The U.S. stock market had lackluster third-quarter performance. Here’s how the broad indexes fared for those three months and the first three quarters of 2019, along with long-term returns.
The financial media and many professional investors agree that we are at a late stage for the bull market that (arguably) started at the post-financial-crisis bottom on March 9, 2009.
Then again, the world remains awash with cash as central banks in the developed world continue to be extraordinarily accommodative as they attempt to stave off possible recessions. Bonds with negative yields to maturity total more than $17 trillion, according to Bloomberg. That and the 1.74% yield for 10-year U.S. Treasury notes make the 1.98% dividend yield for the S&P 500 attractive.
So we cannot predict when this bull market will end.
Here’s how the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 have performed:
With interest rates declining dramatically during the third quarter as the Federal Reserve reversed course, it may not be a surprise to see that the utilities sector (with its generally high dividend yields) performed best during the third quarter. But look at the 15-year returns the utilities sector ranks third.
The Dow 30
On that note, here’s how all 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.28% have performed this year and during the third quarter, along with some information about analysts’ opinions of the stocks. All total returns include reinvested dividends: