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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended December 31st

January 4, 2022

  A year of superlatives Despite the pandemic’s persistence and rising inflation, 2021 was the third consecutive year of double-digit percentage gains for the S&P 500, and the index posted 70 record closing highs. Adding in results from 2019 and 2020, it’s been the best three-year run for the major U.S. stock indexes since the […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended July 30th

August 4, 2021

GDP update The U.S. economy continues to have some growing pains amid a persistent pandemic. The government’s initial estimate showed that GDP expanded at a 6.5% annualized rate in the second quarter—only slightly better than the 6.3% rate in the first quarter and below most economists’ expectations for around 8.0%.    Upbeat earnings  Earnings season […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended February 5th

February 10, 2021

Small-cap sizzle Small-cap stocks extended their recent run of outperformance relative to their large-cap peers, as the Russell 2000 Index, a small-cap benchmark, posted a nearly 8% gain to set another record high. Since the end of September 2020, the Russell 2000 has surged 48%.   Rebound rally The major U.S. stock indexes posted weekly […]


John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended January 22nd

January 26, 2021

  Positive surprises As of Friday, 86% of the S&P 500 companies that had reported fourth-quarter results exceeded analysts’ earnings estimates, according to FactSet. That so-called beat rate ranks above the 74% five-year average, and FactSet says it could lead to the first overall quarterly earnings increase since the fourth quarter of 2019.   Housing […]


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 […]