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The stock market continued its relentless push higher, which resulted in the sixth consecutive weekly advance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average, cruising past 21,000.
Tuesday produced more highs for the major indices as investors didn't shy away from Fed Chair Yellen's less dovish testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.
The stock market secured its third consecutive weekly advance with the S&P 500 rising 0.8%. The benchmark index posted gains in four of the first six weeks of 2016 while the two down weeks in the middle of January shaved 0.25% off the index.
The past week was full of earnings data, economic data, and commentary from two major central banks, but the market shrugged off the busy event calendar, remaining near record levels.
This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter.
Regardless of political views or feelings about the election result, there’s a fascinating case study on stock market behavior here, and it is worth unpacking what happened purely from an investment perspective.
In the investing world things can turn on a dime. Small-cap stocks have certainly turned it around in 2016, in a swift and dramatic fashion.
On Wednesday the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) committed to their first oil production limits in eight years.
For most people, I think it's fair to say that last week's Presidential election was a shocker.
Inflation has been pretty non-existent over the last few years, but lately it's showing signs of life.

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