Stocks Had a Nasty 6 Months. The Second Half Could Be Ugly Too.

Text size Bond markets are pricing in significant additional interest-rate hikes this year, but some stock analysts’ earnings forecasts remain optimistic. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg It was a first half destined to haunt investors. The past six months were historically bad for stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies, and practically every other asset class outside of commodities. Despite its late … Read more

Dow climbs more than 300 points ahead of July 4 holiday, US stocks end higher after a bruising first half of 2022

US stocks closed higher Friday, shaking off earlier weakness that came after a disappointing gauge of manufacturing activity underlined fears that aggressive monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve could lead to a sharp slowdown. How did stocks trade? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.05% rose 321.83 points, or 1%, to close at 31,097.26. The … Read more

Dow climbs more than 300 points ahead of July 4 holiday, US stocks end higher after a bruising first half of 2022

US stocks closed higher Friday, shaking off earlier weakness that came after a disappointing gauge of manufacturing activity underlined fears that aggressive monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve could lead to a sharp slowdown. How did stocks trade? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.05% rose 321.83 points, or 1%, to close at 31,097.26. The … Read more

Dow down more than 500 points as brutal first half comes to close

US stocks opened sharply lower on Thursday following the release of closelywatched inflation data, while Wall Street was headed for its worst first half of the year in more than 50 years. How are stock-index futures trading? The S&P 500 dropped 72 points, or 1.9%, to 3,746. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 509 points, … Read more

The Most Valuable Business on Earth Could Be Hiding Inside Amazon

Text size Amazon has created what is arguably one of the world’s best growth businesses. Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images Amazon Web Services just might be the most valuable business on Earth. And the most undervalued. Clearly, the optimistic view of the long-term potential of AWS isn’t reflected in the current valuation for Amazon.com stock … Read more

Elon Musk joins the growing chorus fearing a US recession. But there are stocks for that.

Look out above, the dip buyers are back in town. Stocks are soaring – for now – as Wall Street returns from a long holiday weekend, with Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifying in front of Congress this week. The buying mood comes after the S&P 500’s worst week since March 2020, including its fall … Read more

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

Historically bad. That’s how the mammoth $ 53 trillion US fixed-income market has performed this year as the Federal Reserve works to curtail high inflation threatening to wreck the economy. To turbo charge the effort, the Fed on Wednesday fired off its biggest benchmark interest rate increase in nearly thirty years. But what does that … Read more

US inflation expected to keep running hot: Traders see 4 straight months of roughly 9% or higher CPI readings

Just a day after Federal Reserve policy makers delivered their biggest rate hike in 28 years, the US inflation outlook continues to look dire in one obscure part of the financial market. Traders of so-called fixings, or derivatives-like instruments related to Treasury inflation-protected securities, expect four straight months of annual headline consumer-price index readings at … Read more

In `fragile ‘financial markets ahead of Fed’s decision, some traders and strategists see risk of instant recession

Financial markets are on precarious footing since last Friday’s surprise reading on accelerating US inflation for May-with Treasurys, stocks, credit and currencies all exhibiting friction or tension ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate decision on Wednesday. According to strategist Ben Emons and trader Tom di Galoma, the process of transmitting monetary policy through U.S. financial … Read more

Tightening of financial conditions accelerates, recession fears grow as May CPI report becomes multi-day trading event

Financial markets convulsed on Monday as investors considered the prospects of US inflation accelerating, not decelerating, after the release of May’s consumer-price index report. Signs of the sentiment shift since Friday’s data release were evident in the fast-paced tightening of financial conditions, plus an outlook for more aggressive Federal Reserve rate hikes. Gains in the … Read more