Market update: US markets up despite trade tensions


This week in the markets

  • US stocks were up Thursday, possibly due to the release of the latest jobs report and other data suggesting a strong US economy. The report may have helped alleviate concerns over continued trade tensions between the US and China.
  • Cannabis stocks increased Tuesday after the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved plans to import a marijuana product to potentially treat neurological disorders.
  • US defense stocks hit an all-time high on Wednesday, driven in part by heavy defense spending.

##Major US markets rally
All major US benchmarks saw market gains Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 (SPX) both hitting record highs. The market rally was possibly due to signs of a steadily improving economy as reflected in the latest jobs report and other data released over the last week (Go, America!). Such reports have helped to offset the negative impacts of US-China trade policy news, such as additional tariffs on 5,000 US household goods. When will the tit-for-tat drama end?

How did the markets fare? Well, the DJIA was up 1%, the SPX was up .8%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) was up .98%, all at Thursday’s close. Looks like investors may continue to have a positive outlook. The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), in which MoneyLion Plus members are invested, was also up .77% Thursday. Keep investing those dollars into your Plus managed investment account!

Cannabis stocks continue to grow

Cannabis stocks saw an increase all around on Tuesday after news that the DEA had approved a proposal to import a marijuana-based product and test its efficiency in treating neurological disorders. Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has already made plans to start clinical trials of cannabis in treating movement disorders or tremors.

Will Wall Street’s obsession with marijuana stocks fizzle out or stay strong? Only time will tell.

Defense stocks hit an all-time high

The US Aerospace and Defense Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) hit an all-time high on Wednesday, which brought it to a 16% increase in 2018. Companies who create defense-related products like Boeing and Raytheon have outperformed the markets this week. Both of these companies are also part of the VTI ETF in which MoneyLion Plus members are invested. Sounds like wins across the board!

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