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Investors skeptical as stocks top one record after another

September 1, 2014

The stock market ain't the party it used to be. It just blasted through one important psychological barrier, and another now looks tantalizingly close. Yet the mood among investors is dour and businesslike. As the S&P 500 Index reaches 2,000,...

Buffett's buying binge: 'He sees something, and it's big'

November 13, 2011

Warren E. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. invested $23.9 billion in the third quarter, the most in at least 15 years, as he accelerated stock purchases and broadened the portfolio beyond holdings in consumer and financial companies. Berkshire...

Horizon Investments' Greg Valliere bemoans election tone, economic growth

April 19, 2016

As election years go, Greg Valliere, chief global strategist for Horizon Investments, called the current one the “nastiest” and “most unserious” he has ever seen. “I've never seen anything like this in my life,” he said Monday in...

Mon dieu! S&P lowers France's AAA rating — then says it was a mistake

November 10, 2011

Standard & Poor's said a message was erroneously sent out today to some of its subscribers suggesting France's top-notch credit rating had been lowered. It affirmed the country's AAA rating. “As a result of a technical error, a message was...

BlackRock's Rieder: 'There is no bond bubble'

November 4, 2011

Get ready for QE3. According to Rick Rieder, chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income for BlackRock Inc., it's only a matter of time before Benjamin Bernanke and the Federal Reserve begin another round of buying short-tenor U.S....

Fidelity tabs money market chief to run bond operations

November 4, 2011

Fidelity Investments, the second- biggest U.S. mutual-fund company, appointed Robert P. Brown president of its bond unit to replace Christopher Sullivan, who was named head of institutional fixed-income. Brown was previously president of money-market...

Putnam looks to get mileage out of money market hybrid

November 4, 2011

Putnam Investments has joined a short but growing list of firms offering a new twist on the traditional money market fund. The Putnam Short Duration Income Fund Ticker:(PSDTX) is designed as a hybrid product combining features of traditional...

Recession or minor retrenchment? Defensive stocks work in both, says Bernstein

November 2, 2011

Whether the U.S. economy falls into a recession or expands more slowly matters little when it comes to stock-market strategy, according to Richard Bernstein, chief executive officer of Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC. “Investors seem to spend...

Harkin, DeFazio introduce bill to impose financial transactions tax

November 2, 2011

Capitol Hill Democrats introduced legislation today that would impose a tax on financial transactions in order to curb high-frequency trading and force Wall Street to contribute a bigger share to the federal budget. A measure written by Sen....

Now Gross sees 'new normal minus'

November 1, 2011

San Francisco--With extreme volatility, a global debt crisis and clouds of political uncertainty consuming the economic environment for the foreseeable future, the "New Normal" appears to be continuously re-defining itself. And very little clarity...

Pimco pumped on Freddie, Fannie debt

October 25, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co. says investors should buy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities that slumped in response to planned changes to the government-supported companies' refinancing rules. “If you didn't sell them...

With S&P 500 at a record, echoes of the dotcom boom and bust

August 26, 2014

Every day, the American bull market looks more and more like the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Except when it comes to valuations. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) briefly jumped above 2,000 for the first time Monday and the Nasdaq...

Will silver rebound soon? It's a coin toss

October 23, 2011

Silver, the best-performing and most volatile precious metal of the past year, may rebound from a bear market as investors bet on growth in developing nations and an extended European debt crisis. The metal could average $38 an ounce this quarter...

Investors and their advisers see two different worlds out there

October 21, 2011

Investment advisers may be worried about the economy, but they see no reason to get conservative in their investment approach. Conversely, individual investors are turning far more conservative in their investing ideas than institutional investment...

Fannie pack for Gross as bond king hoards agency debt

October 12, 2011

Bill Gross increased holdings of mortgage bonds in his flagship fund to the highest level since January as the Federal Reserve announced plans to reinvest housing debt into the securities to drive borrowing rates lower. The Pacific Investment...

Does anyone care about earnings anymore?

October 11, 2011

Oppenheimer & Co., HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Barclays Plc cut estimates for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, citing Europe's debt crisis and U.S. budget battles. Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer, cut his year-end 2012...

Bearish bets biggest in five years

October 11, 2011

Investors are increasing bearish trades around the world by the most in at least five years, convinced the lowest valuations since 2009 will prove no barrier to losses after $11 trillion was erased from equities. Borrowed shares, an indication...

'Resilient’ gold set for record rally, Morgan Stanley says

October 7, 2011

Gold will perform best among commodities next year and may rally to a record as investors seek to safeguard their wealth against slowing economic growth, according to Morgan Stanley. The 2012 forecast for bullion was increased 35 percent to...

Another 'new normal' for Bill Gross: Trailing rival funds

October 6, 2011

Bill Gross's Pimco Total Return Fund, the world's biggest mutual fund, is trailing a low-cost Vanguard index fund this year as some of the top bond investors were blindsided by the rally in Treasuries. Gross' fund returned 1.5 percent this year...

Corporate cash piling up — but not dividend checks

October 6, 2011

Pressure is building for higher dividends as U.S. companies from Google Inc. (GOOG) to Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) sit on record cash stockpiles and payouts remain at three- year lows. Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies paid 27 percent of earnings...

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