Equities Climb Despite Fading Stimulus Hopes08/17/2020

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August 10 - 14, 2020 Recap

Stocks Rise Third Week
All three major U.S. equity averages posted their third consecutive weekly gain, but despite two nearly successful daily attempts, the S&P 500 fell short of breaking its all-time high set on February 19. Congress ended the week in a stalemate following heated discussions on what to include in the next coronavirus stimulus package. One thing they did appear in agreement on was another set of $1,200 checks to adult Americans, similar to the payments that went out this spring.

Weekly Performance
For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.69%, the Nasdaq Composite crept 0.09% higher, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.81%—trimming its YTD loss to 2.1%. The S&P 500 ended the week up 5.7%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is up 23.5% YTD through August 14.

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