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2:18 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you give your portfolio free reinThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers this past week.
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?
9:15 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Mark Hulbert
The stock market’s expected return from now to 2030 Determining equities’ potential is one of the most important decision retirees must makeDetermining equities’ potential is one of the most important decision retirees must make
10:17 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Emily Bary
U.S. government considering banning investments in Alibaba, Tencent by Americans: reportThe U.S. government is contemplating a plan that would restrict Americans from buying shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. , . The government has been increasingly cracking down on investments in companies that it claims to have ties with the Chinese military. The WSJ report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, said that the U.S. government has been debating whether restrictions on investments in Alibaba and Tencent would have a far-ranging impact on the markets, and it remains uncertain whether the government will go through with such prohibitions. Late Tuesday, the New York Stock Exchange again flipped its stance on whether it will delist three Chinese telecommunications companies-China Telecom Corp. Ltd. , China Mobile Ltd. , and China Unicom - from its exchanges as it seeks to comply with an executive order from President Trump that aims to bar U.S. investors from buying shares of companies with alleged ties to China's military. The New York Stock Exchange said last week that it would delist the names, before reversing course earlier this week and then later saying it would revert to its original plans to delist the stocks. Alibaba's U.S.-listed shares are off about 5% in Wednesday afternoon trading, while Tencent's are off more than 3%.
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.
3:40 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
UPDATE: Cannabis stocks stage strong premarket rally on hopes the pro-reform Democrats may take the SenateCannabis stocks rallied in premarket trade Wednesday, on hopes the Democrats may take the Senate after Raphael Warnock won one of two Senate runoffs in Georgia early Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, bringing Democrats a seat closer to a Senate majority. With 97% of the expected vote total reported, Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff was leading Republican Sen. David Perdue by just 0.22 percentage points, according to data aggregated by the Associated Press. Democrats are expected to pursue a more cannabis reform agenda under President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who have been more supportive of opening the banking sector and other needed services to the industry, which has been hampered by the tricky regulatory backdrop that has allowed the black market to continue to flourish. "We go from speculating what President-elect Biden could have done for cannabis reform via Executive Order (or by directives/"memos" from his incoming Attorney General) and if the Senate would have held a vote on the SAFE act (banking reform) would have even taken a vote, to a new world, in which the question is more about the timing and scope of much broader reform for the cannabis industry," Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Pablo Zuanic wrote in a note to clients.The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF was up about 7% premarket, while the Cannabis ETF was up 1.1%. Among individual stocks, U.S.-listed shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. , the most widely held stock on the Robinhood trading app, were up 15%. Tilray Inc. was up 15.4%, Canopy Growth Corp.s [c: ca:weed] was up 8% and Cronos Group Inc. was up 10%. The Cannabis ETF has gained 63% in the last three months, while the S&P 500 has gained 11%.
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.
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.
11:19 a.m. Dec. 29, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
When will I get my $600 stimulus check and my soon-to-be ex says half of my mom’s financial gift to me belongs to him Tuesday’s Personal Finance Stories Tuesday’s Personal Finance StoriesTuesday’s Personal Finance Stories.
11:25 a.m. Dec. 28, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Stimulus check myths to avoid and 10 New Year’s resolutions to stay financially fit in 2021 Monday’s Personal Finance Stories. Monday’s Personal Finance Stories.Monday’s Personal Finance Stories.
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
3:52 a.m. Dec. 22, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Now that Tesla has joined the S&P 500, know these 3 things before investing Debates on the value of Tesla’s stock are ‘more heated than the last election,’ one financial adviser saidDebates on the value of Tesla’s stock are ‘more heated than the last election,’ one financial adviser said.
10:58 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
No matter what Congress does, 12 million jobless Americans will temporarily lose unemployment benefits and how to get your ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ refund Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance stories
5:01 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Paul A. Merriman
The one instance when you should ignore Warren Buffett Diversification isn’t for dummiesDiversification isn’t for dummies
7:25 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Why Tesla bulls are in the driver’s seat as the stock nears inclusion in the S&P 500 Short interest in Tesla is not as high as investors perceiveShort interest in Tesla is not as high as investors perceive, writes Mark Hulbert.
1:52 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci: ‘For the first time in more than 30 years, I’m not spending the Christmas holidays with my daughters’ Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January after Christmas and HanukkahAnthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of a ‘dark time’ in mid-January after Christmas and Hanukkah.
1:51 a.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Dr. Fauci: For security reasons, Biden and Harris should receive COVID-19 vaccine ‘as soon as we possibly can’ ‘You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,’ said Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases‘You still want to protect people who are very important to our country right now,’ said Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
10:44 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
As some hospitals near 90% capacity due to COVID-19, this map can tell you if your local hospital is almost full A new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their areaA new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their area.
10:40 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Americans prepare to travel again for Christmas, while hospitals brace for post-Thanksgiving surge The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with more than 109,000 patients, and the number of people with the virus in intensive-care units surpassing 21,200The U.S. set a record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations this month with more than 109,000 patients, and the number of people with the virus in intensive-care units surpassing 21,200.
7:22 a.m. Dec. 12, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you ride out 2020 and start 2021 on an upswingThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
12:17 p.m. Dec. 11, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
Students locked into ‘unforgiving’ rents amid college confusion, and does COVID-19 have the power to revolutionize work? This economist says yes Friday’s top personal finance stories Friday’s top personal finance storiesFriday’s top personal finance stories
11:53 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
The perils of transporting millions of COVID-19 vaccines with dry ice across the U.S., and millions of Americans are in ‘survival mode’ Tuesday’s top personal finance stories Tuesday’s top personal finance storiesTuesday’s top personal finance stories
9:09 a.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Why shares of Chinese companies could soon be more expensive Congress approves delisting Chinese companies that flout U.S. accounting rules — and investors pay the priceCongress approves delisting Chinese companies that flout U.S. accounting rules — and investors pay the price.
11:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you master new ways to manage your dollarsThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
3:31 a.m. Dec. 5, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Aurora leads cannabis sector rally fueled by hopes for reform under President-elect Joe Biden News that Mexico’s senate has approved a cannabis legalization bill offers further boost to battered sectorAurora Cannabis Inc. led a rally in the weed sector Tuesday that was fueled by hopes President-elect Joe Biden, finally cleared to move ahead with his administration’s transition, will push for reforms that will let companies access banks and capital markets.
9:20 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
What fat tails have to do with retirement finance The best stock in the S&P 1500 has a year-to-date gain of nearly 400%The best stock in the S&P 1500 has a year-to-date gain of nearly 400%
4:08 p.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Why the 2020s could favor market-timers over buy-and-hold U.S. stock investors International stocks, gold and bonds may be a better bet for the next decadeInternational stocks, gold and bonds may be a better bet for the next decade.
8:43 a.m. Nov. 29, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you manage your portfolio — and your expectations — in 2021These money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
10:10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you ready your portfolio for the Biden administration These money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
5:08 a.m. Nov. 28, 2020 - By Lawrence A. Cunningham
Active managers see value in these 3 company practices but indexers hate them. Who’s right? Savvy investors see value in combining CEO and chairman role; staggered director terms and dual share classesSavvy investors see value in combining CEO and chairman role; staggered director terms and dual share classes, writes Lawrence A. Cunningham.
5:04 a.m. Nov. 28, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Here are your odds that stock prices will be higher at the end of 2021 U.S. stocks rise in three out of every four years, especially the first year of a presidential term.U.S. stocks rise in three out of every four years, especially the first year of a presidential term.
1:27 p.m. Nov. 27, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
House to consider measure next week that could banish Chinese stocks from U.S. that don't comply with audit rulesHouse members could vote as early as Wednesday to boot Chinese companies with shares on U.S. exchanges if they don't adhere to audit-oversight rules. Companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. would be faced with making the transition to undergoing an annual audit reviewed by American regulators within three years or be kicked off the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq Stock Market. The bipartisan legislation, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, unanimously passed the Senate in May. Chinese officials have criticized the bill, which is much harsher than a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal under consideration that would require audit inspection as a condition of continued listing on a stock exchange, but would let noncompliant companies trade over the counter.
7:55 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Jonathan Burton
There will be a ‘huge boom’ in the second quarter of 2021 if vaccines are effective, says investment strategist David Rosenberg Market strategist’s near-term ‘value trade’ taps utilities, consumer staples, health care, Big Tech — plus long-term Treasurys and goldMarket strategist’s near-term ‘value trade’ taps utilities, consumer staples, health care, Big Tech — plus long-term Treasurys and gold.
3:18 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Cannabis stocks surge after Trump administration sets formal transition in motionShares of cannabis companies rallied Tuesday, after the Trump administration made its first move late Monday to accept Joe Biden as president-elect by saying it was . The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF surged 6.1% in premarket trading. It had shot up nearly 20% in the days following the election, on expectations Joe Biden will push for cannabis reform, then pulled back as President Trump continued to dispute the results. Among the more-active cannabis stocks in the premarket, the U.S.-listed shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. soared 29.5%, Tilray Inc. shot up 19.2%, Canopy Growth Corp. climbed 7.6% and Cronos Group Inc. ran up 10.4%. The MJ ETF has rallied 26.5% so far this month through Monday, while the S&P 500 has advanced 9.4%.
10:17 a.m. Nov. 23, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow heads to session highs Monday as ex-Fed boss Yellen seen as Biden's pick for Treasury SecretaryU.S. stocks were trading near session highs on Monday as investors digest a report that former Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen would be President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Treasury Secretary, the . If confirmed, Yellen would become the first woman to hold the post, taking over from Steven Mnuchin, the Journal reported. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 400 points, or 1.3%, at 29,642, the S&P 500 index was trading 0.7% higher at 3,583, while Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.5% at around 11,913. Biden had promised to make his nomination for Treasury known around Thanksgiving, which is three days away. Biden last week said he believed his pick would be widely accepted by conservatives, moderates and progressives alike. Market participants are anticipating a greater likelihood that the 74-year-old Yellen will pursue further economic stimulus to help out-of-work Americans and troubled businesses.
8:48 a.m. Nov. 19, 2020 - By Vitaliy Katsenelson
These drug distribution stocks have a built-in defense against Amazon Pharmacy This market pro is holding McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen in client portfoliosThis market pro is holding McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen in client portfolios.
10:04 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
FuelCell's stock doubles in 4 days on increasing volumeShares of FuelCell Energy Inc. soared 27.4% in very active afternoon trading Wednesday, putting them on track to more-than double in four days, despite no news released by the company. With the stock rallying 11.3% on Friday, soaring 31.4% on Monday and climbing 10.0% on Tuesday, it has now rocketed 105.1% during its current win streak. That's the best four-day run for the fuel cell technology and power generation company's stock since it tripled (up 205.4%) during the four days ended Dec. 31, 2019. Trading volume has increased during the current win streak, from 46.0 million shares on Friday, 96.3 million shares on Monday, 150.4 million shares on Tuesday 202.7 million shares about an hour before Wednesday's closing bell. FuelCell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The last press release issued by the company was on Oct. 9, when the company announced an $8 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to design and manufacture an electrolysis platform capable of producing hydrogen. The stock's rally comes amid growing investor interest in renewable energy stocks, particularly since the presidential election, as President-elect Biden has said he would look to transition away from fossil fuels. FuelCell's stock has climbed 126.3% since Nov. 3, after plunging 93.0% over the previous four years. In comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 6.7% since the election. Separately, a report from the U.S. SIF Foundation showed that investments in environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors now total about $17.1 trillion, or about one-third of total U.S. assets under management.
9:38 a.m. Nov. 17, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Twitter sings Dolly Parton’s praises for giving $1 million toward developing Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine ‘Let’s hope we find a cure real soon,’ she said Tuesday “Let’s hope we find a cure real soon,” she said Tuesday.
11:50 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. averaging 150,000 COVID-19 cases a day as expert warns of pending ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ Experts are worried that President Trump’s refusal to concede election could cause more cases, hospitalizations and deathsThe global case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 54.5 million on Monday, while the U.S. tally topped 11 million after adding 1 million new cases in six days, with 50 states and territories recording rising numbers and the virus showing no sign of slowing.
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