WEEKLY UPDATE – May 29, 2018
Geopolitical uncertainty affected stocks last week, as the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea began to look less likely. On Thursday, May 24, President Trump announced that the summit was off, and stocks stumbled in reaction. The next day, Trump said the meeting might still occur next month, leaving investors questioning the eventual outcome.
Also on the geopolitical front, an announcement that Saudi Arabia and Russia would consider easing back oil supply restrictions affected stocks. U.S. crude oil prices dropped in response, pulling energy stocks down with them.
Despite these developments, major domestic indexes increased last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.31%, the Dow added 0.15%, and the NASDAQ grew by 1.08%.  International stocks dropped, with the MSCI EAFE decreasing by 1.60%. 
What kept U.S. stocks in positive territory for the week?
Solid corporate earnings helped drive upward movement.
A number of companies experienced double-digit stock growth last week after releasing their latest data. This strong performance helped balance the declines and uncertainty that the week’s geopolitical headlines created. 
What other economic perspectives did we receive?
From durable goods to home sales, various data came out last week: 
- The factory sector could drive economic growth, as steel and aluminum tariffs are contributing to rising value of orders and inventories for metals.
- Business confidence and 2nd-quarter investment could increase, as strong core durable goods orders may indicate good news for companies.
- Housing is underperforming, as growth in home sales volume and prices have softened recently.
Overall, last week provided a mix of insight about the current economic strength and geopolitical environment. In this week’s 4 trading days, we’ll gain more perspectives on consumer confidence, Gross Domestic Product, manufacturing, and employment. We will use this data to continue building our understanding of what may lie ahead in the markets – and how to prepare our clients for the future. If you have any questions, we are here to talk.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions
- Kosher salt
- 1 small red pepper
- 1 small green pepper
- 1½ pounds sirloin steak
- 4 ounces sliced American or provolone cheese
- 4 hoagie or hero rolls
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Put in onions, add ¼ tablespoon each of salt and black pepper. Cover and cook for 8 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Add sliced peppers. Cook, uncovered, until golden brown and tender, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Put vegetables in a bowl.
- Wipe out the skillet. Heat the rest of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Put steak in skillet.
- Use a ½ teaspoon each of salt and black pepper to season steak. Toss occasionally in the skillet until it is brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes.
- Put the cheese on the steak. Cover and cook until the cheese melts, 2 minutes. Take the skillet off the heat and carefully mix cheese into the steak.
- Make sandwiches with the hoagie rolls, the steak mixture, and the onions and peppers.
Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping 
How to Begin Your Golf Swing
Everyone knows you have to start at the tee to play a round of golf. It’s where the game begins. It’s the same with your swing. Players don’t just grab a club, step up, and whack the ball, hoping it lands in a nice place.
The golf swing takes some planning and some focus.
Here is a good exercise to get you thinking about one of the most important aspects of golf:
Take a club, lay it on the ground, and point it in the direction of your swing.
This part of the exercise helps you align your swing with your target. Since you won’t actually be hitting a ball in this part of the exercise, you may choose whatever target you’d like.
- Pack lots of local, in-season fruits, vegetables, and organic meats.
- Make your canvas grocery tote into a picnic basket.
- Find a picnic site accessible by biking, walking, or public transportation.
- Toss the bottles or cans and go with a cooler or a keg. Take along cups, reusable tins, or canisters.
- Take along washable cloth napkins or tablecloths. Old bed sheets work well.
- Use sunscreen and insect repellents made with fewer chemicals.
- Turn your picnic plans green. Take along nature and wildlife field guides and some binoculars.
- Take your waste with you. Park animals may be attracted to leftover food in trashcans.
Tip adapted from EarthShare
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