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1st Quarter | 2022

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The major U.S. stock market indexes fell sharply last week, with the S&P 500 hitting bear market territory as of Monday’s close. The Russell 2000 was the worst performer for the week, down 7.48%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was the best performer, falling 4.78% for the week. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 7 basis points to 3.23% as rates edged upward, peaking on June 14 at 3.47%. Spot gold closed the week at $1,839.39, down 1.72%.

The major U.S. stock market rebounded strongly during the last full week of May, taking a breather from significant declines experienced year to date. The NASDAQ Composite climbed 6.84% for the week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.24%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 4 basis points to 2.74%. Rates are down from their May 6 high of 3.13%. Spot gold closed the week at $1,853.72, up 0.39%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were down last week. The S&P 500 was down 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite lost 1.54% for the week. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 19 basis points to 3.13%, continuing a strong upward trend for the year. Spot gold closed the week at $1,883.81, down 0.69%.

Rising inflation and geopolitical concerns loomed large during the first quarter. Viewed by some as “transitory” in late 2021, inflation has persisted, rising to levels not seen in over 40 years. The Federal Reserve is expected to increase interest rates several times over the remainder of the year in an effort to manage inflation. These rate hikes will likely slow economic growth relative to where growth was at the beginning of the year. Slowing the economy is designed to bring the high inflation rates down in the future.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were up last week, rebounding from downward movements that pulled the NASDAQ into bear market territory. The NASDAQ posted the strongest performance with an 8.18% gain, the S&P 500 rose 6.16%, the Dow climbed 5.50%, and the Russell 2000 jumped 5.38%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 16 basis points to 2.15%, continuing a strong upward trend for the year. Spot gold closed the week at $1,921.62, down 3.36%.

Market Update 2/8/22

The major U.S. stock market rebounded last week after recent, significant sell-offs. The S&P 500 rose 1.55%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.05%, the NASDAQ Composite rose 2.38%, and the Russell 2000 gained 1.72%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 14 basis points to 1.91%, continuing a strong upward trend that began in mid-December 2021. Spot gold closed the week at $1,808.28, up 0.93% for the week.

Equities were up for the quarter, finishing 2021 near all-time highs. The S&P 500 Index was the leader for the quarter with an 11.0% gain. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was the domestic laggard, up only 2.1%. Emerging markets were the worst performers, falling about 1.6%.

The major U.S. stock market was mostly up last week, finishing a strong year. The S&P 500 rose 0.85% last week and was up 26% for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.08% for the week and 18.73% for the year. The NASDAQ Composite fell 5 basis points for the week but finished up 21.39% for the year. The Russell 2000 gained 0.17% for the week and 13.70% for the year. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 2 basis points to 1.51% for the week, as bonds gave up some recent returns. At the beginning of 2021, rates were at 0.91%. Spot gold closed the week at $1,829.20, up 1.13% for the week. For the year, the metal was down 3.64%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes rebounded last week after recent sell-offs. The S&P 500 rose 3.82%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.02%, the NASDAQ Composite was up 3.61%, and the Russell 2000 gained 2.43%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 14 basis points to 1.48%, as bonds gave up some recent returns. Spot gold closed the week at $1,782.84, nearly unchanged from the previous week.

The major U.S. stock market indexes fell last week after a significant run-up the week before. The S&P 500 fell 0.31%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.63%, the NASDAQ Composite was down 0.69%, and the Russell 2000 lost 1.04%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 11 basis points to 1.56%, as both equities and bonds largely fell for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,864.38, up 2.56%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes rose last week, rounding out October’s strong rebound from September’s sell-off. The NASDAQ Composite jumped 2.71%, the S&P 500 gained 1.33%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.40%, and the Russell 2000 gained 0.26%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 8 basis points to 1.55%, as both equities and bonds gained for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,783.38, down 0.52%.

Equities were mixed for the third quarter, giving back most of their gains in September. The S&P 500 Index was the leader for the quarter with a 0.58% gain. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was the domestic laggard, down 4.36%. Emerging markets were the worst performers, falling 8.09%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes fell significantly last week. The NASDAQ Composite tumbled 3.20%, the S&P 500 fell 2.21%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.36%, and the Russell 2000 lost 0.29%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 1 basis point to 1.46%, though bonds were largely down for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,760.98, up 0.60%.

Market Update 9/20/21

The major U.S. stock market indexes were mixed last week. The Russell 2000 gained 0.42%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.47%, the S&P 500 was down 0.57%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.07%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 2 basis points to 1.36%, though bonds were mixed for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,754.34, down 1.86%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended significantly higher last week, with several indexes hitting all-time highs. The Russell 2000 turned in the best performance with a 5.05% gain, the NASDAQ Composite rose 2.82%, the S&P 500 was up 1.52%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.96%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 5 basis points to 1.31%, taking bonds slightly down for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,817.57, up 2.05%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended higher once again last week, with several indexes flirting with all-time highs. The NASDAQ Composite turned in the best performance with a 1.11% gain, the Russell 2000 rose 0.97%, the S&P 500 was up 0.94%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.78%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 7 basis points to 1.30%, taking bonds slightly down for the week. Spot gold closed the week at $1,763, down 2.82%.

Equities were up in the second quarter despite some market choppiness in May. The NASDAQ 100 Index was the leader for the quarter with an 11.2% gain. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index was the domestic laggard, up 4.0%. Emerging markets were the weakest performers, gaining 3.8%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes finished higher last week. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index stormed ahead 4.32%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.44%, the S&P 500 Index continued to hit new highs with a 2.74% gain, and the NASDAQ Composite advanced 2.35%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield increased 9 basis points to 1.52%, as bonds were mixed for the week. The 10-year yield has remained range-bound for weeks, trending slightly downward. Spot gold closed at $1,781.44, up 0.98%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes were mostly up for the week. The Russell 2000 gained 2.16%, the NASDAQ Composite rose 1.85%, the S&P 500 (which continues to hit new highs) was up 0.41%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.80%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield dropped 10 basis points to 1.45%, taking Treasury bonds up for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,877.53, down 0.74%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended higher for the week. The Russell 2000 small-cap index gained 2.45%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 2.08%, the S&P 500 was up 1.20%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.03%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 3 basis points to 1.59%, taking bonds slightly higher for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,903.77, up 1.20%.

The major U.S. stock market indexes ended mostly higher last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.67%, the S&P 500 gained 1.23%, the Russell 2000 was up 0.23%, and the tech-dominated NASDAQ Composite fell 1.51%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 5 basis points to 1.58%, as bonds were largely up for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,831.24, up 3.51%.

Equities were up in the first quarter despite some market choppiness during the rise. Domestic large-cap stocks were the worst performers, but the S&P 500 Index still gained more than 6.1%. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index led the pack once again, gaining more than 12.5% for the quarter.

The markets were up last week as we closed out the first quarter of the year. The tech-dominated NASDAQ Composite gained 2.60%, the Russell 2000 was up 1.49%, the S&P 500 gained 1.41%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.24%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 5 basis points to 1.72%, though bonds as an asset class were largely up for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,728.87 for the week, down 0.19%.

The equity markets were mixed last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.82% and the S&P 500 was up 0.81%. The Russell 2000 small-cap index was down 0.40% for the week, and the tech-dominated NASDAQ Composite fell 2.06%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 16 basis points to 1.57%, as Treasury bonds fell significantly for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,700.64, down 1.93%.

Market Update 2/16/21

Equity markets were up last week. The Russell 2000 Index posted the best performance with a 2.51% gain, followed by the NASDAQ composite (+1.73%), the S&P 500 Index (+1.23%), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+1.00%). The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 4.5 basis points to 1.21%, as Treasury bonds fell slightly for the week. Last week, spot gold closed at $1,824.23, up 0.56%.

Equities were up significantly in the fourth quarter despite a dip in October. Domestic large-cap stocks were the worst performers, but the S&P 500 Index still gained more than 11%. The Russell 2000 small-capitalization index led the pack, gaining more than 30% for the quarter. Value stocks outperformed Growth for the quarter. Emerging markets gained over 18% for the quarter, and international developed stocks rose 15.7%.

The markets saw some selling pressure last week as traders looked to lighten their exposure over the long holiday weekend. That combined with the doubt surrounding the passage of a COVID relief bill resulted in mixed equity markets last week: The S&P 500 fell 0.17%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.07%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 0.38%, and the Russell 2000 led performance with a 1.72% gain. The 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 2 basis points to 0.93%, as Treasury bonds rose slightly for the week. Spot gold closed at $1,883.43, up 0.11%.

The major stock market indexes were mostly up this week, responding to positive news about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The major stock market indexes were mixed last week. The NASDAQ was down 1.1%, the S&P 500 Index fell 0.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.0%, and the Russell 2000 gained 0.4%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose about 10 basis points, as Treasury bonds fell slightly for the week. Last week, spot gold rose slightly, gaining 0.2%.

Equities were up significantly in the third quarter despite a sell-off in September.