Sick Leave: Market Suffers Steepest Decline in a Month as Stimulus Stalls, Caseloads Climb October 26, 2020 5:03 PM   |  

Stocks plunged and volatility raced higher Monday as the market stumbled to start the last week ahead of the election. Rising virus caseloads raised shutdown fears, and hopes of any stimulus before the election dwindled.

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FAANG Thunder Filched: Virus Worries, Stimulus Stall Weigh Ahead of Big Earnings Week October 26, 2020 9:18 AM   |  

Market uncertainty is on the upswing to start the week, with earnings releases from several FAANGs and other tech biggies. Plus stimulus talks appear to have all but broken down ahead of next week's election.

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Fiscal Fatigue: Stimulus Hopes Continue to Prop Market, But Day of Reckoning Not Far Off October 23, 2020 11:28 AM   |  

It may be a light trading day in terms of earnings but stimulus hopes, COVID-19 drug approval, and Treasury yields are likely to be the focus of today’s trading.

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Talk, Talk: Stimulus Wrangling Continues, with Markets (and Volatility) in Flux October 21, 2020 10:12 AM   |  

The market's attention has turned back to the ongoing stimulus talks, with both sides suggesting progress, but also acknowledging differences remain. Meanwhile, Netflix disappoints on earnings, and Tesla reports this afternoon.

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Stimulus Showdown: Fiscal Deadline Looms Today with Netflix, Snap Earnings in the Wings October 20, 2020 9:16 AM   |  

It’s the final showdown in Washington on deadline day for a fiscal stimulus. Netflix earnings are up after the closing bell, while tomorrow brings the latest quarterly report from Tesla.

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Churn, Baby Churn? As Netflix Prepares to Report Q3 Earnings, Analysts Eyeing Subscription, Cancellation Counts October 19, 2020 10:11 AM   |  

Streaming content giant Netflix is set to report earnings Tuesday. Though COVID-19 has helped keep viewers dialed into its platform, some have raised concern about the general slowdown in the new content pipeline.

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Weekly Optimism Dose: Stimulus Hopes Rise Ahead of Election as Street Braces for Earnings Flood October 19, 2020 9:15 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Seeking Momentum: Retail Sales, Vaccine News, Europe Set Firm Tone After Impressive Comeback October 16, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

There’s a firmer tone on Wall Street early on after impressive retail sales, strength in Europe, and some positive news on the vaccine front. The question is whether momentum can carry through into the weekend.

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Worried? Markets Don’t Seem to Be, Clawing Upward Despite Recent News Tsunami October 8, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Buy the Dip? After Fresh Trump Tweet, Market Regains Some Lost Ground on Airline Hopes October 7, 2020 9:18 AM   |  

Volatility stepped back and stock futures trended higher this morning on new hopes for the airlines to possibly get some fiscal assistance. Two Fed speakers are scheduled for later, and tomorrow brings the latest weekly new jobless claims data.

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Step Aside, Payrolls: Trump Diagnosis Reinforces Election Concerns, Triggers Early Selloff October 2, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

Overnight news of the president and first lady having tested positive for COVID-19 rocked the pre-market, and a relatively disappointing payrolls number failed to impress in the early going.

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Beltway on Speed Dial: Wall Street Senses New Stimulus Amid Threats of More Layoffs October 1, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Banks, travel, and leisure stocks could get a lift today as investors sense better chances of another fiscal stimulus package emerging from Washington. Meanwhile, jobless claims remain high ahead of tomorrow’s payrolls report.

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October Outlook: After a Shaky September, Volatility Looms Ahead of Election, Earnings September 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

It’s been a wild year so far with the pandemic, and now a presidential election is just a few weeks away. Between election news, earnings season, and hopes for a vaccine, October seems to promise plenty of action. And volatility.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
The Pandemic's Affect on Walmart's Cost Structure, and Coming Release of Walmart+: Q2 Earnings Ahead August 17, 2020 11:46 AM   |  

The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, Walmart, prepares to report Q2 earnings. Key topics include pandemic-related operating costs and the impending launch of Walmart+, its answer to Amazon Prime.

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Slice and Serve: What Is a Stock Split & Why Do Stocks Split? July 31, 2020 3:02 PM   |  

Stock splits have increased as the U.S. market extended its bull run, but the actual benefits for investors are questionable.

6 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Growth vs. Value Stocks: Which Is Right for Right Now? June 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Growth stocks versus value stocks—a case can be made for both. But which way should an investor's portfolio lean these days?

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
FAANGS? That’s So 2016: Now It’s All About BATS, WATCH, and MVPs October 3, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

For years, investors focused on the FAANG stocks to get a sense of how market sentiment shaped up. Now there’s a few new acronyms that could be worth getting to know.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
IPO Opportunity vs. Exuberance: 3 Clues to Help You Decide September 10, 2019 3:26 PM   |  

A higher percentage of companies are going public today with no profit than back in the dot-com era, but changes since then could mean a different outcome for some this time.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
In Search of the Next FAANGs: How to Evaluate an Up-and-Coming Tech Stock July 12, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

FAANG stocks and other big-name flyers were, not too long ago, start-ups with no clear path to sustained profitability. If you’re looking for the next potential disruptors, how might you go about assessing candidates? You might want to go beyond traditional fundamental analysis.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Looking Beyond Allocation for a Well-Diversified Portfolio December 11, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There’s more to portfolio diversification than stocks and bonds. Factors like market capitalization, international vs. domestic holdings, and sub-sector exposure all deserve consideration as you build a well-diversified portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Tired of Chasing Leaders? Advantages of a Well-Diversified Investment Plan August 16, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

A well-diversified strategy with wider exposure across the market might seem less thrilling than chasing leaders, but might give investors a better chance to meet goals.

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