Each of the benchmark indexes listed here lost value for the second consecutive week, with the S&P 500, the Dow, and the Nasdaq sinking to levels not seen since August. Investors were hit with potentially worsening trade tensions between the United States and China, along with political uncertainty following the House’s impeachment inquiry proceedings against President Trump. Small caps underperformed large caps as the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 each fell more than 2.0% last week. Bond prices dropped, sending the yield on 10-year Treasuries over 100 basis points below its 2018 closing mark.

Oil prices fell last week, closing at $56.00 per barrel by late Friday afternoon, down from the prior week’s price of $58.09. The price of gold (COMEX) declined last week, closing at $1,503.10 by late Friday afternoon, off from the prior week’s price of $1,523.80. The national average retail regular gasoline price was $2.654 per gallon on September 23, 2019, $0.102 more than the prior week’s price but $0.190 less than a year ago.  Click here for more:Winthrop Partners Weekly Update 9-30-19