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Stock-index futures flat as investors pause after another record

November 11, 2014

Stock-index futures were little changed, as investors weighed equity valuations after benchmarks closed at a fourth straight record. Futures on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) expiring in December rose 0.1% to 2,036.1 at 6:12 a.m. in New...

Stock-index futures flat as focus turns to earnings

November 10, 2014

Stock-index futures were little changed, after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index posted a third weekly gain, as investors watched corporate results. Futures on the S&P 500 expiring in December rose 0.1% to 2,028.4 at 6:47 a.m. in New York. Dow...

U.S. stock futures little changed before jobs data

November 7, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures were little changed, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index heading for a weekly gain, as investors awaited data that is projected to show an increase of more than 200,000 in October payrolls. Bank of America Corp. fell...

Stocks expected flat as investors take breather after election

November 6, 2014

Stock-index futures were little changed early Thursday after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose to a record, as investors awaited the European Central Bank's policy meeting for clarity on stimulus measures. Qualcomm Inc. slid 6.2% in premarket...

Republican victory boosts stocks as the dollar strengthens, gold slumps

November 5, 2014

U.S. equity-index futures rose after Republicans won control of the Senate, the dollar strengthened and precious metals fell. European stocks climbed on better-than-estimated earnings while Brent crude oil retreated to four-year low and Russia's...

U.S. stock-index futures decline with S&P 500 near record

November 4, 2014

U.S. stock-index futures dropped, with equity benchmarks near records, as investors weighed prospects for economic growth and corporate earnings to help gauge the pace of the recovery. Standard & Poor's 500 Index futures expiring in December...

Options market action suggests investor fear has peaked

October 18, 2014

Bulls looking for signs that Friday's rally in stocks is the start of something bigger are taking signals from options and Standard & Poor's 500 Index charts. One way of gauging market sentiment is to compare how much it costs to buy options...

Markets in a 'bad mood' as S&P 500 gives back year's gains

October 15, 2014

The S&P 500 wiped out its gains for the year Wednesday as banks sank after reporting earnings while a drop in retail sales reignited concern about the economy and a second health worker in Texas caught Ebola. KeyCorp retreated 8.9%, the biggest...

Pimco boss shrugs off Gross' exit

October 3, 2014

Pimco CEO says the big beachside bond shop has already moved past Bill Gross. Nothing to see here, folks. It's all good in the neighborhood. 'Our DNA is fundamentally unchanged' after Gross A bullish sign for stocks. The big-money investors...

Why managed futures aren't getting the job done

September 14, 2014

Most advisers got involved in managed futures after stocks performed poorly in 2008. But they walked right into another poor market environment, this time for managed futures themselves. While they don't make the headlines as much, managed futures...

The Fed should raise rates, but it won't

August 25, 2014

When the Fed is likely to raise rates and when the Fed should raise rates are necessarily the same. Don't hold your breath for higher rates anytime soon The thirst for diversification is driving more financial advisers to options investing....

Investors jump on the low-volatility bandwagon

August 21, 2014

Taking a cue from the Fed, investors are placing big bets on minimal market volatility Speculating on the market's mood A stock market that is stubbornly resistant to bad news could be brought down by a shock of good news. It's a theory. When...

Time is ripe for unconstrained bond funds

July 10, 2014

With equities hovering near all-time highs and baby boomers fueling demand for income solutions, bond investing — yield, capital preservation and risk reduction — is as important as ever. However, given persistent low interest rates, building...

Oil spikes to a three-month high as Iraq's stability crumbles

June 12, 2014

Oil jumps to a three-month high as militants march on toward Bagdad. This can't be good. The insurgency is hitting financial markets and global currencies Hedge funds are taking issue with Obama's student loan plan. The President's latest executive...

How to find the best nontraditional bond fund

June 2, 2014

One of the many byproducts of historically low interest rates and the higher risk in traditional bond funds that comes with it is the newfound popularity of nontraditional bond funds. But as the category has grown to $145 billion across 84 funds,...

Bond market message to Fed: Your 4% rate outlook is too high

May 27, 2014

The bond market, unparalleled in predicting shifts in the U.S. economy over the decades, has a message: Interest rates aren't going to rise as high as even the Federal Reserve's own forecast. From bond yields to futures and swaps, traders see...

The incredible shrinking hedge fund fees

May 16, 2014

Coming soon to a hedge fund near you: No more performance fees. That's right, the industry that made high fees and expenses fashionable is starting to drift back down to Earth. In typical hedge fund industry style, this trend is difficult to...

You, too, can play hedge fund manager with new credit swap ETFs

May 14, 2014

If you (or your grandmother) want to bet your savings on a bundle of credit derivatives, it'll be easy to do so through a new swath of exchange-traded funds. The ETFs may not have been created with her in mind, but she'll be able to buy their...

How to spot the bear market in stocks, from LPL Financial's Kleintop

May 14, 2014

Here's how to spot the bear market in stocks. Bear market won't come until the yield curve says so: Kleintop Money manager Paul Schatz wonders if there is something dark and dangerous lurking in the bond market. The challenges of an intermediate-term...

Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike

March 18, 2014

U.S. stock futures are indicating some confidence in this morning's housing report. Consensus estimates suggest a slight bump in February housing, on the heels of an ugly dip in January. Futures are flat following the S&P's 1% gain yesterday...

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