What happened in the stock/bond markets last week (8/17-8/21)?

Stock Market Analysis

Last week the Dow was down a surprising 5.8% with its worst weekly loss this year. The S&P 500 stock index lost a similar amount but small cap stocks lost a little less. Selling grew as the week went on and Friday's 531 point loss on heavy volume was a headline shocker.

Stock & Bond Market Analyses (8/3 - 8/7)

Stock Market Analysis

Once again it appears our market was taking cues from Greece. Their market opened again to a torrent of selling, losing over 15% for the week. This seemed to spill over to the Dow, which fell 1.65% and to smaller stocks, with the Russell 2000 losing 2.54%. About twice as many stocks fell as rose and three times as many set new lows as new highs. Negative news from Disney led media stocks lower while oil stocks continued to follow the price of oil lower. Utility stocks were the only sector to advance, showing the negative sentiment ruling the market.

Stock & Bond Market Update (7/27-7/31)

Stock Market Analysis

In contrast to the gloomy headlines, most stocks rose last week, and NASDAQ and transportation stocks were especially strong. The Dow advanced 0.69% and smaller cap stocks, as represented by the Russell 2000, rose 1.05%.

Market Commentary by: James Investment Research (7/13 - 7/17)

Stock Market Analysis

A relief rally seemed to take place last week as the issues in Greece and China briefly subsided. Large stocks were up about 1.5% and small stocks advanced about 1.0%. Advancing stocks outpaced decliners by almost a 3-to-2 margin. Technology and Finance issues carried the week while commodity based sectors like Energy and Basic Materials declined.

Here's what happened in the stock/bond markets last week (7/6-7/10)

Stock Market Analysis

What a wild ride the markets experienced this week. International intrigue, especially in Greece and China, created breath-taking declines and dizzying gains in U.S. stocks; sometimes in the same day. Despite the volatility, for the week the S&P 500 ended essentially unchanged. Smaller stocks, like the Russell 2000 did slightly better and advanced 0.3%.

What happened in the stock/bond markets last week (6/22-6/26)?

Stock Market Analysis

The Dow fell 0.38% last week. We also saw similar losses in smaller cap stocks. Overall we had more stocks fall than rise but we still had more new highs than new lows. Six out of 9 sectors fell, with Utility and Basic Material stocks doing the worst. Cyclical and Healthcare stocks held up the best. Healthcare should be no surprise given the Supreme Court's decision upholding subsidies.

6/15 - 6/19 Market Commentary by James Investment Research

Stock Market Analysis

The market advanced on the week. The gains were led by smaller stocks where the Russell 2000 went up to the tune of 1.6% or roughly double that of the large-cap S&P 500 Index. Advancing stocks outpaced decliners. Regarding sectors, we find the more defensive areas such as Non-Cyclical, Healthcare and Utilities led the pack while Financial and Energy issues lost ground.

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