Stocks up over 2% this week – Stock markets gained more than 2% this week. Strong first quarter earnings and a reduced fear of new tariffs sparked a rally this week. Corporate earnings reported for Q1 2018 have been the strongest since the third quarter of 2010. A cessation of talk of imposing tariffs on imported goods and materials has investors feeling that the Trump administration has backed of on those. Fears of a trade war with China caused a sharp sell off in February and March. Oil prices hit a 3 1/2 year high this week. Rising oil prices have helped energy stocks, but have increased prices at the pump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 24,831.17, up from last week’s close of 24,262.52. It is up 0.5% year to date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,727.72, up from 2,663.42 last week. It’s up 2% year to date. The NASDAQ closed at 7,402.88, up from 7,209.62% last week. It is up 7.2% year to date.
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