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

Risk-tolerance surveys often miss what financial advisers really need to know about you

In the early days of financial planning, advisers would assess a client’s attitude about risk. It was largely a subjective judgment. Nevertheless, their conclusion (or hunch) would guide their portfolio management decisions on behalf of that client. In addition to probing to determine a client’s tolerance for risk, advisers might consider one’s age, gender and … 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

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

State of the Union: 5 key challenges for Biden as he delivers his speech

President Joe Biden will face no small task on Tuesday night, when he delivers his State of the Union speech after a little more than two years in office. Biden looks poised to tackle the debt-limit standoff, recession worries and acts of violence at home and abroad in his remarks. At the same time, American … Read more

Apple, Amazon and Alphabet earnings are coming. Here’s what the stock options market is bracing for.

The options market has prepared for bigger-than-usual moves in the stocks of a trio of trillion-dollar companies, the day after they report quarterly earnings results. That’s because the implied volatility, or how much a stock can be expected to move over a certain period, of the stocks for Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.22%, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, … Read more

Tech stocks have been minting money this year, but many investors fear getting burned if they buy the rally now

Microsoft kicked off a slate of technology earnings earlier this week, reporting largely solid numbers that could have quickly been deemed a victory for technology stocks overall if not for CEO Satya Nadella’s cautious guidance. Investors surmised that the technology sector broadly could be in for some hard knocks — even after its impressive January … Read more

‘It’s payback time.’ U.S. stocks have been a no-brainer moneymaker for years — but those days are over.

If you owned U.S. stocks over the past decade, you’ve been richly rewarded. It’s payback time. Over the next decade or two, investors will experience bull- and bear markets, but at the end of the journey they will not be far from where they started. When you own a stock, your returns come from two … Read more

Who is Mukesh Ambani? He is now Asia’s richest person after Adani stocks tumble

Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani is now the 9th richest person in the world and Asia’s richest man — a title once held by fellow Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, whose net worth has plunged due to allegations from a U.S. short seller. So who is Ambani? The 65-year-old is chairman and the patriarch of multi-conglomerate Reliance … Read more

AMD results may have given Wall Street sigh of relief, but they’re still a ‘mixed bag’ because of data-center weakness

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. may have unleashed a collective sigh of relief on Wall Street with its results, but the data-center weakness that helped trash Intel Corp.’s earnings last week is still showing up as a dip in the first half of AMD’s 2023. Late Tuesday, AMD AMD, +3.73% reported modest results compared with Wall … Read more