Wednesday, September 18, 2019
S&P 500 Reclaims Key Level as Investors Hope for a Trade War Resolution

S&P 500 Reclaims Key Level as Investors Hope for a Trade War Resolution

Stocks kept climbing last week as President Trump and China moved closer to a trade deal -- potentially as soon as next month. The S&P 500 rose 1.8 percent...
Is the Glass Half Full in Chip Stocks as Tariff Worries Fade?

Is the Glass Half Full in Chip Stocks as Tariff Worries Fade?

Chip stocks are pushing old highs as investors seem to expect better news for one of the market's most traded industries. The Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) closed 2...
Will Jerome Powell Signal an October Cut? All Eyes on the Fed

Will Jerome Powell Signal an October Cut? All Eyes on the Fed

The Federal Reserve's expected to cut interest rates today, but next month's the real question. Will the central bank follow with a second rate cut on October 30? If...
Consumer Keeps Looking Stronger as Other Parts of the Economy Soften

Consumer Keeps Looking Stronger as Other Parts of the Economy Soften

The U.S. consumer keeps roaring ahead, even as investors worry about President Trump's trade war against China. Consumer spending rose 4.7 percent between April and June, according to the...
Know Your Options: What Earnings Mean for Volatility

Know Your Options: What Earnings Mean for Volatility

One of the most predictable trends in the market is that implied volatility rises before big events. But do you know what this means and how to trade it? Here are the...
Bull Markets Climb a Wall of Worry, Once Again

Bull Markets Climb a Wall of Worry, Once Again

"Bull markets climb a wall of worry." The old adage proved true again today as the S&P 500 breaks out to new highs. Investors ended last week fearing higher...

WTI Crude Oil: Futures Contract of the Week

When people think about "commodities," few items spring to mind faster than crude oil. Let's consider a major way to trade it: Nymex WTI crude oil futures. These contracts track the oil most commonly produced...
A Big Change Has Come to the Futures Market

A Big Change Has Come to the Futures Market

Last week was dramatic for stocks but there was also big news in the futures market. Micro contracts, requiring barely one-tenth the capital of traditional futures, began trading on...

Stocks Break Losing Streak as Trump and China Keep Talking

Stocks just broke a four-week losing streak as trade tensions with China eased. The S&P 500 rose 2.8 percent between Friday, August 23, and Friday, August 30. Gains were...
Apple's Releasing New IPhones, But a Lot More Is Happening With the Stock

Apple’s Releasing New IPhones, But a Lot More Is Happening With the Stock

Apple is expected to release new iPhones today, but a lot of other things are happening with the tech giant. Wall Street's narrative on the company has shifted toward...
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