May 2021 Recap06/01/2021


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U.S. stocks saw early May gains amid positive economic data that boosted business recovery optimism, yet by mid-month, gains faded on rising inflation concerns that sparked volatility. Despite several state and national positive vaccination milestones, the S&P 500 eked out a fractional gain for the month. Moreover, the Nasdaq Composite snapped a six-month winning streak as investors rotated away from growth into value-oriented companies.


  • The Dow Industrials jumped 2.2% in May, outperforming the S&P 500, while both indices extended gains into a fourth month.
  • The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 1.44% in May, its first negative month since October 2020.
  • The Small Cap Russell 2000 Index edged fractionally higher last month, capping its eighth straight monthly gain for the first time since 1995.
  • Among major asset classes, since the March 23, 2020 bear market low, the S&P 500 has risen 91.6%, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has gained 4% and the Bloomberg Commodities Index has climbed 49.7%.

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