Global equities extended their gains into January, with modest appreciation in the U.S. overshadowed by more substantial gains abroad. Gains were broad-based in the U.S., with energy the only material detractor, while small cap returns were tempered somewhat after a very strong post-election period. International shares benefitted from a mild weakening of the dollar, which had appreciated aggressively into year-end, as well as a pickup in growth expectations in 2017. Interest rates were largely unchanged during the month as few anticipate a hike at the FOMC’s February meeting. Accordingly, bonds delivered positive results, with corporate credit outpacing Treasuries.
- President Trump issued a number of executive orders and memoranda within the first week of his presidency; notably to investors, he threw his support behind the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and also withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
- The Q4 earnings seasons is off to a good start and on track to deliver a second consecutive quarter of earnings growth; much of the growth has come from a recovery in the energy sector as well as strong performance from financials (rising interest rates) and technology
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index comprised of 30 "blue chip" large cap stocks, surpassed the 20,000 level in January; it took the Index over 100 years to reach 10,000 and nearly 18 years to eclipse 20,000
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