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Bull run that has taken U.S. equities to record highs may be nearing peak

August 14, 2018

The bull run that has taken U.S. equities to record highs this year may be about to reach its peak, according to the latest survey of fund managers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Allocations to U.S. stocks jumped 10 percentage points this...

FAANGs are really solo acts, not a supergroup

August 7, 2018

It's time for FAANG stocks to break up, at least in investors' minds. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet can't get away from one another. Every time one grabs the spotlight — as Apple did last week when it became the...

Morgan Stanley: Correction worse than February looming

July 31, 2018

The market's leaders have gone missing this earnings season. For Morgan Stanley, that's a worrying sign that the stock rally may have exhausted itself. Even though more than 85% of S&P 500 members beat analyst estimates, the type of pro-cyclical...

Tech bloodletting approaches $300 billion

July 30, 2018

The rush to get out of U.S. tech stocks entered its third day Monday as concerns mounted over how the storied FAANG bloc will fare amid rising interest rates and slower growth. All of the FAANGs retreated, with Facebook Inc. sinking 3.3% and...

Focus Financial IPO falls short of expectations

July 26, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' initial offering price of $33 was bid up by investors when the stock started trading Thursday afternoon. Despite the below-target offering price, the stock closed its first day of trading at $37.55, representing a 13.8%...

With money on their minds, Generation Z is ready to invest

July 25, 2018

While most members of Generation Z are still only teenagers, it's not too early for this young generation to start thinking about the stock market. Known for their frugality and tendency to stockpile cash for the future, the members of Generation...

Judge dismisses amended complaint in Wells Fargo stock-drop case

July 24, 2018

A U.S. District Court judge in Minneapolis dismissed for the second time a lawsuit by participants in the 401(k) plan of Wells Fargo & Co., saying plaintiffs failed to prove their complaints of fiduciary breaches regarding the management of...

Focus Financial raises goal for IPO to $600 million

July 17, 2018

Focus Financial Partners' announcement Monday that it plans on raising six times as much money — $600 million instead of its original $100 million — in an initial public stock offering is another endorsement of the registered investment...

Recency bias: A big risk to your clients this summer

July 10, 2018

It is perhaps the most oft written sentence in investing: Past performance is never an indication of future results. Lots of people tie this to disclosures on materials and relate it to an individual manager's results. But it is bigger than...

Best-performing sectors this earnings season most at risk from trade war

July 9, 2018

The trade war is officially here. So is earnings season. Corporate America isn't about to let one ruin the other. As executives prepare to release results for the second time this year, it's the very companies with the most on the line in President...

Barclays joins Morgan Stanley in questioning small-cap rally

July 9, 2018

Two Wall Street strategists are casting doubt on one of this year's most-popular trades: buy small-cap stocks. Don't be fooled by the consensus that smaller companies are better positioned to weather a global trade war, Barclays' Maneesh Deshpande...

Earnings season is approaching, but all stocks care about is a trade war

July 5, 2018

One of the biggest casualties of the tariff war has been the power of corporate profits to energize stocks. Now another earnings season is at hand, and not even that can keep investors from obsessing over trade. It's the story of the market...

Trade war could harm Americans' retirement savings

July 3, 2018

Donald Trump's brewing trade war could have another collateral victim: Americans' retirement savings. The second quarter officially ended on Friday. By next week, large U.S. companies will start reporting how they did during the period. Most...

Strategists see a blowout second half

July 2, 2018

A global trade war is looming and emerging markets are plunging. Time to pile into U.S. stocks. That's the message from Wall Street prognosticators, who have stuck with full-year forecasts during a first half that's been anything but smooth....

Volatile trading in first half upends expectations

June 29, 2018

The half that began with "melt-up" euphoria ended with melt-down fear. Investors breezed into 2018 expecting to pick up easy returns from steadily rising asset prices. Instead, they're nursing losses on bets that had delivered the biggest gains...

Small caps are losing their immunity to trade jitters

June 27, 2018

A shelter from the storm is starting to sprout leaks. Bearish sentiment is growing on the Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks, a group that had seemed relatively immune to the trade-tariff saber-rattling that's recently cast a pall over the...

Momentum stocks set for more pain as quarter ends

June 26, 2018

The calendar and the computers are working against formerly high-flying momentum stocks. The iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor exchange-traded fund (MTUM) has given back 3.9% over the past three sessions. And Christopher Harvey, Wells Fargo's...

Stocks sell off on escalating trade jitters

June 25, 2018

Escalating trade tensions sent U.S. stocks to their steepest drop since early April on Monday, as President Donald J. Trump's threats of more protectionism against major partners were met with Chinese and European vows of retaliation. The S&P...

Advisers still think ESG strategies underperform

June 25, 2018

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, performance worries still keep advisers from implementing investment strategies that take into account environmental, social and governance concerns. A study released Monday by Cerulli Associates found...

Best- and worst-performing sector funds and ETFs this year

June 22, 2018

A rising tide may lift all ships, but a bull market doesn't lift all stock sectors. Here are the top and bottom funds and ETFs in the five best- and worst-performing sectors this year, listed from worst to first. Data are as of June 21 and are...

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