Third-quarter earnings got off to a positive start with Alcoa's surprising profit, but investors will be watching corporate results closely to see if they justify a continued stock market rally.
As Wall Street contemplates whether to rally or retreat, third-quarter earnings could be what settles the debate.
Playing the volatility of the health care sector while legislation is still pending in Congress could be profitable, especially in managed care, Les Funtleyder, health care strategist at Miller Tabak, told CNBC.
Investors who capitalized on the market's amazing six-month run are now going to want to find a way to protect their profits.
The third quarter has past and for investors seeking dividends, they can be glad. Standard & Poor's said yesterday that third-quarter dividend increases this year were the worst on record. Dividend payments during the third quarter fell 44.8% from a year ago, with only 191 of about 7,000 public companies -tracked by S&P- increasing their payouts.
Stocks logged their best quarter in 11 years, helped by the weak dollar, despite today's soft landing.
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Stocks retreated Tuesday as weak readings on manufacturing and jobs offset a a report that showed the economy wasn't in as bad a shape as first expected over the summer.
Futures indicated a positive open for Wall Street on Tuesday, the last day of the third quarter, as European stocks rose and were set to lock in their best quarterly performance in nearly a decade.
Despite a pull back in the U.S. equity markets last week, the S&P and Nasdaq Composite are having their best September since 1998 so far, while the Dow is on track for its biggest % gain in September since 2007. Even though September ranks as the worst month historically on average for all three indices, the Nasdaq Composite has traded up 12 sessions out of 19 as of Monday's close while the Dow and S&P have finished up 11 days of 19.
Investors are placing their bets on the next M&A deal in biotech. Where should you be looking?
The Dow and S&P rallied on Monday, snapping a three-day losing streak, as a string of corporate takeovers fueled optimism that value remained in the market.
Stocks snapped a three-day losing streak Monday as investors cheered a wave of merger-and-acquisition activity.
How should you put money to work in the wake of this uptick in M&A?
Stocks rallied Monday, after a three-day losing streak, as investors cheered a wave of merger-and-acquisition activity.
Mergers and acquisitions, rising Japanese yen and the Judaic Day of Atonement: what do they mean for stocks? Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his market insights.
Propelled by M&A activity and chatter, U.S. stock futures are up modestly this morning despite a sell-off in Asian markets overnight.
Futures swung to indicate a positive open for Wall Street on Monday, riding a wave of merger and acquisition activity and despite stocks in Europe and Asia falling.
As we approach another quarter and month end, with just four days to go, the Dow is on track for its best third quarter since 1939, the S&P is on course for its biggest Q3 gains since 1970, and the Nasdaq Composite is having its best Q3 since 1997, based on September 24 closing levels. Will the markets continue to hold on to gains or sell off by the end of the year?
James Hardesty at Hardesty Capital Management and Wayne Kaufman at John Thomas Financial weighed in on where to invest in a low-volume environment and what to watch next week.