Market Week: March 3, 2014
After making several attempts at setting a new all-time record high, the S&P 500 finally managed it at the end of the week. Buoyed by the possibility of a slowdown in Fed tapering, domestic equities more than erased the previous week's losses; it was the first week so far this year that the S&P has ended in positive territory year-to-date.
*Equities data reflect price changes, not total return.
Last Week's Headlines
Eye on the Week Ahead
In addition to Friday's jobs numbers, investors will be watching the European Central Bank on Thursday to see if any additional monetary easing policies might be announced. On Wednesday, the Chinese government will announce its forecast for economic growth there in 2014. Finally, the tense situation in Ukraine could also factor into the psychology of the markets.
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