Market pros are feeling so happy about stocks right now, you have to wonder if they’re too bullish

There’s an old saw about how if you lay all the world’s economists end to end, they still won’t point in any one direction or reach a conclusion. There’s no such adage about market technicians, but in the past six weeks it appears that the diehard group of technical analysts have all reached the same … Read more

Stocks are at Wall Street’s year-end target. It’s only early February.

Just like last year, Wall Street strategists look pretty wrong about their expectations for stock-market performance in 2023. But this time around, they’re in the unusual position of having been too pessimistic. Back in December, MarketWatch collected year-end price targets for the S&P 500 from 18 investment banks and brokerage houses. Instead of following the … Read more

A record number of U.S. renters spent more than 30% of their income on rent in 2021 and mortgage rates fall to lowest level since mid-September. Freddie Mac says 3 million more people now qualify for a home loan.

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‘Crypto is not dead’: Industry insiders react to report that states 72% of institutional traders have no plans to trade crypto in 2023

JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday published a survey stating 72% of institutional traders, out of the 835 surveyed, “have no plans to trade crypto” in 2023. But some industry experts say that this doesn’t mean crypto is dead. The survey was conducted between Jan. 3 and Jan. 23, and included responses from 60 global … Read more

The S&P 500 is flashing signs that the bear market finally could be over

The S&P 500 Index SPX, +1.47% has finally broken through major resistance at 4100. If the breakout holds through today, then it will be a valid one. Furthermore, SPX is now clearly above its declining 200-day moving average, and it is above the downtrend line that has defined the U.S. bear market for over a … Read more

These crypto-related stocks rallied up to 200% this year. Here’s why 

Welcome back to Distributed Ledger. This is Frances Yue, crypto reporter at MarketWatch. Crypto miners have had a remarkable start of this year, as bitcoin BTCUSD rose to around $24,000 from below $17,000 in early January. Meanwhile, Dogecoin DOGEUSD rallied, as Elon Musk is reportedly pushing forward Twitter’s payments system and considering adding crypto in … Read more

Qualcomm stock rises following slight earnings beat

Qualcomm Inc. shares rose in the extended session Thursday after the chip maker beat Wall Street expectations slightly on earnings, and projected confidence amid an outlook that fell just short of the consensus. Qualcomm QCOM, -1.89% shares rose 3% after hours, following a 1.9% decline in the regular session to close at $135.85. “The long-term … Read more

FedEx’s stock surges toward biggest three-day gain in over two and a half years

Shares of FedEx Corp. surged toward their best three-day performance in 19 months on Thursday after two Wall Street analysts said it’s time to buy, noting that the package delivery giant’s announcement of job cuts shows that management is serious about cutting costs. Ken Hoexter of BofA Securities raised his rating on FedEx to buy … Read more

Align Tech’s stock surges 30% to lead S&P 500 as Invisalign sales resume growth

Align Technology Inc. shares rallied Thursday, making one of the worst stocks of 2022 among the best of 2023 so far. Align ALGN, +25.37% surged as much as 30% to an intraday high of $368.87, making it the best-performing stock on both the S&P 500 SPX, +0.98% and the Nasdaq 100 NDX, +2.84% Thursday, with … Read more

The housing market chill is biting into Fed’s mortgage bond exit

The Federal Reserve fired off a smaller interest rate increase on Wednesday, while hinting it might soon be toning down its inflation fight, even before it hardly puts a dent in its pile of mortgage bond holdings. “We have no incentive and no intention to overtighten,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said in his news conference … Read more