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MARKET RECAP – NOVEMBER 29, 2023

STOCK MARKET

Dow Jones ended at $36,430.42 (+0.04%)

S&P 500 ended at $4,550.58 (-0.09%)

Nasdaq Composite ended at $14,256.49 (-0.16%)

The stock market experienced a combination of positive and negative performances, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hovering near the flat line while the Nasdaq Composite slipped slightly. However, despite this mixed performance, it is important to highlight that the market is on track for its largest monthly gains in 2023. Several factors contributed to the market’s resilience, including positive news from companies like General Motors and NetApp, as well as Elliott Investment Management’s significant stake in Phillips 66. Additionally, the fall in the yield on the 10-year Treasury note provided support for stock valuations. Furthermore, the release of stronger-than-expected GDP growth data for the third quarter added to the bullish sentiment. Market experts anticipate a period of consolidation but are optimistic, especially considering historical trends that suggest a positive December. The potential for a Santa Claus rally and the belief that the Federal Reserve’s rate hike cycle may be nearing its end further bolster market confidence. As a result, the major market indexes are on track to record notable monthly gains, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones, and Nasdaq all showing considerable growth. Nonetheless, despite the positive sentiment, investors should still take into account that some policymakers, such as Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin, caution that rate increases could still be considered if inflation fails to slow.

CRYPTO MARKET

Bitcoin fell by 1.45% for the day, with a value of $37,670.10 as of 3:00 PM CST, as stated by Coin Metrics.

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