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U.S. stock futures point to a sharply lower opening Thursday, following the 7.3 percent sell-off in Japan's Nikkei stock average. Market pros look at what's next.
Japanese stocks plunged 9 percent off intraday highs on Thursday as weak Chinese data added to growing fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve may withdraw its bond buying sooner than expected.
The unexpected contraction in China's factory activity in May has heightened the risk of a further slowdown in the second quarter, after the economy grew at its slowest pace in three years over January to March, said economists.
A strong employment number in early June could trigger a stock market correction, Paul Richards of UBS says.
With stocks at new highs, one strategist pointed out that even if equities went into a "bear market"—which he's not predicting—they'd still be higher than last year's June lows.
Market rallies have to end sometime for sure, but history suggests the current one, despite its seemingly bloated nature, doesn't have to end soon.
The Bank of Japan ended a two-day meeting on Wednesday with a decision to leave monetary policy unchanged and a promise to monitor volatile bond markets.
The stock rally could continue through the end of the decade, Seth Masters of Bernstein Global Wealth Management says.
Calls earlier in the year for a "great rotation" into stocks from fixed income may have been a little premature, but Goldman Sachs' replacement for Jim O'Neill says there will be a "gradual rotation".
Goldman Sachs has upgraded its target for the S&P 500, forecasting it will climb a further 5 percent to 1750 by year-end, from an initial estimate of 1625.
One ETF has been popular among investors, Steve Sachs says.
Some Wall Street strategists say bank stocks will continue to outperform, given improving loan fundamentals, attractive valuations and rising dividends.
Investors should pick a position and hold it for the long term, The Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle says.
Following the FTSE's rally to its highest level in over five years, Citigroup's Jonathan Stubbs told CNBC that European equities have "rarely" been so appealing to investors.
Morgan Stanley reckons the Hong Kong's stock market is poised to more than double to 50,000 by the end of 2015.
Eight months into the yen's steep decline and Japan's policymakers are starting to voice their concern about the pace of the currency's move.
If earnings are driving the rally, then next week is going to be very telling. "I want to be careful of some stocks," Cramer said.
Wall Street's stock market mania officially has gone full-throttle as JPMorgan raised its year-end price target for the Standard & Poor's 500 to 1,715.
Artificial Fed moves driving investors to riskier assets, said hedge fund titan Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates. But he also had a warning for investors in an interview with CNBC.
Is market froth coming to a head? Are investors about to get smacked with a sell-off?