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  US Stock Markets Ended Oct. 11, 2019
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After three weeks of declines beginning in mid-September, the S&P 500 Index gained 66 basis points last week. Concerns over the United States and China trade talks moved equities lower early in the week as the index declined almost 2.00% through Tuesday. However, equities began to trend up by Wednesday as optimism set in after reports that China would consider a limited trade deal if no additional tariffs were inflicted by the United States. The index climbed 2.71% the last three days of the week on continued positive news and reports that a partial agreement had been reached on Friday. Crude oil jumped this week after a missile attack on an Iranian oil tanker which raised concerns that tension in the Middle East could cause disruption in global supply. Crude oil showed a 3.58% increase and closed at $54.70 per barrel. University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index came in higher than expected on Friday, reporting a three-month high. U.S. initial jobless claims of 210K were lower than the consensus estimate of 220K and the previous week's claims of 219K. Fastenal Company, a retailer and wholesaler of industrial and construction supplies, was the best performing stock in the S&P 500 Index last week returning 14.35%. The stock jumped 17.15% on Friday after releasing positive third quarter earnings results. Apple Inc. returned 4.05% last week, hitting an all-time closing high of $236.21 and becoming the most valuable U.S. company over Microsoft. The stock has outperformed in 2019 with a 51.55% year-to-date return and has produced a 20-year average annual return of over 26% through last Friday. Devon Energy Corp, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, was the worst performing stock in the S&P 500 Index last week declining 5.93%. In the last week the stock has seen its price target lowered by several analysts. The stock has declined 39.10% from its 2019 high on April 22. Earnings announcements expected this week include JP Morgan Chase & Company, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America Corp, The Coca-Cola Company, Wells Fargo & Company, UnitedHealth Group Inc., Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley, Abbott Laboratories, Netflix Inc. and many others.
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