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Weekly market wrap April 20, 2018: High hopes for Q1 earnings keep stock markets afloat
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By Fund Library News Wire  | Friday, April 20, 2018


By Mike Keerma

The major North American stock indices held their own on the week, with Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite Index advancing 1.4%, as crude oil gained 1.3%, despite some softness on Friday. With first-quarter earnings expectations still high, the U.S. blue chip S&P 500 Composite Index edged up 0.5% week over week, despite headwinds from interest rates as the yield on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note rose to near 3.0%, its highest level since 2014. Yields were fueled by inflationary pressures as the March all-items consumer price index rose to an annual 2.4%, with the core rate at 2.1%. A retreat on Friday in both the energy and technology sectors weighed on stock indices at week’s end, but the Nasdaq Composite Index still managed 0.6% uptick on the week, even as Apple Corp. (NASDAQ: AAPL) slipped, mainly on growing concerns over its flagging iPhone X sales.


* Fidelity launches founder fund. Fidelity Investments Canada debuted it Fidelity Founders Class, managed by Fidelity’s Daniel Kelley. The fund invests primarily in founder-led companies anywhere in the world and across the market cap spectrum in both public and private markets. Fidelity defines a founder-led company as one where the founder remains in a position of influence, such as CEO, board of directors, or personal or family share ownership.

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