A week of respite for stocks…

Despite the Dow, Nasdaq, S&P 500 and the Russell all finishing lower on Friday, these key indices finally completed a week in positive territory. In fact, this is the first positive week for the bellwether indexes in the month of May. For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed up 0.69%, the Nasdaq (chart) +2.11%, the S&P 500 (chart) +1.74% and the Russell 2000 (chart) gained 2.57%.

Without question the markets last Monday experienced a technical bounce due to oversold conditions across the board. What was impressive to me is that equities for the most part managed to hold on to their gains. Not so sure if this will be the case this upcoming week. Between the never ending saga from across the pond and a slew of economic reports from here at home, next week is setting up to be to be a very volatile week. The most critical economic report that all will be watching is Friday’s jobs report. If we do not begin to see the private sector strengthen in a meaningful way, we could be in for a long summer and a possible new administration this fall. Good luck to all.

Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend 🙂