Weekly Economic Updates

  • Weekly Economic Update: February 19, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close February 15, 2019)   Stocks extended their streak last week, as each of the major benchmark stock indexes posted gains of at least 2.0%. Positive developments in the trade talks between the United States… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: February 11, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close February 8, 2019)   Most of the major benchmark equity indexes posted gains for the seventh consecutive week. Only the Global Dow lagged behind. Utilities and information technology shares performed well last week, while… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: February 4, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close February 1, 2019)   The benchmark indexes listed here rose for the week, particularly last Wednesday and Thursday. Strong corporate earnings reports, especially in the communication services sector, helped push stock prices higher. However,… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: January 28, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close January 25, 2019)   Last week did not start off well in the market. However, stocks rebounded on Friday, recouping much of the value lost earlier in the week. Nevertheless, stocks ended last week… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: January 22, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close January 18, 2019)   Rhetoric that trade tensions between the United States and China may be easing helped quell investors’ concerns, prompting a stock market rally last week. The stock market seems to be… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: January 14, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close January 11, 2019)   For the third straight week, stocks posted positive returns by the close of last week. Each of the major stock market indexes gained at least 2.40%, with the small caps… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: January 7, 2019

    The Markets (as of market close January 4, 2019)   Stocks posted solid gains by the close of the first week of the new year. A favorable jobs report helped push the benchmark indexes higher last Friday, as stocks recovered… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: December 31, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close December 28, 2018)   A crazy week of market swings finally closed with each of the major stock benchmark indexes posting gains for the first time in three weeks. Christmas Eve (Monday) saw stocks… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: December 17, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close December 14, 2018)   A market correction refers to a decline in a stock or index of at least 10% following a temporary high price. After last week’s losses, the Dow, S&P 500, and… Read More


  • Weekly Economic Update: December 10, 2018

    The Markets (as of market close December 7, 2018)   Losses in technology and health-care stocks accounted for much of last week’s market drop. The tech-heavy Nasdaq and the small caps of the Russell 2000 suffered the largest declines, leading… Read More