Monday, June 5, 2017

Stocks Gain Again With No End in Sight

The rally continued this past week, despite a weak outlook for employment with the May NFP data coming in well short of estimates and the prior two months (March and April) revised lower.

As has been the case for the better part of the last eight years, stocks charted their own course, without regard to underlying fundamental data. As the market entered the first full week of June, the ancient adage of "sell in May and go away" did not apply. Stocks were higher (the DOW, NASDAQ and S&P all making new all-time highs) the past two weeks and up in eight of the last 11 overall.

Bonds are telling an odd story as well, with the 10-year note falling below 2.20% yield on Friday, the lowest level since the election. The action in bonds is unusual, considering that the Fed is prepared to and has hinted at raising the federal funds rate another 25 basis points at their June FOMC meeting, which will be held next week, on the 13th and 14th.

Entering Monday's trading, futures are pointing lower, though that means little, except that the expected levitation will be delayed a few minutes or maybe even a few hours.

At The Close, 6/2/17:
Dow: 21,206.29, +62.11 (0.29%)
NASDAQ: 6,305.80, +58.97 (0.94%)
S&P 500: 2,439.07, +9.01 (0.37%)
NYSE Composite: 11,718.70, +18.91 (0.16%)

For the week:
Dow: +126.01 (0.60%)
NASDAQ: +95.60 (1.54%)
S&P 500: +23.25 (0.96%)
NYSE Composite: +86.83 (0.75%)
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