Selloff puts Dow, S&P 500 on cusp of bear market. History says more pain may lie ahead.

Selloff puts Dow, S&P 500 on cusp of bear market.  History says more pain may lie ahead.

History shows that when the S&P 500 enters a bear market, it tends to stay awhile. Back-to-back drops left the large-cap SPX benchmark, -0.58% down 18.7% from its Jan. 3 record finish on Thursday, closing at 3,900.97. A fall of 20% from a recent peak is the traditional definition of a bear market. That would … Read more

‘Nowhere to hide?’ Why stagflation fears put stocks on verge of a bear market

‘Nowhere to hide?’  Why stagflation fears put stocks on verge of a bear market

It will take more than Friday’s big bounce to put to rest the fear of a bear market in stocks as uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s ability to get a grip on inflation without sinking the economy stokes fears of stagflation — a pernicious combination of slow economic growth and persistent inflation. Stagflation is “an … Read more

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

To say that it has been a perilous stretch for bullish stock investors on Wall Street lately is a bit of an understatement. Marked by stomach-churning volatility and bruising losses in once-popular technology trades, the S&P500 booked its worst start to a year, through the first four months of 2022, in over 80 years, with … Read more

Dow drops more than 500 points as S&P 500, Nasdaq head for worst month since March 2020

Dow drops more than 500 points as S&P 500, Nasdaq head for worst month since March 2020

US stocks were sharply lower Friday afternoon, as investors weighed fresh inflation data while technology-related stocks suffered after disappointing results from Amazon.com Inc. and a warning on rising costs from Apple Inc. How are stock indexes performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA fell almost 515 points, or 1.5%, to about 33,402. The S&P 500 … Read more

‘So bad, it’s good.’ This beleaguered stock market has one big asset on its side, say strategists.

‘So bad, it’s good.’  This beleaguered stock market has one big asset on its side, say strategists.

A rough month for stocks is drawing to a close, and many investors likely won’t be sad to see the back of it. And the last day of April trade is looking weak as Apple and Amazon failed to raise the bar on a mixed season for tech earnings. Our call of the day comes … Read more

S&P 500 aims for best day since 2020 as tech stocks rally after Facebook parent’s results

S&P 500 aims for best day since 2020 as tech stocks rally after Facebook parent’s results

US stocks roared higher Thursday afternoon as investors piled into technology stocks following results from Facebook parent Meta Platforms that weren’t as bad as feared. Investors also brushed off data that showed the US economy contracted unexpectedly in the first quarter. What’s happening The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA was up 645 points, or 2%, … Read more

Ford’s Earnings Took a Huge Hit From Rivian. Wall Street Is Happy Anyway.

Ford’s Earnings Took a Huge Hit From Rivian.  Wall Street Is Happy Anyway.

Text size Ford’s shares have moved about 7% or 8%, up or down, on average after the past four quarterly reports. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Ford-Motor reported first-quarter earnings that modestly beat Wall Street estimates. The outperformance wasn’t big, but the quarter looks drama free, and that was enough for investors during a drama-filled year. Ford … Read more

Dow drops 700 points, Nasdaq slumps ahead of megacap tech earnings

Dow drops 700 points, Nasdaq slumps ahead of megacap tech earnings

US stocks were trading sharply lower Tuesday afternoon, failing to build on the previous session’s bounce, as investors sift through a raft of company results and await earnings reports due after the bell from tech giants including Microsoft Corp. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. How are stock indexes performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA … Read more

Dow drops nearly 600 points, Nasdaq slumps ahead of megacap tech earnings

Dow drops nearly 600 points, Nasdaq slumps ahead of megacap tech earnings

US stocks were trading sharply lower Tuesday afternoon, failing to build on the previous session’s bounce, as investors sift through a raft of company results and await earnings reports due after the bell from tech giants including Microsoft Corp. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. How are stock indexes performing? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA … Read more