Market Update for the Month Ending October 31, 2017

Treats, not tricks, for markets

Better-than-expected economic data in the U.S. and positive corporate earnings news lifted the major market indices in October. The S&P 500 Index returned 2.33 percent, the Nasdaq Composite popped 3.61 percent, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 4.44 percent.

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Market Update for the Quarter Ending September 30, 2017

Positive quarter for global markets

September was a positive month for most financial markets, capping off a solid quarter. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.16 percent, the S&P 500 Index was up 2.06 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.11 percent. For the quarter, these three indices were up 5.58 percent, 4.48 percent, and 6.06 percent, respectively.

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Market Update for the Month Ending August 31, 2017

Strong August for global markets

August was a solid month for global markets; all three major U.S. indices ended the period on a positive note. The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq were up 0.31 percent, 0.65 percent, and 1.43 percent, respectively.

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Market Update for Month Ending July 31, 2017

Global markets post solid results in July

Financial markets around the globe rose in July. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index gained 2.06 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.68 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite surged 3.42 percent. On a technical basis, all three indices remained well above their 200-day moving averages.

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Market Update for Month Ending 06.30.17

Mixed returns in June cap strong second quarter

Large-cap equities did well in June, even as technology stocks ran into turbulence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index posted solid gains of 1.74 percent and 0.62 percent, respectively. But the technology-laden Nasdaq suffered, finishing the month down 0.87 percent. 

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Market Update for the Month Ending May 31, 2017

Positive month for markets as risks recede

The three major U.S. stock indices did well in May. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished May with a 0.71-percent gain, and the S&P 500 Index rose 1.41 percent. Leading the pack was the Nasdaq, which was up 2.67 percent.

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