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The S&P 500 closed at a 5.5-month high price level on Wednesday and clocked the second consecutive daily gain. On Thursday, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. The release of stronger-than-expected earnings reports boosted the S&P 500 on Wednesday.
Payment processing companies like Mastercard Incorporated (MA) and Visa Inc. (V) expect to see a hit in their payment volumes moving forward. Consumer confidence is expected to be impacted by trade tensions.
U.S. stocks eked out modest gains Wednesday, but the real news may be the lack of price swings across developed-market assets recently. Front-month futures tied to the CBOE Volatility Index closed Tuesday at the lowest since before the record explosion in U.S. equity price swings back in February. Treasury-market implied volatility is moving back toward record lows, a testament to stable expectations about the near-term outlook for the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, a Deutsche Bank index of estimated developed-world currency swings sits nearly one standard deviation below its 12-month average. “Markets appear rather complacent in the face of the trade tensions, so caution is warranted on directional trades at this point,” Kit Juckes, a Societe Generale strategist, wrote in a note.
After gaining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a mixed note by losing momentum on Monday. Carrying forward the weakness, the S&P 500 opened lower on July 17. However, the S&P 500 regained strength as the day progressed and closed at 5.5-month high price levels.
The S&P 500 closed at 5.5-month high price levels last week and clocked the second consecutive weekly gain. The S&P 500 opened slightly higher on Monday and traded with mixed sentiment throughout the day. On July 16, eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower.
The S&P 500 pulled back on Tuesday and broke the three-day gaining streak. US markets were closed on July 4 for Independence Day. However, US markets regained strength on Thursday. The S&P 500 opened higher on July 5 and closed the day at two-week high price levels. On Thursday, ten out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the IT and consumer staples sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the energy sector limited the market’s gains.
After declining for two consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note and opened higher on Tuesday. However, the market lost strength as the day progressed and closed lower. On July 3, five out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the IT and financials sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the telecom services and energy sectors limited the market’s losses.
The S&P 500 lost strength on Wednesday and closed the day at four-week low price levels. On June 28, the S&P 500 started the day on a mixed note, regained strength, and moved higher as the day progressed. On Thursday, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the telecom services and IT sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the utilities and energy sectors limited the market’s gains.
After declining on Monday, the S&P 500 regained stability on Tuesday and closed the day positive. Carrying forward the strength, the S&P 500 opened higher on Wednesday. However, the market lost strength as the day progressed and the S&P 500 closed June 27 at four-week low price levels. On Wednesday, eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower. Weakness in the IT and consumer discretionary sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the energy and utilities sectors limited the market’s losses.
After closing lower last week, the S&P 500 started this week on a weaker note by declining to the lowest levels traded in June on Monday. However, the S&P 500 opened higher on June 26 and closed slightly higher. On Tuesday, six out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the energy and consumer discretionary sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the consumer staples, telecom services, and financials sectors limited the market gains.
The S&P 500 pulled back last week and broke the three-week gaining streak. Carrying forward the weakness, the S&P 500 opened lower on Monday and declined to the lowest levels traded in June. On June 25, nine out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower.
After gaining for three consecutive trading weeks, the S&P 500 opened this week on a weaker note by closing lower on Monday. On June 18, the S&P 500 opened the day lower and traded with weak market sentiment. Eight out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day lower on Monday. The weakness in the telecom services, consumer staples, and healthcare sectors weighed on the market. However, strength in the energy and utilities sectors limited the market losses. Market sentiment
Pray for the global economy. For much of the past year or so, investors and economists have anxiously watched the relentless shrinkage of the gap between short- and long-term U.S. bond yields to the narrowest levels since 2007. Within the past two months, the yield on an ICE Bank of America index of government bonds due in seven to 10 years has fallen below the yield on an index of bonds due in one to three years for the first time since the first half of 2007.
US equity markets (VOO) remained largely unchanged in an eventful week that ended on June 15. Trade war uncertainty, geopolitics, and monetary policy decisions failed to dent investor confidence. The three central bank meetings solidified the divergent monetary policy narrative as the Fed remained hawkish. The European and Japanese central banks are likely to continue with the accommodative policy for the time being. The announcement of tariffs on Chinese imports reignited investor worries, but the impact was minimal.
Stock-market investors navigated, virtually unscathed, a gauntlet of central-bank gatherings, a historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Kim Jong Un, and flaring trade tensions. The S&P 500 index(^GSPC)ended the week essentially flat, managing the narrowest of weekly gains, up 0.02% to 2,779.66, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average(^DJI)posted a weekly decline of 0.9%. The Nasdaq Composite Index(^IXIC)outperformed both, rising 1.3% for the five-day period.
After gaining in the first two trading days of the week, the S&P 500 pulled back on Wednesday. Following the pullback, the S&P 500 opened higher on June 14 and closed the day with limited gains. On Thursday, seven out of 11 major S&P 500 sectors closed the day higher. Strength in the utilities, consumer discretionary, and telecom services sectors supported the market. However, weakness in the financials and industrials sectors limited the market gains.
Rising real interest rates haven’t yet made for a sustained pickup in Treasury volatility, leaving some investors to ask what it would take to spark some turbulence. Danielle DiMartino Booth of Quill Intelligence said the European Central Bank, and not the Federal Reserve, holds the key as it looks to set a timetable for winding down its ultra-accommodative policies. With the Federal Reserve’s shrinking balance sheet unable to offset easy global financial conditions on its own, investors should closely watch the ECB at Thursday’s meeting where the central bank is expected to discuss the end of quantitative easing, though the actual wind-down almost certainly remains several months away at the earliest.
About 80% of S&P 500 Index companies reported first-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates. The trigger was a return of implied volatility, as the CBOE Volatility Index (^VIX) briefly surged to 37 in February after averaging 11 in the previous 12 months. While the S&P 500 (^GSPC) rose or fell by more than 1 percentage point only eight times in 2017, already this year it has swung by that magnitude on 35 days.
Speculators are once again betting the stock market’s return to low volatility will persist despite the array of uncertainties it faces. Unlike last year, however, when amateurs piled into complex and risky exchange-traded funds that moved inversely to the VIX—the Cboe Volatility Index on options on the S&P 500—it’s professionals who have ramped up their short positions in VIX futures and options contracts his time. David Rosenberg, Gluskin Sheff’s lynx-eyed chief economist and strategist, points out speculative shorts in the VIX nearly doubled last week, to 44,380 futures and options contracts, from 25,556 the previous week, according to the most recent data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Donald Trump the President of the United States of America recently shifted his strict position about the denuclearization of North Korea.
One of Wall Street’s most popular indicators of market fear tumbled to its lowest level since late January as the Nasdaq Composite Index recorded a second record close in as many sessions, suggesting that the appetite for risk, perhaps alongside investor complacency, is re-emerging in the stock market. The Cboe Volatility Index VIX(^VIX), which measures expectations for volatility in the S&P 500 (^GSPC) over the coming 30 days, fell 2.7% to 12.40 on Tuesday, marking its lowest finish since it hit 11.08 on Jan. 26, contributing to the so-called fear gauge’s nearly 20% retreat thus far in June, according to FactSet data. The VIX has shed 8% in the first full week of the early month and has given up 34% over the past three months, though it is still up 12.3% year to date.