Volatility: The VIX rose 28% last week, ending the week at $20.95.
High Dividend Stocks: These high dividend stocks go ex-dividend this coming week: Fidus Investment Corp (NASDAQ:FDUS), Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE:SAR), Altria Group (NYSE:MO), Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC), BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:BKCC), Capital Southwest Corporation (NASDAQ:CSWC), First Eagle Alternative Capital BDC (NASDAQ:FCRD), FS KKR Capital Corp (NYSE:FSK), Great Elm Capital Corp (NASDAQ:GECC), Oaktree Specialty Lending Corp (NASDAQ:OCSL), Sixth Street Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX), BlackRock TCP Capital Corp (NASDAQ:TCPC), Oxford Lane Capital Corp (NASDAQ:OXLC), Oxford Square Capital Corp (NASDAQ:OXSQ).
Market Breadth: 5 out of 30 DOW stocks rose last week, vs. 17 the week before last. 16% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 53% the previous week.
FOREX: The US $ rose vs. other major currencies last week.
Week Ahead Highlights: Investors will get additional readings on the health of the U.S. economy next week with the release of consumer price index figures, retail sales, and a measure of consumer sentiment.
Coming Week’s US Economic Reports:
Futures: WTI crude rose .61%, ending at $69.17.