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  US Stock Markets Ended June 21, 2019
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Despite a leap in geopolitical risks, continued trade disputes and spotty economic data, the S&P 500 Index closed at it's all time high last week. Fueled by the Federal Reserve's dovish comments Wednesday, along with an equity rally in Europe Thursday, the S&P 500 index returned 2.2% last week. Last week's headlines were dominated by Iranian-U.S. relations. On June 14th Iran bombed two oil tankers around the Strait of Hormuz. To start last week, Iran shot down a $130m U.S. drone that was flying international airspace. Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump had prepared retaliatory action on three Iranian sites, but at the last minute called off the counter measures. Turning gears, the Federal Reserve announced that interest rates would remained unchanged after their June meeting. They did soften their interest rate forecast language citing rising uncertainties about the U.S. economic outlook. Equity markets reacted positively, as the shift to more dovish language increased the odds of an interest rate cut, thus lowering the risk that the Fed has overnighted with interest rate hikes and shrinking their balance sheet. Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency called the 'Libra'. They have reportedly already received backers from Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber. The euphoria sent shares up 5.4% last week, but plenty of regulation and supervision details remain before the proposed 2020 launch. Adobe Inc. finished last week up over 9% after announcing quarterly results including 25% year-over-year revenue growth. They credited the financial success to continued investment into their innovative technology platform with a strong ecosystem of partners. Boeing Co. announced that their troubled 737 Max design is under full review by regulators, signaling that the Max's pathway back to service is underway, shares were up 7% last week as a result. Looking ahead to next week, equity markets will likely trade on geopolitical news between Chinese trade, Iranian hostilities, along with additional U.S. sanctions and the G-20 summit starting next Friday.
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