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7:51 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion August breakout, Nasdaq tags 11,000 mark Focus: Industrials reclaim 200-day average, Metals & Mining sector extends technical breakout, XLI, XME, UNH, MA, KSU, WSMU.S. stocks are slightly lower early Thursday, largely treading water after better-than-feared weekly jobless claims, and ahead of the marquee monthly U.S. jobs report, due out Friday. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has briefly tagged its latest record high — atop the 11,000 mark — while the S&P 500 continues to press next resistance (3,328).
6:49 a.m. Today - By Philip van Doorn
20 stocks that investors hate but Wall Street loves as the S&P 500 nears a record high The rally for U.S. stocks from the March bottom has been remarkable, but most S&P 500 stocks are down for 2020The rally for U.S. stocks from the March bottom has been remarkable, but most S&P 500 stocks are down for 2020.
6:23 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Quicken Loans is going public: 5 things to know about the mortgage lender Quicken has been the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. since 2018Quicken has been the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. since 2018.
9:40 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
I’m 52, won’t live past 80 and have $1.6 million. ‘I am tired of both the rat race and workplace politics.’ Should I retire? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
7:59 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500 nails next resistance (3,328) Focus: Gold’s decisive break to record highs, GLD, VZ, CRM, RUN, CDEU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising amid optimism over a pending fiscal stimulus package and following a batch of well received earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its August breakout — rising to tag next resistance (3,328) — while the Nasdaq Composite continues to register record highs.
7:27 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Brett Arends
What a Biden presidency would really mean for your 401(k) — ‘Crashing down’ or ‘bullish’? There’s a pretty straightforward answer, actuallyThere’s a pretty straightforward answer, actually
5:41 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Private sector job growth slows sharply in July: ADP U.S firms add just 167,000 jobs last month, compared with forecast of 1.9 millionPrivate sector hiring slowed down sharply in July as employers added 167,000 jobs, ADP reported Wednesday.
4:05 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These fast-growing companies that track key consumer trends have produced a nearly 50% gain for one fund in 2020 The Sparrow Growth Fund is designed to shift quickly to wherever the most growth is taking placeThe Sparrow Growth Fund is designed to shift quickly to wherever the most growth is taking place.
8:38 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
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
8:06 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start. On a headline basis, the Nasdaq Composite has rallied to record highs — reaching previously uncharted territory — while the S&P 500 has tagged five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
8:02 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Sanjiv Das
Why my company’s 7,000 employees won’t rush back to the office even when the coronavirus pandemic is under control Without coordinated national policy to address COVID-19, businesses must fill the leadership voidWithout coordinated national policy to address COVID-19, businesses must fill the leadership void, writes Sanjiv Das.
6:10 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Biden’s running-mate search is getting ‘outsized attention’ and could even shake the stock market — here’s how Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says decision on his vice president should come next weekAs Joe Biden’s campaign wraps up its work on picking his running mate, the effort has been drawing heightened interest for several reasons — some of them arising from 2020’s unprecedented tumult.
8:01 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an August breakout attempt, Nasdaq rallies to record territory Focus: Utilities press key resistance amid easing yields, Apple and Facebook sustain breaks to uncharted territory, XLU, AAPL, FB, SCCO, JBLU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising to start August amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has tagged its latest record high early Monday, while the S&P 500 has reached five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
10:27 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
5 stocks that should thrive as the digital payments trend ramps up Gert van der Geer of Pictet Asset Management focuses on 12 long-term global trendsGert van der Geer of Pictet Asset Management focuses on 12 long-term global trends.
8:04 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market re-rotation, Nasdaq turns higher amid Apple’s breakout Focus: 10-year yield reaches major technical test, TNX, SHOP, CYBR, AGCO, AMAGU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology after Apple’s blowout earnings report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite remain range-bound to conclude July against a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
7:12 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks turn lower as investors juggle tech optimism and economic gloom Nokia climbs after results European stocks drop on the final trading day of the month, as economic worries overshadow upbeat earnings in the U.S. and Europe.
6:51 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Buy stock dips because the S&P 500 could ‘easily’ reach 3,500 next year, says Credit Suisse Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day, from Andrew Garthwaite, Credit Suisse’s global equity strategist, has a list of reasons why investors should keep buying any dip in stocks.
2:10 p.m. July 30, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Congress risks creating a ‘recipe for disaster,’ if more pandemic aid isn’t delivered quickly to consumers, warn bond investors U.S. consumer credit delinquencies rising as economic recovery falters U.S. stocks still paint a pretty rosy picture of the future, despite a record 32% drop in GDP for the second quarter. But bond investors warn of more economic pain to come if Congress fails to provide more pandemic aid to consumers.
7:52 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a GDP-fueled downdraft, Dow industrials challenge 200-day average Focus: Transports sustain July break atop 200-day average, IYT, TWLO, BSX, PENN, HOMEU.S. stocks are lower early Thursday, pressured after an ugly second-quarter GDP report, signaling an economy contracting at a record 32.9% annual pace. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained its range bottom — the 3,200 mark — while the Dow industrials have pulled in to a headline test of the 200-day moving average, currently 26,230.
5:59 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Jobless claims rise for second straight week as U.S. economic activity slows down Continuing claims also rise, a sign of a pause in U.S. rehiringInitial claims for state unemployment insurance rose for the second straight week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
4:40 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Bank stocks fall as Fed's dovish message pulls down Treasury yields Bank stocks were broadly lower Thursday, to underperform the broader stock market indicators, as the 10-year Treasury yield fell in 3-month lows in the wake of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's dovish message. The SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF fell 1.5% in premarket trading, while futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 223 points, or 0.9%. Among the sectors more heavily weighted members, shares of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. shed 1.5%, Bank of America Corp. gave up 1.5%, Wells Fargo & Co. lost 1.8% and Citigroup Inc. shed 1.8%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell 2.4 basis points to 0.553%, the lowest yield seen since April 21, after Powell said Wednesday that recent data suggests a slowing in the pace of the recovery, as COVID-19 cases increase. Lower long-term yields can hurt bank profits, as that narrows the spread between what banks earn on longer-term assets, such as loans, which are funded by shorter-term liabilities.
10:36 p.m. July 29, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Why Europe’s top asset manager expects U.S. stocks to outperform — and one reason is stock buybacksEurope’s largest asset manager, Amundi Asset Management, has produced research showing why U.S. stocks have outperformed the world, and why that outperformance may continue.
1:39 p.m. July 29, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Powell sees U.S. economy flattening as coronavirus cases rise The path of the U.S. economy is tied the course of the virus, central bank saysFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the rise in coronavirus cases is slowing the economy.
8:10 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Mid-year currency cross currents persist, UUP, FXE, FXY, PG, TGT, UALU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains range-bound, for now, though its intermediate-term path of least resistance continues to point higher.
5:53 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Next gains but Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline head the other way in quiet London stock market Mixed earnings news keeps FTSE -100 gains subdued London stocks had a subdued session on Wednesday, as investors waited for a Federal Reserve decision and absorbed a busy earnings reporting day, which include results from Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline.
5:51 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks struggle amid earnings rush and as Fed decision looms Deutsche Bank, Santander, Barclays among stocks on the move European stocks tilted mostly lower on Wednesday as investors waded through a ton of corporate results, largely from big banks. A Federal Reserve decision is expected later.
12:01 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Greg Robb
McConnell says Senate won't pass coronavirus relief bill without liability shield for businessesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would not pass another coronavirus relief measure if it doesn't include a liability shield for business. "Let me just make it clear, there won't be a bill that passes the Senate that doesn't have this in it," McConnell said, in an interview on CNBC. The Republicans HEALS act includes covid-related liability protections for businesses, schools, non-profits and churches. That may be tough to square with Democrats, who instead are pushing for an OSHA standard for businesses to follow. McConnell said the liability reform was"absolutely critical" to get the economy back on its feet. Stocks moved lower after his comments.
8:44 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern, S&P 500 digests break to 5-month highs Focus: Semiconductor sector tags record high, Metals & Mining sector reclaims 200-day average, South Korea’s breakout attempt, SMH, XME, EWY, NFLX, HCAThe major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though amid increasingly sideways late-July price action, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:13 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (bullish) holding pattern, S&P 500 digests break to 5-month highs Focus: Semiconductor sector tags record high, Metals & Mining sector reclaims 200-day average, South Korea’s breakout attempt, SMH, XME, EWY, NFLX, HCABroadly speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, though amid increasingly sideways late-July price action.
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.
12:08 p.m. July 27, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields follow stock market’s cue, ending higher on vaccine hopesU.S. Treasury yields come off their lows on Monday, following the stock market higher as the start of the world’s biggest vaccine study bolsters investor sentiment at the expense of the bond market.
8:05 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Lauren C. Templeton
What would Sir John do? How to use Templeton’s 16 rules for investment success in today’s stock market Investment manager follows the advice and practice of her famous great-uncle This investment manager follows the advice and practice of her famous great-uncle.
8:04 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend intact, S&P 500 maintains near-term support Focus: Health care sector maintains the breakout point, Microsoft weathers earnings-fueled downturn, XLV, MSFT, LSTR, TOLU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising ahead of another full slate of earnings reports, due out this week. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks remain range-bound, largely treading water amid still rotational, and bullish, July price action.
5:25 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Howard Gold
Wall Street turns a blind eye to atrocities committed in China Governments, including the Trump administration, have denounced ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang, yet financial firms have done littleGovernments, including the Trump Administration, have denounced ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang. Financial firms have done little.
8:01 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Additional unemployment benefit of $600 a week is on the line Also, an interview with Anthony Fauci, Tesla’s big run and beautiful retirement destinationsAlso, an interview with Anthony Fauci, Tesla’s big run and beautiful retirement destinations.
7:28 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has lost more market value in 2020 than all but 4 publicly traded U.S. companies JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Exxon Mobil shares are the only companies hit harder than Berkshire HathawayClearly, it’s good to be in tech this year. Banks, not so much for Berkshire.
5:27 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Look what happened to home prices when the coronavirus sent stocks into a bear market Residential real estate turns out to be a solid a portfolio diversifierResidential real estate turns out to be a solid portfolio diversifier, writes Mark Hulbert.
9:46 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Muted spending growth in pandemic doesn’t cancel big opportunities for payments companies The payments industry in the age of COVID-19: E-commerce adoption has surged, but travel spending remains stubborn The payments industry in the age of COVID-19: E-commerce adoption has surged, but travel spending remains stubbornCOVID-19 is creating short-term spending pain for many payment providers, but it’s also driving new purchasing habits that could leave the companies in a stronger position once the crisis is over.
8:14 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback, S&P 500 ventures under the breakout point Focus: QQQ challenges trendline support, Apple violates key trendline (but don’t panic yet), Home construction ETF presses record highs, QQQ, ITB, AAPL, HPQ, QRVOU.S. stocks are lower early Friday, pressured amid heightened China-U.S. diplomatic tensions. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured under its breakout point (3,233) extending to deeper support around the 3,200 mark. Friday’s early session low (3,202) has matched the inflection point, and the weekly close will likely add color.
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