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Dow Reaches 30K; Watch How These Stocks Defied the Pandemic

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7:00 a.m. Jan. 18, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Moderna and SpaceX highlighted by a fast-growing U.S. fund traded in LondonBaillie Gifford U.S. Growth Trust devoted much of its half-yearly report to talking up the prospects of biotech Moderna and rocket launcher SpaceX, two of its investments that helped lift its net asset value surge during the time frame.
4:00 a.m. Jan. 18, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Moderna and SpaceX highlighted by a fast-growing U.S. fund traded in LondonBaillie Gifford U.S. Growth Trust devoted much of its half-yearly report to talking up the prospects of biotech Moderna and rocket launcher SpaceX, two of its investments that helped lift its net asset value surge during the time frame.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both Wall Street and Main StreetPresident-elect Joe Biden's proposal to spent another $1.9 trillion to help fight the pandemic and its shocks is putting Wall Street on inflation-watch. But investors say the U.S. economy and financial markets would be worse off without it.
4:00 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both Wall Street and Main StreetPresident-elect Joe Biden's proposal to spent another $1.9 trillion to help fight the pandemic and its shocks is putting Wall Street on inflation-watch. But investors say the U.S. economy and financial markets would be worse off without it.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Biden’s ‘rescue America’ plan is big. How its trillions could help both Wall Street and Main StreetPresident-elect Joe Biden's proposal to spent another $1.9 trillion to help fight the pandemic and its shocks is putting Wall Street on inflation-watch. But investors say the U.S. economy and financial markets would be worse off without it.
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.
6:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Utilities ETFs outperform as investors make defensive betsExchange-traded funds exposed to utilities outperformed on Friday as investors fled stocks and other risky assets. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 0.5%, one of the only ETFs tracking the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 to be above water. Invesco's S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF jumped 0.6%, and both the Vanguard Utilities ETF and the iShares U.S. Utilities ETF gained 0.5%. Stocks lost ground Friday after some analysts pointed out that an ambitious fiscal relief plan from President-Elect Joe Biden was likely to face an uphill battle in Congress, even as economic data continued to disappoint.
4:31 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks open lower after Biden proposal, weak retail salesU.S. stocks slumped at the open Friday as investors assessed the chances for an ambitious fiscal proposal from President-Elect Joe Biden, and incoming data continued to show the coronavirus pandemic battering the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 191 points, 0.6% to open near 30,800, while the S&P 500 lost 15 points or 0.4%, trading near 3,781. The Nasdaq Composite was 10 points, 0.1%, lower, near 13,104. Biden on Thursday offered his proposal, which some analysts think won't be able to be passed, despite Democrats' hold on Congress, and others suggesting much of the upside is already baked into stocks. Meanwhile, U.S. retail sales tumbled in December, confirmation that more aid is needed to tide the economy over.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Biden to call for $1,400 checks, more vaccine funds in Thursday speechPresident-elect Joe Biden on Thursday evening will unveil his coronavirus relief plan, a sweeping measure expected to include cash payments to Americans and money for distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Goldman Sachs says the S&P 500 will rise 14% in 2021. Here’s the road mapWith global markets rallying on the hopes that massive economic stimulus will accompany President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration, Goldman Sachs’ projection that the S&P 500 will end 2021 at 4,300 points seems even more realistic.
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.
5:35 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA data show a weekly fall of 134 billion cubic feet in U.S. natural-gas suppliesThe U.S. on Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas declined by 134 billion cubic feet for the week ended Jan. 8. On average, the data were expected to show a drop of 123 billion cubic feet for the week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. Total stocks now stand at 3.196 trillion cubic feet, up 126 billion cubic feet from a year ago, and 218 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said. Following the data, February natural gas was up 3.1 cents, or 1.1%, to $2.758 per million British thermal units. It traded at $2.761 .
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.
4:00 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Goldman Sachs says the S&P 500 will rise 14% in 2021. Here’s the road mapWith global markets rallying on the hopes that massive economic stimulus will accompany President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration, Goldman Sachs’ projection that the S&P 500 will end 2021 at 4,300 points seems even more realistic.
12:08 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow narrowly avoids setting new record as investors eye Trump impeachment voteU.S. stocks ended mixed Wednesday as House lawmakers voted on whether to impeach President Donald Trump, a week before he is set to leave the White House. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% to end around 3,810. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell less than 0.1% to finish around 31,060, after briefly threatening to surpass its previous closing record of 31,097.97 set last Friday. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.4% to finish near 13,129. The impeachment proceedings were not expected to upset the buoyant tone in broader markets, with investors mostly looking past the political turmoil in Washington. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note tumbled 4.5 basis points to 1.09% after a strong bond auction.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By MarketWatch
House impeaches President Trump a second time in historic voteDonald Trump becomes the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as the House of Republicans approves a charge of inciting an insurrection following the riotous invasion of the Capitol last Wednesday.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By MarketWatch
A 2nd Trump impeachment? How stock-market investors weigh a key political momentAs an unprecedented second impeachment of President Donald Trump looms Wednesday, market participants appear mostly unperturbed but mindful of what is shaping up to be a historic moment in U.S. politics.
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.
4:00 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Interest rate concerns and new stock market leaders are spurring these investment portfolio changesHere’s how financial advisers are positioning clients for the post-pandemic recovery
12:01 p.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By MarketWatch
API sees 5.8 million barrel fall in U.S. oil inventories: reportsU.S. oil inventories fell by 5.8 million barrels last week, the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, reported Tuesday, according to news reports. The API also reportedly saw a 1.9 million barrel rise in gasoline stocks and a 4.4 million barrel increase in distillate stocks. The Energy Information Administration's more closely followed data is due Wednesday morning. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts expect the EIA data to show crude inventories fell 3.8 million barrels, while gasoline stocks are expected to show a rise of 3.2 million barrels and distillate stocks are seen up 2.8 million barrels. Oil futures rose in electronic trading after the data. West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery traded at $53.30 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up from its close at $53.23 a barrel on Tuesday afternoon.
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.
7:52 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By William Watts
Corn, soybean futures soar to more-than-6-year highs after USDA dataCorn and soybean futures surged Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, slashed projected ending stocks for both commodities, reflecting cuts to last year's U.S. production estimates and a worsening outlook for South American crops. March corn futures jumped 25 cents, the daily limit, to $5.17 1/4 a bushel, a gain of 5.1%. March soybean futures were up 48 3/4 cents, or 3.5%, to $14.21 a bushel. Both corn and soybean futures traded at the highest level for most actively traded contracts since mid-2014, according to FactSet.
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.
4:38 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks higher at the open on stimulus hopesU.S. stocks opened slightly higher as investors weighed competing cross-currents, including the likelihood of greater stimulus spending under the new presidential administration set against more political uncertainty until then. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 25 points, 0.1%, to open near 31,033, while the S&P 500 gained 3 points, 0.1%, and traded near 3,803. The Nasdaq Composite , which slumped Monday, moved 0.2%, 28 points, higher at the open, near 13,064. In addition to Washington, all eyes are on fourth-quarter corporate earnings, which start Friday. Shares of Walmart Inc rose after the bell after the retailer announced plans to create a fintech startup.
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.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By MarketWatch
‘Big Short’ investor says his big Tesla short is getting ‘bigger and bigger’Tesla short sellers, caught on the wrong end of a $38 billion hit in 2020, suffered "the largest yearly mark-to-market loss" Ihor Dusaniwsky of S3 Partners has ever seen. One of those under water on that trade: Michael Burry of "The Big Short."
4:32 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks open lower after record-filled weekU.S. stocks opened lower Monday after surging to new highs in the prior week as rising coronavirus case counts and concerns about election violence kept a lid on further gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 260 points or 0.8% to open near 30,838, while the S&P 500 was down 35 points, 0.9%, near 3,790. The Nasdaq Composite fell 151 points, 1.2%, and traded near 13,051. Shares of Carnival Corp. were down 2% after the bell after the cruise operator said it expected a wider loss in Q4 than analysts had expected. Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats said they could move ahead with plans to impeach President Trump this week if his cabinet doesn't act first to remove him.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Reflation nation? This time, post-crisis tailwinds favor banks, and the economyBanks spent nearly the entire post-financial crisis cycle going nowhere. This may be their moment, in the wake of the covid crisis.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Reflation nation? This time, post-crisis tailwinds favor banks, and the economyBanks spent nearly the entire post-financial crisis cycle going nowhere. This may be their moment, in the wake of the covid crisis.
4:00 a.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Reflation nation? This time, post-crisis tailwinds favor banks, and the economyBanks spent nearly the entire post-financial crisis cycle going nowhere. This may be their moment, in the wake of the covid crisis.
12:00 p.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Why U.S. assets are still a ‘safe haven’ for investors even after riot rocked CapitolAfter a riot rocked the Capitol on Wednesday, some investors were left contemplating what it meant for U.S. financial markets as the pre-eminent safe haven in the world.
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.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Why U.S. assets are still a ‘safe haven’ for investors even after riot rocked CapitolAfter a riot rocked the Capitol on Wednesday, some investors were left contemplating what it meant for U.S. financial markets as the pre-eminent safe haven in the world.
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?
4:00 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Why U.S. assets are still a ‘safe haven’ for investors even after riot rocked CapitolAfter a riot rocked the Capitol on Wednesday, some investors were left contemplating what it meant for U.S. financial markets as the pre-eminent safe haven in the world.
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
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
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.
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