Recapping BlackRock's beginning-of-year calls
US stocks capped off a strong first quarter by closing at record highs. After coming close several times in the past few weeks, the S&P 500 Index gained 0.8% last week to close at 1,569, surpassing the pre-credit-crisis 1,565 record from 2007. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5% to yet another new high of 14,578 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.7% to a one-year high of 3,267. In fixed income markets, Treasury yields continued to fall (as prices correspondingly rose), with the 10-year yield dropping from 1.93% to 1.85%.