The Week in Review
US stocks stumbled on the first day of the week as volatile speculative trading activity stood out on a rather quiet day for markets.
US stocks rose Tuesday in what was a choppy session. Growth stocks outperformed in the morning, helping the Nasdaq Composite push higher. But later in the day cyclically-oriented S&P 500 sectors including energy, consumer discretionary, and materials made a nice comeback.
US stocks fell Wednesday after trading in a tight range.
US stocks rose Thursday after the release of a pair of high profile economic data reports. Consumer prices came in a touch higher than anticipated, but investors clearly weren’t overly worried about modest upside to inflation expectations.
Despite the CPI increase, industry watchers do not think it will prompt intervention from the Federal Reserve when policymakers meet next week.
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Use Your Money to Work for You
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