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The Treasury accepts donations to be used only to reduce the public debt — and, ironically, it takes credit cards.
Slowing gains in home prices mean a longer recovery for millions of homeowners whose mortgages exceed the value of their homes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Financial adviser and best-selling author Ric Edelman says a lot of people have been asking him if they should change their investments given the recent volatility of the stock market.
Riding the IPO rocket ship is no longer a double-your-money stock market play.
Blame IBM for the Dow Jones industrial average’s negative start to trading Thursday.
The total share of distressed sales — short sales and foreclosures — have fallen nearly in half in areas like Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Stocks are riding a three-day winning streak, but if the market’s recent signs of stabilization are to continue, Corporate America has to start beating Wall Street’s lowered profit expectations.
Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan said Wednesday an internal review has so far found nothing wrong with the Swiss banking giant’s foreign exchange trading business.
Tax refunds are running ahead of last year — so why aren’t shares of retailers perking up?
New Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen didn’t spook markets in a speech Wednesday, stressing that still-low inflation and continued slack in labor markets puts the Fed in no rush to hike rates.
Of the 2.9 percentage point increase in profit margins since 1997, 1.9 percentage points of profitability was from… falling interest rates.
Prices of fruits and veggies are going up, causing possible sticker shock at the grocery store checkout. Blame the California drought for the rising prices.
Janet Yellen, the most powerful banker in the world and the new Federal Reserve chief, delivers a speech today. Will her words soothe or scare markets?
Two more tech giants release quarterly earnings Wednesday. Meanwhile, how is Intel and Yahoo stock faring the morning after its quarterly reports?
One, two, can the stock market make it three up days in a row?
Q: Why is my portfolio stagnant? A: If you’re just looking at the Dow Jones industrial average or Standard & Poor’s 500, you might feel some returns envy.
Long-suffering holders of Japanese ETFs got a bit of cheer last night: The Nikkei stock index rose 3%, thanks to tech stocks and SoftBank, which owns 37% of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company.
Just when it looked like the market was going to crack this afternoon, the diving market shot back up, sending the Dow back into the black and taking investors on a rollercoaster ride.
As millions of Americans faced the nation’s annual tax-filing day Tuesday, Department of Justice officials cited Francis E. Chandler as a negative role model. Nearly six years ago, the Hawaii man filed a (…)
Highest and lowest state and local tax rates
The 10 largest stock funds are down an average 1.1% — nothing horrific, but well behind their milquetoast cousins in the fixed-income arena.
The hard-hit Nasdaq composite is down again Tuesday and flirting with a 10% drop from its recent high, which equates to official correction territory.
Trying to take the temperature of the financial markets? If so, keep an eye on the falling 10-year Treasury yield, it’s akin to a “thermometer” measuring markt angst.
Instead of picking over the rubble of fallen growth stocks, portfolio managers are scouring the global stock markets for “value” stocks, or shares selling at cheaper prices.
Home builders aren’t feeling bullish as the spring buying season nears blossoming. Builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes is at the same cautious level it’s been at (…)
Investors are having a Larry David moment. After the recent stock downdraft Wall Street’s new motto is: “Curb your enthusiasm,” a vibe made famous by the HBO show.
Two tech companies report quarterly earnings after the markets close Tuesday. Here’s a look at today’s five technology stocks to watch.
Coca-Cola reported first-quarter earnings and revenues that were below the prior year, but earnings of 44 cents per share matched expectations and sales of $10.576 billion topped revenue projections.
What sanctions are going to hit Russia the hardest, aside from banning photos of a shirtless Vladimir Putin strangling wolves with his bare hands?
But while some of these solar stocks are turning in big gains, they’re not for the mainstream investor.
“It’s kind of odd,” says Russel Kinnel, Morningstar’s director of mutual fund research.
The floor didn’t cave in on the stock market Monday. Now Wall Street bulls are hoping “Turnaround Tuesday” can keep the rebound going.
Stressed out over the recent stock market turbulence? Relax. Pullbacks of 5% or more are a normal part of investing, says Savita Subramanian of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Twitter’s top execs don’t appear to be in a rush to sell their shares in the growing social network, according to an SEC filing.
Sluggish. Storm-damaged. Sub-par. Those are terms being used on Wall Street to describe the first-quarter earnings season. But are expectations too negative? Some pros say yes.
Autos powered March retail sales to their strongest gain in 18 months, but sales of apparel, furniture, restaurants, department stores and Internet retailers were also strong.
Citigroup, despite recent bad press after failing a ‘stress test’ and a fraud investigation at its Mexico unit, posted first-quarter profits that topped forecasts.
Buckle up for the next two weeks. Tech stocks should be pretty active as several key players report quarterly earnings starting Tuesday.
Small-cap ETFs have been hit hardest.
In a disturbing trend of potential short-sightedness, companies’ have invested less than they’ve hauled in as profit for each of the past five years for the first time in history.
Is the recent washout in Wall Street’s highest flying stocks a good thing? Odd, as it sounds, some pros say all that air coming out of bubble-like momentum stocks is a healthy development.
“I will take a dog smelling my breath over a colonoscopy any day of the week, even if it’s just an experiment,” said Brian Hare at the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University.
Still glad you didn’t buy emerging-market stocks when they were getting beat up late last year? Don’t be.
Investors are remembering the cold war with Russia. But investors are also wondering if the old burger wars of the 1980s are making a comeback, too.
It’s been a tough week on Wall Street. Stocks suffered their worst weekly decline in almost two years. Here’s a tally of the losses for the major U.S. stock indexes.
Shares of embattled company Herbalife are down 13% in late-day trading based on a report in the Financial Times that the company faces a criminal probe.
Automatic Data Processing was stripped of its pristine credit rating, a dramatic moves that leaves just three U.S. companies holding the coveted AAA rating.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in shares of marijuana-related pot stock, GrowLife over worries about the “accuracy and adequacy” of information the company (…)
Don’t go there. Seriously. Don’t.
Shares of JPMorgan Chase were down nearly 2% in early Friday afternoon trading after the nation’s largest bank missed Wall Street estimates by reporting sharply lower revenue results.
Wall Street is watching to see if the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 can hold the key 1,800 level, after the market’s prior “line in the sand” gave way.
If your broker pulled money out of your pocket, you’d recoil and grab your cash back.
An obscure financial ratio watched closely by market pros is signaling stocks are the most overvalued they’ve been since the peak of the dot-com bubble.
Happy Friday. Let’s review today’s Tech Five, the five technology stocks to watch as we wrap up the week.
When you see the bond market rise, it’s a bit like hearing vultures chuckle,
“So here’s the weird thing. There’s really no ‘story’ associated with this sell-off.”
Technology stocks dragged down Asian and European stock markets after the Nasdaq composite index’s worst day since 2011. It looks like there may be another dreary day ahead if pre-market trading (…)
Greek debt along with Spanish, Italian and other troubled European debt could explode again warns David Callaway, editor in chief of USA TODAY.
The raging market for IPOs, which was a point of pride for the market and a place for quick riches for investors, is turning into a increasing point of pain.
Every the Dow has gotten back close to its all-time closing high set on Dec. 31, 2013, bad things seem to happen.
Shares of social media stocks are getting unfriended with a vengeance Thursday, causing some to wonder if the long-forecasted crater in the stocks is here.
The Nasdaq composite is getting crushed again today, suffering a triple-digit point drop that equates to a 2.5% plunge, marking an abrupt end to its brief two-day rebound.
It’s another bad day for the Nasdaq Thursday, with it falling more than 2%, but investors shouldn’t be so quick to point finger at tech.
You’d think it would be boom times in the computer security business, especially with the nasty Heartbleed bug threatening your data.
The Nasdaq is back in free-fall mode, and those so-called “momentum” names like Facebook and Netflix are again leading the decline.
After being frozen out of markets for four years, Greece is back in the business of selling its government bonds to investors around the globe.
Shares of General Motors’ former financing arm, Ally Financial, fell 1% Thursday early in their their first day of trading as an independent company.
The feud between activist investor Carl Icahn and online marketplace eBay has finally ended. Let’s look at our Tech Five, the top five technology stocks to watch Thursday. eBay. (…)
But have the really bad funds of the bull market been properly mocked? Not at all.
Social media stocks be the ultimate story stocks, but soon, investors will be looking for some real, tangible numbers to justify the hopes.
“Most retirees don’t spend blithely at a pre-conceived rate until their larders are empty and the money’s all gone.”
Chinese internet stock Alibaba is due to be one of the biggest things to happen to initial public offerings since Facebook.
Wall Street investors hoping that stocks can extend their three-day rally may not get their wish, as stock futures were mixed in pre-market trading. Here’s where major market index futures (…)
Ally Financial, the former financing arm of General Motors, priced its initial public offering at $25 a share.
They just held on and went about their business, which is what nearly 100% of all financial experts say is the smartest thing to do.
You might have thought your public pension was on shaky ground, but you’re likely still being too kind.
Stocks shot up in afternoon trading Wednesday after the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s mid-March meeting showed the Fed is not in a rush to raise rates.
Remember all those market calls for the 10-year Treasury yield to soar in 2014? Well, it didn’t happen — at least not yet.
Two IPOs kicked off the massive wave of deals expected this week, with very different results.
The bottom line is that investors can expect a nice raise, to the tune of 22.9% over the dividend payout in the same period a year ago, says Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Shares of La Quinta started trading Wednesday, rising x% to $x, after having to reduce the initial price.
Let’s break down today’s Tech Five, our five technology stocks to watch on Wednesday: LinkedIn. Shares of the professional social network jumped 2.6% in pre-market trading after (…)
American households with teens are pulling back on prom spending this year. The average household will spend $978, or 14% less than last year, according to a new nationwide survey released today by Visa.
Can sharks benefit from China’s crackdown on extravagance?
101 members of the Standard and Poor’s 500, including Delta Air, Netflix and Facebook, expectations are sky-high setting a lofty hurdle for them to meet, or see their shares potentially get punished.
Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading Wednesday, as investors wait to see what they can divine from the Federal Reserve’s minutes from its March meeting. This is where major (…)
La Quinta, the hotel chain with more than 800 locations, sold shares to initial investors at $17 late Tuesday, a disappointing price since it originally forecasted a price range between $18 and $21 a share.
Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment soared 5.4% Tuesday after a proposed ban on holding killer whales in captivity in California was delayed.
Q: How little can I invest a day and still retire in 30 years? A: Want to live well in old age? You’d better get cracking: $82.28 a day to be exact. Investors might be surprised to hear that for the (…)
The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite is soaring 0.7% Tuesday, shaking off a fraction of what had been a disturbing three-day slide.
“Signore used investor funds from accounts at JCS to divert approximately $2 million directly to himself and family members…” — From the SEC statement.
If you were kicking yourself for not jumping into stocks ahead of last year’s monster rally, you’re getting a bit of a second chance.
The Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday charged drugstore CVS for allegedly misleading investors with “improper accounting.”
The U.S. economic recovery has yet to take off in earnest, but the nation is the gold standard in the 2014 world economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Beginning investors often make a rookie mistake: They fixate on the per-share price of a stock.
Samsung’s revelation Tuesday quarterly operating income will fall 4% signals a dramatic end in what had been the easy-money days for tech investors.
Shrinking profit growth might be the next thing for stock investors to worry about. Blame wintry weather, if you want. But analysts are expecting first-quarter profit growth of just 1% for S&P 500.
Investors walloped shares of James River Coal Tuesday, not just turning the miner into one of the big losers of the day, but issuing a warning that stumbles will not be tolerated.
Stocks, especially super-popular ones that were going up in a straight line, don’t just start going down on their own. There is normally a trigger (or triggers) that get the sell orders rolling.
With stocks showing some major weakness the past three days, now’s not the time to be making mistakes.
The Nasdaq is on the verge of shaking off a three-day skid. As of afternoon trading Tuesday, the Nasdaq composite is up 32 points at 4,111.49, which would snap its worst three-session losing streak since (…)
Investors watching the Nasdaq fall apart in horror might take some comfort that 20 big-cap tech stocks are offering much-needed protection.
The Sotheby’s Indicator, and why you should worry about it, via Business Insider. Hedge-fund manager Jim Chanos notes that shares of the tony auction house spike at market peaks, because too many people (…)
Major market stock index futures were mixed after three days of losses on Wall Street. Here is how the major index futures fared ahead of the start of regular trading, Tuesday: Dow: Down 0.2% S&P 500: (…)
Shares of apparel seller Lands’ End fell on their first day of trading Monday after being spun off by Sears Holdings, yet another snag for hedge-fund manager Eddie Lampert.
According to old Wall Street wisdom, if you want to make money in a gold rush, sell picks and shovels. To which investors might add: Or sell gold mutual funds. Gold has indeed had a surge this year: Nearby (…)
It’s another bad day for the Dow Monday and investors are already trying pointing blame at the stocks causing the most trouble.
After Friday’s rout, Wall Street was hoping for a stock market rebound Monday. But, instead, stocks just kept sinking.
The knock-out, drag-down battle between fast-food companies is starting to spread into the shares Monday.
Ex-SAC Capital money manager Mathew Martoma (photo left: wearing blue tie), who was found guilty in February of insider trading, is pushing harder for an acquittal or a do-over trial.
Investors finally got their chance Monday to show their anger toward airlines for all the late flights and mishandled bags.
DoubleLine, the Los Angeles-based bond shop, opened two new funds to investors on Monday: DoubleLine Flexible Income (DLINX) and DoubleLine Low Duration Emerging Markets (DELNX).
Boom! Zap! Crash! The selloff in the Nasdaq composite index in recent trading sessions has been one of those “wrecks” that you can’t keep your eyes off.
Performance sporting wear stock, Under Armour, is underperforming again back after a bad week despite a positive report released Monday from Sterne Agee.
Despite the fact the S&P 500 stock index is just 1.4% below its April 2 record closing high of 1,890.90, 17% of companies in the index are in correction territory, or down 10% or more from their highs.
One tech company is generating buzz over a reported jump into original programming. Let’s take a look at Monday’s tech stocks to watch: Yahoo. Shares are down slightly in pre-market (…)
Aiming to get IPOs done while the window for deals is open, Wall Street hopes to sell a staggering 22 initial public offerings this week.
The five most-dangerous stocks highlighted by USA TODAY are living up their name, and then some.
Expectations for first-quarter earnings are 0.4%, so low that “investors hoping to get a clearer view of the earnings environment may be better off learning to do the limbo than the high jump,” (…)
Stocks appeared likely to carry Friday’s losing ways into the new week as major market index futures dropped in pre-market trading. Here’s where indexes stood ahead of the start of regular trading (…)
Investors can now essentially create their own mutual-fund-like baskets of stocks.
It’s been a painful 30 days for the Nasdaq, but it’s been downright nasty for 239 members of the index that are in already bear market territory after Friday’s freefall.
Joseph Dondero, co-owner of Visionary Trading of New Jersey, alleging employed spoofing, also called “layering.”
CEOs may be known for their sky-high paychecks, but companies are getting a relative bargain on a group of particularly low-paid CEOs.
The Nasdaq composite is going down, down, down today. The loss of altitude of one-time momentum stocks is to blame.
Just one company’s executive compensation package failed to get investors approval in 2013, a measurable indication companies are tweaking pay to avoid the ire of investors.
If you had parked $100,000 in a 6-month CD last year, you earned just $390 in interest, according to this eye-opening chart from J.P. Morgan Funds second quarter 2014 Guide to the Markets.
Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the U.S. government has opened a probe into whether high-speed traders are violating insider trader laws.
The key is to diversify your emerging markets holdings.
The stock market is lighting up Friday after signs of the job market thawing out and gettting back on track after a nasty winter. The Dow and S&P 500 have posted record intra-day highs.
It’s Jobs Friday, and USA TODAY is all over it, with a news story here and a First Take here. Here’s more reaction from around the world: * It’s bad. The March jobs report from the (…)
GrubHub, the latest tech stock to whet the appetite of investors, jumped 42% in its first day of trading Friday.
One hedge fund manager is bullish on the U.S. jobs market. Here’s why…
Investors need to look a bit harder for winning stock stocks, as long-time favorites like Apple, Google and Netflix lose steam this (…)
Happy Friday! Here’s a breakdown of five technology stocks to watch as we close out the week. GameStop. Shares of the video game retailer surged 3.4% in pre-market trading after Bank (…)
If it’s the first Friday of the month, it’s jobs day. The closely watched employment report has the world buzzing. From the WSJ: What if the numbers are already baked into stock prices? That would be bad. (…)
As investors on Wall Street wait to see if 195,000 new non-farm jobs were created in March, major market index futures showed modest gains. Here’s where major market index futures stood before the (…)
Only in the land of sky-high CEO pay can $10 million a year be considered just “average.”
You’d think that having $3.1 billion yanked out of Pimco’s Total Return fund would be Bill Gross’ biggest worry.
If your friend ever passes on a bit of insider information to you, here’s a tip: Don’t act on it. Walter D. Wagner of Rockville, Md., allegedly got a tip from his friend, John W. Femenia, (…)
Wall Street had an off day Thursday. The S&P 500′s four-day winning streak was snapped.
But investors have having a major change of heart about biotech stocks.
Shares of the leading online brokerages are getting hit Thursday, as the chatter about the market being rigged is causing investors to worry about a hit to business.
The raging debate between Bitcoin and gold devotees kicked up a notch Thursday when a USAA money pro told investors to “Skip Bitcoin, Consider Gold.”
The cost of college is getting super-expensive, but data show that college grads earn nearly 2 times more than what high school grads earn.
Estimates of the critical funding levels of pension plans fell 2% in March to just 85%, an unexpected trend given the strength of the markets and stability of interest rates.
Barnes & Noble shares are getting burned by more than 10% Thursday, as the deep-pocketed back Liberty Media is backing out on the struggling bookseller. Shares of the bookseller are down (…)
Jeremy Stein, a member of the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, resigned Thursday, saying he plans to return to his economics teaching position at Harvard.
Discount trader Charles Schwab & Co. issued a statement Thursday, calling high-frequency trading “a cancer.”
The massive decline in shares of the widely watched tech stock is the result of a confusing stock split that went into effect today.
With a hip and young CEO with cloud and programming chops, Satya Nadella, Microsoft is now showing the world it has reinvented itself.
With the bull back in rally mode and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index coming off its 8th record closing high of the year, here’s what Wall Street’s watching Thursday.
A big change to Google stock takes affect Thursday, while Amazon finally revealed its long-reported set-top box for televisions. Let’s break down five technology stocks to watch: (…)
Don’t pity the poor Nasdaq, just yet. True, the tech heavy index is left behind as the Standard & Poor’s 500 just celebrated another new high and the Dow Jones industrial average is (…)
If milestones are your thing, the stock market’s the place for you.
Move over Six Million Dollar Man, the Sixteen Trillion Dollar Bull is the new media star.
Investors love a good comeback story, and they’re getting a few of them this year.
What could possibly go wrong? Investors clamor for risky debt offerings, says the Wall Street Journal. Package up those car loans and send ‘em over. The growing revolt against the ADP jobs (…)
Investors drove major market indexes higher ahead of the start of regular trading, Thursday. Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 1.0% Standard & Poors 500 index futures were up 1.0% The Nasdaq (…)
P-E ratios on the 10 biggest stocks today in the S&P 500 stock index are nowhere near as high as they were back in 2000.
Here’s what the 10 largest stock funds, ranked by assets, would have returned to an investor who plunked down $100 a month for the past 10 years.
Gold was garbage last year on Wall Street, while stocks glittered like diamonds. But the gold rush is making a comeback in 2014.
Cuban first criticizes the SEC for using the “firestorm” over allegations of the market being “rigged” as an entre to ask for more funding.
IPO shares of online advertising company The Rubicon Project jumped 38% on their first day of trading, a big-time reminder that the IPO market is alive and well.
Investors marveling at the striking similarities of the bull market today to the one that ended in 1987 are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. If it does, the market could be in some serious (…)
Investors who love their Google stock will soon have two more reasons, as today is the day the company will pull off its unusual two-for-one stock split. The much anticipated and widely (…)
The number of companies launching their IPOs doubled in the first quarter, and the red-hot market for new issues is expected to continue. All told, 71 companies sold shares to the public for the (…)
Construction spending had a nice pop Tuesday, but slow housing sales might dampen that this spring, says Moody’s Analytics Credit Trends. “From the three-months-ended December 2013 to the (…)
Many of the very same stocks speculators doubled their money on last year are shredding up their gains this year. Nine stocks in the broad Standard & Poor’s 1500 Supercomposite index that doubled or (…)
It’s a big day for a couple tech companies Wednesday, with the possible announcements of some fresh gadgets potentially stirring stocks. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s five tech stocks to (…)
Is Dow power back? Back in 1884, Charles Dow, a former financial scribe at The Wall Street Journal, came up with a theory that said for the bull market trend to remain intact and have staying power, (…)
A day after the Standard & Poor’s 500 closed at a fresh record high, Wall Street is watching a few indicators that could offer clues to the bull’s staying power. 1. Will Dow (…)
Q: Should I steer clear of GM stock due to the recall? A: The 2010 IPO of General Motors was supposed to mark a new GM. But investors are already having to deal with some of the issues that plagued the GM of (…)
Given a choice between food and gold, investors choose food. Funds that invest in agricultural commodities – think corn and hog bellies — led the mutual fund pack in the first (…)
The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index started the second quarter on a winning note Tuesday, closing at a new all-time closing high. According to preliminary calculations, the benchmark index (…)
Investors are starting to place bearish bets against King Digital, maker of Candy Crush, showing there still isn’t a sweet tooth for the deal. Shares of King Digital, maker of the popular mobile (…)
General Motors CEO Mary Barra, speaking at a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday into GM’s recall of 2.53 million small cars for faulty switches, said: “Sitting here today, I cannot tell you (…)
There’s a lot of bubble talk on Wall Street. Areas of the market most widely cited for frothiness include biotech stocks and Internet names. But the IPO market has suddenly entered into the (…)
High-frequency trading is getting attention now, but it’s long been known that computers are rapidly giving professional investors with access to science fiction-like technology an edge. Investors (…)
The default rate on junk bonds in March fell the lowest level since the financial crisis, perhaps the most startling sign yet about how the U.S. economy has left its woes behind. Just 1.5% of companies with (…)
General Motors is expected to face intense scrutiny from the House and Senate this week over the handling of a recall. But investors wonder if it’s an opportunity. Shares of the automaker jumped 48 (…)
Will investors vote against stocks as Election Day nears? The midterm election year is as treacherous for stock investors as it is for incumbent members of Congress. How treacherous? In year two of the (…)
A month. That’s all it would take 48% of Americans to deplete their savings if they were to lose all sources of income. That’s the latest bleak personal finance finding, courtesy of a (…)
Shares of Intuitive Surgical, a maker of medical robotic devices, jumped 15% Tuesday to help the market press to new highs. The company announced a new version of its popular da Vinci (…)
Stocks overslept Tuesday and didn’t open for trading. Just kidding. April Fools! Actually, the stock market woke up on the right side of the bed April 1. The first day of the second quarter sprang to (…)
Welcome back to Tech Five. If this is your first time here, Tech Five is our look at five technology stocks to watch each day. Let’s jump right in and review Tuesday’s Tech Five: (…)
Microsoft shares are soaring this year as Apple’s languish, as investors see profits flowing from big changes made at the company they’ve (…)
April is best known for its spring showers. But on Wall Street, it’s known as the best-performing month for the Dow Jones industrial average. Now that the first quarter of 2014 is in the (…)
The U.S. mint sold out of all 50,000 of its first-of-its kind curved commemorative gold coins on Monday. The coins — the first curved coins ever minted — were part of its 2014 National Baseball Hall (…)
Hiding from the market’s turbulence, it turns out, was the best way to profit from stocks during the first quarter. Utilities and health care stocks, typically places for nervous investors to hide out (…)
It’s the first day of April, and here’s what Wall Street is watching. 1. First day of second quarter. The first quarter of the year was OK, but nothing to brag about. The (…)
Wall Street is looking at another higher start on Tuesday. The major pre-market indexes look like this ahead of the opening bell: Dow: +0.1% S&P 500: 0.1% Nasdaq: +0.01% On Monday, the S&P 500 (…)
Q: What are some of the biggest IPOs in the pipeline? A: Investors are looking for a little something new for their portfolios again. And with the IPO pipeline filling up, investors will have (…)
The rapid-fire trading that has swamped Wall Street for years is now drawing the attention of regulators. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing so-called high-frequency trading for signs of (…)
Construction machinery giant Caterpillar avoided $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes by negotiating a corporate deal with Switzerland and shifting profits to a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary, according to a (…)
Five stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 blasted 30% or more during the first quarter, marking a remarkable score for investors in the right place at the right time when the broad market (…)
The bull, which looked winded in recent trading sessions, finished the first quarter with a strong sprint to the finish line. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average on Monday rallied 134.60 (…)
The financial markets have hit Russian president Vladimir Putin where it hurts most: in his wallet. Putin’s punishment for taking Crimea back from Ukraine is capital fleeing his country, which has (…)
The so-called “TINA” trade didn’t pan out so well for stock investors in the first three months of 2014. For those not familiar with Wall Street-speak, TINA isn’t a play on pop icon (…)
Funds that invest in gold mining stocks were the top performers for the first quarter, coming as a welcome surprise to their long-suffering investors. Although more than 37 people actually own (…)
The Securities and Exchange Commission Monday accused two traders of illegally profiting from information they gained listening into conversations by their wives working at Silicon Valley-based tech (…)
Investors have long wondered if the stock market is stacked against them, but a new book is making the debate go mainstream. Michael Lewis, author of the new book “Flash Boys” is making the (…)
Why did the Dow get a nice pop from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech in Chicago on Monday, where she said “extraordinary commitment (from the Fed) is still needed and (…)
Trying to outsmart the pro traders? Good luck with that. Professional investors have such a wide edge over individuals that the stock market is “rigged,” author Michael Lewis told CBS’ 60 (…)
When Janet Yellen talks, investors normally listen and like what they hear, and push asset prices higher. But that wasn’t the case on March 19, when the new Federal Reserve chair spooked markets during (…)
The “top 1%” might be the primary target of the masses’ ire and envy, but it’s actually the top 0.1% who are grabbing a bigger slice of wealth. The average household in the (…)
Stocks kicked off the final day of the first quarter on a bullish note, sprinting to solid gains after the opening bell. The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was looking to extend its (…)
The tale of the tape comparing last year’s mega-bullish first-quarter gains for stocks compared with this year’s flat market is a story of great expectations gone awry. The first three (…)
Welcome to Tech Five, our morning roundup of technology stocks that are either surging or slumping. Here’s what to keep an eye on Monday: Amazon. Keep this one on your radar all week. (…)
Investors bummed with the do-nothing first quarter for stocks should be glad they at least didn’t own one of these dogs. Retailers Best Buy and Staples were the (…)
U.S. oil exploration stocks are turning into big winners from the heating up battle over the Ukraine, which escalated even more over the weekend. Shares of U.S.-based oil and gas exploration companies have (…)
The new week on Wall Street kicks off on the final day of the first quarter. Here’s what Wall Street pros will be watching: S&P 500 The benchmark U.S. stock index enters the (…)
In a positive development for investors, while companies were busily buying back stock, they didn’t issue new shares as rapidly. The result? A major bump to earnings per share. This happens because (…)
Here’s what we are keeping an eye on this Monday morning. Key numbers: U.S. stock futures are on the up (Dow +0.3%, S%P 500 +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.5%). European shares advanced: (…)
The biggest number this week — and for all of the month — is Friday’s jobs report, which Wall Street is watching closely. Why the big focus on the jobs report? Even though the unemployment (…)
Another IPO broke below its offering price Friday, sending a fresh warning investors are getting their fill of new stock offerings after a blistering start to the year. Everyday Health saw its initial (…)
As the first quarter lurches to a close, we can divide the top-performing funds into two categories: The stupid hot and the just plain hot. What’s stupid hot? Red-hot funds that are either too (…)
Own stocks? Then you probably got a bit spoiled last year reading quarterly investment statements that showed sizable gains quarter after quarter. Last year, the Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 29.6%, (…)
The bounceback of momentum stocks Friday is already losing momentum. The most popular stocks ont he planet — the ones that had been skyrocketing earlier in the year before having their own (…)
CBS Outdoor Americas shares jumped 7% in their first day of trading, sending a message that traders haven’t completely given up on the IPO in the wake of the crushed King Digital. Shares of the top (…)
BlackBerry investors gave the struggling maker of smartphones a respite Friday, but investors are still paying a close eye on the companies fighting to survive. BlackBerry had been a company investors (…)
The “big mo” stocks, shorthand for popular story stocks that were being driven higher and higher simply by momentum, have regained their, um, mojo, Friday. The rebound is welcomed as these (…)
Is the Wall Street bull winded? No way, say traders surveyed by Charles Schwab. So how much longer will the bull, which turned 5 earlier this month, live? Findings from Charles Schwab’s Trading (…)
Q: Can I track my portfolio without sharing my online passwords? A: Investors are on the constant search for tools to help them see how they’re doing. And there’s no shortage of tools to help. (…)
Stocks gained Friday morning after investors applauded new economic data showing better consumer spending. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.7% or 107 points to 16,372 and the Standard & (…)
BlackBerry shares rose roughly 7% Friday after investors realized the company is still fighting for survival. The maker of smartphones that’s been pushed to the No. 4 position by Samsung, Apple and (…)
NEW YORK — After the stock market’s best year since 1997, warning flags are starting to go up on Wall Street where stock turbulence is on the rise and froth is being rubbed out. This (…)
Q: Why are Chinese Internet stocks doing so well? A: When stocks are going straight up, investors start feeling brave. And it’s hard to find a corner of the market that takes more nerves than Chinese (…)
Q: Will upcoming earnings reports be hurt by the bad weather? A: Companies routinely blame bad weather for poor earnings reports. It’s usually just an excuse. But this year, companies might (…)
That yummy-sounding “Waffle Taco” that Taco Bell is rolling out with its new breakfast menu, hasn’t increased investors’ appetite for the shares of parent company Yum! (…)
The Nasdaq is maintaining its dominance of the IPO market, despite aggressive moves by the NYSE to challenge it. So far this year, the Nasdaq has launched 45 IPOs, raising $2.6 billion. It’s an (…)
Shareholder security class action lawsuits soared 57% in 2013 as investors turned to the courts to be made whole from alleged wrongdoing. During 2013, disgruntled investors sued for and successful (…)
Baxter shares are up sharply today, as investors are easily impressed when companies announce a strategy breakup. Shares are up $3.81, or 5.4%, to $73.89 as the medical company told investors it’s (…)
That didn’t take long. Just one day after the disappointing 16% decline in its shares, Wall Street analyst Arvind Bhatia at Sterne Agee issued a report on the maker of the Candy Crush mobile game. He (…)
Investors are hoping the stock market can snap its recent slump, as the Dow has fallen 3 of the past 4 sessions. But stocks basically hugged the flat-line after the opening bell Thursday. The Dow rose (…)
Baxter announced plans Thursday to split itself into two separate healthcare companies. One will focus on biopharmaceuticals, and the other will specialize in medical products. The stock surged 11% in (…)
Citigroup got a failing grade from the Federal Reserve in its latest “stress test.” The downside: the bank won’t be able to pay out fatter dividends to shareholders. Citi also needs approval (…)
Three initial public offerings are set to start trading Thursday, and the reception by investors is critical given the breakdown of King Digital. Biotech Applied Genetic Technologies, financial Square 1 and (…)
Two obscure microcap stocks with the word “oculus” in their names got an unexpected pop in markets Wednesday after Facebook’s whopping $2 billion buy of Oculus VR. Seeing the (…)
International Gaming Technology stunned investors Wednesday by taking down estimates for earnings this year and firing 7% of its workforce. The move by IGT, a leading maker of gambling gear like slot machines, (…)
U.S. stocks are “leaning toward the overvalued side,” according to research released Wednesday by investment tracking firm Morningstar. Stocks are now trading for 104% their full value measured (…)
Facebook’s $2.3 billion buy of virtual reality company Oculus has investors wondering how they can get a piece of the nascent industry. The deal shows that there’s demand for virtual reality (…)
Netflix shares have crashed 20% from their all-time high Wednesday as investors worry the video streaming business is trouble from net neutrality and Apple. These concerns are only half warranted, based on (…)
Corporate America is buying up shares of its own stock at the fastest pace since the 2007 market top. In 2013, companies in the S&P 500 stock index spent $475.6 billion on share repurchases, the most since (…)
The IPO for the maker of online game app Candy Crush was a dud, but the sour reaction to the first day of trading for King Digital Media, hasn’t crushed the broader stock market. The Dow Jones (…)
The M&A business in tech world is on pace for its best year since 2000. YOu can thank Facebook for swallowing up virtual reality firm Oculus Tuesday for $2 billion and its$19.5 billion deal for WhatsApp (…)
Another high-profile tech IPO gets a not-so-sweet reaction from Wall Street. Despite being priced by underwriters atr $22.50 per share late Tuesday, the first trade of King Digital Media, the brainchild behind (…)
The open on Wall Street was positively bullish. Right after the opening bell rang, the Dow is up more than 80 points, or 0.5%, the S&P 500 is up 0.5% and the Nasdaq is up 0.7%.
Which one of the big-four U.S. stock indexes is winning the performance race this year? Here’s a quick best-to-worst tally, based on Tuesday night’s close: No. 1: Nasdaq composite +1.7% (…)
If you’re worried about the recent tech- and biotech-wreck in Nasdaq-land, here’s a key level to watch on the Nasdaq 100 index, home to the largest 100 companies in the Nasdaq composite. (…)
Like teens, Wall Street suffers its fair share of crushes, but on stocks not the cool quarterback or cheerleader next door. Crushes to watch Wednesday: * The IPO of King Digital Media, the maker of the hip (…)
If there’s one thing investors love, it is the prospect of more stimulus from a major central bank. Well, comments Tuesday from the European Central Bank, which is headed by Mario Draghi, hinting at (…)
NEW YORK The financial scars of the financial crisis have yet to wear off, according to a survey by Wells Fargo Private Bank that found that one-third of investors are still wary of putting money in the stock (…)
Wall Street got another big beat on the economic data front today. Orders for durable goods, or long-lasting big-ticket items like refrigerators and dishwashers, jumped 2.2% in February, a huge jump (…)
The blue chip Dow is up about 100 points, or 0.6%, with about 75 minutes to go in Tuesday’s trading session, outpacing the S&P 500, which is up 0.4% and the Nasdaq composite, up just 0.2%. (…)
The king of index funds says 401(k) investors have doubled their use of index funds since 2004. In a study released Tuesday, Vanguard said low-cost index funds, which replicate broad baskets of stocks such as (…)
Q: Is my broker tricking me by selling investments with high fees? A: Brokers face endless temptations. And pushing their clients into investments with high fees are one of them. Investors often seek (…)
Consumer confidence took a huge jump higher in February. Some investors wonder if that’s the missing link to boost consumer stocks. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose to 82.3, (…)
Investors fearful of a crash reversed-engineered the stock prices to see what’s priced in. The analysts gives investors a glimpse of what needs to happen to sustain the market’s prices. And (…)
King Digital Entertainment, the company behind the Candy Crush mobile game, is expected to set the price on its shares late Tuesday. The initial public offering, one of the biggest tests yet of (…)
Here’s a one-stop shopping look at the market-moving economic data released today, courtesy of Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee. • New home sales fell 3.3% in February, dropping from (…)
Far away from the chaos of Wall Street, in the ski-country of Vermont, toils a stock market commentator with a way with words. Forget boring, unreadable Wall Street research that requires a Ph.D. to understand. (…)
Consumer confidence increased in March despite higher food prices, bad weather and other dreary news. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to 82.3, up from 78.3 in February. The index had (…)
It’s been a go-nowhere-fast stock market this year. “The S&P 500 is stuck in a tactical rut,” Stephen Suttmeier, technical market strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Indeed, (…)
The foundation of the housing recovery remains intact, despite rising interest rates and the worst winter weather in recent memory. U.S. single-family home prices continued to rise in January. The (…)
It looks like bounce back Tuesday on Wall Street. Investors will be watching to see if the high-flying Nasdaq stocks in the biotech and social media space rebound Tuesday after crashing to earth the past (…)
The parent of Mickey Mouse is making a big bet on Millenials. Walt Disney shares are up 1.2% in pre-market trading after the entertainment giant announced a deal to acquire Maker Studios, the (…)
The market got it wrong last week, when it dumped stocks amid fears the Federal Reserve was fast-forwarding its rate-hike schedule. So says Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser. “I don’t (…)
NEW YORK — Will rising interest rates crush stocks? Wall Street bears fear the worst. But history says the fear is overblown. The performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index in (…)
The first quarter of 2014 ends Monday, and that means the quarterly bombardment of profit reports from Corporate America likely will become the main market-moving force on Wall Street. So how is the (…)
Symantec isn’t usually the kind of stock that gets tech investors’ attention, but that changed when the sleepy security company late Thursday stunned Wall Street by firing its CEO. Shares of Symantec are (…)
Blame the pain the Nasdaq composite suffered Monday on sick and sinking biotech shares. Biotech, the high-flying sector that came back to earth on Friday when the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange (…)
Q: Why invest in Berkshire Hathaway when it pays no dividend? A: Warren Buffett prizes having a margin safety when selecting investments for Berkshire Hathaway’s investors. But when it (…)
Box, a provider of cloud-based software to companies, filed it IPO plans Monday. That was expected. What was perhaps unexpected is just how much money the company loses. Hearkening back to the dot-com boom (…)
A flurry of six companies are expected to test Wall Street’s appetite for IPOs Friday, showing the best market for new stock since the dot-com boom. It’s the busiest single day for initial public (…)