Tag: Standard&Poor’s 500-Stock Index

Stock Market Declines Can Help Long-term Investors

But does it make sense to invest in stocks now, she asked? I explained that I couldn’t give advice about buying particular stocks, and instead favor index funds of the kind she already owns. Those funds eliminate the risk of owning the wrong specific stocks at the wrong times. Index funds that track broad markets […]

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What Is a Bear Market?

The recent slide in stocks has the S&P 500 approaching a bear market, Wall Street’s label for a sustained downturn in the markets that reflects serious pessimism about the outlook for the economy. A stock or an index enters a bear market, at least by most conventional definitions, when it has dropped 20 percent from […]

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Amateur Investors Rode the Bull Up. Now the Bear Looms.

Millions of amateur investors got into the stock market during the pandemic — some gingerly, some aggressively, some determined to teach Wall Street bigwigs a lesson — and almost couldn’t help but make money, riding a bull market for the better part of two years. Now they may have to wrestle with a bear. “It […]

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Stocks Return to Earth, With the S&P 500 Nearing a Bear Market

But the downdraft has sunk the share prices of companies that represent innovation and the future, too; Amazon is down more than 30 percent since the start of the year and Alphabet, Google’s parent, is off about 20 percent, as investors rethink those companies’ real value. Virtually no stocks have been spared from losses. The […]

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Wall Street Slide Continues, With S&P 500 Edging Closer to Bear Market

Stocks fell slightly on Thursday, with the S&P 500 heading for its sixth consecutive weekly decline and inching closer to bear market territory. Trading was turbulent, and after recovering from a sharp fall the S&P 500 ended just 0.1 percent lower. The index is down 4.7 percent for the week, on track for its biggest […]

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BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Control a Piece of Nearly Everything

But if the Big Three keep growing, the effects of their concentrated ownership will get only worse. Einer Elhauge, also of Harvard Law School, has written that concentrated ownership “poses the greatest anticompetitive threat of our time, mainly because it is the one anticompetitive problem we are doing nothing about.” Opinion Conversation The climate, and […]

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How close is the S&P 500 to a bear market?

May 5 May 6 May 9 4,050 4,100 4,150 4,200 Stocks on Wall Street slid further on Monday as new data from China raised fresh concerns about the outlook for the global economy for investors already wary of high inflation, rising interest rates and continuing supply chain disruptions. The S&P 500 fell 1.7 percent in […]

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Stocks Slide, Erasing Wednesday’s Gains

Stocks dove on Thursday, erasing gains from their best day since 2020 in a swing that highlights Wall Street’s heightened anxiety over what the Federal Reserve’s campaign to slow inflation will mean for the economy. The S&P 500 fell 3.6 percent, after surging 3 percent on Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite slid 5 percent, its biggest […]

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Rising Economic Fear Batters Wall Street in April

But in April, Fed officials began to shift their view, expressed in speeches and other public comments, on how quickly interest rates will have to rise to get inflation under control, and Wall Street’s economic projections shifted too. In the futures market, where traders bet on how high interest rates could go, the predominant view […]

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Stocks drop 2.8%, led lower by tech, as April’s slump continues.

Stocks slid on Tuesday, adding to a losing streak that has April shaping up to be Wall Street’s worst month in two years. The S&P 500 fell 2.8 percent, bringing its losses for the month to 7.8 percent. The index is on track for its worst monthly decline since March 2020, when stocks plunged 12.5 […]

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Hot Job Market, an Economic Relief, Is a Wall Street Worry

That hope is under threat, as the Federal Reserve proceeds with a plan to increase borrowing costs by quickly raising interest rates to rein in some lending, consumer spending, business investment and demand for labor. Despite various challenges, the most optimistic market participants predict that employers, workers and consumers can experience a so-called “soft landing” […]

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Technology stocks lead Wall Street lower as April slump continues.

Kevin Hart is the latest entertainment entrepreneur to tap the gusher of cash from private-equity firms spreading across Hollywood.Credit…Ike Edeani for The New York Times By Benjamin Mullin Kevin Hart has heard the doomsaying about the streaming industry that has rattled Hollywood since Netflix reported last week that it had lost subscribers in recent months. […]

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Stocks Tumble as Jitters over Interest Rates Persist

Stocks slid on Friday, with the S&P 500 heading for its third consecutive weekly decline, a drop that came as Wall Street quickly changed its expectation for how aggressively the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates. The S&P 500 fell 2.2 percent in afternoon trading, a loss that would be its worst daily decline since […]

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Stocks fall and bond yields rise ahead of an inflation report.

Twitter said late Sunday that Elon Musk, its biggest shareholder, would not be joining its board of directors.Credit…Suzanne Cordeiro/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Mike Isaac Mike Isaac, who has been on Twitter since 2009, covers social networking companies and Silicon Valley. Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man and the biggest shareholder of Twitter, will […]

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Oil drops and stocks climb amid signs of progress in Russia-Ukraine peace talks.

Frederick Smith in 2005. He came up with the idea for FedEx while he was an undergraduate at Yale University.Credit…Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times Fifty years after he founded the company, Frederick Smith announced on Monday that he will step down as FedEx’s chief executive in June. Raj Subramaniam, the current president and chief operating […]

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine Needn’t Change Stock and Bond Investing

Professor Thaler, who was an author of the book “Nudge” and appeared as himself in the movie “The Big Short,” is one of the world’s great authorities on how humans behave when they make financial decisions. I got to know him well in the dozen years when he wrote Economic View columns for The New […]

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Oil Touches $113 and Stocks Are Jolted Over Uncertainty in Europe

Uncertainty over the impact of economic sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine whipsawed stock markets on Wednesday and caused oil and European natural gas prices to soar. S&P 500 futures were pointing to a positive start after closing 1.6 percent lower on Tuesday. Oil prices continued their steady advance. Brent crude, the global benchmark, […]

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Berkshire Hathaway Rebounds From the Pandemic

Warren E. Buffett is eager to make one point clear about Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate he controls: It is a good corporate American citizen. In announcing Berkshire’s nearly $90 billion profit for 2021 on Saturday, the billionaire stressed in his annual letter to shareholders the outsize role that the company — whose businesses run from […]

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Stocks climb, erasing their losses for a tumultuous week.

Investors pushed past Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to focus on a sliver of good news on Friday: that President Vladimir V. Putin might engage in talks with his Ukrainian counterpart. That hope drove stocks up, and the S&P 500 closed a rollercoaster week with a gain. The S&P 500 rose 2.2 percent, its best day […]

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis Troubles the Stock Market

The U.S. stock market has been stumbling since the beginning of the year. Now, Russia’s escalating conflict with Ukraine is adding considerably to the market’s problems. After President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ordered troops to enter two separatist-controlled enclaves in Ukraine, the S&P 500, which often serves as a proxy for the U.S. stock […]

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Stocks Pare Losses, Even as the West Prepares Russia Sanctions

Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine roiled financial markets on Tuesday, with stocks on Wall Street falling and oil prices rising as investors tried to gauge the risk of a larger conflict in the region. The S&P 500 fell more than 1.5 percent in afternoon trading, while the Nasdaq composite fell more than 1.8 percent, […]

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Sell-off of stocks continues as Ukraine adds to investors’ worries.

Stocks slid on Thursday, continuing a volatile stretch of trading brought on by uncertainty about inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for war in Europe. The S&P 500 fell 2.1 percent, dropping into negative territory for the week, while the Nasdaq composite fell 2.9 percent. Tech companies were some of the worst performers, with […]

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Sell-off of stocks continues as Ukraine adds to investors’ worries.

Stocks slid on Thursday, continuing a volatile stretch of trading brought on by uncertainty about inflation, rising interest rates and the potential for war in Europe. The S&P 500 fell 2.1 percent, dropping into negative territory for the week, while the Nasdaq composite fell 2.9 percent. Tech companies were some of the worst performers, with […]

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Stocks Rally After Russia Pulls Back Some Troops from Ukraine Border

Global stocks climbed on Tuesday after Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that the country would pull back from its military standoff in Ukraine, easing concerns over disruptions in global energy supplies. The Stoxx Europe 600 climbed 1.2 percent, while Germany’s DAX index rose 1.6 percent and the CAC 40, the benchmark index in France, was up […]

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Stocks Rally, Erasing Losses From a Turbulent Week

On Friday, the Labor Department said that the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, rose 5.8 percent in the year through December, the fastest jump since 1982. The concern on Wall Street is that interest rates will climb too quickly, hurting corporate profits, hindering consumer demand and discouraging investments in stocks. […]

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Stocks lose early gains as investors weigh G.D.P. report with fears of higher interest rates.

Stocks struggled to find direction on Thursday, continuing this week’s volatile trading, as investors reviewed new data on the state of the economy and priced in their worries about the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates. The S&P 500 swung from gains to losses in midday trading, flirting with correction territory for the third […]

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Stocks gain in volatile trading as markets react to the Fed’s interest rate plans.

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it would “soon” be appropriate to raise interest rates, as inflation runs above policymakers’ preferred target and the job market strengthens. Although central bankers left rates unchanged at near-zero — where they have been set since March 2020 — the revised statement after their two-day policy meeting laid the […]

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Wall Street’s Swings Continue as the Federal Reserve Meets

That’s not to say investors and the economy aren’t facing some risks. Disruptions are slowing output at factories, companies are struggling to find workers, and rising prices will eat into consumer demand. On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund reduced its estimate for global growth to 4.4 percent from the 4.9 percent it projected just three […]

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How to Survive When Stocks Behave Badly

The bull market may have swelled the proportion of stocks in your portfolio inordinately. If that’s the case, rebalance. Sell some high value stocks and put the money into bonds. Later on, if the stock market falls, you can sell some bonds to buy stocks. Better yet, let a balanced fund (or a target-date fund), […]

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S&P 500 Rallies After Touching Correction Territory, Erasing Day’s Losses

So a slide in prices that removes some of that excess was long overdue, many market watchers said. “We haven’t had a correction in a long time,” said Lindsey Bell, the chief money and markets strategist at Ally Invest. “While this sell-off in the past couple of weeks feels uncomfortable, the good news is that, […]

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Stock Markets Off to Worst Start Since 2016 as Fed Fights Inflation

After falling for a fourth day in a row on Friday, the stock market suffered its worst week in nearly two years, and so far in January the S&P 500 is off to its worst start since 2016. Technology stocks have been hit especially hard, with the Nasdaq Composite Index dropping more than 10 percent […]

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