Presented by Mark Gallagher
General market news
- The 10-year Treasury yield opened this week at 2.38 percent, well below its mid-March highs of more than 2.60 percent. The 30-year yield also remains low, opening at 3.01 percent this Monday morning.
- The market pain from last week’s defeat of the American Health Care Act didn’t linger long. The S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average were all up, as investors appeared to turn their focus to the president’s tax reform plan. The more technology-oriented Nasdaq Composite Index led the way, posting a gain of 1.45 percent, as tech stocks returned 1.1 percent on the week.
- In other news, the United Kingdom triggered Article 50 on Wednesday, beginning its exit from the European Union; WTI crude oil recovered to $50 per barrel; and consumer confidence hit its highest level since December 2000, despite just a 0.1-percent increase in consumer spending. Leading sectors included energy, consumer discretionary, and materials. Utilities, telecom, and consumer staples were among those that lagged.
- Economic data released last week was mostly positive. The major news was an upward revision to gross domestic product growth for the fourth quarter of 2016, from 1.9 percent to 2.1 percent. Coming in at the higher end of estimates, this figure was largely driven by an increase in personal consumption. In that vein, personal income for February grew in line with estimates. Finally, initial jobless claims decreased, remaining near historically low levels.
|MSCI Emerging Markets||–1.05%||0.00%||11.49%||17.65%|
|Fixed Income Index||Month-to-Date||Year-to-Date||12-Month|
|U.S. Broad Market||–0.05%||0.82%||0.44%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
Several widely tracked economic data points will be released this week. On Monday, the ISM Manufacturing Index is expected to remain in expansionary territory.
On Wednesday, the March meeting minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee will be released. This document should shed further light on the thinking behind the March rate hike and the future path of Federal Reserve policy.
The week will end with the release of the Employment Report for March.
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Mark Gallagher is a financial advisor located at Gallagher Financial Services at 2586 East 7th Ave. Suite #304, North Saint Paul, MN 55109. He offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 651-774-8759 or at email@example.com.
Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network.
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