Announcements by government officials led market news last week. The Fed announced another rate hike, a judge approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and the Trump administration announced sanctions against Chinese goods. The net impact on markets was minimal. The S&P 500 was basically unchanged. The global MSCI ACWI dropped 0.4%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.1%.
The two big news items last week were a strong U.S. jobs report and a political compromise in Italy that reduced the risk of a referendum on staying in the EU. Both are covered in the market fundamentals section below. In addition, the U.S. reversed its position and announced steel sanctions against many of its closest trading partners. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%. The MSCI ACWI dropped 0.1%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.2%.
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The Federal Reserve’s latest minutes confirmed expectations the Fed will continue to raise interest rates gradually and members see no reason to deviate from their plan. Oil prices dropped after an extended rally on concerns Russia and OPEC’s supply reduction efforts will wane as prices rise. Read more
Concerns over trade and global politics pushed markets lower last week. The S&P 500 slipped 0.5%. Global stocks, as measured by the MSCI ACWI, dropped 0.7%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index declined 0.5% based on solid U.S. economic data and concerns increasing oil prices may push other prices higher.
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A benign inflation report and positive news out of North Korea provided a boost for global stock markets. For the week, the S&P 500 soared 2.4%. Global stocks rose, as the MSCI ACWI climbed 2.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was unchanged for the third straight week.