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It was a fairly quiet week in terms of the leading indexes’ performance as the S&P 500 fell marginally, the Dow mostly finished the week unchanged, and the Nasdaq fell by 0.4%.
Partially aided by declines in mega-cap technology stocks Apple (AAPL) and Nvidia (NVDA), both of which lost 6% last week, the holiday-shortened week was not particularly kind to the bulls as the S&P 500 fell 1.3%, the Dow lost 0.75%, and the Nasdaq declined by 2% last week.
The market is on course to have a nice week as the S&P 500 is higher by 3%, the Dow is up 1.2% and the Nasdaq tacked on 3% of gains. The VIX is trading at 13, which is lower by 17% on the week, which given the market’s gains is not surprising ahead of a long weekend.
The market had many ups and downs last week, and despite a nasty sell-off on Thursday the indexes closed the week mostly higher. The S&P 500 gained 0.8%, the Dow lost 0.45%, and the Nasdaq rose by 2.26%.
It was another rough week for the bulls as the bond market and China worries continue to weigh on the indexes. By week’s end the S&P 500 and Dow had both lost 2.22%, while the Nasdaq declined by 2.6%.
Last week was the first week in what feels like months that the sellers really took control. And while it was hardly a disaster in terms of the indexes as the S&P 500 fell 1.3%, the Dow lost 1.11% and the Nasdaq declined by 2.85%, the pain was worse in individual stocks, many of which fell hard on earnings.
As earnings season approaches the midway point, and following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of a 25-basis point interest rate hike last week, the market continued its ascent. For the week the S&P 500 gained 1%, the Dow rose by 0.65% and the Nasdaq added 2%.
Sector and index rotation was the name of the game last week as money raced out of tech to end the week and into sectors that had not been participating in the market’s advance recently. That being said, this is not necessarily a bad sign as the S&P 500 gained 0.7%, the Dow rallied 2.08% and the Nasdaq lost 0.6%.
The market surged higher yet again last week, and traders are beginning to wonder if a run at new highs is in the cards in 2023. While there is a way to go until we reach those peaks, last week’s gains of 2.4% for the S&P 500, 2.3% for the Dow, and 3.32% for the Nasdaq gives the bulls hope.
The market came under some pressure last week as the S&P 500 fell 1.16%, the Dow lost 2% and the Nasdaq declined by 1%. And while the market lost ground, I would note that it was a holiday-shortened week, and option volumes were down dramatically.
You are receiving the typical Monday morning update today as the Cabot office will be closed on Monday, and then the stock market is closed on Tuesday. Have a great Fourth of July weekend!
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