Risk assets struggled through the holiday-shortened work week as new case counts continued to rise in the US. In an effort to improve workplace safety, the Biden Administration announced on Thursday that the Department of Labor would direct all companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccines or weekly negative tests. The constitutionality of this directive was immediately called into question by several Republican governors.
It was a good week for most large caps last week, as the S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at fresh all-time highs on Friday. The Nasdaq pulled back slightly on some softness in biotech. Small and midcap stocks were mixed, as were international markets.