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

GE HealthCare Is Going Independent. This Is Where the Stock Should Trade.

To start 2023, investors will have a choice to invest in a brand new $18 billion company with some 50,000 energized employees and a plan to create shareholder value. To close out 2022, that company—GE HealthCare—is on the road, introducing itself to investors. With each new detail that emerges investors get a better sense of … 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

Buffett’s Likely Successor Buys $68 Million of Berkshire Stock

Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Greg Abel, the likely successor to CEO Warren Buffett, bought about $68 million of the company’s shares last Thursday in what appears to be his first purchases of Berkshire stock since he assumed the position in 2018. In several Form 4 filings Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Abel disclosed … Read more

Logistics Not to Blame for Tesla’s Deliveries Miss. There Is a Bigger Reason.

Tesla stock was getting hammered after weaker-than-expected third-quarter delivery numbers. Wall Street seems to believe the shortfall was due to logistics. That isn’t what investors are worried about, however. They’re worried about demand. Tesla (ticker: TSLA) reported Sunday third-quarter deliveries and production of 343,830 and 365,923 units, respectively. Wall Street was looking for about 358,000 … 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

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