August 28, 2017–U.S. stocks rebounded from two days of selling on Friday, but still recorded the strongest weekly performance in over a month. Friday’s rebound was sparked by comments within Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s Jackson Hole, Wyoming speech which were not as hawkish as many economists had expected.
August 7, 2017–U.S. stocks advanced on Friday following a stronger-than-expected July payrolls report with non-farm jobs up 209,000 last month, topping economists’ consensus forecast by 29,000. The U.S. dollar strengthened as wage growth rose 0.3% (the largest increase in five months) and new manufacturing jobs exceeded projections.
You've probably heard the news that the Federal Reserve has been raising its benchmark federal funds rate. The Fed doesn't directly control consumer interest rates, but changes to the federal funds rate (which is the rate banks use to lend funds to each other overnight within the Federal Reserve system) often affect consumer borrowing costs.