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Stocks ended a rocky session mixed as a banks rally fizzled and an unexpected drop in housing starts left investors a little shaky. Still, a gauge of fear dropped below a key level.
Stocks bounced back Tuesday as banks rallied and a gauge of fear in the market dropped significantly.
Stocks declined Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low.
Futures pared gains Tuesday after housing starts unexpectedly fell to a record low. Futures had been pointing higher for most of the morning, buoyed by news that banks may break free from the government's grip.
As Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase are amongst the first banks expected to pay back the TARP, the S&P Financials have been leading the charge since this rally began. But which banks have been the best performers of late?
The VIX, a.k.a. the investor fear gauge, hit an intraday low of 30.59 on Friday. The volatility index has not closed below 30 since September 12, 2008, and if history is an indicator, a crossover below the 30 mark is a bullish signal.
All major U.S. Indexes ended down 3% or more for the week, led by a pullback in Financials, an unexpected dip in April retail sales, and downbeat jobs data, ending the NASDAQ's 9th-consecutive week rally.
Stocks flopped Friday, capping a dismal week, as bank stocks pulled back after recent gains.
Market Trivia Question: Which four stocks have more than doubled since the market’s current low back in March? As investors debate whether the market rally still "has legs," four Dow components have more than doubled since the Dow hit a multi-year low.
Stocks opened flat Friday as investors were encouraged by a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings but dismal economic data out of Europe and weak U.S. retail reports capped gains.
Futures pared losses Friday after a pair of better-than-expected manufacturing readings.
With stocks rallying for over 2 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth. The average dividend yield of the Dow 30 has fallen nearly 30% since the rally began in early March. See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.
Stocks lost ground in afternoon trading but traded in a fairly tight range, though the Nasdaq posted losses approaching 1.5 percent.
Stocks opened slightly higher, bouncing off a rough day Monday but moving hesitantly as an economic report showed consumer weakness continues to hamper growth.
Stocks are poised for a rebound at the start Tuesday, with investors dipping back into stock index futures following Monday's sharp declines.
The debate rages on — Is this a new bull market or just a bear market rally? Have we bottomed out? Are the markets turning for real? Let's see what the charts have to say.
The recent market rally took many traders off-guard, but Scott Redler, Chief Strategic Officer at T3live.com, said investors can still prepare for the fourth-quarter move where he predicts the Dow will reach 10,300 by year-end.
With the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all up over 25% since their March lows, there has been a lot of talk about "green shoots" and the recovery. In fact, the lead story in today's Wall Street Journal is titled "World Regains Taste for Risk." But is this appetite for risk premature? In volatile times, markets swing up and then back down. Here is a look back at some of the biggest bear market rallies in history.
On a week dominated by the stress test for the banks, a rally in Financials, and the jobs report lending to increased optimism that the recession may be easing; the markets extend their rally to 9-straight weeks for the NASDAQ, and an almost 6% weekly gain for the S&P 500.
The latest overall job loss numbers showed a loss of 539,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate climbed to 8.9%. The March numbers were revised to a loss of 699,000. Here is a breakdown of where the job losses were as well as which sectors were adding jobs.