest of the energy sector, natural gas did not see a rebound from last week’s losses, dropping an additional 3.64% on the week.
Precious metals were a mixed bag this week. Gold dropped 0.54% while silver climbed 1.25%. Platinum and palladium both gained on the week, up 2.25% and 1.82% respectively, while copper fell 1.9%.
Grains and soybeans fell on the week. Wheat’s drop was the least substantial, down 1.43%, while soybeans lost 2.18% and corn dipped 3.77%. Lean hogs followed up last week’s meteoric rise with a smaller but still significant gain of 3.03%. Sugar advanced 3.71%, milk eked out a small 0.4% gain, but coffee did not follow suit, losing 6.88% on the week.
World Cup Trading Championships
Durai Ramasamy maintained first place at a net return of 222.8%. Second through fourth place, however, were separated from one another by less than 20%. Kurt Sakaeda managed to hold on to second place for another week with his net return of 177.8%, but close on his heels were Holger Groechel and Eduardo Ramos with their net returns of 162.7% and 159.8% respectively. The top 5 was rounded out by newcomer to the leaderboard Bruno Franca, who kept the top 5 all in triple digits with a net return of 103.1%.
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