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Stocks vs. bonds? Stocks, in a landslide, says Goldman

March 21, 2012

Stocks will probably begin a “steady upward trajectory” over the next few years because any declines in economic growth are already reflected in share prices, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said. “Given current valuations, we think it's time...

Biggs boosts bullish bets on stocks to 90% net long

March 20, 2012

Barton Biggs, the hedge-fund manager who increased bets on equities before the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rallied this year, is getting more bullish. “I've been gradually increasing and I'm up to 90 percent now,” said Biggs, referring to...

Chart of the day: Stocks' Sweet Sixteen

March 19, 2012

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500. The broad stock market index has had only three down weeks out of the past sixteen. There has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in over 20 years — since the period...

Bank of America shares top $10 for first time since August

March 19, 2012

Bank of America Corp., the second- biggest U.S. lender by assets, topped $10 in New York trading for the first time since August amid a rally that began after the firm passed the Federal Reserve stress test. Bank of America rose 2.5 percent...

Cheap S&P 500 just got a whole lot cheaper

March 7, 2012

Profits in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index are rising faster than its price, leaving the gauge 9 percent cheaper than it was in April even after American equities climbed within 0.1 percent of last year's high. The S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent on...

Hotter market may lure equity-averse

March 5, 2012

With the S&P 500 up 9% this year and 25% above its October low, you would think that investors would be dancing in the streets. And maybe they would if more of them had profited from the run-up. But if the celebration after the Dow Jones Industrial...

What Yelp's CEO had to say after stock surged 60% in debut

March 2, 2012

Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's CEO, saw shares of his company spike as much as 73% in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange today. How much room does the web-based company - which lets users rate and review local business - have...

Buffett hits jackpot with 'all-in wager' on U.S economy

March 1, 2012

When Warren Buffett bought North America's second-biggest railroad, he called it an “all-in wager” on the U.S. economy. It's turning out to be a pretty good bet on the oil industry, too. Burlington Northern Santa Fe's track network puts...

Birinyi says S&P 500 may reach 1,700 in echo of 1995 sentiment

March 1, 2012

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has the potential to reach 1,700 before the end of the year should economic growth surprise investors the same way falling bond rates did in 1995, Birinyi Associates Inc. said. Reaching that level would mean a...

Europe a beacon for equity bargain hunters

February 27, 2012

We report today about how some value investors have been quietly shopping around Europe for some bargains. Analysts say the rally in European shares was sparked in late December by the European Central Bank's move to begin a major quantitative...

'Ideal' conditions for stocks, but investors won't take the plunge

February 26, 2012

The S&P 500 is approaching the cheapest level ever, compared with bonds, as the Federal Reserve's 0% interest rates are driving investors and companies from cash. Profits that doubled since 2009 pushed the index's so-called earnings yield to...

Investors have fared far better under Democratic presidents

February 26, 2012

Although Republicans promote themselves as the friendlier party to Wall Street, stock investors do better when Democrats occupy the White House. In fact, from a dollars-and-cents standpoint, it isn't even close. The BGOV Barometer from Bloomberg...

Apple may have more juice left in its shares

February 19, 2012

Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rallied above $500 for the first time after a two-week gain spurred by the iPhone maker's first-quarter earnings report. Apple increased 1.5% to $500.60 at 10 a.m. ET last Monday. In the S&P 500, Google Inc. (GOOG)...

Separately managed accounts: What drove the 4Q markets

February 19, 2012

4Q Commentary by Nathan Behan DOMESTIC EQUITY After a truly dismal third quarter, the domestic equity markets bounced back strongly in October. Then, although daily volatility was high, these markets held mostly steady during the final two months...

Royce: Managing balance-sheet risk is key to small-caps

February 17, 2012

The small-cap fund pioneer discusses the importance of being a risk manager when the companies are younger, smaller and more fragile.

McLennan: Why equities should be your core investments

February 17, 2012

First Eagle Global Fund's Matthew McLennan discusses how equities offer wealth-building opportunities and a margin of safety during volatile markets.

Growth stocks: What to know

February 13, 2012

Eric Fishman, portfolio manager of the MFS Growth Fund, on what investors should be looking for from growth stocks.

Fidelity takes a global approach to dividends

February 13, 2012

Fidelity Investments in April plans to join the growing global dividend crowd. The Fidelity Global Income Fund will seek to provide more yield than the MSCI All-Country World Index by investing in dividend-paying equities both in developed and...

Chart of the day: Apple v. the S&P 500 — what a difference a decade makes

February 13, 2012

Shares of Apple Ticker:(AAPL) crossed the $500 mark today for the first time in the company's history. (Read the full story here.) Significant on many levels - Apple is coming off of its best quarter on record - but the 10-year growth of the...

Reasons to be bullish on J.P. Morgan, energy

February 9, 2012

Ed Cowart, portfolio co-manager of equity income and value strategies at Eagle Asset Management, the $19.5-billion asset management unit of Raymond James, offers up his thoughts on a few market sectors that are catching his eye. Cowart manages...

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