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Foreign Holdings Of U.S. Equities
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, foreigners owned $8.63 trillion worth of U.S. equities through the end of the second quarter of 2019, which is the equivalent of 35.3% of the total market capitalization of the S&P 500 at that time.
The S&P 500 Returns To Near Record Territory
The S&P 500 continued to track upward in the first week of August, closing the week at 3,351.28. That's less than 35 points from the index' record high of 3,386.15 recorded back on February 19.
The Biggest S&P 500 Firms Grow Bigger
Eight firms have consistently ranked in the Top 10 by market capitalization within the S&P 500 during 2020, growing from representing one-fifth of the index' total market cap to nearly one quarter during the first seven months of 2020.
Median Household Income In June 2020
Median household income in the U.S. has declined by 1.3% through June 2020 from the revised $66,643 recorded in February 2020.
Dividends By The Numbers In July 2020
After four months of the coronavirus recession, July 2020 saw significant improvements for dividend-paying firms in the U.S. stock market.
The S&P 500 Rides Higher With Fed's Blessing, Megacap Tech Earnings
Combined with strong earnings reports from the megacap tech companies whose share of the S&P 500 has surged during the coronavirus recession, last week the S&P 500 index continued its upward trajectory, as anticipated.
Order, Disorder, Disruptive Events And A Bubble
If you've been paying attention, you might have noticed the stock market has entered some exciting new territory during the global coronavirus pandemic.
New Home Sales A Bright Spot For U.S. Economy
The U.S. new home market continued to show surprising resiliency during June 2020. That resiliency came despite the slowing recovery in the U.S., as several states began reintroducing measures to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
S&P 500 Slightly Slips In Uneventful Week
We wondered if we were going to see any stock market doldrums this summer, and in the last week, they seem to arrived in a week that was short on market-moving news, in which the S&P 500 closed just 9.1 points below where it did a week earlier.
S&P 500 Investors Betting On Bigger Fed Action To Boost Market
You may have noticed in the last several months that the value of the S&P 500 has become really sensitive to things Fed officials say and do. And you wouldn't be wrong.
Estimates Of World GDP Lost To The Global Coronavirus Recession
he first comprehensive study of the pandemic shows consumption losses amount to more than US$3.8 trillion, triggering full-time equivalent job losses of 147 million and the biggest-ever drop in greenhouse gas emissions.
U.S.-China Trade Data Shows Start Of Coronavirus Recession Recovery
Trade data between the U.S. and China in May 2020 show early signs of economic recovery following the negative impact of government-mandated business closures to address the coronavirus pandemic earlier in 2020.
Exciting New Territory For The S&P 500
The S&P 500 (Index: SPX​) inched up to its highest close since the second week of June 2020, but is still slightly over 201 points shy of the record high of 3,386.15 it recorded on 19 February 2020.
The Future For The S&P 500's Quarterly Dividends Through 2021-Q4
We thought it might be fun to take a quick look into the expected future for the S&P 500's quarterly dividends per share. The following chart shows what we saw when we looked into the CME Group's crystal ball for the S&P 500's dividend futures.
How To Set Prices At The Whole Dollar Store
The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of economic challenges, but the latest one is not one anybody could have predicted. Because if it could have been predicted, it wouldn't have ever become a challenge in the first place.
The S&P 500 Returns To The Right Side Up
Going back to 11 June 2020, when the S&P 500 suddenly plunged by 5.9%, we think the hypothesis that this outcome was influenced by the combined effect of two significant shifts in investor expectations was correct.
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