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Equity markets hope to sustain a Santa rally



December 23, 2015

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Equity and fixed-income markets

Equity markets began the holiday-shortened week in mixed fashion. Amid seasonally light trading, the S&P 500 Index climbed back into positive territory for the year to date through December 22, as investors appeared to be positioning for a so-called “Santa rally”—a rise in stock prices that is often observed in the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

William Riegel, Chief Investment Officer, TIAA Investments


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In Europe, the broad STOXX 600 Index also got off to a good start, despite concerns that an inconclusive outcome in Spain’s general election will lead to a prolonged period of political uncertainty. Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei 225 Index declined but continues to be one of 2015’s best-performing markets.

In fixed-income markets, the yield on the bellwether 10-year U.S. Treasury rose amid a slight rebound in oil prices. For most of December, the 10-year yield has traded between 2.20% and 2.30%. High-yield bonds posted a modest gain to start the week.

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