July 17, 2021

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The Week in Review

US stocks climbed slightly Monday. A number of large companies reported their second-quarter earnings this week. As a result, many investors held off on trading Monday while they waited to see how corporations have performed over the past quarter.

US stocks traded lower Tuesday. A higher-than-expected inflation report overshadowed positive second-quarter earnings reports. The Labor Department shared that inflation climbed at the fastest rate seen in almost 13 years in June. Many analysts still believe inflation will be temporary and that economic recovery will mean the Federal Reserve is able to reduce its asset purchases by the end of 2021 or early 2022.

US stocks were little changed Wednesday in spite of comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who said the Fed is still “a ways off” from reducing asset purchases and altering policy. The head of the central bank noted that inflation has “been higher than expected,” sparking questions about how prolonged price increases will impact the Fed's 2% target. Powell said he is "monitoring the situation very carefully" and that inflation is coming from “a small group of goods and services that are directly tied to the reopening of the economy.”

US stocks were mixed Thursday, despite the fact that a host of second-quarter earnings results continued to beat analyst estimates. The S&P 500 had been hovering around record highs in recent sessions so if anything, the slight pullback could be related to profit-taking measures. Mega-cap names showed some weakness, but value and cyclical sectors helped offset the downward price pressure.

US stocks wavered Friday despite strong retail sales figures and robust earnings reports. Instead, a worse-than-expected consumer sentiment reading captured investors’ attention after it was released on the final day of the week.

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This Week’s Top Stories

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