Meme-Stock Investors Are Back! Sort of, anyway

Individual investors have waded back into the stock market after laying low through the worst of this year’s selloff. But don’t call it a comeback yet. So-called retail investors in the last two weeks have ramped up purchases of stocks and bullish call options, helping send meme stocks, such as Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. … Read more

Ex-JPMorgan Traders Convicted in Federal Fraud Trial

A federal jury in Chicago convicted two former traders of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s precious metals desk who had been charged with manipulating gold prices, finding they used misleading orders to rig prices. The convictions are the capstone of a seven-year Justice Department campaign to punish a style of deceptive trading in futures markets known … Read more

Avaya’s Collapsing Debt Deal Hits Clients of Goldman, JPMorgan

A $600 million debt deal that Goldman Sachs Group spirit JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently arranged for Avaya Holdings went bad within weeks. The two banks sold new loans and bonds for Avaya, a cloud-communications company, in late June. Investors included Brigade Capital Management LP and Symphony Asset Management LLC, people familiar with the matter … Read more

Stocks Finish Mixed With Earnings in Focus

US stocks wavered Monday as investors reviewed a series of earnings reports for insight into the impact of higher inflation on companies and consumers. The S&P 500 fell 5.13 points, or 0.1%, to 4140.06. The Nasdaq Composite retreated 13.10 points, or 0.1%, to 12644.46 after spending much of the afternoon hovering between gains and losses. … Read more

Investors Brace for More Market Volatility as Earnings Estimates Slump

Updated Aug. 7, 2022 5:58 am ET List two articles (2 minutes) Corporate earnings expectations are falling. That means the stock market is again at risk of appearing expensive, even after this year’s tumble. Wall Street often uses the ratio of a company’s share price to its earnings as a gauge for whether a stock … Read more

Wall Street Sentiment Survey Might Have Called the Stock Market’s Turn

Investors have scoured reams of data for evidence that 2022’s market rout is over. A six-decade-old survey might have made that call in June. Investors Intelligence’s ratio of bullish advisers to bearish ones, known as the bull/bear ratio, fell to 0.60 during the week of June 21. That was the survey’s most-pessimistic reading since the … Read more

Muni Market Transaction Costs Remain High, Despite Customer Protection Rules, Study Says

Municipal bond dealers set prices well above what they pay for the securities, reaping windfalls at the expense of individual investors despite recent regulation aimed at curbing so-called markups, according to an academic study of trading data released Thursday. “Dealers appear to use their pricing discretion to charge higher markups to small customers when investors … Read more

Speculators Exit Agricultural Markets, Intensifying Crop Selloff

An exodus of hedge funds and other speculators from commodity markets has exacerbated the fall in prices for wheat, corn, soybeans and other staples, which some analysts say are now cheaper than supply and demand warrant. It is a sharp reversal from earlier this year when money managers, worried about inflation and war-related supply problems, … Read more

Volatility Measure Hits Three-Year Low Despite Market Turmoil

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Volatility Measure Hits Three-Year Low Despite Market Turmoil

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