The Fed Is Set Up for a Pause. Why the Stock Market Is Set for a Fall.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers visit May 5, 2023 7:50 pm ET Order Reprints Print Article

Tesla Stock Drops. Earnings Show It’s Just a Car Maker.

Price wars have consequences, even for Tesla, the world’s most valuable car company.  Tesla‘s (ticker: TSLA) first-quarter earnings, reported Wednesday evening, met expectations, but its first-quarter automotive gross profit margins were bad. No matter how investors slice and dice the numbers, results will leave them with questions about EV demand and Tesla’s pricing strategy. Automotive … Read more

Rivian Stock Slips After Deliveries and Production Fall

Text size Rivian stock has been punished by a slower than hoped for production ramp, along with a higher than expected costs. Courtesy Rivian First-quarter deliveries and production for electric-truck start-up Rivian Automotive fell compared with the fourth quarter of 2022. The company maintained full-year sales guidance. The dip was expected, but it still appears … Read more

Rivian’s Earnings Are Coming. Production Is Key in a Tough EV Sector.

Text size Rivian’s manufacturing plant in Normal, IL. The company’s production guidance was good for 2022. Investors will be hoping for similar this year. Courtesy Rivian After plenty of bad news about production from electric vehicle start-ups, market watchers will have the 2023 production outlook from Rivian Automotive in focus when the company updates investors … Read more

Stocks could face another explosion of volatility Friday as $4 trillion of options expire in ‘quadruple witching’

Stocks have been on a wild ride this week, and conditions could still get weirder as traders brace for “quadruple witching” on Friday, when a flurry of equity options and futures contracts expire. In particular, options contracts tied to $4 trillion in stocks, stock-index futures and exchange-traded funds are set to expire, making Friday potentially … Read more

Opinion: Opinion: The annual inflation rate was not 7.1% in November; it was 3.7%

The Federal Reserve should declare an immediate cease fire in its war against inflation and hold its benchmark interest rate steady instead of raising the federal funds by a half percentage point to a range of 4.25% to 4.50%, as expected at its meeting that ends Wednesday. With the relatively benign report on the consumer … Read more

The Stock Market Had a Terrible Week—and Now the Fed Meeting Is on Tap

Things tend to slow down for the holidays. The stock market isn’t there yet. With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, it’s easy to look ahead to candy canes, caroling, and presents under the tree, but there’s still work to be done. The coming week certainly won’t be boring, with highly anticipated inflation data … Read more

Stocks suffered their worst September since 2002. What that means for October.

It was a September investors will remember — and not in a good way. A Friday drop left the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average with their biggest monthly losses since March 2020. And it was the worst September performance for both indexes since 2002. Seasonally inclined investors may wonder what that means for … Read more

What investors need to know about October’s complicated stock-market history

While September lived up to its reputation as a brutal month for stocks, October tends to be a “bear-market killer,” associated with historically strong returns, especially in midterm election years. Skeptics, however, are warning investors that negative economic fundamentals could overwhelm seasonal trends as what’s traditionally the roughest period for equities comes to an end. Rough … Read more

How Low Will the Stock Market Go? S&P 3300 Might Just Be the Start.

The stock market desperately wants to put in a low. The Federal Reserve won’t let it. You wouldn’t know that from looking at the market this past week. On the one hand, U.S. economic data remains strong, as jobless claims fell below 200,000 for the first time since May, a sign that the Fed will … Read more