In a low-volume week shortened by the Good Friday holiday, U.S. stocks were mixed, with mega-caps gaining, while small caps lost a bit of ground. In fact, the VIX volatility measure reached an eight-month low during the week, with little headline news to move the needle in either direction as of late.
For the week ended April 12th, 2019 U.S. stocks gained a bit with earnings season slowly beginning and core inflation levels coming in contained.
Stocks ended the week and the quarter on a high note, rising globally. The S&P 500 recorded its strongest quarterly performance in a decade, rising 13% just 3% below its all-time high. The market rebound during the quarter was fueled by the Federal Reserve's pivot in rate hikes, better-than-expected earnings results, and optimism that a U.S.