August 23rd 2020
In line with our strategic call, U.S. stocks finished the week in positive territory with two benchmarks hitting record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 27,930.33 and finished the week nearly flat. The S&P 500, in contrast, rose 0.7% over the week to finish at 3,397.16, a new record closing high. The broad index posted its longest winning streak since the week ending December 27, 2019 when the market rose for five straight weeks. The Nasdaq Composite jumped 2.7% during the week and closed also at a fresh record closing high of 11,311.80. It was the tech-heavy benchmark’s 36th record close in 2020. Among the key S&P sectors, the technology sector was the best weekly performer, while energy dragged. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 22.5.