5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday, August 12

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday, August 12

Traders on the floor of the NYSE, Aug. 11, 2022. Source: NYSE Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Markets looking up US stock futures pointed to a rally Friday morning, a day after the three major indexes posted mixed results. On Thursday, the Dow finished … Read more

Are Nasdaq stocks in a bull market? A history of head fakes says slow your roll

Are Nasdaq stocks in a bull market?  A history of head fakes says slow your roll

Before passing out cigars in celebration of the birth of a baby bull market for the Nasdaq Composite, investors might want to take a look back at history. Sure, the tech-heavy gauge ended Wednesday up 20.8% from its 2022 closing low of 10,646.10 set on June 16. A rise of 20% from a recent low … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday, August 11

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday, August 11

Traders on the floor of the NYSE, Aug. 8, 2022. Source: NYSE Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stock futures are up US markets on Thursday were set to rise again after a government report showing that inflation is cooling fueled by a Wednesday rally. … Read more

Inflation takes over as the next big focus for markets after July’s monster jobs report

Inflation takes over as the next big focus for markets after July’s monster jobs report

Investors switch their focus to inflation in the week ahead, after July’s strong jobs report signaled the Federal Reserve may need to take an even tougher stance with interest rate hikes. It could also be a week in which investors watch to see if rising Treasury yields start to slow the technology sector’s summer rally. … Read more

JP Morgan quant who called summer rebound in stocks says rally could continue even if corporate profits decline

JP Morgan quant who called summer rebound in stocks says rally could continue even if corporate profits decline

Investors worried about the next pullback for stocks might want to pause and consider this: the decline in equity valuations since the start of the year has already exceeded the average pullback of other recessionary periods since the early 1990s, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’ s equity quant Marko Kolanovic. While more Wall Street … Read more

Will the stock-market rally turn into a selloff? This bond-market gauge could tip investors off

Will the stock-market rally turn into a selloff?  This bond-market gauge could tip investors off

Now that the Federal Reserve appears to have abandoned its forward guidance tool in favor of being “data dependent” to help inform its future path for rates, investors should keep an eye on this gauge of inflation expectations for signs of a shift in the market’s mood . Watch the five-year break-even inflation rate, one … Read more

Weekend reads: Prepare for a big week — a crucial Federal Reserve decision, tech-company earnings and a GDP report

Weekend reads: Prepare for a big week — a crucial Federal Reserve decision, tech-company earnings and a GDP report

It was mostly a week for stocks, particularly a rebound in the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index, as companies topped expectations on second-quarter earnings. The coming week brings a heavy dose of tech-company earnings, the Federal Reserve’s meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the first reading on second-quarter GDP on Thursday. Fed officials are expected to … Read more

Will the Federal Reserve kill the stock-market bounce?

Will the Federal Reserve kill the stock-market bounce?

A summer rebound is stirring hopes the bear market in US stocks has seen its lows, but a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers this coming week might test the nerves of would-be bulls. “I expect we will continue to see market volatility until investors have seen more convincing evidence that this period of Fed … Read more

Investors are obsessed with the size of the Fed’s next rate hike. Here’s what they’re missing.

Will the Federal Reserve kill the stock-market bounce?

Debate has been simmering over whether Federal Reserve policy makers will raise the fed-funds rate by three-quarters of a percentage point later this month, as they did in June, or step up their inflation-fighting campaign with a full point hike —- something that hasn’t been seen in the past 40 years. Friday’s economic data, which … Read more

Two pieces of good news for investors and three moves to make now in the wake of surging CPI, from UBS

Two pieces of good news for investors and three moves to make now in the wake of surging CPI, from UBS

While stocks didn’t completely roll over following that ugly consumer price index print, futures indicate they may take another whack at it on Thursday. That’s thanks in part to a miss from JPMorgan, which is helping kick off earnings season. (Read more below). How high will inflation reach and what lengths will the Federal Reserve … Read more