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Legendary investor called this stock market a ‘Real McCoy’ bubble, and now Jeremy Grantham’s fund is trailing the S&P 500 by 14 percentage points

Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist at Boston-based money manager Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., has seen his fund badly trail the broader stock market in 2020. 11:55 a.m. Nov. 26, 2020

Dow ends below 30,000 mark ahead of Thanksgiving

U.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Wednesday as trading volumes dwindled before the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% to end around 3,630. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 174 points, or 0.6%, to 29,872, based on preliminary numbers. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5% to finish near 12,094. Investors saw some mixed economic data, with personal incomes falling short of expectations but housing-market data showing continued strength. In the absence of positive market catalysts, tech shares outperformed their blue-chip counterparts in the Dow and S&P 500 benchmarks. Shares of Deere took a hit even though the maker of agriculture equipment reported sales and earnings that beat expectations. 4:04 p.m. Nov. 25, 2020

Dollar slips toward 2020 low as history reminds traders not to sleep on FX around Thanksgiving

The dollar did it again --- falling to a multi-month low versus the euro the day before Thanksgiving, a move that’s pushing a closely followed gauge of the U.S. currency back toward its 2020 low. 3:31 p.m. Nov. 25, 2020

U.S. Markets Headlines

Dow Reaches 30K; Watch How These Stocks Defied the Pandemic

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a milestone of 30000. WSJ’s Jason Bellini explains how we got here and what the 30000 figure tells us about the state of the stock market. Photo: NYSE video content

1:39 p.m. Nov. 24, 2020
Stocks open higher as Dow makes another run at 30,000 mark

U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday as president-elect Joe Biden was given the go-ahead to start his transition, easing uncertainty around what further delays to his transition could mean for the economy. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average index rose 265 points, or 0.9%, to 29,856. The S&P 500 added 22 points, or 0.6%, to 3,599. The Nasdaq Composite gained 17 points, or 0.1%, to 11,897. In a holiday-truncated week, the Dow is looking to break through the key 30,000 level. In corporate news, shares of J.M. Smucker rose after it lifted sales guidance on Tuesday.

9:38 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020
Joe Biden Had Big Ambitions for Taxes; Now Reality Sets In

President-elect Joe Biden campaigned on raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations. But the fate of Biden’s plan rests largely on whether or not Democrats take control of the Senate. WSJ’s Richard Rubin explains. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Bloomberg video content

6:00 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020
Macy's Star Shone Bright for Over 150 Years. Now It's Flickering

Macy’s has long been identified with the start of the holiday shopping season. But the company was hurting even before the coronavirus crisis hit the retail industry, raising questions about how far Macy’s star could fall. Photo Illustration: Jacob Reynolds/WSJ video content

7:00 a.m. Nov. 19, 2020
Stocks open mixed as investors eye signs of vaccine progress

U.S. stocks opened near break-even levels on Wednesday amid signs of progress by vaccine-makers in developing a viable weapon against the COVID-19 pandemic's unchecked spread. The S&P 500 was down a point to 3,608. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 46 points, or 0.2%, to 29,830. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.1% to 11,887. Equities have mostly traded sideways this week as investors continued to watch the trajectory of the coronavirus in the U.S. Pfizer Inc. said the vaccine candidate it has developed with BioNTech SE was 95% effective in an analysis of clinical trial data. Pfizer said it plans to seek authorization for the vaccine in the next few days.

9:37 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020
China's Treasury holdings fall to lowest since 2017

China's holdings of U.S. Treasurys recently fell to its lowest level since 2017, extending a continuous and steady decline of the world's second-largest economy's hoard of U.S. government bonds. Chinese holdings fell to $1.062 trillion in September from $1.068 trillion in August, according to the closely followed Treasury International Capital report. The 10-year Treasury yield traded mostly around 0.70% in September, and is now at 0.87%. Bond prices move inversely to yields.

4:34 p.m. Nov. 17, 2020
Why Lawmakers Want to Rewrite Section 230

Leaders in government and tech want to rewrite a law that governs the internet. WSJ explains Section 230, how it shaped the modern internet, and what lawmakers and tech executives want to change. Photo illustration: Carlos Waters/WSJ video content

7:00 a.m. Nov. 17, 2020
Biden: ‘More People May Die’ From Covid-19 Due to Delayed Transition

After meeting with labor and business leaders Monday, President-elect Joe Biden said that more people could die from Covid-19 if his incoming administration has to wait until Jan. 20 to plan for vaccine distribution. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP video content

5:59 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020

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