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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended August 2nd

August 6, 2019

  July high July extended a strong year-to-date run for the major U.S. stock indexes, with the S&P 500 setting record highs en route to a 1.4% total return for the month. The index’s year-to-date return through July was 20.2%—the best seven-month start to a year since 1997, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.   […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended April 12th

April 16, 2019

  Fed’s sweet spot The U.S. Federal Reserve may keep interest rates unchanged through the rest of this year, although it’s prepared to consider a further increase or perhaps a rate cut if economic conditions significantly shift in coming months. That’s the takeaway that many economists had on Wednesday after reviewing minutes released from the […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended September 7th

September 11, 2018

  Wage momentum With 201,000 U.S. jobs added in August, Friday’s labor report exceeded most economists’ expectations. The biggest surprise was the 2.9% increase in wages—the fastest annual growth rate since 2009 and a sign that the tight labor market is increasing pressure on employers to lift wages.   Slight pullback U.S. stock indexes fell […]


Market Recap for Week Ended March 30:

April 6, 2018

Yield squeeze. Amid the latest round of volatility in the stock market, the yield of the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond fell to around 2.74%, the lowest level in about two months. Economic boost. The government’s latest GDP estimate pegged economic growth at an annual rate of 2.9% in the fourth quarter, up from an earlier […]