U.S. stocks have worst day in nearly three weeks as hawkish Fed speak, China worries rattle markets

U.S. stocks had their worst day in nearly three weeks on Monday as protests in China raised global-growth risks and Federal Reserve officials said more interest-rate increases will be needed to subdue inflation. How stocks traded The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.45% finished down by 497.57 points, or 1.5%, at 33,849.46, not far from … Read more

Year-end rally? Bullish stock-market pattern set to collide with stagflation fears

The period between now and year-end marks a historically bullish final stretch of the year for U.S. stocks, particularly just before and after Christmas. The question for investors is whether favorable seasonal factors will be outweighed by economic fundamentals. The momentum toward a year-end rush to stocks seems to only be getting stronger now that … Read more

Exxon Stock Is Up. Oil Is Down. Something’s Got to Give.

It could be time to sell Exxon Mobil (XOM), given a disconnect between the stock and the oil markets. The shares of the No. 1 U.S. energy company are up 86% this year to $113, while oil prices, as measured by West Texas Intermediate, have round-tripped to $77 a barrel after declining from a June … Read more

Bye-Bye, Bear Market? The Worst Could Be Over for Stocks.

Bye-Bye, Bear Market? The Worst Could Be Over for Stocks.

Stocks Are Clawing Their Way Back. Consider These Moves for 2023.

Stocks Are Clawing Their Way Back. Consider These Moves for 2023.

Is the Stock Market Open Today? Here Are the Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours.

Instead of gearing up to trade Thursday, investors may be defrosting their Thanksgiving turkeys—and clipping coupons ahead of Black Friday. This year, Thanksgiving and Black Friday come after two days of stock market gains. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite all finished higher after the release of … Read more

Stocks Rise as Fed Minutes Suggest Smaller Interest-Rate Increases Soon

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed most officials favored slowing interest-rate increases soon. The S&P 500 gained 0.6%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.3%, or roughly 130 points. The Nasdaq Composite added 1%. The Fed this year has been boosting interest rates at the fastest pace … Read more

U.S. stocks rise as traders digest economic data, await Fed minutes

U.S. stock indexes rose on Wednesday, as investors digested a batch of economic data and awaited the latest minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. How are stock indexes trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.46%  rose 136 points, or 0.4% to 34,233 The S&P 500 SPX, +0.61%  gained 18 points, or 0.5% … Read more

Oil Prices Could Rise After Latest EU Sanctions on Russia

The European Union’s ban on seaborne imports of Russian oil, along with the Group of Seven’s plan to cap prices of oil from Russia early next month won’t guarantee that prices for the commodity will see a lasting rally, or that supplies will tighten further in the days ahead. “In isolation, the sanctions on Russia … Read more

Stocks Surged on an Inflation Reading. But the Bear Market Isn’t Over.

Investors finally got the inflation reading they were looking for, and are likely to get a split government for the next two years. That combination propelled stocks to their best weekly showing since June. On Friday, the S&P 500 even briefly crossed the 4,000 threshold, a level it hadn’t breached in two months. The S&P … Read more