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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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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended March 22nd

March 26, 2019

  Freaky Friday Stocks were having a mostly positive week until the market swiftly reversed course on Friday amid further signs of a global growth slowdown and an inversion in the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve. The major U.S. stock indexes dropped around 2%, as did indexes in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.   […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended February 15th

February 18, 2019

  Bullish comeback While market gains have been modest in recent weeks, they’ve been impressive taken as a whole. Since stocks sank to a recent low on December 24, the S&P 500 and Dow have both risen around 18%. The NASDAQ has added nearly 21%, exiting a bear market that it entered in late December. […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended February 8th

February 11, 2019

    NASDAQ bull back? The NASDAQ modestly outperformed the other major indexes for the week and at one point came close to entering a new bull market. At midweek, the index was up about 19% from a recent low reached in late December, when it entered a bear market. A rise of 20% from […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended February 1st

February 4, 2019

January comeback After the worst December since 1931, the S&P 500 started the new year off with a bang, posting its best January result since 1987 with a gain of 7.9%. The Dow added 7.2% in the opening month of 2019, which was that index’s best January result since 1989.   8+ years of uninterrupted […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended January 25th

January 28, 2019

    Earnings watch Earnings season is entering its busiest stretch, and fourth-quarter results so far have generally exceeded expectations. About 75% of the S&P 500 companies that reported quarterly earnings through Thursday had beaten analysts’ expectations, according to the research firm Refinitiv.   Momentum stalls Despite making some sharp daily moves, the major U.S. […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended January 11th

January 14, 2019

  Baby steps December’s surge in market volatility has given way to incremental gains entering the new year. Stocks rose modestly in six of the first eight trading days of 2019, and Friday’s small decline snapped a five-day string of positive days in a row.   Solid start The major stock indexes climbed 2%–3% during […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended December 14th

December 17, 2018

  Erratic movements The latest week’s trading was characterized by big intraday swings in stock prices—an occurrence that has become increasingly common this year. The spread between the S&P 500’s daily high and low has exceeded 1% on 100 days so far this year, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. That’s up from just 10 […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended December 7th

December 11, 2018

  Market mood swings Stocks have been unable to maintain consistent direction for more than a few days at a time since the S&P 500 hit a record high on September 20. Since then, the market has recorded three steep declines followed by three partial or full recoveries. Overall, the index is down about 10% […]

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John Hancock: Weekly Market Recap Week Ended November 23rd

November 26, 2018

Going back in time The sell-off of the past two weeks has erased the year-to-date gains for the S&P 500 and the Dow, and the S&P entered a correction on Friday by falling more than 10% below its record high set on September 20. It’s the index’s second correction this year, following one in early […]

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