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

Opinion: Big selling wave in stocks makes for a buying opportunity, says Baron manager who has 20% of his fund’s assets in Tesla

Institutional investors have been clearing out of stocks. They sold $42 billion worth in the five weeks ending Sept. 21. That followed $51 billion in sales during the five weeks ending Sept. 7 — the biggest selling wave this year, says S&P Global Market Intelligence. Bank of America clients favored defensive names over cyclicals last … 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

AT&T, Verizon and Comcast stocks just had their worst quarter in two decades

Some of the biggest telecommunications stocks just posted their steepest quarterly declines in two decades amid pressures both new and old on the cable and wireless industries. Shares of wireless companies AT&T Inc. T, -1.22% and Verizon Communications Inc. VZ, -1.73% lost 26.8% and 25.2%, respectively, during the third quarter. Those were the largest quarterly … Read more

U.S. stock futures dip, dollar rises as Italian election results add to uncertainty

U.S. stock-index futures fell late Sunday, suggesting losses Monday, as the projected victory of a far-right party in Italy added to uncertainties about rising interest rates and recession fears. After falling nearly 200 points earlier in the session, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00, -0.73% were down about 150 points, or 0.5%, around midnight Eastern, … Read more

Will This Be Another ‘Lost Decade’ for the Stock Market?

Text size Investors are staring at a ‘lost decade.” NYSE After four decades of incredible performance, the stock market could be at the beginning of a lost decade. Yes, the S&P 500 has dropped 2.5% on Friday, and is down 23% in 2022. But it’s impossible to overstate just how good stock market returns have … Read more