August 2021 Recap09/02/2021


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All three major U.S. equity indices posted strong gains in August, with the S&P 500 posting a seventh straight monthly advance, its longest winning streak since January 2018. Although slipping at month-end, the S&P 500 clinched its 53rd all-time high this year, 12 in August versus 7 in July. The U.S. benchmark index has on average posted a new record every four trading days and closed above 4,500 for the first time on August 27.


  • The broad market S&P 500 finished July just 0.59% below its all-time high set July 26 at 4,222.30. The benchmark equity index has posted 41 record-setting highs so far this year, seven in July.
  • The Dow Industrials gained 1.34% (+433 points) in July trailing the S&P 500 by 1%, while both indices extended gains into a sixth month.
  • The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 1.19% last month.
  • The Small Cap Russell 2000 Index ended negative last month (-3.61%), breaking a nine-month rally (which was its longest since June 1983).
  • Among major asset classes since the March 23, 2020 bear market low, the S&P 500 has more than doubled (+100.8%), the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has gained 5.9% and the Bloomberg Commodities Index has climbed 55.3%.
  • Gold prices rose 2.6% last month, paring its YTD loss to 4.1%. In contrast, copper rose 3.7% to extend its YTD gain to 25.2%.

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