Market Quick Stats – July 2021

Back to Normal?  Not So Fast…

Just as most restaurants and business in cities with the most stringent COVID precautions/restrictions started to re-open, some of those locations are introducing new COVID precaution/restriction measures.

For example New York City mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced mandatory vaccinations for all newly hired NYC government employees and for anyone wishing to eat inside a NYC restaurant or visit a NYC gym or entertainment center (article here). How will these new mandates impact business and the economy going forward?

As of July 31st, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, the S&P 500 index of US stocks is up 17.0% year-to-date (YTD). The stock index has an average dividend yield of 1.4%.

Yields on the US Ten Year Treasury Bond dropped to 1.20% by 7/31/2021 and the S&P US Aggregate Bond Index, is down -0.3% YTD.  The bond index has a yield-to-maturity of 1.2%.

The chart below highlights recent prices, total returns (total return always includes dividends), dividend yields, and trailing and forward-looking P/E’s (price-to-earnings ratio) for several S&P Dow Jones Indices.


Price 12/31/2020
Price 07/31/2021
Tot. Return
Twelve Mo
Forward Estimate P/E

S&P 500

3,756 4,395 17.0% 1.4% 30.9x 21.8x
DJIA 30,606 34,935 14.1% 1.8% 28.5x


S&P US Aggregate Bond Index -0.3% 1.2%

*Statistics for S&P 500 index, DJIA index, and S&P US Aggregate Bond index from S&P Dow Jones Indices.



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