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Investors seemed to take their emotional cue from a spate of mixed earnings results and economic data, waffling between enthusiasm and caution throughout the month.  The Nasdaq finally recouped the losses it incurred during the technology crash 15 years ago, hitting a new record high during the third week of April.  It then gave up much of that ground to end the month less than 1% higher than where it started.  The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 indexes also managed to hit new highs, only to retreat again, posting a modest gain of 0.85% and a loss of 2.61%, respectively.  The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose past the 2% mark.

Internationally, investors kept a keen eye on Greece and its ongoing discussions with creditors, as speculation continued about the country's ability to repay its debts.  Despite this uncertainty, April seemed to favor global stocks, which surged 3.30%.

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Market Month: April 2015

The Markets

Volatility Continued to rule the domestic equities markets.  After losing ground in January, the major indices had a strong February.  March saw early losses, then solid gains, with the Dow industrials, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 all hitting closing highs, and the Nasdaq closing above 5000 for the first time in 15 years, just shy of its all-time high.  But these gains were tempered by a late-month downturn, with all the major indices losing ground in five of the last seven trading days as investors, jittery about corporate earnings, took profits.  The small caps of the Russell 2000, which are seen as having less international exposure, saw March's only gains, and also led all indices for the quarter, up almost 4% with the Nasdaq right behind at 3.5%.  The S&P and Global Dow trailed, up .4% and .7% respectively, while the Dow industrials slipped into negative territory for the year.

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1st Quarter Market Review

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Women & Social Security

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The Markets

After a disappointing January, equities rebounded in fine style in February.  The S&P 500 and Russell 2000 hit new all-time highs, and the S&P had its strongest month since October 2011.  The Nasdaq continued to be the strongest year-to-date performer, while a temporary bailout extension for Greece helped benefit the Global Dow.

Oil prices stabilized around $50 a barrell, which helped boost consumers' spending power.  The U.S. dollar gained strength, though not as much as it did in January, while gold fell below $1,200 per ounce before rebounding to roughly $1,212.  And as investors regained confidence in equities, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rose as prices fell.

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Market Month: February 2015