Stocks moved higher last week as gains in the energy, industrial, and financial sectors overcame weakness in tobacco and technology stocks. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, and the global MSCI ACWI climbed 0.4%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dropped 0.6% on inflation and interest rate concerns.
Markets ended positive for the week as energy and technology shares rallied and trade war tensions eased on all sides. These developments paired with earnings reports showing continued strength across all sectors drove stock markets higher. The S&P 500 rose 2.0% last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.6%. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index dipped 0.2% as inflation risk and the odds of additional rate hikes increased.
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Markets reversed the prior week’s selloff to end the quarter on a positive note. The S&P 500 rose 2.1% last week. The global MSCI ACWI climbed 1.3%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index gained 0.5%. In spite of the positive week, all three indices finished lower in the first quarter. The S&P 500 eased 1.2% lower. The MSCI ACWI dropped 1.4%, and the Aggregate Bond Index fell 1.5%.
A sharp selloff in the last part of the week caused the S&P 500 to post its worst weekly loss since early 2016. The S&P 500 dropped just less than 6%. The global MSCI ACWI slid 4.4%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index was basically unchanged. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is down 3.2%.
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