Stock Market News: Markets Squeeze Some Gains Despite Volatility

Reuters reported:

Volatility: The VIX was down 14.7% this week, ending the week at $17.75.

High Dividend Stocks: These high dividend stocks go ex-dividend this week: Prospect Capital (NASDAQ:PSEC), Main Street Capital (NYSE:MAIN), AGNC Investment (NASDAQ:AGNC), America First Tax Exempt Investors (NASDAQ:ATAX), Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE:ARI), Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE:ACRE), B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS), Broadmark Realty Capital (NYSE:BRMK), Chimera Investment (NYSE:CIM), Crescent Capital BDC (NASDAQ:CCAP), Goldman Sachs BDC Closed End Fund (NYSE:GSBD), Ladder Capital Corp Class A (NYSE:LADR), Owl Rock Capital (NYSE:ORCC), Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD), Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM), TCG BDC (NASDAQ:CGBD), and British American Tobacco (NYSE:BTI).

Market Breadth: 14 out of 30 DOW stocks rose this past week, vs. 9 the week before last. 56% of the S&P 500 rose, vs. 41% the previous week.

FOREX: The US $ fell vs. the Loonie and the Swiss franc, and rose vs. other major currencies this past week.

From the NY Times:

Week Ahead Highlights: It’ll be a heavy data week, with several Housing reports, the Q2 GDP figure, and mfg. and goods reports due out.

Sectors: Energy and Financials led by a wide margin last week, with Real Estate falling the most again.

Futures: WTI Crude rose 7%, ending at $73.95, its highest point since July.

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