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

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

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

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

Home Depot ‘one of the best long-term stories in retail,’ analyst says

Home Depot Inc. reports its fourth-quarter results before market open on Feb. 21, kicking off retail earnings season. The home improvement retail giant’s ability to withstand competition from Inc. AMZN, -1.16% was one of the reasons it deserves attention, according to JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers. “We believe HD remains one of the best long-term stories … Read more

‘The risk is that we’re going to hit the brakes very, very hard,’ Larry Summers says

“‘The risk is that we’re going to hit the brakes very, very hard.’ ” — Larry Summers Almost a full year of monetary-policy tightening by the Federal Reserve appears to be having little impact on price pressures, putting policy makers in danger of needing to do much more, according to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry … Read more

Walmart, Target, Costco earnings on deck: retail giants face tough holiday season comparison

With retail earnings season about to kick off,, a data analytics company that measures foot traffic, warns that most companies are facing a tough year-over-year holiday season comparison. But pre-pandemic data tell a different story. In a report on how Target Corp. TGT, -1.71%, Walmart Inc. WMT, +0.64%, Costco Wholesale Corp. COST, -0.22%, BJ’s Wholesale … Read more

Fed tightening ‘always breaks something’: S&P 500 will drop to 3,800 by March, warn Bank of America strategists

The U.S. stock market’s new year rally is doomed even though the economy may be heading into a so-called “no-landing” scenario where a recession is avoided as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates further. That’s the warning from Bank of America strategists, led by Michael Hartnett, who expect the S&P 500 index SPX will be … Read more

Is the stock market open on Presidents Day?

U.S. investors get a break on Monday, Feb. 20, with markets closed for the Presidents Day holiday. The New York Stock Exchange, owned by Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ICE, -1.39%, and the Nasdaq NDAQ, -1.22% will both be closed. Sifma, the financial industry trade group, has recommended that trading in U.S. fixed-income markets also close on … Read more