MWM Weekly Update

The Week of September 21, 2020

MWM Weekly Update

The Week of September 21, 2020

Dear Friends,

Last week was like a fox trot, one step forward and two steps back.  Unpredictable weather challenged all of us. Thankfully, most of us are back in our homes, snug in our own beds. Mother Nature is bringing some relief to flame-stricken western Oregon as heavy rains fell just in time and blue sky emerged on Sunday. We have been living with so many challenges due to Covid and the elements, but nature always seems to find a way.  It reminds us how important it is to respect and care for our mama!

We are thankful for all the first responders and volunteer firefighters helping with the wildfires across Oregon. Here is one story about the heros battling the flames to save Breitenbush Hot Springs. Click here for the full story.

Many communities rely on these volunteers and have very limited resources and funds. If you are wondering where you can make a donation, below is a list of local organizations you can donate to.

Breitenbush Hot Springs
Red Cross
Oregon Business & Industry Fund
Mid-Valley Wildfire Relief Fund
OCCU Foundation Fire Relief Fund

The KIWIS Getting It Right
In 2018 my husband, Chuck and I and a couple of friends took a sabbatical starting in New Zealand and traveling half the continent of Australia. It was one of the most memorable times in our lives and we fell in love with the Kiwis and their culture. When Covid news came out about NZ, they seemed to get it right addressing the problem head on immediately.  Now New Zealand is hoping to make lemonade out of lemons with a plan for 100% renewable energy by the year 2030. Unemployment has skyrocketed there, like pretty much everywhere, so this plan would create thousands of jobs for Kiwis.

Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC
Chair/CEO (MWM) & Co-Branch Manager (RJFS)

In the Markets

  • Stocks rebounded to begin last week on a positive note, as each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted notable gains by the close of trading last Monday. Tech stocks surged, pushing the Nasdaq up 1.9%. Hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine moved pharmaceutical shares higher. Energy shares fell as crude oil prices dropped. The dollar declined, while Treasury yields moved slightly higher.
  • Last Tuesday saw stocks post their second consecutive session of gains. Tech stocks and mega-caps continued to rebound. Other than the Dow, which was flat, each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains, led by the Nasdaq (1.2%), followed by the S&P 500 (0.5%), the Russell 2000, and the Global Dow, each of which gained 0.8%.
  • Stocks were mixed last Wednesday, with the Dow, the Russell 2000, and the Global Dow posting modest gains, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell. Mega-caps and tech stocks reversed course from the prior few days and sank. Energy shares rose, boosted by advancing oil prices. Value stocks performed better along with financial shares. Treasury yields, the dollar, and crude oil prices each rose.
  • Last Thursday, each of the benchmark indexes gave back any gains from earlier in the week. Word that Congress and the president may be nearing an accord on a new round of stimulus wasn't enough to keep money from flowing out of the market. Investors may have been perplexed by the confusing government rhetoric on when a COVID-19 vaccine would be available. Tech stocks and mega-caps took a big hit, pulling stock indexes lower. The Nasdaq lost 1.3%, the S&P 500 fell 0.8%, both the Russell 2000 and the Global Dow dropped 0.6%, and the Dow declined 0.5%. Treasury yields and the dollar fell, while crude oil prices rose.
  • Tech stocks and mega-caps continued to slide last Friday. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value by the end of the day, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each falling 1.1%, closely followed by the Dow (-0.9%), the Global Dow (-0.7%), and the Russell 2000 (-0.4%). Treasury yields advanced, crude oil prices fell, and the dollar rose.
  • Overall, stocks lost value for the week. Mixed signals from the federal government as to whether and when a virus vaccine would be available, coupled with the Federal Reserve's somber assessment of the state of the economy, prompted investors to pull away from equities. Only the small caps of the Russell 2000 gained value last week. The S&P 500, the Nasdaq, the Dow, and the Global Dow each fell behind. Despite the past few weeks of downturns, the Nasdaq remains solidly ahead of its year-end value. The S&P 500 is marginally ahead, while the other indexes listed here remain below their respective 2019 closing marks.
  • Crude oil prices rebounded last week, closing at $40.84 per barrel by late Friday afternoon, up from the prior week's price of $37.76. The price of gold (COMEX) advanced last week, closing at $1,958.10, up from the prior week's price of $1,950.00. The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $2.183 per gallon on September 14, $0.028 lower than the prior week's price but $0.369 less than a year ago.

Source: Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc.

  • Two important reports in the housing sector are available this week. August data for both new and existing home sales should reveal continued growth, following July's robust sales report. Orders for durable goods are also out this week for August. July saw new orders jump more than 11.0% as the economy continues to slowly pick up steam.

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These highlights should not be viewed as a recommendation, nor is this a notification of an impending change in asset allocation. For more information, please contact your advisor with any questions. Opinions expressed in the attached article are those of Judith McGee and are not necessarily those of Raymond James. All opinions are as of this date and are subject to change without notice.

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The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which represent approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index. The Global Dow is an equal-weighted stock index. It is composed of the stocks of 150 top companies from around the world as selected by Dow Jones editors and based on the companies' long history of success and popularity among investors.

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