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

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

Tesla, Ford attract new investments from Soros’s fund

Billionaire investor George Soros’s investment fund has bought stakes in Tesla Inc. and Ford Motor Co. and added to existing stakes in EV makers Lucid Group Inc. and Nio Inc., according to a filing late Friday. The fund acquired 29.5 million shares of Ford F, +2.21% in the reporting period ended in June, the filing … Read more

Financials Up Sharply on Hopes of Sustained Market Turnaround — Financials Roundup

Shares of banks and other financial institutions rose sharply amid hopes for a sustained turnaround in stock and bond markets. There were large in-flows of investor capital into bonds and financial stocks in the latest survey from analysts at brokerage Bank of America Securities, in a note to clients. A large impetus for stock gains … Read more

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

Stock-market euphoria meets bond-market pessimism as ‘strange week’ comes to an endMarketWatch

Can the stock market bottom without Wall Street’s fear gauge hitting ‘panic’ levels?

Investors have endured a lot this year, and it’s not over yet with market technicians debating whether US stocks are embarking on the start of the next bull market, or simply another vicious bear-market rally, as investing titans Stanley Druckenmiller and Michael Burry have warned . For investors struggling to discern how best to position … Read more

‘Strange week’ filled with conflicting signals in financial markets begins to wind down – MarketWatch

‘Strange week’ filled with conflicting signals in financial markets begins to wind downMarketWatch

Opinion: These small-cap stocks will lead the market if the rally has legs

If stock market FOMO is starting to bug you, but you’re hesitant to buy stocks, here’s a fix: Go small. Small companies are still super-cheap. These aren’t companies whose CEOs grab headlines when they speak. You may not even have heard of most of them. But when you buy their stocks, you are investing in … Read more