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Investors Keeping Close Watch on a Series of Worldwide Central Bank Meetings

The S&P 500 added just 0.35 percent last week, but it was enough to establish another record high. The gains came late in the week, first after a deal in Congress to keep the government open for another two weeks, and then following the November jobs report, which showed another healthy gain. And, as has been the case since Thanksgiving, it was the cyclical sectors that led the way, including financials and industrials, although technology stocks did stabilize after falling sharply during the prior week.

U.S. Stocks Resume their Winning Streak

U.S. equities resumed their winning ways last week, halting a shallow two-week skid. The S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent during the holiday shortened week and closed above 2600 for the first time. Technology stocks once again drove most the gain. The sector added 1.8 percent on the week, and for the year has more than doubled the 16 percent rise in the overall index. Industrials, materials and consumer discretionary stocks also rose more than the overall index for the week.


Investors Keeping an Eye on the Fed, Inflation and Tax Reform

Stocks struggled for the second straight week, searching for direction while Congress wrestles with tax reform and the bond market wrestles with a spasm of risk aversion and a flattening yield curve.

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