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Weekly Financial Update - March 1, 2019

Christopher LaPorta

March 4, 2019

The S&P 500 traded in a narrow range last week as investors had a lot of news to digest including several notable earnings reports, ongoing trade discussions between the U.S. and China, Federal Reserve Chairman Powell’s semi-annual congressional testimony about monetary policy, a pharmaceutical industry congressional hearing on drug prices, and mixed economic data. 

U.S. economic growth slowed to an annualized rate of 2.6% in the final quarter of 2018 following two quarters of growth above 3.0%. This was better than economists’ consensus estimate of 2.2%.

According to the Citi Economic Surprise Index for the United States, economic data reports have not been this disappointing relative to economists’ expectations since August 2017.

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