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Market highlights Q2 - 2017

Presented by Bob Donaldson, ChFC

Bob Donaldson

  • Both domestic and international equity indices had a strong second quarter.
  • The Fed raised rates again in June, signaling continued confidence in the economy.
  • Strong business and consumer confidence numbers, as well as increased income and spending, bode well for the rest of the year.

Mixed returns in June cap strong Q2

Large-cap equities did well in June, even as technology stocks pulled back. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 Index posted solid gains of 1.74 percent and 0.62 percent, respectively. But the technology-laden Nasdaq suffered, finishing the month down 0.87 percent.

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