In last week’s holiday-shortened week, the Dow rose 0.8%, the S&P 500 rose 3.8%, and the Nasdaq rose 4%. The S&P has now risen 26.6% since its low on March 9. Stocks were helped in the financial sector by Wells Fargo’s report of record earnings and Lincoln Financial’s announcement that it was repaying $500 million in debt.
Likely to be moving the markets this week is the busy season for corporate earnings, especially for banks. Those closely watched include Goldman Sachs on April 14, Charles Schwab on April 15, BlackRock and JPMorgan on April 16, and Citigroup on April 17.