Equities finished another volatile week solidly lower, with the S&P 500 dropping ‐1.9%. After leading large caps for three consecutive weeks, the small cap Russell 2000 fell sharply, losing ‐4.2% for the week.
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U.S. stocks rallied again late in the week, this time enough to set new record highs. The S&P 500 gained + 0.4%, and the small cap Russell 2000 led for the third straight week with a gain of +2.1%.
U.S. stocks rallied on the week but still couldn’t close above their May 7th all‐time high. The S&P 500 gained +0.6%, but the small cap Russell 2000 led for the second straight week with an advance of +0.8%.
Heavyweight bout. Much of May was a battle between rising inflation fears and growing optimism from the U.S. economic recovery. Overall, though, the data points to an economy, and corporate earnings picture, that remains in an upswing.
Stocks rallied during the week to close within 1% of their all‐time high. The S&P 500 gained +1%, but small cap Russell 2000 and tech‐heavy Nasdaq led with gains of + 2.4% and +2.1% respectively.
Another late week rally was not enough to undo an early week pullback in choppy trading that was reminiscent of last week. In the end the S&P 500 slipped ‐0.4% for its first back‐to‐back weekly decline since February.
A big stock rally on Friday couldn’t reverse the losses incurred Monday through Wednesday. The Cboe VIX Volatility Index surged past 28 on Wednesday before falling back under 19 on Friday as the market rebounded.
Friday night heights returned as the S&P 500 and Dow closed the week at all‐time highs. The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) fell from 18.6 last week to end Friday at 16.7.
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