Market Week: October 10, 2022

The Markets (as of market close October 7, 2022)

Market gains early last week were enough to outpace declines later, as stocks enjoyed their best weekly gains in a month. The Russell 2000, the Dow, and the Global Dow paced the benchmark indexes listed here. The S&P 500 climbed higher, while the Nasdaq was able to hold on to a marginal gain. Investors saw a strong labor report, which included an unexpected drop in the unemployment rate, as adding fuel to the Federal Reserve’s fire of continuing interest-rate hikes. Crude oil prices advanced for five consecutive days following an OPEC+ cut in production, prompting some analysts to predict prices will soon reach $100.00+ per barrel. Gas prices, which had steadily declined during the summer, are now heading higher. Last week saw 10-year Treasury yields rise 8.0 basis points, with the dollar and gold prices also advancing.

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