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US Stocks traded higher last week and are at record highs on the back of better-than-expected economic and earnings reports.   This week is the busiest week of first-quarter earnings season, with 150 S&P 500 constituents reporting in the days ahead. 
 
Shares of Disney are trading higher after the Marvel blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and $1.2 billion globally, reaching a new pinnacle in the blockbuster era that the comic-book studio has come to dominate.    
 
Rates for home loans ticked up slightly, a reminder that the easy-money era for mortgages will likely have to end at some point.  The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was up three basis points during the week and marked the fourth straight weekly rise for the popular product. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.64%, up from 3.62%.
Consumer sentiment slipped slightly in April while personal finance outlook hits 15-year high.  The number of people who think their financial prospects for the year ahead will improve has reached the best level since 2004.
 
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