Presented by Mark Gallagher
General market news
• The strong move Treasuries experienced in January continued in the first week of February. The 10-year Treasury opened with a yield of 1.85 percent early Monday morning and promptly moved lower to 1.79 percent. The 30-year opened at 2.68 percent and dropped to 2.63 percent, while the 2-year opened at 0.73 percent and moved to 0.67 percent.
• Equity markets lacked direction and leadership last week, with the S&P 500 Index dropping more than 3 percent. The weakness started on Tuesday with nearly a 2-percent loss and carried into Wednesday, before a strong rally allowed for a minor gain for the day. But negative sentiment prevailed yet again, bringing another large sell-off on Friday.
• Earnings results have been mixed, driving increased stock volatility. In addition, economic reports have been coming in somewhat weaker than anticipated, highlighted by Friday’s relatively poor jobs report.
|MSCI Emerging Markets||−0.36%||−0.36%||−6.83%||−22.65%|
|Fixed Income Index||Month-to-Date||Year-to-Date||12-Month|
|U.S. Broad Market||0.24%||1.62%||1.10%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
This week will be light in important economic news, with much of the closely followed data released on Friday.
Retail Sales are expected to have increased in January.
We will also see the preliminary reading of University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for February.
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For IARs: Mark Gallagher is a financial advisor located at Gallagher Financial Services at 2586 East 7th Ave #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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