Oil Rallied Over the Week

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 20th

US Stocks were relatively flat over the week as investors considered the potential for a Fed interest rate increase in September. The S&P 500 and Dow ticked down 0.1% for the week.  Internationally, Europe sank 1.7% and Japan fell 2.2%.  Oil has rallied rising 9% over the week on supply cut expectations.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose to 1.58%.

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The minutes released from the Fed’s July meeting showed a variety of opinions, but the desire to have greater consensus from economic factors before raising rates. A rate increase in September was a possibility.

With roughly 95% of firms in the S&P 500 reporting earnings, they are on track to contract for the fifth straight quarter falling 3.2%, however this tops the 5.3% decline expected.

Reposted from the Raffa Wealth Management Blog.

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