• It’s all About Fundamentals. Wall Street largely overlooked the latest escalation in the U.S.- China trade dispute after a solid gain in June payrolls and a subdued YoY gain in hourly wages sparked optimism and eased worries about inflation and more aggressive rate hikes. The S&P 500 finished broadly higher, snapping two consecutive weekly declines.
• Small Cap Perform Best. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.56%, the Dow Industrials added 0.82%, ending a three- week losing streak, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.40%. Small caps outperformed last week, with the Russell 2000 rallying 3.12%.
• Goldilocks Payrolls Report. The U.S. economy added 213,000 new jobs in June, topping forecasts, while upward revisions added a further 37,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 4% from 3.8%, but for a good reason, as 601,000 people returned to the workforce.
• Only Energy Lagged. Ten of the 11 major sectors posted gains last week, led by Healthcare (+3.14%), Utilities (+2.44%) and Technology (+2.34%). Financials (+0.40%) rose the least, while Energy (-0.33%) lagged.
• Treasurys Edge Higher. The U.S. Dollar retreated on three of the four days of the holiday-shortened week, while prices on Treasurys advanced. For the week, the yield on benchmark 10-year notes contracted by nearly five basis points, ending Friday at 2.823%. WTI crude oil prices slipped from a near four-year high, ending the week at $73.80/barrel.
Oil Could Rise More This Summer -- Fox Business
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