The major U.S. indices finished mixed on the last week of the year, with the S&P 500 (SPY) posting a slight +0.1% gain. Volume was unsurprisingly the weakest of 2010, causing wild oscillations towards the end of the atypical full pre-holiday Friday session.
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The first week of the New Year’s economic calendar features Auto Sales, release of the December FOMC Minutes, and the Monthly Jobs Report, as follows:
- Global Economic Calendar
- U.S. Earnings Calendar
- Historical Market Analogues
- ETF Rotation Models [Custom]
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December Year-End Summary
The month of December recorded dramatic across-the-board gains for the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials and NASDAQ 100 cash indices of +6.53%, +5.19% and +4.75%, respectively. This left the indices higher by +12.78%, +11.02% and +19.22% for the year, excluding dividends. Style and sector performances at month-end and for the year are shown below:
Interestingly, even though the NASDAQ 100 (QQQQ) posted the strongest index return, it was the Industrials (XLI) and Consumer Discretionaries (XLY) that recorded the largest overall sector gains approaching 30%.
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