Equities Cap Fifth Weekly Gain08/31/2020

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August 24 - 28, 2020 Recap

Dow Industrials Finally Turns Positive YTD
All three major U.S. equity indices posted strong weekly gains, led by continued momentum in consumer and technology-oriented stocks. The S&P 500 set new all-time highs every day last week and closed above 3,500 for the first time ever on Friday. Markets got a boost on Thursday after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced a major policy shift, adopting “average inflation targeting” that allows prices to move above their 2% for a longer time period before raising rates.

Weekly Performance
For the week, the S&P 500 advanced 3.29%, the Nasdaq Composite surged 3.40%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 2.59%. The Dow closed positive on a year-to-date basis for the first time since the coronavirus meltdown.

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