Markets: The market fell this week, reacting to an uncertain US political environment, after the firing of FBI director Comey. Brick & Mortar Retail stocks slid, led down by JC Penney (NYSE:), which reported mixed results. rose .4% in April, below the .4% forecast.
The was the sole gainer, and leads the other indexes by a wide margin year-to-date, buoyed by resurgent Tech firms.
Dividend Stocks Update: These high dividend stocks go ex-dividend this coming week: GLAD (NASDAQ:), GOOD (NASDAQ:), GAIN (NASDAQ:), HRZN (NASDAQ:), MAT (NASDAQ:), NAT, CPTA (NASDAQ:).
Volatility: After hitting its lowest point in decades on Monday, the rose 2.8% this week, finishing at $10.38.
Currency: The dollar rose vs. most major currencies this week. The pulled back, in the wake of a decreased 2017 forecast for the UK.
Market Breadth: 14 of the stocks rose this week, vs. 19 last week, and 52% of the rose, vs. 60% last week.
US Economic News: The rose .2% in April, with the rising .1%. The jumped .5% in April, more than the .2% forecast.
Week Ahead Highlights: The Q1 ’17 earnings season continues, with Home Depot (NYSE:), Cisco, and Walmart (NYSE:) reporting, among many other major firms. More retailers will report, such as TJX (NYSE:), LB (NYSE:), ROST (NASDAQ:), and FL (NYSE:).
We’ll also get a look at Housing data, with the and reports for April due out on Tuesday.
Sectors & Futures: Tech led again this week, on the back of Apple’s 5% gain, while Basic Materials trailed.
led this week, while trailed. gained 3.6%, its 1st gain in a month, on hopes that will extend its production cuts. rose 4.4%:
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