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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended November 6th

November 10, 2020

Jobs comeback The U.S. labor market continues to recover from spring’s surge in unemployment, as 638,000 jobs were added in October, topping most economists’ estimates. In addition, the unemployment rate fell to 6.9% from 7.9% in September, and the labor force participation rate climbed after declining in the previous month.    Earnings checkup With the […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended July 17th

July 22, 2020

  S&P 500 @ break-even With its latest weekly gain, the S&P 500 came close to returning to its level at the end of last year, as it moved within 0.2% of the year-to-date break-even point; on a total return basis, it was up 0.9%. On Friday, the index was up 44.1% from a recent […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended November 22nd

November 26, 2019

  GDP ahead One of this week’s most closely watched reports is likely to be Wednesday’s update of third-quarter GDP growth. The government’s initial estimate in late October pegged last quarter’s growth at 1.9%—a notch below the second quarter’s 2.0% pace, and far below the first quarter’s 3.1% figure.   Yields fall U.S. government bond […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended November 8th

November 12, 2019

  Consumer contentment With holiday shopping around the corner, a gauge of U.S. consumer sentiment rose, easing concerns about prospects of a recession. The University of Michigan said on Friday that its preliminary index of November consumer sentiment was up slightly from the previous month.   Earnings outlook While third-quarter earnings results continued to come […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended September 13th

September 17, 2019

Consumer comeback A pair of economic reports released on Friday indicated that U.S. consumer confidence has recovered somewhat from a recent slump. Monthly retail sales exceeded most economists’ expectations and the University of Michigan’s monthly consumer confidence index recorded a sharp gain.   Anxiety eases The U.S. stock market’s near recovery from August’s decline has […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended September 6th

September 11, 2019

  Recovery path U.S. stocks maintained the previous week’s positive momentum, regaining more of the ground lost in a four-week string of declines. With the latest week’s gain of nearly 2%, the S&P 500 was within 2% of its record high set in late July.   Q2 earnings review Data on the recently concluded earnings […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended July 26th

July 29, 2019

  Earnings ramp up Quarterly earnings season is entering its busiest week, and the vast majority of companies that have reported results so far exceeded analysts’ expectations. Among S&P 500 companies that had released second-quarter numbers as of Friday, 77% had topped forecasts, exceeding the average earnings beat rate of the past five years, according […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended July 12th

July 15, 2019

  Eyes on earnings Corporate earnings could dampen stock market euphoria, as 77% of the companies that have issued second-quarter forecasts projected negative earnings per share growth. Analysts now expect earnings to decline by 2.9% versus a year ago, as slower growth and the cost of tariffs on U.S. businesses are tallied. Trade back on […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended May 3rd

May 6, 2019

Fast start April’s 3.9% rise in the S&P 500 lifted the index’s gain through the first four months of the year to 17.5%—the stock market’s best start to a year since 1987, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. The Dow’s April gain was 2.6%; the NASDAQ added 4.7%. Jobs engine The nation’s unemployment rate has […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended April 5th

April 8, 2019

  Approaching records The rally that started in late December has returned stocks close to the record heights reached more than six months ago. As of Friday, the S&P 500 and Dow were both around 1.5% shy of their records, while the NASDAQ was about 2.1% below its peak.   Jobs recovery Stocks rose on […]

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