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11:31 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By William Watts
Dollar slips toward 2020 low as history reminds traders not to sleep on FX around ThanksgivingThe 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.
9:59 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Trump isn’t going quietly and fiscal stimulus won’t come easily, but investors have bigger things to worry about If Congress doesn’t act on a new relief package, might markets throw a fit?2020 has already been a year for the record books, and by some reckoning the hardest parts are still ahead.
4:54 p.m. Oct. 22, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Tonight’s presidential debate looks like the last-chance saloon for Trump, analysts say Betting markets and swing-state polls keep favoring Democratic challenger Joe BidenIt’s the last-chance saloon for President Donald Trump if he wants to turn around the polling trends in the White House race, according to some political analysts.
6:29 a.m. Oct. 3, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
What’s the biggest threat that retirees face? It’s probably not what you thinkIt’s probably not what you think
12:29 p.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends 439 points higher as stocks snap three-day losing streak on heavy tech buying Microsoft, Apple led Dow higherU.S. stocks finished higher Wednesday, ending a three-day selloff that a day earlier drove the Nasdaq Composite into a correction at the fastest pace in history, following its record high last week.
9:37 p.m. Sept. 1, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Here’s what could trigger more stock market pullbacks this year, says Schwab trading pro Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOn the heels of a huge month for stocks in August, our call of the day says investors need to get ready for at least two pullbacks this year, with history as a guide.
11:39 p.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
An ‘extreme’ August on the stock market might be telling us something about the November election Critical information for the U.S. trading dayIt has been a pretty bullish August for the stock market. That tends to work well in an incumbent U.S. President’s favor, but our call of the day says a twist could lie ahead.
12:49 p.m. Aug. 31, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow, S&P 500 end lower, but book best August in 36 years. Nasdaq clinches another record Amazon wins FAA approval for drone deliveryU.S. stocks closed mostly lower on Monday, except for the record-setting Nasdaq Composite, as Wall Street closed out a historically strong August.
12:44 p.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By William Watts
S&P 500 and Nasdaq end at fresh records as Amazon, Netflix and Tesla stocks soar Salesforce.com Inc. shares surged 26% after results top forecasts, helping to amplify fervor for tech companiesStocks end sharply higher Wednesday, powered by shares of technology and e-commerce shares, amid news of progress on coronavirus vaccine trials, and expectations for the Federal Reserve to signal it will keep monetary policy easy in a speech by Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday.
5:00 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Popular oil ETF USO receives letter of possible enforcement action from the SEC after fund's collapse in April U.S. Oil Fund LP , one of the most popular ways for retail investors to gain exposure to crude-oil futures , could face a civil-enforcement action related to the exchange-traded fund's handling of the precipitous fall in crude-oil contracts in April. The sponsor for the ETF, United States Commodity Fund LLC, said about six months ago that it would suspend the creation of shares of the ETF and later embarked upon a number of restructurings of the investment vehicle that it said would likely make the fund no longer reflective of trading of spot and oil contracts. The so-called Wells notice has also been issued to USCF CEO John Love, . A Wells notice is a letter saying the Securities and Exchange Commission plans to bring an enforcement action against a company or individual and gives the recipients a chance to argue why the action shouldn't be taken. USO and its parent at the time of its collapse held an alarmingly large position in June West Texas Intermediate futures contracts when the May contract turned negative for the due to a severe shortage of storage tanks in Oklahoma. The ETF had been used as a popular, but potentially dangerous, way for individual investors to speculate on the crude-oil market.
12:54 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
S&P 500, Nasdaq score record closes, reclaim their perch at all-time highs Dow closes lower, but 6% off record highMajor U.S. stock indexes finished Tuesday mostly in record territory, despite ongoing wrangling in Congress over a further coronavirus aid and concerns about how the economy will fare when an unprecedented raft of fiscal stimulus eventually burns off.
12:06 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 logs first record close in 6 months and marks fastest recovery in history amid coronavirus: 'record breaking and heartbreaking' U.S.stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 index notching its first record close since Feb. 19 and marking the quickest recovery from bear-market territory in its history, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 finished up a modest 8 points, or 0.2%, at 3,390 (on a preliminary basis, rounded). It has taken the broad-market benchmark 126 trading sessions to finish at a new record after falling by at least 20%, which defines a bear market. Gains on Tuesday were driven by a surge in consumer-discretionary shares, up 1.5%, and communication services, rising 1.1%. The record for the S&P 500 came as the Nasdaq Composite Index notched its own record close and its 34th for 2020. The Nasdaq closed up 0.7% at 11,210. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session off 0.2% at 27,777. All closing levels are on a preliminary basis. The records for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq come, however, even as millions of Americans are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Many continue to wonder why stocks are at new highs with 10% unemployment and nearly a million people filing for initial unemployment claims. The truth is economic data is backward looking and stocks are looking ahead to a much brighter future," wrote Ryan Detrick, chief investment strategist at LPL Financial. "From a 34% bear market to new highs, 2020 is record breaking and heartbreaking all at the same time," he wrote.
9:06 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Why investors should sell stocks now to get ready for the big rally that’s coming Critical information for the U.S. trading dayAs stocks continue to march towards highs, our call of the day says it’s time to sell, and raise cash for a shopping spree later this year.
6:28 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Stocks could be melting up like they did in the Roaring ’20s, strategist says — we all know what happened nextMark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research applied those words to what, for most observers, has to feel like a unique climate for playing the market these days.
5:47 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Here’s what Kamala Harris means and doesn’t mean for financial markets Running mates are selected to complement the top of the ticket, but in this case, questions of whether Biden is willing to go beyond a four-year term may have raised the stakesFinancial markets have been unperturbed so far about the pick of the first Black American woman and the first person of Indian decent to appear on the ticket of a major national party—and, perhaps, for good reason.
5:25 a.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - By William Watts
Stock-market bull, who called rally off March lows, now says S&P 500 overvalued by 5% to 10% Liquidity and low real yields are driving the rally, says Stifel’s BannisterStifel’s Barry Bannister says the stock market may be rallying on false hopes, while ignoring the danger of long-term economic damage and near-term risk.
5:50 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Bank of America strategist: ‘I’m so bearish, I’m bullish’With liquidity in ample supply, one strategist says the S&P 500 will continue to march higher — for a bit.
12:47 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq logs 30th record of 2020 and S&P 500 ends above 3,300 in choppy session, as large-cap tech stocks take a breather Disney earnings after the close of regular trade Tuesday are in focusU.S. stocks end a bumpy trading session on a high note Tuesday, with another record for the Nasdaq Composite, even as technology-related names took a backseat to outperformance in beaten-down sectors energy, real estate and consumer staples.
10:26 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold ends above $2,000 for the first time in history as U.S. dollar and bond yields recede Silver futures surged more than 6%, staging its own rallyGold futures power higher Tuesday, gathering momentum late in the session as government bond yields head lower and as the U.S. dollar’s recent rebound recedes somewhat, allowing the precious metal to make an assault on a record close above the $2,000 threshold.
8:32 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Callum Keown
Here’s what history says happens to U.S. stocks in a close election race and in a predictable oneU.S. stocks edged slightly higher early on Tuesday after Monday’s rally, despite U.S.-China tensions rising over TikTok
5:33 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By William Watts
Stocks stage a late-day comeback to end higher one day after a Big Tech earnings blowout No progress on Capitol Hill toward coronavirus relief package, thoughU.S. equities rebounded late in the day Friday despite a mixed batch of earnings results, disappointing economic data and a lack of progress on Capitol Hill toward another coronavirus aid package.
5:37 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Blowout earnings show big tech dominate an economy ‘without mouths or noses’ but 10% of jobs may never come back, strategist saysSure, the tech results were great, and they will continue to be during the pandemic. But expect bond yields to fall further, one strategist says.
12:17 p.m. July 30, 2020 - By William Watts
Dow, S&P 500 finish lower but Nasdaq books a gain ahead of parade of earnings from megacap tech-related firms Quarterly results from dozens of high-profile companies were due after Thursday’s close, including Alphabet, Amazon.com, Apple and Facebook U.S. stocks finish off their worst levels of the day, with the Nasdaq eking out a positive finish as investors braced for a litany of quarterly results from behemoths of the technology and e-commerce world, which could influence trade to end a choppy week.
10:19 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices suffer first loss in 10 sessions Silver prices tumble by nearly 4%; palladium drops almost 6%Gold prices end lower Thursday, with bullion retreating from a record rally that has seen the precious metal notch nine consecutive gains.
10:36 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold logs record close, up a ninth straight session, then climbs after Fed’s policy statementGold futures tally a ninth gain in a row on Wednesday to settle at another record, then move even higher after the Federal Open Market Committee reiterated plans to keep interest rates near zero until the economy improves.
6:39 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Goldman Sachs has a new blowout forecast for gold Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day is a bullish one from Goldman Sachs, which is upping the ante for those betting on stronger gold prices sticking around.
4:29 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Tesla shares have surged on hope of inclusion in the S&P 500. But does being added to an index help a stock? New research suggests otherwiseIt used to be good for stocks to be added to indexes, but that is changed in the past decade or so, according to new research.
12:13 p.m. July 27, 2020 - By William Watts
Here’s what the U.S. dollar’s fall means for the stock market Weaker dollar should be a positive, but foreign stocks will benefit more: analystsBarring some sort of currency meltdown, a weaker dollar should be a positive for equities, though foreign stocks will likely benefit more, analysts say.
7:53 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Can the Fed tame an avalanche of corporate distress? Bond investors are betting on it About 18% of U.S. junk bonds now trade a distressed levels, down from 41% in March, per JPMorganInvestors in the junk-bond market now expect fewer struggling U.S. companies to go belly up during this distress cycle than feared only a few months ago.
4:10 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
The ‘cobra effect’ will have a ‘disastrous and unimaginable’ impact on the market, Wall Street vet warns ‘We’ll survive and thrive after the adjustment process for sure’‘As the massive monetary and massive fiscal stimuli (over $15T globally) conjoin to save the economy from a deflationary depression, they will cause instead a hyperinflationary economic collapse,’ Larry McDonald warned.
9:09 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Miner ETFs shine as gold and silver notch a winning JulyPrecious-metals exchange-traded funds powered higher Friday as investors continued to bid up gold and silver. The iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF fund was up 1.8%, with August gold on track to close at an all-time high for a most actively traded contract. The Global X Silver Miners ETF was up 2% midday and more than 25% higher so far in July, on track for its fourth-best month in its decade-long history. Smaller funds also rallied: the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners jumped 2.6% Friday, and was up 25% in the month to date, while the Global X Gold Explorers fund was 0.5% higher. Investor interest in precious metals stems from different impulses: gold is a safe-haven asset, while silver is often seen as a bet on an expanding economy, since it's used in many manufactured products.
10:26 a.m. July 23, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures end a stone’s throw away from a record Silver prices erase early losses Gold futures end higher for a fifth straight session Thursday, with the most-active contract just short of notching a settlement record, highlighting feverish demand for bullion amid the worst pandemic in over a century.
1:24 p.m. July 21, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P close higher as Covid-battered stocks surge, but off session’s best levels as tech sector sinks Gains for equities come even as gold is approaching its second-highest level in history, near $2,000 an ounceU.S. stock-indexes finish mostly higher Tuesday, but off the session’s best levels, as investors snap up beaten-down energy and financial stocks amid a slate of corporate earnings reports, including Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin’s second-quarter results.
11:57 a.m. July 18, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Gold timers have rarely been more bullish than they are today — that’s a bad sign Gold’s new all-time high will have to waitGold’s new all-time high will have to wait.
9:16 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Why Shanghai oil futures won’t become a global crude benchmark anytime soon Shanghai oil futures open interest has doubled from a year agoMore than two years after China’s launch of yuan-denominated crude-oil futures, global interest in the contracts has seen a notable increase, but analysts don’t expect the contracts to become widely used anytime soon, citing challenges linked to currency and availability to international traders.
4:03 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Meet the man who’s been behind nearly every evolution of the fund industry for two decades ‘I thought I could build a tool that would help investors understand what they’re buying’Carlos Diez isn’t a household name, but he’s had a long career anticipating most of the big changes in financial services and the fund management industry, and an impressive track record too.
2:39 p.m. July 15, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Bitcoin prices unfazed as major Twitter hijacking ripples through social media and digital currency communityBitcoin prices on Wednesday evening were virtually unchanged, even as unknown hackers were perpetuating a massive scam to lure bitcoins away from owners.
12:37 p.m. July 15, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Dow ends 228 points higher as vaccine optimism outshines rising coronavirus cases Apple shares eke out gain, after EU court battle win over $15 billion tax billU.S. stock indexes closed modestly higher on Wednesday, as investors focused on COVID-19 vaccine hopes and early signs of an economic upswing, rather than the toll of the pandemic.
12:22 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
This strategist says investors are in the ‘forest of make believe’ when it comes to growth stocks Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day, from Nordea’s Sebastien Galy, says the mad rush for tech stocks is going to end in pain for some investors.
12:22 p.m. July 13, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Why silver is trading at a nearly 4-year high Silver seen playing catchup with gold rallySilver futures on Monday mark their highest settlement in nearly four years, buoyed by a sharp climb in investment demand as the metal continues to play catch up to the gains in sister metal gold.
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