Inflation surge cools in July. Should stock-market investors still play defense?

The latest surge in stocks helped lift the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +2.09% out of bear-market territory on Wednesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.27% to exit correction territory. But the sharp upswing also prompted debate about whether investors should adjust their portfolios, pivoting away from defense plays. For the past month, growth stocks … Read more

These money and investing tips can protect you if the bears take a swipe at this stock market rally

Don’t miss these top money and investing features: Sign up here to get MarketWatch’s best mutual funds and ETF stories emailed to you weekly! INVESTING NEWS & TRENDS These small-cap stocks will lead the market if the rally has legs Small- and mid-cap stocks tend to outperform in a bull market as investors desire riskier … Read more

Opinion: Inflation report brings 2 pieces of good news for retirees and retirement savers

Retirees and those seeking secure income got two items of very good news this week, although you may only have heard about one. July’s inflation came in below fears (although a debate now rages on what the “real” inflation rate is—more on that below). Meanwhile, your ability to earn a guaranteed rate of return on … Read more

Stocks Could Keep Rising If the Fed Shows Restraint

Text size As the market rebounds, speculative stocks are staring. For proof, consider Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF, up about 40% since mid-June. David Swanson/Reuters/Alamy What bear market? Stocks continued their summer rally this past week as better-than-expected inflation results helped lead to a 3.3% gain in the S&P 500 index, its fourth consecutive weekly … Read more

This 20% Nasdaq gain doesn’t mean we’re in a new bull market

Eager-beaver bulls are jumping the gun in declaring that the Nasdaq has entered a new bull market. While the Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +2.09% has rallied more than 20% from its June low, a greater than 20% Nasdaq rally does not, by itself, guarantee that a new bull market has begun. On the contrary, there … Read more

Five Chinese Companies Say They Plan to Delist From the New York Stock Exchange

Five Chinese state-owned companies said they intend to delist their American depositary shares from the New York Stock Exchange, as financial regulators in Beijing and Washington remain at loggerheads over US audit requirements. In separate filings to Hong Kong’s stock exchange Friday, PetroChina China Petroleum & Chemical Aluminum Corp. of China China Life Insurance Co … Read more

Alphabet Inc. Cl A stock rises Friday, outperforms market

Shares of Alphabet Inc. Cl A GOOGLE, +2.39% rose 2.39% to $121.68 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around favorable trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, +1.73% rising 1.73% to 4,280.15 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.27% rising 1.27% to 33,761.05. Alphabet Inc. Cl A closed … Read more

Tesla Inc. stock outperforms market on strong trading day

Shares of Tesla Inc. TSLA, +4.68% rallied 4.68% to $900.09 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the NASDAQ Composite Index COMP, +2.09% rising 2.09% to 13,047.19 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.27% rising 1.27% to 33,761.05. Tesla Inc. closed $343.40 below its 52-week … Read more

Microsoft Corp. stock rises Friday, still underperforms market

Shares of Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +1.70% advanced 1.70% to $291.91 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX, +1.73% rising 1.73% to 4,280.15 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.27% rising 1.27% to 33,761.05. Microsoft Corp. closed $57.76 short of its … Read more

Stock-market euphoria meets bond-market pessimism as ‘strange week’ comes to end – MarketWatch

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