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11:05 a.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father inherited money from his parents — he now tells people he earned it due to his (nonexistent) investment prowess ‘I would like my dad back, but I am afraid he is too far gone’‘I would like my dad back, but I am afraid he is too far gone’
3:00 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Emily Bary
BlackBerry stock gets a downgrade at RBCRBC Capital Markets analyst Paul Treiber downgraded shares of BlackBerry Ltd. to underperform from sector perform Tuesday, citing a big recent rally for the shares amid little change in the prospects for the company's unified endpoint management (UEM) or Cylance security businesses. "BlackBerry is now trading at multi-year highs and above peers," Treiber wrote, following a 207% rally since the end of November versus a 6% rise for the S&P 500 over that span. He said that BlackBerry reported its fiscal third-quarter results in December, showing a drop in dollar-based net revenue retention. Treiber also wrote that the "probability of an unannounced IP licensing gain appears low." BlackBerry sold 90 patents to Huawei and struck a patent-licensing settlement with Facebook Inc. , which Treiber called "positive" events, though he argued that "the magnitude of the potential one-time gain is likely to be smaller than the ~$7B increase in the company's market cap." A Dec. 15 court filing suggests that the Facebook arrangement was reached prior to the third quarter and might already be reflected in the company's outlook, he said. Treiber kept his $7.50 price target intact on BlackBerry shares, which closed Monday at $18.03 after a 28% rally. The stock is up another 11% in premarket trading Tuesday.
6:59 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed, Nasdaq Composite gaps to record highs Focus: Communications services sector takes flight, XLC, EA, BBBY, ANF, PVHU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, largely treading water amid otherwise constructive January price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are digesting respectable bull-flag breakouts, their latest rallies to all-time highs.
9:43 a.m. Jan. 20, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
BlackBerry's stock soars toward a record 4-day rally, and highest close in nearly 3 yearsThe U.S.-listed shares of BlackBerry Ltd. surged 4.4% toward a near three-year high in afternoon trading Wednesday, to extend the record rally over the past several days. The Canada-based cyber-security software company's stock has been on a tear over the past week, after The Global and Mail reported that the company, which made BlackBerry cellphones in a past life, had sold 90 patents to China-based technology giant Huawei, and after the company reportedly settled a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook Inc. . The stock, on track to close at the highest price since March 2018, has soared 73.3% amid a four-day win streak. That's would be the best four-day performance for the stock since it started trading in February 1999, according to a MarketWatch analysis of FactSet data; the current record four-day rally is 65.7%, set over the four sessions ended June 2, 2000. The stock has now rocketed 153.7% over the past three months, while ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF has climbed 26.0% and the S&P 500 has gained 12.0%.
6:17 p.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Jeremy C. Owens
YouTube cites violence concerns in barring posting of new content by TrumpAlphabet Inc.'s YouTube video streaming service suspended President Trump's account Tuesday evening, days after other large tech platforms responded to a deadly riot at the Capitol by banning the president. On Twitter Inc. , which Friday, YouTube said that the president could not upload new content for a minimum of seven days. The suspension was in response to new content uploaded to Trump's account, "and in light of concerns the ongoing potential for violence," YouTube said. Facebook Inc. banned the president until at least the end of his term within 24 hours of Wednesday's insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, and other services followed. YouTube took down a video the president posted to multiple services in which he professed love for the attackers, but it said Tuesday that the most recent removal YouTube would not disclose the nature of the video that caused Tuesday's suspension when . The company said commenting would also be disabled on the president's videos.
5:23 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
German Chancellor Merkel sees Twitter ban on Trump as 'problematic': reportGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be among those not cheering Twitter's decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump. The ability to express oneself freely is a right of "elementary significance," Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, when asked about the microblogger's Friday decision to ban Trump after some of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building, leaving five dead. "This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators - not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms," he said in Berlin while speaking to reporters. "Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked." Shares of Twitter fell 8% on Monday, while Facebook shares dropped over 2% after the social media network suspended Trump's account on Thursday.
12:47 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Shares of Twitter drop following permanent ban on Trump's accountShares of Twitter fell 6% on Monday, following an announcement by the microblogger late last week that it has permanently suspended the account of President Donald Trump. "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them - specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter - we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," . The ban followed Wednesday's events, when Trump spoke at a rally of supporters, who later stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to confirm the results of the election. Five people have died as a result of the riots. Facebook banned Trump on Thursday. Trump attempted to use the @POTUS Twitter account, but the company removed his tweets. The accounts of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump lawyer Sidney Powell also received a permanent ban from Twitter. Shares of Twitter fell 3.7% in late trading on Friday after the announcement. Monday's move comes amid a general lower tone for equities, with Nasdaq-100 futures down 0.5% and S&P 500 futures off 0.6%.
6:26 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Emily Bary
Facebook says Trump will be blocked from its platform for at least two weeksFacebook Inc. plans to block President Donald Trump from its platform for at least the next two weeks, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday. "We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Zuckerberg said a day after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and disrupted election certification proceedings. Zuckerberg criticized Trump's "decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol." Facebook originally planned a 24-hour ban for Trump and removed several posts from the president addressing supporters after Wednesday's events. The updated ban will apply to both Facebook and Instagram and last for "at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete." Trump also received a 12-hour block from Twitter Inc. , though . The president had to delete several tweets that violated Twitter's terms. A Twitter spokesperson said that the company is "continuing to evaluate the situation in real time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter." Twitter will "keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary," the spokesperson said. Facebook shares are up 1.9% in Thursday trading, while Twitter shares are down 2%.
6:06 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Dan Moisand
Should I load up on big companies? Should I sell big companies? The fewer stocks you own, the riskier your approachThe fewer stocks you own, the riskier your approach
3:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the best performing Nasdaq and S&P 500 stocks of 2020 COVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote workingCOVID-19 rewarded companies at the cutting edge of mobility and remote working.
8:04 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish backdrop as the S&P 500’s wild 2020 ride concludes Focus: Silver extends trendline breakout, JPMorgan Chase challenges key resistance, SLV, JPM, COUP, PAGS, CSIQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have pulled in from recent record highs amid still largely bullish year-end price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:34 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish backdrop as the S&P 500’s wild 2020 ride concludes Focus: Silver extends trendline breakout, JPMorgan Chase challenges key resistance, SLV, JPM, COUP, PAGS, CSIQTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have pulled in from recent record highs amid still largely bullish year-end price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained major support (3,646) rising respectably from its second successful retest in as many weeks.
7:12 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 retests the breakout point Focus: Materials sector sustains late-year breakout, XLB, DE, LPSN, BLDP, UTHRU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, though well off the session’s worst levels, pressured amid renewed virus concerns. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended a downturn from record highs, pulling in to a second — and thus far successful — test of its breakout point (3,646).
1:44 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Tesla is technically the 'Spiders' 5th highest weighted componentTesla Inc. is technically a lot smaller than Google-parent Alphabet Inc. , but it technically carries a higher weighting in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), given that Alphabet's weightings are split between its Class A and Class C shares. Tesla is entering the SPY, affectionately known as the "Spiders," with a market capitalization of $658.79 billion, compared with Alphabet's market cap of $1.17 trillion, and enough to make it the sixth-most valuable company in the ETF. But Tesla's weighting in the SPY is fifth at 1.686947, compared with Alphabet's Class A shares weighting of 6th at 1.661148 and the Class C shares weighting of 7th at 1.608403. Alphabet shares' combined weightings would place it fourth. Above Tesla in weightings is Apple Inc. at 6.478904, Microsoft Corp. at 5.289761, Amazon.com Inc. at 4.370437 and Facebook Inc. at 2.126779.
9:10 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Dan Moisand
Should I load up on big companies? Should I sell big companies? Opposing viewpoints about a stock’s future is normalOpposing viewpoints about a stock’s future is normal
6:54 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: U.S. benchmarks digest rally to latest record close Focus: Homebuilders edge to record territory, XHB, SHOP, PLUG, CYBR, FLT, APLSU.S. stocks are lower early Friday, pressured to conclude otherwise constructive week-to-date price action. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has pulled in relatively modestly from its latest record close.
7:04 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500, Nasdaq scratch out record highs Focus: Silver’s trendline breakout, Okta tags uncharted territory, SLV, OKTA, CALX, ESTC, CERNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid continued optimism over fiscal-stimulus prospects. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have rallied to tag their latest record peaks, though in characteristically grinding-higher form.
7:05 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt, S&P 500 vies for latest record close Focus: Metals & Mining ETF forms bull flag, Apple builds on trendline breakout, XME, AAPL, UHS, THC, NOVAU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water after a soft batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are vying to register their latest record closes, rising from successful tests of major support.
7:20 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained major support against a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:49 a.m. Dec. 15, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern: S&P 500, Nasdaq nail major support Focus: Biotech sector extends to record highs, Netflix’ stealth breakout attempt, IBB, NFLX, XLNX, TM, WSMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a December holding pattern, digesting early-month rallies to record territory. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have maintained notable support matching the November peaks — S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 — amid a still comfortably bullish intermediate-term backdrop.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting successful technical tests: S&P 500, Nasdaq maintain the breakout point Focus: Regional banks sustain late-year breakout, KRE, TWLO, TEAM, ETSY, ON, SURFU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising as U.S. vaccine distribution kicks off. The early-week upturn punctuates successful tests of major support for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite — the S&P 3,646 and Nasdaq 12,244 areas.
7:32 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a grinding-higher uptrend: S&P 500 approaches next technical target Focus: Nasdaq 100 extends late-year breakout, QQQ, ADSK, MNST, TGT, XEC, PLUGTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to press record territory, broadly rising amid grinding-higher late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are digesting rallies to their latest record closes, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has registered three straight closes atop the 30,000 mark for the first time on record.
12:09 p.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Olivia Jade Giannulli discusses the college-admissions scandal publicly for the first time: ‘We messed up’ Jada Pinkett Smith interviewed Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s youngest daughter about the bribery scandalJada Pinkett Smith interviewed Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s youngest daughter about the bribery scandal
7:28 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has rallied to press the 3,700 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive breakout, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
6:59 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout: S&P 500 challenges 3,700 mark Focus: Retail sector extends break to record highs, Apple sustains trendline breakout, XRT, AAPL, FFIV, SAIL, EMR, PDCOTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher, rising amid rotational price action, and persistent late-year strength. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has rallied to press its latest round-number milestone — the 3,700 mark — while the Nasdaq Composite vies to extend a more aggressive break to all-time highs.
6:51 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 (almost) tags 3,700 mark Focus: Consumer staples sector sustains break to record highs, XLP, CAT, HON, ZS, FTNT, KLICU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid largely familiar virus- and fiscal stimulus-related market headlines. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 is digesting its latest break to record territory, thus far topping less than one point from the 3,700 mark.
7:03 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 approaches 3,700 mark Focus: Airlines tag nine-month highs, Boeing extends recovery attempt, FedEx breakout attempt ahead of earnings, JETS, BA, FDX, DDS, SIMO, CALU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a lackluster monthly jobs report strengthened the case for fiscal-stimulus measures. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has extended its December breakout, rising to tag nominal new record highs.
6:55 a.m. Dec. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a successful technical test: S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: 10-year yield asserts uptrend, Apple’s stealth breakout, TNX, AAPL, SPOT, VLO, ALGNU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after better-than-expected weekly jobless claims and revived prospects for a potential stimulus package. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a December rally to record territory, rising from a successful test of its breakout point (3,646).
4:11 a.m. Dec. 3, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
iPhone users downloaded Zoom and ‘Among Us’ more than any other apps this year These were Apple’s most popular games and apps of 2020. Spotify and TikTok dropped their year-end lists, as well. These were Apple’s most popular games and apps of 2020. Spotify and TikTok dropped their year-end lists, as well.
7:21 a.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Social-media ETFs climb despite Trump veto warningExchange-traded funds that track social-media stocks outperformed Wednesday, in spite of a threat from President Donald Trump to veto legislation unless a law protecting tech companies was rolled back. The Global X Social Media ETF was up 1.3% midday, and its Millennials Thematic ETF gained 0.6%. Both are among the biggest ETF holders of Spotify Inc., whose shares surged more than 15% Wednesday after the company rolled out its "2020 Wrapped" personalized program for users. The two funds also have big exposure to shares of Facebook Inc. , which were up 1.5%, and Twitter , which gained 2.4%. Trump has threatened to veto a defense bill unless a law protecting tech companies from being held liable for material posted by users is terminated.
7:10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish December start: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag latest record highs Focus: QQQ challenges record highs, Gold maintains major support, Alphabet’s breakout attempt, QQQ, GLD, GOOGL, ADI, EXAS, GMEU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of an otherwise strong December start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have concurrently broken to record highs, extending persistent late-year rallies to previously uncharted territory.
7:36 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid comfortably bullish late-year price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:07 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market rotation persists: Nasdaq takes flight to record highs Focus: Communications sector sustains slight breakout, Health care sector maintains key support, XLC, XLV, AMD, CRUS, DLTR, SONOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid firmly-bullish late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a break to record territory — placing distance atop the 12,000 mark — while the S&P 500 is starting December with its latest breakout attempt.
7:00 a.m. Nov. 30, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: Nasdaq digests break to record territory Focus: Retail sector sustains break to record highs, XRT, NTRS, CSIQ, AAL, NUANU.S. stocks are firmly lower early Monday, pressured to conclude November amid an otherwise strong month-to-date rally. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite is digesting a decisive break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has reversed from its latest nominal record close.
11:08 p.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
If you must talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner, follow these rules of engagement Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need two headless chickens fighting over the soul of the nation‘Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need two headless chickens fighting over the soul of the nation’
7:20 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout attempt, S&P 500 presses record highs Focus: Gold sells off to 200-day moving average, U.S. dollar pressured amid risk-on trade, Crude oil breaks out, GLD, UUP, USO, XLF, IYT, XOPU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating after a mixed batch of economic data ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Against this backdrop, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has pulled in from its first close atop the 30,000 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite builds on its second-ever close atop the 12,000 mark, rising to challenge record territory.
2:16 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
French tax authorities have started demanding U.S. firms pay digital tax: reportFrench tax authorities have started demanding U.S. technology groups pay their 3% digital services tax, , citing French officials, company officials and advisers. Facebook and Amazon are among the companies that have received communications, the report said. Paris's demand to collect the tax represents the end of a truce with Washington, the report added.
7:33 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt: Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 under siege Focus: Semiconductor sector presses record territory, Homebuilders stealth breakout attempt, Tesla extends triangle brekout, SMH, XHB, TSLA, KO, MCHPTechnically speaking, two round-number milestones are under siege — Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 — as each benchmark builds on firmly-bullish November price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:02 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt: Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 under siege Focus: Semiconductor sector presses record territory, Homebuilders stealth breakout attempt, Tesla extends triangle brekout, SMH, XHB, TSLA, KO, MCHPTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks continue to rise amid bullish market rotation and expanding sector participation. Against this backdrop, two round-number milestones are under siege early Tuesday — Dow 30,000 and Nasdaq 12,000 — as each benchmark builds on already firmly-bullish November price action.
6:47 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500, Nasdaq tag near-term resistance Focus: Materials sector sustains November break to record territory, XLB, ZG, HUBS, YETI, CVNAU.S. stocks are mixed early Monday, vacillating amid ongoing vaccine progress to start a holiday-shortened week. Against this backdrop, each big three benchmark has effectively nailed first resistance early Monday — including S&P 3,588 and Nasdaq 11,950 — areas that remain very near-term bull-bear battlegrounds.
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