The Markets (as of market close December 23, 2021)

Wall Street closed the holiday-shortened week at record levels as investors seemed to speculate that the economic recovery could weather the growing number of coronavirus cases. The S&P 500 closed the week at a record high. The Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 ended up over 3.0%. Ten-year Treasury yields, gold, and crude oil prices climbed higher, while the dollar dipped lower. The market sectors were mixed, with consumer discretionary, communication services, and information technology leading the gainers.

Stocks slid last Monday. Fears that the Omicron variant could undercut the economic rebound, coupled with a setback to President Joe Biden’s social-spending bill, was enough to send stocks reeling. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here fell by at least 1.0%, with the small caps of the Russell 2000 dipping 1.6% to lead the declines. Ten-year Treasury yields inched higher, while the dollar and crude oil prices fell. Materials, consumer discretionary, financials, and industrials led the declines among the market sectors.

Equities jumped higher last Tuesday, reversing course from what had been the biggest three-day drop since September. While the Omicron variant continued to rage around the world, the White House indicated that widespread lockdowns were not anticipated and suggested that any negative impact of the latest virus strain on economic activity would be relatively short and shallow. The Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq each gained more than 2.0%, while the remaining benchmark indexes listed here advanced by at least 1.6%. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher. Crude oil prices, which had dipped below $69.00 per barrel, climbed to $71.46 per barrel. The dollar was relatively unchanged. Energy, consumer discretionary, information technology, and financials led the market sectors.

Wall Street ended last Wednesday in the black with several benchmark indexes closing near session highs. Information technology and consumer discretionary led the way on a day when no market sector lost value. The Nasdaq finished up 1.2%, followed by the S&P 500 (1.0%), the Russell 2000 and the Global Dow (0.9%), and the Dow (0.8%). Ten-year Treasury yields and the dollar dipped, while crude oil prices pushed higher, closing at $72.95 per barrel.

Thursday was the last trading day of the week, as the markets closed Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Despite low trading volume, each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted solid gains, with the Global Dow, the Nasdaq, and the Russell 2000 gaining 0.9%. The Dow and the S&P 500 advanced 0.6%. Treasury yields and crude oil prices climbed higher, while the dollar was unchanged. Consumer discretionary, materials, and industrials led the market sectors.

The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.295 per gallon on December 20, $0.020 per gallon less than the prior week’s price but $1.071 higher than a year ago. Gasoline production decreased during the week ended December 17, averaging 9.9 million barrels per day. U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.8 million barrels per day during the week ended December 17 — 148,000 barrels per day more than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 89.6% of their operable capacity, the same level as the prior week.  Click here for full article: Winthrop Partner Market and Economic Update 12-27-21