Foreign Stocks Win the Week as U.S. Market Trends Shift

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Week of August 7, 2017

Global equities continued to crawl slowly higher last week as economic data generally remained robust. In the U.S., for example, new job growth in July was stronger than expected. Meanwhile, German manufacturing orders in June rose more than anticipated.
In addition, earnings season in the U.S. is showing generally strong results. Of the firms in the Russell 1000 index that have reported second-quarter financial results so far:

• 67% have beaten their revenue estimates
• 75% have posted better-than-expected earnings

In the fixed-income markets, global interest rates were largely unchanged this week, while corporate credits continued to perform reasonably well...

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