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7:21 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Bernie Sanders says he ‘was just sitting there trying to keep warm’ in viral Inauguration Day photo The Senator inspired memes — and artists are recreating his now iconic knit mittens on Etsy and InstagramThe Senator inspired memes — and artists are recreating his now iconic knit mittens on Etsy and Instagram
12:00 p.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Stock-market legend sees few weeks of ‘putting your last, desperate chips into the game’—then popIn an interview with Bloomberg TV's “Front Row,” the storied investor, Jeremy Grantham, who is often credited with several prescient market calls over the past two decades, insists that a steady rise in stocks, fostered by free money from the Federal Reserve and the government can't continue without consequences.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Dow struggles to hold on to 31,000 as stock market focuses on COVID restrictionsU.S. stock indexes trade lower Friday morning after posting fresh record highs this week, as lockdown measures in Europe and America to combat the COVID-19 pandemic take their toll and President Biden's proposed new round of fiscal stimulus runs into opposition in the Senate.
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%.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Majority of investors say higher rates loom as biggest threat to stocks and risky assets, says BofA surveyHigher rates are beginning to overshadow the buoyant mood in stocks and corporate bonds.
11:06 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Joe Biden’s rescue dog is getting an ‘indoguration’ this weekend The virtual inauguration-themed event for Major will raise money for the future First Dog’s former shelter The virtual inauguration-themed event for Major will raise money for the future First Dog’s former shelter
5:59 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Peloton's stock jumps into record territory after BofA Securities analyst gets more bullishShares of Peloton Interactive Inc. ran up 5.4% into record territory in morning trading Wednesday, after BofA Securities analyst Justin Post became more bullish on the fitness-equipment company, citing data suggesting demand continues to outstrip supply. Post reiterated his buy rating on the stock, while raising his price target by 17%, to $175 from $150. Post said his research indicates that visits to Peloton's site in the fiscal second quarter, which ended December, rose 167% from a year ago, a deceleration from 289% growth in the first quarter, "but well above competition." He said Peloton-related posts during the quarter on Facebook Inc.'s Instagram are up 71%a, and are up 92% on Twitter , "suggesting new user engagement remains high." He said while delivery times remain long, data suggests that order backlog should help support "strong" third quarter results. "While valuation is a risk, we remain constructive on the stock ahead of the full U.S. lower-priced tread launch, likely in March (potential catalyst)," Post wrote in a note to clients. The stock, which was trading above its Dec. 23 record close of $162.76, has rallied 25.5% over the past three months while the S&P 500 has gained 8.5%.
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.
6:08 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
'Reopening' ETFs rally Tuesday as work-from-home plays lagEconomically sensitive sector funds outperformed those that have done well during the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, as investors continued to look forward to a post-lockdown world. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund was 3.5% higher by late morning, making it the biggest gainer among the exchange-traded funds that track the 11 sectors of the S&P 500. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund gained 1.6%, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 1.2%. The day's biggest loser was the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund , down nearly 1%, which contains stocks that enabled remote work through the pandemic, as well as social-media giants like Facebook Inc. , which have faced criticism over their handling of content blamed for contributing to election-related violence.
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.
4:55 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Social media ETFs slump Monday in wake of Trump bansShares of social media companies were sharply lower Monday after several of them banned President Donald Trump from their platforms, helping drag down the exchange-traded funds that invest in them. Twitter Inc. shares were down nearly 9% mid-morning, off earlier lows, while shares of Facebook Inc. lost 3.2%. The Global X Social Media ETF, one of the biggest ETF holders of Twitter shares, was down 2.8%, and the Invesco Dynamic Media ETF was down 0.8%. The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR fund, which has roughly 20% of its portfolio allocated to Facebook shares, was 1.6% lower.
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%.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Bigger stimulus? Here’s why now may be seen as the ‘peak of this bubble,’ warns strategistAnimal spirits are being fueled by fresh stimulus talk, and that may be the last hurrah for this stock market, says strategist Mike O'Rourke.
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
12:55 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Steve Goldstein
U.S. tech giants fall as much as 3% in early premarket action after Georgia electionShares of U.S. technology giants fell as much as 3% in premarket action after the Senate races in Georgia that leave Democrats close to capturing the upper chamber. Netflix fell 2.8%, and there also were losses for Facebook , Microsoft , Alphabet and Apple .
10:15 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Alex Mashinsky
3 steps to take in your 20s to make sure you see retirement How to reach financial independence when interest is 0% and there’s no return on bondsGetting to financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bonds
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.
10:35 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump vetoes defense bill, saying it fails to include critical security measuresPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed an annual defense bill, following through on a threat he'd made multiple times. The president has ripped the bill for not including language that would strip social-media companies of certain protections they now enjoy under the Communications Decency Act. The bill passed both chambers of Congress with veto-proof majorities, however, and with bipartisan support.
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.
11:52 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Why Robinhood’s $65M fine is a cautionary tale for retail investors and mortgage rates slide to fresh record low Thursday’s top personal finance stories Thursday’s top personal finance stories Thursday’s top personal finance stories
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.
7:00 a.m. Dec. 17, 2020 - By MarketWatch
20 of analysts’ favorite large-cap stocks for 2021, including GM, Facebook and SalesforceMost stocks on the list have underperformed the S&P 500 Index this year.
12:00 p.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By MarketWatch
Americans are draining their checking accounts as stimulus talks drag onDirect stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits allowed lower-income Americans to increase their checking-account balances by 65% year-on-year in April.
11:04 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq ends at record, S&P 500 narrowly misses closing high as Fed emphasizes 0% interest rates through 2023 U.S. stocks finished at or near records on Wednesday, though the Dow closed nearly flat, as the Federal Reserve did little to indicate a change of the regime of ultralow interest rates amid the pandemic. The Fed said it was optimistic on the current recovery but emphasized that the outlook for the economy will hinge on how the U.S. deals with the worst viral outbreak in more than a century. Federal-funds rates were held at a range between 0% and 0.25%, as expected, as Washington tries to hammer out an agreement on another round of financial aid to combat the economic harm from the coronavirus. The central bank increased its GDP forecast but didn't adjust its $120 billion asset purchases, as had been expected by some Fed watchers. "Together these measures will ensure that monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support for the economy until the recovery is complete," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference after Wednesday's statement was released. "A big yawn," is how Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, described the policy update to MarketWatch, immediately after the release. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down by about 44 points, or 0.2%, at around 30,155; the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% to 3,701, just shy of its Dec. 8 closing record at 3,702.25' while the Nasdaq Composite Index booked a 0.5% rise to a record close at about 12,658. In economic reports, a retail sales report showed that the economy may be slowing as coronavirus cases surge. U.S. retail sales dropped a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November from the prior month. The data and Fed update come as congressional lawmakers were hammering out a roughly $900 billion deal that was expected to include another round of direct payments to households, The Wall Street Journal reported. In corporate news, Shares of Facebook Inc. were in focus after it launched a PR assault against Apple Inc. claiming the iPhone maker's upcoming mobile operating system update will hurt small businesses. Bond yields also edged higher, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 0.92%.
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.
4:00 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By MarketWatch
Here’s the ideal portfolio based on the Fed wanting us to borrow, says a Merrill Lynch veteranFormer Merrill Lynch executive Harley Bassman offers up a few ideas for the year ahead in his annual list of investments that will do well in the next two to five years.
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.
9:10 a.m. Dec. 11, 2020 - By Alex Mashinsky
3 steps anyone in their 20s can take to make sure they have a chance to see retirement How to reach financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bondsHow to reach financial independence in a world with 0% rates and no returns on bonds
11:10 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Dow, S&P 500 notch first two-day skid as fiscal stimulus talks fizzleThe Dow and S&P 500 closed lower on Thursday as rising jobless claims and faltering stimulus talks kept a damper on investor enthusiasm. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 71 points, 0.2%, to close around 29,998, just below the psychologically significant level at 30,000 while the S&P 500 finished 5 points, or 0.1%, lower at around 3,668. The Nasdaq Composite , however, gained about 67 points, or 0.5%, to close near 12,406. The Dow and S&P 500 haven't logged back to back losses since Nov. 18. Stocks have wobbled this week as Congress spars over another round of fiscal aid, even as the economic damage and human toll from the pandemic continues to mount. On Thursday, new applications for unemployment benefits leapt to the highest level in three months. Shares of Facebook Inc. were down fractionally one day after the federal government and a group of U.S. attorneys general filed antitrust suits against the social-media company. Meanwhile, shares of Airbnb Inc. closed up 113% in its first day of trading, marking one of the best initial public offerings of 2020.
5:59 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Pantone’s 2021 colors of the year perfectly sum up our hopes and fears for the near future The two colors? ‘Ultimate Gray’ and ‘Illuminating’ yellow, of course The two colors? ‘Ultimate Gray’ and ‘Illuminating’ yellow, of course
12:00 p.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - By MarketWatch
Stocks finish lower; big tech drags down S&P, Dow and NasdaqU.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday, a sharp reversal from fresh intraday records, as investors sold big-tech shares and migrated into downtrodden sectors like energy, while awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
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