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Market Commentary: U.S. and Foreign Leaders Moving to Open More Businesses

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Market Commentary: U.S. and Foreign Leaders Moving to Open More Businesses

Leaders around the world announced steps to open up their economies by gradually reducing social distancing as the global economy continued to struggle. In the U.S., more than four million people filed initial claims for unemployment.

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Market Commentary: Investors Optimistic Over Slowing COVID-19 Cases

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Market Commentary: Investors Optimistic Over Slowing COVID-19 Cases

Similarly to last week, investors had to weigh progress fighting COVID-19 and what that means for the future against the economic toll the virus and policies designed to slow it are having on the economy.

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Market Commentary: Stocks Rise in Hopes that COVID-19 Slows

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Market Commentary: Stocks Rise in Hopes that COVID-19 Slows

Investors were faced with a combination of optimistic and pessimistic news this week and opted to accentuate the positive. Health care data reinforced the gradual success social distancing is having in curtailing the spread of the virus.

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Market Commentary: Unemployment Rises, China’s Recovering Economy

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Market Commentary: Unemployment Rises, China’s Recovering Economy

The measures slowing the spread of the coronavirus are dealing severe challenges to the U.S. job market. Social distancing has proven difficult for day cares and dentists, restaurants and retail. As the accompanying chart shows, last week, 6.6 million workers filled for new unemployment benefits.

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Market Commentary: Relief Package Enacted as Unemployment Sharply Rises

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Market Commentary: Relief Package Enacted as Unemployment Sharply Rises

Markets look forward and, at least for a week, saw signs government is willing to provide support to get the economy through the coronavirus pandemic. The centerpiece of the steps announced last week was a $2 trillion package designed to keep people employed and support those who have lost their jobs.

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Market Commentary: Government Steps In As Downturn Continues

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Market Commentary: Government Steps In As Downturn Continues

The ongoing battle against the coronavirus pushed markets sharply lower last week on concerns the collateral economic damage from social distancing will significantly damage economic growth and corporate profits for extended periods.

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Market Commentary: Fed Cuts Interest Rates to Near Zero

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Market Commentary: Fed Cuts Interest Rates to Near Zero

Stocks and bonds continued to be buffeted about by waves of data and policy actions designed to combat the coronavirus and the secondary effects of the virus on individuals, businesses, and markets.

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Weekly Market Commentary – March 9, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – March 9, 2020

Special Update: Global stocks dropped sharply on Monday based on a precipitous fall in oil prices. Global stocks dropped sharply on Monday morning. The catalyst for the decline was the inability of Russia and Saudi Arabia to reach a deal on controlling the supply of oil. Oil prices had already declined on concerns the coronavirus will sharply curtail demand for energy.

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Weekly Market Commentary – March 2, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – March 2, 2020

Last week, investors moved from a “reality check” to a “gut check” as the selloff from the previous week accelerated sharply. The coronavirus continued to expand rapidly in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Even though China’s number of new cases continues to drop, the virus keeps producing new cases in additional countries, including the U.S. The data underscores the steps being taken to limit the spread, but the virus has been difficult to contain.

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Weekly Market Commentary – February 24, 2020

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Weekly Market Commentary – February 24, 2020

The coronavirus continues to challenge health care officials and curtail economic activity. The virus seems to be spreading more slowly within China, and there are reports workers are slowly returning to their jobs or working remotely. Cases in South Korea and Italy shot higher, while Iran reported a high percentage of fatalities relative to a limited number of cases.

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