Conditions Are Ripe for a Deep Bear Market

Conditions Are Ripe for a Deep Bear Market

With the S&P 500 briefly on Friday down 20% from its January peak, it is very tempting to start trying to call the end of the selloff. The problem is that only one of the conditions for a rally is in place, that everyone’s scared. That worked beautifully for timing the start of the 2020 … 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

Stock Futures Fall on Inflation Data

Stock Futures Fall on Inflation Data

Stock futures gave up their gains Wednesday after fresh data showed inflation eased slightly in April. Futures for the S&P 500 slipped 0.6%, reversing a gain of more than 1% ahead of the release of the data. The index snapped a three-day losing streak Tuesday, hitting pause on a stretch of pressure that came as … Read more

US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US stock futures edged down, putting major indexes on track to extend losses after one of Wall Street’s worst selloffs since the pandemic began. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.3%, a day after the blue-chip index slumped more than 1,000 points, its worst day since 2020. S&P 500 futures edged down … Read more

Fed, Biden Administration Float New Lending Rules for Lower-Income Areas

Fed, Biden Administration Float New Lending Rules for Lower-Income Areas

WASHINGTON—Top US regulators proposed overhauling how banks lend hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lower-income communities, after scrapping a Trump-era revamp that had divided regulators and industry officials. The latest proposal to modernize rules for the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, announced Thursday, aims to ensure lending to lower-income individuals and small businesses is distributed … Read more

Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

US stocks fell, with technology stocks leading the way, as investors assessed the implications of Federal Reserve’s most aggressive tightening of monetary policy in more than two decades. The S&P 500 dropped 2.1% in early trading Thursday. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.6%, or 551 points. … Read more

US Stocks Finish Higher Ahead of Fed Meeting

US Stocks Finish Higher Ahead of Fed Meeting

US stock indexes finished modestly higher on Tuesday as investors geared up for the Federal Reserve’s policy decision this week and evaluated a batch of earnings. Stocks moved between small gains and losses during the session, finally rising for a second straight day after a brutal selloff capped off April. The S&P 500 pink 20.10, … Read more

US Job Openings, Quits Reach March Records in Tight Labor Market

US Job Openings, Quits Reach March Records in Tight Labor Market

Job openings and the number of times workers quit reached the highest levels on record in March, as a shortage of available workers continued to pressure the US labor market. The Labor Department on Tuesday reported a seasonally adjusted 11.5 million job openings in March, an increase from 11.3 million the prior month. The number … Read more

Stocks Open Mixed Ahead of Fed Meeting

Stocks Open Mixed Ahead of Fed Meeting

US stock indexes were mixed at the opening Tuesday as investors geared up for the Federal Reserve’s policy decision this week and evaluated a batch of earnings. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% in early trading. The benchmark stocks gauge pink 0.6% Monday, its third gain in four trading days. The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite added 0.4% … Read more

4 economists and real estate pros on what to expect from home prices

4 economists and real estate pros on what to expect from home prices

What will home prices do this season, and into 2023? Getty Images Home prices have been on a rapid rise: Depending on which gauge you look at, US home prices have been rising at a pace of 15% to 20% a year. But pros say that rapid ascent is likely to slow through the next … Read more