Market Update for the Month Ending October 31, 2018

Market Update for the Month Ending October 31, 2018

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Is This the Beginning of the End? A Look at October 2018 Market Volatility

 Not for the first time, October was a difficult period for the stock market. With the drop seen over this past month, there is increasing fear that this is it—the big one that will take us back to the depths of 2008. Although that level of concern is certainly understandable, a closer look at the real economic and market situation around the world suggests that the volatility we are now seeing (and may well continue to see) is perfectly normal. Over time, this kind of turbulence is why stocks can yield the returns they do.

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Market Update for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2018

A mixed September but strong quarter for U.S. stocks

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) led the way in September with a return of 1.97 percent, and the S&P 500 followed with a 0.57-percent return. But the Nasdaq Composite finished the month down 0.70 percent. Still, the Nasdaq ended the quarter in line with its peers; it returned 7.41 percent for the quarter compared with 7.71 percent for the S&P 500 and 9.63 percent for the DJIA.

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Market Update for the Month Ending August 31, 2018

A mixed month for markets

U.S. markets performed well in August. The Nasdaq Composite gained 5.85 percent, the S&P gained 3.26 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.56 percent.

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Market Update for the Month Ending July 31, 2018

Strong July for global markets

Global markets rebounded from a volatile June. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index gained 3.72 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 4.83 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.19 percent.

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Market Update for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2018

Volatile June for markets

June proved volatile, with earlier gains offset by later losses. The S&P 500 rose 0.62 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.98 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average bucked the trend, declining 0.49 percent. For the quarter, the S&P 500 was up 3.43 percent, the Dow gained 1.26 percent, and the Nasdaq rose 6.61 percent.

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