Presented by Rich Tegge

General market news

  • Treasury yields increased marginally, with the 10-year yield opening this Monday morning at 1.58 percent and the 30-year at 2.30 percent. Last week saw minimal volatility in rates compared with the beginning of the month.
  • Led by a 2-percent gain in the technology sector, the S&P 500 Index moved up 0.64 percent over the course of the week. The strong showing by the IT segment boosted the technology-oriented Nasdaq Composite Index by 1.41 percent.
  • The big economic news last week was the mostly positive housing and manufacturing data for June. Other stories included jobless claims and crude oil inventories coming in just below their May numbers, at 253,000 and –2.3 million barrels, respectively.
Equity Index Week-to-Date Month-to-Date Year-to-Date 12-Month
S&P 500 0.64% 3.74% 7.72% 5.17%
Nasdaq Composite 1.41% 5.36% 2.61% –0.04%
DJIA 0.35% 3.71% 8.18% 6.84%
MSCI EAFE 0.42% 3.06% –1.11% –8.39%
MSCI Emerging Markets 0.47% 4.77% 11.60% –3.77%
Russell 2000 0.64% 5.35% 7.67% –2.14%

  Source: Bloomberg


Fixed Income Index Month-to-Date Year-to-Date 12-Month
U.S. Broad Market 0.16% 5.48% 5.95%
U.S. Treasury –0.25% 5.10% 5.75%
U.S. Mortgages –0.04% 3.06% 4.02%
Municipal Bond –0.21% 4.12% 6.92%

Source: Morningstar Direct


This week will be busy on the economic front, with the Federal Open Market Committee meeting taking center stage on Wednesday; the Fed is expected to keep rates unchanged

We will also see data on Consumer Confidence and housing, with releases of New and Pending Home Sales

The first estimate of second-quarter Gross Domestic Product is expected to come in at 2.6 percent.


Rich Tegge is a financial advisor located at Wealth Strategy Group 300 S. Front Street Ste C, Marquette MI  49855. He offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 906-228-3696 or at
Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network. © 2016 Commonwealth Financial Network ®
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