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  • Week InReview: May 17, 2024

    • Friday, May 17, 2024

    The Dow touches 40,000. Intraday record | US stocks hovered near their all-time highs, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average touching 40,000 on bets that rate cuts will keep powering Corporate America. The oldest of Wall Street’s three main stock indexes has been boosted by prospects of a resilient economy, ebbing inflation, and robust earnings. Traders also kept a close eye on a series of Fed speakers. Three said the central bank should keep borrowing costs high for longer as they await more evidence that inflation is easing, suggesting they’re not rushing to cut interest rates. Treasury 10-year yields rose four basis points to 4.38% while the dollar bounced back.

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  • Week InAdvance: May 13, 2024

    • Monday, May 13, 2024

    Mon May 13 G20 meeting on CRDCs and deb swaps. | Tue May 14 FINRA annual conference. Qatar econ forum. | Wed May 15 US CPI. Basel Committee, BIS liquidity conference. Putin’s plans to visit China. Buddha’s birthday, a national holiday in many Asian countries. | Thu May 16 SEC's 2nd annual conference on emerging trends in asset management. NATO's highest military authority meets. ECB's financial stability review.

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  • Week InReview: May 10, 2024

    • Friday, May 10, 2024

    US stocks move toward record high. Room to rally | The S&P 500 traded less than 1% away from its all-time high, climbing to its highest level since early April. Equites are extending a rebound fueled by speculation that the Federal Reserve will be able to cut rates this year as higher-than-estimated jobless claims reinforced bets on policy easing. The advance in stocks has also been attributed to commodity trading advisers — who surf momentum — being modeled to buy shares this week. To Doug Ramsey at Leuthold, another 10% gain in the S&P 500 isn’t out of the question statistically. He analyzed 80 years of data on bull-market rallies, focusing on those that happened when unemployment was this low and the economic cycle this mature. If the current rally meets the prior records for length and level, the S&P 500 would end the year at 5,705. Elsewhere, a $25 billion sale of 30-year bonds saw good demand. Treasury 10-year yields declined four basis points to 4.46%.

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