Investment Commentary –December 12th, 2017

Market Indices as of Market Close December 12th, 2017
Dow 24,504 (24.00% YTD)
S&P 2,664 (19.00% YTD)
NASDAQ 6,862 (27.48% YTD)
Global DOW 3,033 (19.91% YTD)
Gold $1,246 (6.63%)
OIL $57.45 (0.81%)
US 10Y Treasury 2.409 (-3.69%)
Barclay Bond Aggregate (3.33% YTD)

S&P 500, Dow end at records ahead of Fed decision

The S&P 500 and the Dow closed at records for a fourth session in a row Tuesday as the Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day meeting, but the NASDAQ bucked the trend to head south.

The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee is widely expected to announce its third and final interest-rate hike of 2017 on Wednesday, but investors want to see what the policy-making body signals about 2018.

How did the main benchmarks fare?

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.15% rose 4.12 points, or 0.2%, to 2,664.11. Telecoms and financials led the gains, while utilities and energy shares lagged behind.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.49% advanced 118.77 points, or 0.5%, to 24,504.80.

News around the web:

Slowing down

After posting big gains during the two previous weeks, the major stock indexes took a breather in the first full week of December. The S&P 500 and the Dow recorded small gains, while the NASDAQ Composite slipped.

No shutdown

Fears of a partial shutdown of the U.S. government eased over the short term as Congress and President Trump on Thursday agreed on a stopgap spending bill. The agreement will keep the government funded through December 22, although budget priorities and other issues remain unresolved.

On tap this week:


U.S. Federal Reserve Board concludes two-day policy meeting, Chair Janet Yellen holds press conference


Industrial production capacity utilization, U.S. Federal Reserve


Leaders this past week were Technology, Healthcare and financials. Laggards were Utilities and Conglomerates.

This day in financial history: Carnegie and Morgan Get Together

Charles Schwab brokers a deal bringing companies of J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie together to form U.S. Steel.

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