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By The Numbers – December 11, 2017

  • BEST, WORST AND ALL OF THEM – The S&P 500 is up +20.7% YTD (total return) through the close of trading last Friday 12/08/17. The best trading day YTD for the stock index was a gain of +1.4% achieved on Wednesday 3/01/17 and the worst trading day YTD was a loss of 1.8% on Wednesday 5/17/17. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research).    
  • MARKET SIGNAL? – The difference between the yield of the 2-year Treasury note and the 10-year Treasury note fell to 53 basis points last Tuesday 12/05/17 (i.e., 2.36% 10-year note yield less the 1.83% 2-year note yield), the lowest spread recorded since 10/15/07 or more than a decade ago. Some economists, but not all economists, view a flattening yield curve as a sign of future economic weakness (source: Treasury Department).                        
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