Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

It’s easy to want to duck for cover given the carnage seen this year in stocks and bonds, particularly with the Federal Reserve vowing to wage an unconditional battle against high inflation. While inflation running at a 40-year high still sits near the top of the list of worries for many investors, another potential bugaboo … Read more

Here’s how you can compound dividend stocks to double the S&P 500’s return

Here's how you can compound dividend stocks to double the S&P 500's return

Companies announce dividend increases all the time, but here’s one that points to a simple investing strategy that can lower your risk and make you a lot of money over the years. Maybe it isn’t so exciting on the surface: Kroger Co. KR, a supermarket operator, raised its quarterly dividend payout by quite a bit, … Read more

This star hedge-fund manager says some major tech names are now value plays, as he shorts one meme-stock favorite

This star hedge-fund manager says some major tech names are now value plays, as he shorts one meme-stock favorite

Stocks are on the rebound again, at least that’s the vibe from futures. That’s a day after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell confirmed to lawmakers, what markets already knew — that a soft economic landing might be tricky while taming the inflation beast. Along with average investors, hedge funds have had a rough start to … Read more

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a ’70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The S&P 500 could slide another 33% in a '70s-style inflation environment: Societe Generale

The bear market in stocks probably isn’t over — and could have much longer to run if the economy falls into a 1970s-style stagflation scenario, a Wall Street equities strategist warned this week. The S&P 500 officially entered a bear market last week, falling more than 20% from its Jan. 3 record finishes. The US … Read more

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

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

Stocks Open Higher After S&P 500’s Worst Week in Two Years

Stocks Open Higher After S&P 500's Worst Week in Two Years

US stock futures climbed, offering investors a repossession from a recent stretch of whipsaw trading that had sent stocks and cryptocurrencies falling. Futures for the S&P 500 gained 1.6% on Tuesday, while those for the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.4%. Contracts for the Nasdaq-100 jumped 1.6%. The US stock market was closed Monday for … Read more

Stocks Historically Don’t Bottom Out Until the Fed Eases

Stocks Historically Don't Bottom Out Until the Fed Eases

Another week of whipsaw stock trading has many investors wondering how much farther markets will fall. Investors have often blamed the Federal Reserve for market routes. It turns out the Fed has often had a hand in market turnsarounds, too. Going back to 1950, the S&P 500 has sold off at least 15% on 17 … Read more

Stock Futures Falter as Post-Fed Rally Fades

Stock Futures Falter as Post-Fed Rally Fades

US stock futures and global indexes slumped, suggesting Wall Street’s post-Fed meeting rally isn’t set to last. Futures tied to the S&P 500 dropped 1.9% on Thursday, a day after the broad index rallied 1.5% to halt a five-day losing streak. Blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures lost 1.5% while Nasdaq-100 futures fell 2.2%, putting … Read more

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed’s jumbo rate hike

Why stocks and bonds went into relief-rally mode after Fed's jumbo rate hike

Financial markets suffered an absolute bloodbath in the days leading up to Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision, with stocks plunging and bond yields soaring in the wake of surprisingly hot inflation data — a sign that investors feared a more Volcker-esque reaction from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and the rest of the Federal Open Market … Read more

Fed’s Stern Message Amplifies Worries About Stock Valuations

Fed's Stern Message Amplifies Worries About Stock Valuations

The prospect of faster-than-expected monetary tightening has rattled Wall Street, dragging the S&P 500 deeper into bear territory Tuesday and forcing investors to reassess a stock market that doesn’t look cheap even after its dramatic selloff. It has been an ugly spell in markets, reflecting concerns about how the economy will hold up as the … Read more