August 1, 2020 - 7:08 AM EDT
Here's What Happened in the Stock Market in July -- and What to Watch in August







Here's What Happened in the Stock Market in July -- and What to Watch in August

July was a pretty strong month for the stock market, with most major indexes finishing in positive territory, and with considerably lower volatility along the way than in other recent months. Despite the continued elevated coronavirus case numbers, the S&P 500 is now in the green for 2020, fueled by generally strong earnings from the largest U.S. companies and hopes that a vaccine will be available by the end of the year.

Here's a look at the stock market's performance in July, as well as some of the major trends that shaped its performance over the past month and that could determine what your investments do in August and beyond.

The stock market had another strong month in July, continuing the recent rally. Image source: Getty Images.

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Source: Motley Fool (August 1, 2020 - 7:08 AM EDT)