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The counterintuitive investment call you probably did not expect 9:14 a.m. March 28, 2020

Dollar surge that sent shock waves through global markets gives way to retreat as funding pressures ease

A market-wrecking surge by the U.S. dollar is giving way to weakness as efforts by the Federal Reserve and global central banks to sate world-wide demand for the greenback appear to bear fruit. 12:35 p.m. March 27, 2020

Charting a bull-bear technical test, S&P 500 pauses amid potential key reversal

U.S. stocks are firmly lower early Friday, pressured in the wake of the biggest three-day market rally since 1933. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has topped slightly under its 200-week moving average (2,644) as it nonetheless vies to register a striking bullish reversal pattern, a key reversal, on the weekly chart. 12:14 p.m. March 27, 2020

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This isn’t your ordinary recession — the U.S. is now experiencing a economic meltdown more typical of a Third World natural disaster

Advanced economies must reckon with a phenomenon that was hitherto familiar only to fragile/failed states and communities devastated by natural disasters: an economic sudden stop, together with the cascade of devastation that can follow from it.

10:06 a.m. March 27, 2020
Bear-market rally accelerates, S&P 500 reclaims latest key technical level

U.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, building on the S&P 500’s first back-to-back daily gains in about six weeks. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a respectable rally attempt, rising firmly atop its next notable resistance (2,478).

12:00 p.m. March 26, 2020
Charting a sustained recovery attempt, S&P 500 extends rally from major support

U.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, building on the Dow industrials’ biggest single-day gain Tuesday since the 1930’s. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its rally atop major support (2,346), a move initially fueled by genuine internal strength for the first time this year.

12:31 p.m. March 25, 2020
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The MarketWatch PetroCurrency Index offers a timely window into the toll of coronavirus and oil-price war

A new MarketWatch currency index is proving to be a timely yardstick as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to throw the global economy into recession and puts intense pressure on financial markets as banks and businesses around the world scramble for dollars.

8:42 p.m. March 24, 2020
Charting a bear-market rally attempt, S&P 500 spikes from major support (2,190)

Technically speaking, the S&P 500 has spiked from major support (2,190), rising amid a backdrop that may support an intermediate-term market low, writes Michael Ashbaugh.

12:48 p.m. March 24, 2020
Charting a bear-market rally attempt, S&P 500 spikes from major support (2,190)

Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have reversed sharply from the March low, rising in the wake of an historic market downdraft. In the process, the S&P 500 has spiked Tuesday from major support (2,190) rising against a bigger-picture technical backdrop (including sentiment) that may be sufficient to support at least an intermediate-term market low.

12:17 p.m. March 24, 2020
IMF says coronavirus may cause a global recession that is worse during global financial crisis

Economists at the International Monetary Fund now expect a global recession this year as a result of the coronavirus that could be worse than during the global financial crisis, the global financial institution's leader said Monday. In a statement after a conference call with G-20 finance leaders, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said 80 countries have requested emergency IMF help. The IMF is also considering making an SDR allocation to add liquidity to the global economic system as it did during the financial crisis. The move would supplement IMF members' foreign exchange reserves. Georgieva said more swap lines are needed with emerging market countries. She said the IMF was considering its own IMF-swap type facility.

1:03 p.m. March 23, 2020
S&P 500 violates major support, extends historic March downdraft

U.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured as an historic March downdraft remains underway. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its violation of major support (2,346) — reaching three-year lows — and dropping within striking distance of deeper technical inflection points.

11:47 a.m. March 23, 2020

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