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 are the best-performing S&P 500 stocks this week. Here’s where analysts see them going

The S & P 500 rose for the fourth straight week as investors cheered better-than-expected inflation numbers. The consumer price index rose 8.5% year over year in July, compared to economists’ expectations of 8.7%. Meanwhile, wholesale inflation, as measured by the producer price index, fell 0.5% last month. The weekly gain marks the longest winning … 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

Housing data and retail could be the next catalysts for the market in the week ahead

Stocks could continue to push higher into the dog days of August, as investors await earnings from big retailers and new data on housing and the consumer. Economic reports in the week ahead include housing starts Tuesday and existing home sales Thursday. Home sales are expected to fall more than 6%, according to Dow Jones, … 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

Don’t Trust This Stock Market Rally. Strategists See More Trouble Ahead.

Text size Only 30% of the indicators that typically light up before market bottoms are triggered today, according to Bank of America. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images The S&P 500’s 15% summer bounce off its June lows may be as fleeting as the relief from the heat a weekend at the beach provides. Bank of … Read more

Is the stock market’s favorite ‘fear gauge’ signaling more pain ahead for investors?

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

Why stock-market bulls are obsessed with the 4,231 level for the S&P 500

The S&P 500 index looked set Friday to take another run at a technical level that could deliver a big dose of encouragement to stock-market bulls arguing that the bear-market bottom is in, although chart watchers warned that it might not be a signal to go all in. Through Thursday’s close, the S&P 500 SPX, … Read more