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Global Markets Recovered Last Week

Can you say whipsaw? All the major asset classes rose last week, according to a set of exchange-traded products representing the key components of the global markets. The bounce follows the previous week’s slide that delivered red ink far and wide. Volatility may be low when measured over longer stretches of time for most markets, but the last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride. Last week’s big winner: equities in emerging markets. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) surged...

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Most Markets Fell Last Week, Led By A Slide In US REITs

Red ink spilled across nearly every corner of the global markets last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products representing the major asset classes. The lone exception: foreign stocks in developed markets in US dollar terms. Otherwise, losses took a toll far and wide. Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets (VEA) bucked the trend, posting a slight gain of 0.1% for the five trading days through Friday (Mar. 10). The advance pushed the fund near its highest close since the summer of...

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Global Market Index Edges Higher For 6th Straight Week

Powered by modest gains last week in US and developed-market stocks, an investable version of the Global Market Index (an unmanaged benchmark that holds all the major asset classes in market-value weights) inched up 0.1% in the first week of March. The benchmark has advanced in every week since late January — the longest run of non-stop weekly gains in more than two years. Stocks in the developed world posted the biggest rise last week among the major asset classes, based on a set of...

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REITs Rebound And Commodities Slump

US real estate investment trusts (REITs) scored a strong gain last week, posting the biggest return among the major asset classes, based on a set of exchange-traded products. Meantime, broadly defined commodities suffered the biggest loss for the shortened trading week through Feb. 24. Vanguard REIT (VNQ) led the field with a weekly advance of nearly 2.0%. The fund closed on Friday at its highest price since Sep. 30. The iPath Bloomberg Commodity (DJP) eased for the second week in a...

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US Stocks Rallied Last Week As Commodities Slumped

The US equity market was the top performer among the major asset classes for the trading week through Feb. 17, based on a set of representative exchange-traded products. On the flip side, broadly defined commodities tumbled, posting last week’s biggest setback. Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTI) climbed 1.5% over the five trading days through Friday. The gain, the fourth straight weekly advance for the US equity fund, lifted the ETF to a record high at last week’s close. Last week’s...

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Commodities Rallied Last Week, Leading Most Markets Higher

Broadly defined commodities topped the winner’s list last week, rising to the highest level since last summer, based on a set of based on a set of exchange-traded products representing the major asset classes. Emerging-market equities were close behind, rising for the third straight week during the five trading days through Feb. 10. Meantime, last week’s losers were limited to foreign bonds (in US dollar terms). The iPath Bloomberg Commodity ETN (DJP) was clearly in the lead last...

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Most Markets Posted Gains Last Week

Global markets were mostly higher last week, led by stocks in emerging markets and the US, based on a set of exchange-traded products representing the major asset classes. The losses were relatively contained, with US real estate investment trusts (REITs) taking the biggest hit. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) posted the biggest gain for the five trading days through Jan 27. The 2.7% advance marks the biggest weekly total return for this slice of the equity market since last...

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A Quiet Trading Week As Trump Assumes Presidency

Global markets traded in a tight range last week, based on a set of exchange-traded products representing the major asset classes. The subdued trading ended the week through Jan. 20 with a new US President and prices that were little changed from the previous week’s close. Foreign high-yield bonds inched higher, posting the best performance for the shortened four-day trading week in the US. iShares International High Yield Bond (HYXU) edged up 0.9% on a total return basis—the fund’s...

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Price-Momentum Implied Forecasts: Bonds

Yesterday we reviewed the outlook for stocks based on a momentum profile from the vantage of the major asset classes, according to a set of proxy ETFs. Today’s focus turns to bonds around the world, using prices as of Dec. 27. Once again, the analytical lens is a two-part toolkit: 50- and 200-day moving averages, supplemented with a trailing one-year (252 trading days). The goal: develop some intuition about the near-term outlook for various slices of the global markets. Since the...

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US REITs Rebound, Leading Most Markets Higher

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the US shot up last week, posting the biggest gain among the major asset classes, based on a set of proxy ETFs. The gain marks the strongest weekly advance for the sector since September. Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) climbed 4.0% over the five trading days through Dec. 9. The strong gain surprised some investors, given that REITs tend to be yield-sensitive investments and interest rates have been rising lately. The 10-year Treasury rate on Friday...

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