Dividends and dividend-paying stocks are getting renewed attention in recent months.
U.S. equities advanced yet again last week with the S&P 500 Index climbing 0.7%. Economic data continued to come in better than expected. Consumer confidence reached its highest level since 2001 last month while the ISM non-manufacturing index, which measures business activity and employment trends, showed its strongest reading since late 2015.
Equity markets have increased since the U.S. elections for two principal reasons: optimism over a pro-growth legislative agenda from Donald Trump and improving U.S. and global economic and earnings growth.
As has been the case for the past couple of months, investors continued to be highly attuned to the political backdrop last week. Early in the week, concerns over the president’s immigration and trade policies cased unease, but sentiment improved on Thursday after Donald Trump signaled a near-term announcement on tax reform.
When we made our predictions in January, a key theme was that 2016 would be a year that would frustrate both the bulls and the bears.
U.S. equities finished mostly lower last week, with the S&P 500 Index down 0.9%. Rising interest rates and the climbing U.S. dollar weighed on sentiment, and investors started turning from broad hopes of fiscal stimulus and tax reform to wondering about specifics.
Last week saw a clear risk-off trend, as U.S. political uncertainty rose in advance of this week’s elections.
U.S. equities moved slightly higher last week, with the S&P 500 Index climbing 0.4%.1 Corporate earnings results were solid, while data showed economic stabilization in China. Investors also reacted positively to high-profile mergerand-acquisition news.
U.S. equities retreated last week, with the S&P 500 Index declining 1.0%.1 Sentiment was dragged down by negative earnings updates, a disappointing trade report from China and rising U.S. political turmoil.
During the height of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve and other central banks stepped in to stave off complete global financial catastrophe. In the ensuing recovery, monetary policy has remained extremely accommodative and been largely responsible for an equity bull market that is nearly eight years old.