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Weekly Market Commentary May 14, 2018

A benign inflation report and positive news out of North Korea provided a boost for global stock markets. For the week, the S&P 500 soared 2.4%. Global stocks rose, as the MSCI ACWI climbed 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was unchanged for the third straight week.

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Weekly Market Commentary May 7, 2018

Jittery investors and several key economic reports produced big market swings in both directions last week. The S&P 500 dipped 0.2%. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.5%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was unchanged for the second straight week.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 30, 2018

After weeks of large swings each way, stocks and bonds barely budged last week. The S&P 500 was flat, and the global MSCI ACWI slipped 0.3%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was also unchanged.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 23, 2018

Stocks moved higher last week as gains in the energy, industrial, and financial sectors overcame weakness in tobacco and technology stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, and the global MSCI ACWI climbed 0.4%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.6% on inflation and interest rate concerns.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 16, 2018

Markets ended positive for the week as energy and technology shares rallied and trade war tensions eased on all sides. These developments paired with earnings reports showing continued strength across all sectors drove stock markets higher. The S&P 500 rose 2.0% last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.6%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dipped 0.2% as inflation risk and the odds of additional rate hikes increased.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 9, 2018

Continued concerns over the risk of a trade war pushed markets lower, and a slowing economy pushed stocks lower. The S&P 500 fell 1.4% last week. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.7%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dipped 0.1%.

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Weekly Market Commentary April 2, 2018

Markets reversed the prior week’s selloff to end the quarter on a positive note. The S&P 500 rose 2.1% last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.3%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index gained 0.5%. In spite of the positive week, all three indices finished lower in the first quarter. The S&P 500 eased 1.2% lower. The MSCI ACWI dropped 1.4%, and the Aggregate Bond Index fell 1.5%.

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Weekly Market Commentary March 26, 2018

A sharp selloff in the last part of the week caused the S&P 500 to post its worst weekly loss since early 2016. The S&P 500 dropped just less than 6%. The global MSCI ACWI slid 4.4%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was basically unchanged. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is down 3.2%.

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Weekly Market Commentary March 19, 2018

The S&P 500 slid 1.2% on increased concerns about political risk. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.6%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged 0.2% higher. The S&P 500 is up 2.9% so far this year.

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Weekly Market Commentary March 12, 2018

Stock markets returned to their winning ways last week after falling the previous week. The S&P 500 soared 3.5%. The global MSCI ACWI rose 2.8%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index edged 0.1% lower. The moves higher in the S&P 500 and MSCI ACWI were both large enough to overcome last week’s losses. Read more