Broker Check

December 30, 2019 - New 2019 Highs

| December 30, 2019

U.S. stocks rose again this week, with the S&P 500 Index gaining for the fifth straight week, setting more record highs. The Nasdaq Composite and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) joined the party, also breaking to new  highs this week. All major large cap domestic indexes finished the week strongly amid reports that trade talks are progressing toward a January signing of the “phase one” trade pact between the United States and China. The S&P 500 has now gained almost 32% in 2019, and the Dow has risen 26% this year on a total return basis.

Economic data was sparse during the holiday-shortened week. Durable goods orders unexpectedly fell 2% in November, while orders for nondefense capital goods (excluding aircraft), a gauge of capital expenditures, fell 1.1% year over year. New home sales in November rose a solid 1.3% month over month. New jobless claims dropped 13,000 from the prior week, further reversing the holiday-related jump at Thanksgiving.

Global stocks rose, with emerging markets leading the way as Chinese industrial profits rebounded. The MSCI EAFE Index of developed market stocks climbed marginally.

The Nasdaq was the best performing domestic index, gaining almost 0.9%. The growth style of investing outpaced value on continued strength in technology stocks. Value was weighed down by a decline in the utilities sector.

U.S. fixed income rose, even as stocks pushed higher. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield fell from a six week high. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index rose through Thursday. Emerging-market debt was the best-performing sector, followed by investment-grade and high-yield corporate debt.

The U.S. dollar fell throughout the week amid broad commodity strength and renewed trade optimism, which lifted risk appetite.

Gold had its best week since early August, with the price moving back above $1,500, while copper rose for the fourth consecutive week. Oil prices also moved higher, again hovering above $60.

Next week, we’ll usher in the New Year with pending home sales data on Monday, Conference Board’s consumer confidence on Tuesday, and Markit’s and the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMI) manufacturing data on Thursday and Friday.

Internationally, key data points will include Germany’s retail sales and China’s PMI data for manufacturing and services. Markit’s Eurozone PMI data for manufacturing will be reported Thursday.



This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. There is no assurance the products or strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. The economic forecasts set may not develop as predicted.

All indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investment. Sector data is represented by S&P 500 GICS sub-indexes.

Because of its narrow focus, specialty sector investing, such as healthcare, financials, or energy, will be subject to greater volatility than investing more broadly across many sectors and companies.

U.S. Treasuries may be considered “safe haven” investments but do carry some degree of risk including interest rate, credit, and market risk. They are guaranteed by the U.S. government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.

For a list of descriptions of the indexes referenced in this publication, please visit our website at

This research material has been prepared by LPL Financial LLC.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. To the extent you are receiving investment advice from a separately registered independent investment advisor, please note that LPL is not an affiliate of and makes no representation with respect to such entity.

If your advisor is located at a bank or credit union, please note that the bank/credit union is not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL may also be employees of the bank/credit union. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, the bank/credit union. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are:

Not Insured by FDIC/NCUA or Any Other Government Agency | Not Bank/Credit Union Guaranteed |
Not Bank/Credit Union Deposits or Obligations | May Lose Value

Tracking # 1-931700