THE WEEK ON WALL STREET

Stocks managed to gain ground last week as investors turned their focus to corporate earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.05%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 1.55%. The Nasdaq Composite index picked up 2.38% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, tacked on 2.73%.1,2,3

EARNINGS IN FOCUS

At the start of the week, stocks extended the previous week’s rally with some high-growth companies leading the move higher. Strong company profits fueled the market the middle of the week, until an earnings disappointment from a mega-cap company took investors by surprise. The earnings miss deflated sentiment as it heightened worries of what it may portend for other technology companies yet to report. These anxieties led to a sell-off that reverberated across the market.

Subsequent earnings beats from several technology and social media names, and an above-consensus rise in new payrolls on Friday, helped the market close with week with a solid gain.

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1. The Wall Street Journal, February 4, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, February 4, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, February 4, 2022