3rd Quarter 2016 Market Update

The S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) tacked on another 3.3% in the 3rd quarter to push its overall year-to-date gain up to more than 6% (7.8% when dividends are added). If this gain holds for the remainder of the year, it would mark the 8th straight year that the S&P 500 posted positive returns.


The S&P 400 MidCap Index (NYSEARCA:MDY) and the S&P 600 SmallCap Index (NYSEARCA:SLY) have performed even better. The two indices have posted year-to-date gains of 11% and 13%, respectively.

Value has outperformed growth across all market caps. That's probably not entirely surprising given the popularity of dividend stocks from traditionally conservative areas like utilities and consumer goods and services. Value stocks have outperformed growth stocks somewhere between 2-5% overall on the year with the delineation being greatest in smaller companies.

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