Taking Baby Steps in April

The market finished higher in April, but not before taking a tumble in the middle of the month as oil prices surged. After reaching a low on Apr. 17, the S&P 500 bounced back three days later and finished the month with a total return of 1.3%. So far this year, it has risen 5.6% with dividends. The strongest performing sectors in April remained energy, financials, and materials. On the losing end were health care and telecom stocks.

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