Third Quarter 2017 Market Commentary

Encouraging economic data and a series of unsettling news headlines vied for Wall Street’s  attention in the third quarter, and ultimately, investors were not shaken.  The S&P 500 rose 3.96% over three months, getting a lift from upbeat manufacturing and consumer confidence readings as well as earnings news.  Away from our shores, the economics of China and the euro area showed improvement, and foreign stock benchmarks rallied along with ours.  A slumping dollar offered no big spark for the commodities markets.  The residential real estate market looked to be cooling off.  The quarter was filled with major news  stories, yet the bulls strolled through the disruptions.

 

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Contributed by: Randall T. Graham, Jr.
Vice President