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2:18 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - By MarketWatch
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6:59 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (modest) market downturn, S&P 500 retests 20-day average Focus: Materials digest decisive January breakout, XLB, QCOM, ALK, CVX, RUNU.S. stocks are on the defensive early Friday, pressured amid a sell-the-news response to President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal, and after a mixed batch of quarterly earnings reports. The early downturn punctuates largely sideways week-to-date price action, and has thus far inflicted limited damage in the broad sweep.
6:48 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion breakout attempt: Nasdaq, Dow industrials press record highs Focus: Homebuilders break out even amid rising interest rates, XHB, ZBRA, KSS, WSM, JNPR, FATEU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid renewed optimism over fiscal-stimulus prospects. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has challenged its prevailing range top — levels defining record highs — amid a slow-motion breakout attempt.
4:37 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open higher as Dow aims to set new recordU.S. stocks rose at the start of Thursday's session as investors focused on the prospect of a new fiscal stimulus package under a Biden administration. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 3,818. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 122 points, or 0.4%, to 31,182, passing its record closing high of 31097.97 set last week. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.4% to 13,182. President-elect Joe Biden is set to lay out details of more fiscal stimulus Thursday evening. Early reports suggest he will propose around $2 trillion of new spending. BlackRock Inc. shares fell even after the asset manager, with $8.7 trillion in assets under management, reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations.
6:48 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull flag: S&P 500 digests two standard deviation breakout Small- and mid-cap benchmarks extend statistically unusual 2021 breakoutU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, largely treading water in the wake of powerful breakouts, registered last week. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has asserted a bull flag — a relatively tight four-session range — amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
11:08 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
U.S. stocks end slightly higher, but Dow narrowly misses record close Tuesday in late-session fadeU.S. stocks finished Tuesday trading higher but the Dow missed booking its first record peak since Friday, as modest equity gains faded slightly in the last few minutes of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] finished up 60 points, or 0.2%, at 31,069, just off its Friday record closing high at 31,097.97. The blue-chip index's rise was powered prdemoninantly by energy and bank shares. The S&P 500 index closed up nearly unchanged at 3,801, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.3% higher at 13,072. Investors were responding to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and remedies while watching House Democrats in Congress moved toward a second impeachment of President Trump over accusations he incited supporters to storm the Capitol. Meanwhile, Tesla shares finished the session up 4.7%.
7:53 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a decisive 2021 breakout: U.S. benchmarks clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Rising interest rates and energy prices signal reflation trade, 10-year yield and crude oil take flight, TNX, USO, AMD, SEDG, CSCOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a near-term holding pattern, pulling in modestly from all-time highs. Still, the slight downturn punctuates previously aggressive January breakouts amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
7:29 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a decisive 2021 breakout: U.S. benchmarks clear 20-day volatility bands Focus: Rising interest rates and energy prices signal reflation trade, 10-year yield and crude oil take flight, TNX, USO, AMD, SEDG, CSCOTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have asserted a near-term holding pattern, pulling in modestly from all-time highs. Still, the slight downturn punctuates previously aggressive January breakouts amid a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
7:06 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend pullback: S&P 500 digests break top 20-day volatility bands Focus: Gold violates key trendline, Transports challenge record highs, GLD, IYT, CHGG, AMBA, NXST, MU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, pressured modestly to punctuate an otherwise strong January start. Against this backdrop, each major U.S. benchmark is digesting last week’s statistically unusual breakout, pulling in from previously uncharted territory.
11:38 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help your portfolio stand up to the market’s shakes and shiftsThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
6:05 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By David Blanchett
How retirement planning needs to change in 2021 Considering annuities, insurance, new investments and delaying Social Security?Considering annuities, insurance, new investments and delaying Social Security?
11:04 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. stocks finish at records to book weekly gains despite December job lossesU.S. stocks finished at all-time highs on Friday, capping weekly gains for major equity benchmarks after a worse-than-expected employment report in December bolstered expectations for further fiscal stimulus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 57 points, or 0.2%, to end at 31,098, based on preliminary numbers. The S&P 500 gained 20 points, or 0.6%, to end near 3,825. The Nasdaq Composite was up 135 points, or 1%, to finish around 13,202. This week, the S&P 500 gained 1.8%, the Nasdaq climbed 2.4% and the Dow rose 1.6%. The Labor Department reported the U.S. economy lost 140,000 jobs last month, below the forecast of a 55,000 gain. Expectations for further fiscal support helped to lift long-term bond rates, with the 10-year Treasury note yield rising 19 basis points this week to end at 1.105%.
9:15 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Mark Hulbert
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7:01 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a strong January start, big three U.S. benchmarks tag record highs Focus: Metals & Mining ETF digests decisive breakout, Energy sector presses key resistance, XME, XLE, TDOC, DLTR, PLUGU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating after a softer-than-expected monthly jobs report. The sluggish start punctuates otherwise bullish early-January price action, amid a rally placing each big three U.S. benchmark at its latest record high.
11:10 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq book milestone and record-high finishes as tech stocks surge a day ahead of key jobs reportU.S. stocks on Thursday booked a trifecta of milestones and record closing highs, logging a remarkable finish, considering political unrest that rattled the world a day ago but failed to derail the updraft for the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] closed up 0.7% to end at a milestone above 31,000, the S&P 500 index ended 1.5% to a milestone above 3,800, to close at around 3,804, while the Nasdaq Composite Index finished well above 13,000, propelled by a reinvigoration of appetite for technology names following a weak performance for the index on Wednesday following the Georgia runoff Senate elections. The Nasdaq Composite closed up 2.6% to 13,067. Investors largely looked past Wednesday's violent clash between pro- Trump protesters and focused on better-than-expected nonmanufacturing reports, with the Institute for Supply Management services index rising staging an unexpected rebound in its index to 57.2 in December, from 55.9. On top of that, weekly jobless claims were nearly steady last week, slipping to 787,000 from a revised 790,000 the prior week. In corporate news, Tesla Inc. finished at a record high helping to make CEO Elon Musk the richest man in the world, surpassing Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos. Investors will be closely watching Friday's jobs report for clues on the health of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
6:54 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting January breakouts, U.S. benchmarks tag round-number milestones Focus: Financials and regional banks take flight amid surging Treasury yields, Health care sector tags record highs, XLF, KRE, XLV, AMAT, SWKS, DXCMU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising to punctuate an early-week whipsaw. Against this backdrop, each big three U.S. benchmark has tagged its latest record high as well as a round-number milestone — S&P 3,800, Nasdaq 13,000 and Dow 31,000.
4:32 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open higher as Dow looks to extend advance into record territoryU.S. stocks moved higher at the start of Thursday's session as investors discounted the riots in Washington D.C. and instead looked forward to the potential for more fiscal stimulus under a Democratic-controlled Congress. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 144 points, or 0.5%, to 30,975. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% to 3,773, surpassing its previous record close of 3,756.07 set on Dec. 31. The Nasdaq Composite gained 1.1% to 12,886. Bath & Beyond Inc. shares rose 0.5% Thursday, after the retailer posted weaker-than-expected sales and profit for its fiscal third quarter.
11:12 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow sets new record in turbulent session as protesters break into Capitol buildingU.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday as early gains faded after protesters broke into the Capitol building. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 438 points, or 1.4%, to 30,829, setting a new closing record, based on preliminary numbers. The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to 3,748. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.6% to 12,741. Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill, disrupting the debate over President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. The 10-year Treasury note surged above 1% for the first time since March as traders bet on stronger inflation and more debt issuance, after early voting results from the Georgia runoff elections showed Democrats were set to secure control of the Senate.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 challenges record highs Focus: 10-year yield takes flight, Oil & Gas Exploration ETF extends uptrend, TNX, XOP, DVN, AA, LITEU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as Treasury yields take flight amid a receding U.S. election overhang. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged a nominal record high early Wednesday, while the Dow industrials have broken more firmly to record territory, rising within view of the 31,000 mark.
6:28 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Alexander Osipovich
NYSE reverses course again, will delist three Chinese telecom stocksThe New York Stock Exchange will move forward with delisting three Chinese telecommunications companies targeted by an executive order from President Trump, reversing course yet again after the NYSE said earlier this week that it wouldn’t delist them.
5:45 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow industrials surge to record high Wednesday near 31,000 as investors digest Democratic win in GeorgiaThe Dow Jones Industrial Average [: DJIA] touched an intraday record on Wednesday as investors bet that the Democrats were poised to take control of the Senate following early results from Georgia's runoff elections. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite also briefly edged higher after opening with short losses on Wednesday shortly after the opening bell on expectations for higher taxes and tighter regulations on tech giants. On top of that, government bond yields were surging, suggesting higher costs for businesses and also provide some resistance for investors weighing buying bonds versus stocks. The Dow was up over 400 points late-morning Monday at 30,804, propelled by a surge in banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. , JPMorgan Chase & Co. and American Express Co. , which were benefiting from rates rising, with the 10-year Treasury yield note [: TMUBMUSD10Y] hitting its highest level since March in early trade around 1.05%. The Nasdaq Composite was up about 0.1% at 12,832 after hitting an intraday low at 12,649.99, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.9% to reach 3,759, trading in record territory and just about 10 points shy of its intraday record high at 3,769.99. Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler for one U.S. Senate seat and Democrat Jon Ossoff held a narrow lead over Republican Sen. David Perdue in the other race, according to the Associated Press. A Democratic sweep of both seats in Georgia would give the party control of the Senate as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast tiebreaking votes as the chamber's president.
7:55 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend whipsaw, S&P 500 absorbs pullback from record highs Focus: Gold’s trendline breakout, Semiconductor sector challenges record highs, GLD, SMH, CRUS, FEYE, WPMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have whipsawed to start the new year, though the initial downturn has inflicted limited damage, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:21 a.m. Jan. 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-trend whipsaw, S&P 500 absorbs pullback from record highs Focus: Gold’s trendline breakout, Semiconductor sector challenges record highs, GLD, SMH, CRUS, FEYE, WPMTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have whipsawed to start the new year, pulling in respectably from recent record highs. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has reversed to its former December range, though amid a downturn that has inflicted limited damage in the broad sweep.
7:24 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow knives 2% lower in 2021 toward worst daily drop in over 2 months amid selloff in COVID-stricken manufacturing stocksU.S. stocks on Monday turned sharply lower, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average headed for its worst day since late October, amid accelerating cases of COVID-19 and weakness in manufacturing stocks and beverage makers. The Dow was down 649 points, or 2.1%, lower at 29,960, on track for its worst one-day slide since Oct. 28, according to FactSet data. The S&P 500 index was trading 2.2% lower at 3,673, while the Nasdaq Composite Index retreated 2.4% to start trade in 2021. Shares of Coca-Cola Co. were trading sharply lower as were those for Boeing Co. , both blue-chip components that were weighing on the Dow.
7:10 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a shaky 2021 start: S&P 500 sells off from record highs Focus: Emerging markets challenge 12-year highs, Micron tags 20-year peak, EEM, MU, CHKP, SYNA, CDAYU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Monday, pressured amid an inauspicious 2021 start — at least for the very near-term. The early downturn punctuates an otherwise constructive 2020 finish, placing each big three U.S. benchmark at, or near, its latest record high.
4:35 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P 500 kick off first trade in 2021 at record highs U.S. stocks briefly rose to records on Monday, the first major trading day of 2021 on hopes that continued government stimulus and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines will help propel stocks to fresh records. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to an intraday high at 30,674.28, while the S&P 500 index also notched an intraday all-time high at 3,769.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index traded up 0.4% at 12,934.
3:16 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
These are the 20 worst-performing S&P 500 stocks of 2020 — analysts see double-digit rebounds for five of them in 2021 The action is concentrated in one sectorThe action is concentrated in one sector.
10:08 a.m. Dec. 31, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you face 2021 in a cool, calm and collected wayThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
4:32 a.m. Dec. 31, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow industrials kick of trade on a subdued note in 2020's final sessionU.S. stocks started the final trading session in the week, month, quarter and year on a muted note, as indexes aimed to cap a tumultuous but historic period for markets, and the global economy, that has been stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most financial markets are expected to be closed on Friday in observance of New Year's Day and the trading on Thursday were slated to be relatively muted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined less than 0.1% at 30,398, the S&P 500 index edged up less than 0.1% at 3,732, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced less than 0.1% at 12,879.
11:07 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow ends at record high as investors focus on vaccine roll-outU.S. equity markets booked modest gains on Wednesday, with investors buying energy and materials stocks in the second-to-last day of 2020 for Wall Street. The modest gains were sufficient to help the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise 0.2%, or about 73 points, to a new closing record at around 30,410 (based on preliminary levels], while the S&P 500 gained 0.1% to reach 3,732 and the Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.2% to close at 12,870. Trading in the final days of a virus-stricken 2020 has been mostly upward, propelled in large part by optimism surrounding the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and the passage of the new $900 billion fiscal stimulus package, which have helped buoy sentiment.
9:28 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Look past this Santa Claus rally and see how January’s stock market return could affect all of 2021 Odds favor investors — no matter how U.S. stocks perform in a given monthOdds favor investors — no matter how U.S. stocks perform in a given month.
4:31 a.m. Dec. 30, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. stocks edge higher at open as Wall Street aims for fresh recordsU.S. stocks were higher at the start of Wednesday as Wall Street aimed to score another round of records in the holiday-shortened week The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 98 points, or 0.3%, to 30,434. The S&P 500 added 0.4% to 3,741. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.5% to 12,910. The U.K. authorized the AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, adding to the array of vaccines that are now being deployed against the deadly disease. Tesla Inc. shares traded higher after a Wedbush analyst suggested the electric automaker could deliver more than 500,000 cars in 2020.
4:40 a.m. Dec. 29, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks fetch another round of records at opening bellU.S. stock-market benchmarks opened higher at the start of Tuesday, booking another round of intraday records in the holiday-shortened week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 127 points, or 0.4%, to 30,531. The S&P 500 was up 15 points, or 0.4%, to 3,750. The Nasdaq Composite added 1.1%, or 140 points, to 12,944. Investors eyed a proposal for $2,000 of direct payments to Americans that was passed by the Democratic-controlled house but is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. Shares of Boeing Co. were in focus as the aircraft maker's troubled 737 Max plane was slated to carry airline passengers on a flight Tuesday for the first time in around two years.
8:47 a.m. Dec. 28, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold settles lower to start last week in 2020, succumbing to bounce in stocks, U.S. dollars Gold futures finished slightly lower Monday, snapping a two-session win streak, giving up early gains in a choppy trading session as investors deemed some firmness in the U.S. dollar and a global stock rally sufficient headwinds for bullion. Gold prices had briefly scored a modest bounce toward its highest level in about six weeks intraday after President Donald Trump signed a coronavirus relief package over the weekend, ending a brief standoff between the White House and Congress. Bullion is viewed as a hedge against devaluation of dollars and large deficits being run up by governments to curb the harmful economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some metals dealers believe that the fiscal-spending package, which includes around $900 billion in relief for American companies and workers, was largely priced into gold's recent advance toward a psychological round-number level at $1,900. Gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index also may be tempering enthusiasm for haven assets as those perceived as risky ride higher in 2020's final trading week. February gold finished off $2.80, or 0.1%, to end at $1,880.40 an ounce.
3:28 a.m. Dec. 28, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Do record-low interest rates justify the stock market’s overvaluation? Here’s the answer Mark Hulbert subjects the bull case to historical scrutinyMark Hulbert subjects the bull case to historical scrutiny.
11:22 a.m. Dec. 26, 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
4:39 a.m. Dec. 24, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. stocks open slightly higher in holiday-thinned tradingU.S. stocks edged higher at the start of Thursday's holiday-shortened session as investors eyed the prospect of a fiscal aid package before the end of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 69 points, or 0.2%, to 30,199. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.3% to 12,806. The S&P 500 added 0.3% to 3,700. President Donald Trump objected to the pandemic aid bill passed in Congress for not including sufficient direct payments to households this week. Shares of Alibaba Group were in focus amid reports that Chinese regulators on Thursday were pursuing an antimonopoly investigation against the Chinese e-commerce giant.
6:40 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish 2020 finish, S&P 500 digests break to record territory Focus: Biotech sector extends late-year breakout, Apple approaches record territory, IBB, AAPL, LITE, RUN, SWAVTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks are closing out 2020 on a largely bullish note. Consider that wide-ranging, and at times, historically volatile early-year price action, has been punctuated by an orderly December range, as each big three U.S. benchmark digests a recent break to all-time highs.
5:43 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Oil prices hold sharp gains as weekly EIA inventory report shows 562,000-barrel fall in crude supplies The Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday morning that U.S. crude inventories fell by 562,000 barrels for the week ended Dec. 18. That compared with the average decline of 4.7 million barrels forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. The American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday reported that U.S. crude supplies rose by 2.7 million barrels for the week, according to sources. The EIA data also showed crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub edged down by 26,000 barrels for the week. Gasoline supply, meanwhile, declined by 1.125 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles fell by 2.325 million barrels. S&P Global Platts had forecast a supply increase of 1.4 million barrels for gasoline and a drawdown of 1.1 million barrels in distillates. February West Texas Intermediate oil [s:CLG21] were trading up 1.5% at $47.76 a barrel.
4:36 a.m. Dec. 23, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open higher as investors eye deluge of pre-Christmas dataU.S. stocks were higher at the start of Wednesday's trade as investors sifted through a parade of U.S. economic data before the Christmas holidays. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 3,701. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 157 points, or 0.5%, to 30,173. The Nasdaq Composite fell 2 points to 12,806. The data was mixed, suggesting the U.S. recovery had not been derailed by the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly jobless claims fell and November durable goods rose, even as last month's personal income shrank. Shares of Tesla Inc. fell Wednesday, putting them on track for a third-straight loss as a new member of the S&P 500.
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