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Weekly Market Report: Wealth Destruction

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  • Has the S&P 500 index hit major resistance?
  • The world’s strongest currency.

Weekly Summary (May 20–May 24, 2024)

U.S. stock exchanges and bond markets will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.


  • Stocks and bonds finished the week unchanged.
  • Precious metals and energy prices fell while grains gained.
  • The US dollar index ended the week with small gains.

The rebound in large-cap stocks (SPY) stalled after four consecutive winning weeks. Tech stocks (QQQ) gained 1.4%, with NVDA surging 15.1% for the week. Small caps (IWM) were down 1.3% and are still down 12.3% from their all-time highs.

The high-beta large caps (SPHB) fell 0.4%, but the low-volatility large caps (SPLV) plunged 1.6% due to broad stock market selling.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) ended the week down 2.3%. Only four stocks gained for the week: MSFT (+2.4%), WMT (+1.1%), IBM (+1.1%), and AAPL (+0.1%), while HD and BA each lost 5.6%, and MCD fell 5.2%. This was the DIA ETF’s worst week since a 4.3% loss in the week ending March 10, 2023.

Despite widespread selling, the magnificent 7 equal-weight index rose 2.5% for the week, mainly due to a 15.1% increase in NVDA.

The DBC ETF fell 0.8%, primarily due to losses in energy and precious metals. Gold (GLD) plunged 3.5% for the week. The US dollar index (UUP) is up 0.4%. Note that gold (GLD) has outperformed the SPY ETF since 2022 by a wide margin, with a return of 26.3% versus 15.4%, respectively.

The TLT ETF ended the week unchanged, down 6.4% year-to-date but down 41.7% from all-time highs. Since January 3, 2022, the TLT ETF has been down 33.8%, while large-caps (SPY) have gained 15.4%.

The energy sector (XLE) fell the most, at -3.8%. The real estate sector (XLRE) lost 3.6%, and it is down the most year-to-date by 6.1%. Only the technology (XLK) and communications services (XLC) sectors were up for the week, by 1.6% and 0.4%, respectively.

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