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Investors Focus on the Strength and Stability of American Companies

U.S. equities rose for the fifth straight week, shrugging off worries over trade, as the S&P 500 index climbed 0.8 percent. Since the start of the third quarter, the index has gained 4.5 percent, led by healthcare, industrials and financials. That was not the case last week, however. With the exception of healthcare, which posted another strong week, last week’s best gainers were real estate, staples and technology, which stabilized after stumbling the previous week. And so far in the quarter, the debate over whether value or growth stocks are more attractive has been replaced by a market in which both value and growth sectors are participating.

Economic Strength Provides a Tailwind for Stocks

In terms of equity performance at the sector level, the third quarter is shaping up to be quite different from the first half. In the first two quarters, consumer discretionary and technology were the best performers by a wide margin. They were joined by telecom and energy in outperforming the S&P 500. So far in the third quarter, industrials, financials and healthcare are the best performers, while consumer discretionary and tech, despite being up, have trailed the overall market.

Ameriprise Financial Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

MINNEAPOLIS – July 24, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.90 per common share payable on August 17, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 6, 2018.

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