Investors have pushed stocks into the death zone, warns Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson

What’s the best metaphor to describe the stock market, that has sent the S&P 500 up 16% from its October lows, and up 6% this year? Morgan Stanley strategist Mike Wilson has turned to the Jon Krakauer best-seller “Into Thin Air,” which chronicles the death of 12 mountaineers trying to scale Mount Everest. The book … Read more

Buy the stock market dip? Why ‘cash’ yielding the most since 2007 could be king

Cash is king!? When a $6 dollar plastic crown can fetch almost $600,000 at auction, it’s safe to say the value has been inflated. The harder question for investors nearly a year into the Federal Reserve’s inflation fight is whether buying the dip in stocks is wise, or earning a cool 5% yield on safe-haven … Read more

10 dividend stocks with yields as high as 6.5% from a value manager with a strong track record

It is conventional wisdom that rising interest rates are bad for the stock market, and there is no denying that in 2022 most stock prices fell as interest rates shot up. But John Buckingham, editor of The Prudent Speculator newsletter, points out that periods of rising interest rates are more often correlated with good performance … Read more

14 dividend stocks that rose 100% or more in 5 years as the payouts doubled

In basketball, a double-double is a combination of at least 10 or more of the following in a game: points scored, rebounds, assists, blocked shots or steals. For dividend stocks, you might find a screen of double-doubles below to be fascinating. The screen of the S&P 500 SPX highlights dividend-paying companies that have at least … Read more

Will recession slam the stock market? What investors need to know as the Fed pilots the economy into a slowdown

You don’t have to be an economist to run the Federal Reserve. But a pilot’s license might come in handy. After all, aeronautical terms are regularly thrown around by investors, economists and even policy makers as they discuss whether the Fed can bring down inflation without dropping the U.S. economy into a recession. The debate … Read more

These money and investing tips can hold up your portfolio if the market melts down

Don’t miss these top money and investing features: Sign up here to get MarketWatch’s best mutual funds and ETF stories emailed to you weekly! INVESTING NEWS & TRENDS Why the stock market’s pullback is healthy Wall Street’s mood is surprisingly subdued—and that’s bullish. Read More Fed tightening ‘always breaks something’: S&P 500 will drop to 3,800 … Read more

Why Wall Street’s growth-heavy Nasdaq Composite is still rallying as Treasury yields rise

Stock-market investors should not blindly follow the established narratives suggesting rising Treasury yields usually spook technology and growth stocks but focus on underlying economic trends which are the real driver, market analysts say. The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, -0.58%, home to many of the tech and growth stocks that were particularly sensitive to higher interest … Read more

Deere’s stock is having its best day in 2 years

Shares of John Deere parent Deere & Co. powered up toward their best one-day performance in two years after the maker of agricultural, construction and forestry equipment reported a big fiscal first-quarter profit beat. There were some cracks in demand for lawn tractors, however. “[W]hile the backdrop of large [agriculture] is favorable, demand for low … Read more

Meme-stock era record falls: Retail traders dumped $1.5 billion a day into U.S. equities in January

Retail traders bought up U.S. stocks at the fastest pace ever recorded in January, as inflows from traders using electronic brokerages surpassed the previous peak from the height of the meme-stock craze in 2021 according to data from Vanda Research. After shunning stocks for the safety of money-market funds last year, retail traders poured an … Read more

Will Warren Buffett retire? What to look for in his annual letter.

Warren Buffett is an inspiration to retirees everywhere. In the 27 years since he reached what the Social Security system said was his full retirement age, shares of his Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B, -0.07% have outperformed the S&P 500 SPX, -0.35% by 3.2 annualized percentage points. That puts him ahead of almost all other Wall Street … Read more