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Q2 2021 Earnings Announcements Have Not Generated Higher Market Turnover

Daily U.S. Market Update

Michael Reinking, CFA
Sr. Market Strategist

August 20, 2021 AT 4:30 PM EDT

Thanks to a broad rally today in the US losses for the week ended up being moderate. For the week the S&P 500 ended down 0.6%, the Dow Industrials was down 1.1% while the Russell 2k was a big underperformer ending the week down 2.6% despite a 1.5% rally today. It was a volatile week with options expiration and summer trading dynamics likely exacerbating some of these moves. That being said, the weakness in the US was quite muted especially when compared to the selloff in Asia. The endless stream of regulatory headlines coming out of China continues to undermine investor sentiment. While a 5% pullback in the S&P 500 has been elusive the Hang Seng index fell over 5% this week alone and is down 20% from the highs hit in February. The China Shanghai Composite is down a similar amount.

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