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The reopening trade was in full swing last week on signs of a rapid economic recovery from mandated shutdowns. The strong May jobs report was the highlight.
The lockdown-relief rally extended into the early part of last week. The rally was, however, partly undone by rising tensions between the U. S. and China.
Stocks rallied on encouraging coronavirus vaccine trial data and rising expectations of a rebound in economic activity. Transportation stocks thrived.
Cautious comments from Dr. Fauci and Mr. Powell dampened the optimism of a quick economic recovery last week. Healthcare stocks fared well in this setting.
The stock market returned to focus on earnings reports during the week ending May 8.
Risk-on trades flourished in the early part of the week. This rally, however, started to unravel by the end.
Earnings reports are an important factor affecting stock prices. The S&P 500 quarterly earnings parade starts in a few weeks. How is the 2nd quarter earnings outlook shaping up for different sectors and stocks? The S&P 500 companies are set to report their second-quarter earnings reports in a few weeks. During the first quarter, S&P 500 quarterly earnings… Read More »
The third quarter was a good one for investors. The S&P 500 gained 15% as stock price volatility declined, risk appetite rose, and confidence in financial markets seemingly improved – a milieu in which online stock trading companies should normally thrive. However, earnings reports from leading online trading brokers Charles Schwab (SCHW), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), and E*Trade Financial… Read More »
In a trend that represents a reversal from the excessive capital spending that characterized the late 1990s, many corporations have quietly been accumulating cash on their balance sheets over the past few years. In August CFO Magazine reported that cash and marketable securities made up about 15% of total capital employed at the end of 2003, up from… Read More »
Year 2009 has been tough for many investors. Investors who panicked in March and fled from equities to cash have watched their monies earn abysmally low returns while stock prices took off. The S&P 500 is now up 64% from its 2009 bottom, making it difficult for cash-laden investors to decide if it is right to return to… Read More »