The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) and S&P 500 had their best August since 2014, closing up 2.2% to 25,964.82 and 3.0% to 2,901.52, respectively. The Nasdaq, which finished the month up 5.7% at 8,109.54, had its best August performance since 2000. During the month, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq reached record highs.
Markets were supported by continued strong corporate earnings and general economic news. Furthermore, despite continued trade war discussion, the US and Mexico made progress in talks for a deal that may eventually replace NAFTA.