Weekly Market Update, August 25, 2014

Presented by Mark Gallagher

General market news
• It didn’t take long for equity markets to recover from the pullback that started in late July. The S&P 500 set a new all-time closing high last Thursday, quickly erasing the gap and setting up a potential test of the 2,000 level.
• Trading volume remains very light due to August vacation schedules, likely creating some additional market volatility.
• The 10-year Treasury saw yields as high as 2.44 percent late last week, after starting the week close to its recent low of 2.30 percent. Yields were back below 2.40 percent early Monday morning, however, with the 10-year opening the week at 2.37 percent.
• The yield on the 30-year Treasury remains at its lowest point since June, at 3.13 percent. The Federal Reserve continues to be concerned with “employment slack” and wage inflation, and we could see yields drop further as the Fed exits its quantitative easing program on October 19.

Equity Index 

Week-to-Date %           Month-to-Date %           Year-to-Date %          12-Month %
S&P 500 

1.75%                                        3.18%                                    9.01%                             22.52%
Nasdaq Composite

1.69%                                       4.01%                                   9.56%                             26.32%

2.10%                                        2.94%                                   4.18%                             16.32%

1.35%                                       −0.17%                                  3.06%                             14.65%
MSCI Emerging Markets

0.72%                                       1.68%                                  10.08%                           20.64%
Russell 2000

1.65%                                        3.67%                                 0.50%                              13.44%
Source: Bloomberg

Fixed Income Index

 Month-to-Date %                Year-to-Date %                 12-Month %
U.S. Broad Market

0.76%                                               4.65%                                      6.34%
U.S. Treasury 

0.82%                                               3.91%                                       4.59%
U.S. Mortgages 

0.66%                                               4.13%                                        6.12%
Municipal Bond 

0.91%                                                7.75%                                       10.57%
Source: Bloomberg

What to look forward to
The coming week features a number of data points related to personal consumption, housing, and gross domestic product (GDP). On Tuesday, S&P/Case-Shiller home price data will be released; the expectation is for another solid year-over-year increase in prices.

Later in the week, we will receive data on Personal Consumption Expenditures, which is expected to increase by 1.5 percent compared with the same period last year.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll see the second estimate of Second-Quarter GDP, with most analysts anticipating a 3.9-percent annualized rate.

Disclosures: Certain sections of this commentary contain forward-looking statements that are based on our reasonable expectations, estimates, projections, and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. All indices are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment by the public. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The S&P 500 is based on the average performance of the 500 industrial stocks monitored by Standard & Poor’s. The Nasdaq Composite Index measures the performance of all issues listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, except for rights, warrants, units, and convertible debentures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is computed by summing the prices of the stocks of 30 large companies and then dividing that total by an adjusted value, one which has been adjusted over the years to account for the effects of stock splits on the prices of the 30 companies. Dividends are reinvested to reflect the actual performance of the underlying securities. The MSCI EAFE Index is a float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure developed market equity performance, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a market capitalization-weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of 26 emerging market countries in Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Basin. The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index. The Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted performance benchmark for investment-grade fixed-rate debt issues, including government, corporate, asset-backed, and mortgage-backed securities with maturities of at least one year. The U.S. Treasury Index is based on the auctions of U.S. Treasury bills, or on the U.S. Treasury’s daily yield curve. The Barclays Capital Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) Index is an unmanaged market value-weighted index of 15- and 30-year fixed-rate securities backed by mortgage pools of the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA), Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), and balloon mortgages with fixed-rate coupons. The Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index includes investment-grade, tax-exempt, and fixed-rate bonds with long-term maturities (greater than 2 years) selected from issues larger than $50 million. The Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) Index measures the performance of intermediate (1- to 10-year) U.S. TIPS.


For IARs: Mark Gallagher is a financial advisor located at Gallagher Financial Services at 2586 East 7th Avenue, 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 mark@markgallagher.com.

Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network.

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