Citi says investors have up to six weeks to keep squeezing the bears after the inflation surprise

Citi says investors have up to six weeks to keep squeezing the bears after the inflation surprise

Well, that was something. Inflation came in a bit below forecast, and then the rockets came out — the best one-day percentage rise for the S&P 500 SPX, +5.54% since April 6, 2020, and the best one-day percentage rise for the Nasdaq Composite since March 24, 2020. If inflation has truly peaked, there’s really just … Read more

New stock-market lows ahead? What investors need to know as Fed signals rates will be higher for longer.

New stock-market lows ahead? What investors need to know as Fed signals rates will be higher for longer.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sent a clear signal interest rates will move higher and stay there longer than previously anticipated. Investors wonder if that means new lows for the beaten-down stock market lie ahead. “If we don’t see inflation start to come down as the fed-funds rate goes up, then we’re not getting to … Read more

Fed warns of ‘low’ market liquidity in $24 trillion Treasury market, in latest financial stability report

Fed warns of ‘low’ market liquidity in  trillion Treasury market, in latest financial stability report

The Federal Reserve on Friday confirmed what many investors were saying for some time: the $24 trillion Treasury market has been experiencing low levels of market liquidity in recent months. The central bank has been rapidly increasing interest rates since March as part of a fight to bring inflation down from a 40-year high. The … Read more

Stock-market investors brace for busiest week of earnings season. Here’s how it stacks up so far.

Stock-market investors brace for busiest week of earnings season. Here’s how it stacks up so far.

So far, so good? Stocks ended the first full week of the earnings season on a strong note Friday, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +2.47%, S&P 500 SPX, +2.37% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.81% to their strongest weekly gains since June. It gets more hectic in the week ahead, with 165 S&P 500 … Read more

Who’s going to be the next world’s economic power? Here’s what this famed economist is now saying — and one possible surprise

Who’s going to be the next world’s economic power? Here’s what this famed economist is now saying — and one possible surprise

Thursday’s dramatic spike doesn’t necessarily show that the stock market is about to bottom, but it does confirm that investors are so pessimistic that there isn’t a huge hurdle to overcome to turn things around. That’s one way to look at what is at stake from this week’s earnings from the likes of Netflix NFLX, … Read more

‘Growing wealth gap and rising inflation … hurt the global economy at almost every turn,’ Jamie Dimon says

‘Growing wealth gap and rising inflation … hurt the global economy at almost every turn,’ Jamie Dimon says

What a difference 25 years can make. The world today is a markedly different place from the world that existed at MarketWatch’s inception in October 1997. JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, +1.66% CEO Jamie Dimon expressed it aptly when we reached out to him for his take on the state of the global economy and … Read more

S&P 500 books second lowest close of the year. And it still can get scarier for stocks.

S&P 500 books second lowest close of the year. And it still can get scarier for stocks.

Scarier days lie ahead for the stock market, according to Mizuho Securities. While the S&P 500 SPX, -0.65% has fallen about 25% from its peak this year, there’s “more pain to come” for equity-market bulls embarking on a “misguided ‘buy the dip’ strategy,” Mizuho’s team of U.S. economists warned in a Tuesday client note. Such … Read more

The stock market is wrong: the economy isn’t going to ‘blow a gasket’ just yet, warns economist

The stock market is wrong: the economy isn’t going to ‘blow a gasket’ just yet, warns economist

While this year’s sharp selloff in stocks might feel brutal, particularly after the carnage of September, the S&P 500 remains about 17.1% above year-end 2019 levels, according to Dow Jones Market Data. That isn’t low enough, given the likely scope of Federal Reserve actions needed to bring surging inflation back to the central bank’s 2% … Read more

This big tech stock looks way oversold. Here’s your best strategy for buying it now in this volatile market.

This big tech stock looks way oversold. Here’s your best strategy for buying it now in this volatile market.

Hoping for a bear killing October? The month looks ready to kick off with gains, as the stock market appears ready to shake off a few troubling headlines. Tesla shares are tumbling after not-good-enough quarterly sales, and another crisis may be brewing over the health of a big European bank. But investors seem modestly impressed … Read more

What investors need to know about October’s complicated stock-market history

What investors need to know about October’s complicated stock-market history

While September lived up to its reputation as a brutal month for stocks, October tends to be a “bear-market killer,” associated with historically strong returns, especially in midterm election years. October, however, is also associated with historic market plunges. And skeptics are warning investors that negative economic fundamentals could overwhelm seasonal trends as what’s traditionally the … Read more