S&P 500 Returned 2.9% In 2nd Quarter And 9.2% In First Half Of 2017

Published Friday, June 30, 2017 at: 7:00 AM EDT

The first half of 2017 was a fantastic period for U.S. stocks, which are key to growth of capital in broadly diversified portfolios invested for the long run. Stocks posted a 2.9% gain in the second quarter of 2017 following a 6.1% gain in the first quarter. This followed a return of 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016, 3.9% in the third quarter of 2016, and 2.5% in the quarter before that. America's 500 largest publicly-held companies have averaged about 10% annually since 1926, making the 9.2% total return in the six months ended June 29,...

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

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