The stock market has reached a bottom following a tumultuous 10 weeks that's seen the S&P 500 in and out of correction territory, Raymond James' Jeff Saut says. The U.S. economy is not going to slow as much as expected and earnings will be strong next quarter, he adds. The stock market has reached a bottom following a tumultuous 10 weeks that's seen the S&P 500 in and out of correction territory, longtime strategist Jeff Saut told CNBC on Thursday.
The three major U.S. stock Indexes have all fallen more than 10% from their recent highs, enough to be considered a market correction. All three are in correction territory, having lost more than 10% during the past three months. Financial stocks, which are seen as a bellwether for other sectors, have fallen harder The S&P 500 Financial Sector Index, which tracks bank and financial services stocks in the S&P 500, closed down 1% Friday at $400.72.
Two of the major equity indices closed below their support levels Thursday keeping their near-term trends negative while another closed above its near-term downtrend line, turning its trend to neutral. The indices closed mixed Thursday with negative internals on the NYSE and NASDAQ but on lighter volume. Negative signals came from the Dow Transports and S&P MidCap 400, which broke below their support levels.
A record number of companies are leaving California for states with a better business climate, and a new report shows that Texas remains their No. 1 destination. What’s more, the study’s author – for the first time in his career – is openly urging California businesses to relocate out of state. Texas’ rank as the top destination for California companies is especially significant considering that the large majority of corporate relocations cross only one state line, said Joseph Vranich, president of Pennsylvania-based Spectrum Location Solutions LLC. “A lot of people don’t want to be more than one hour from other members of their family they might be leaving behind, or their good friends or their favorite country club — whatever it is,” Vranich said in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal.
And if your house is at the higher end of the price range in your market, you should expect less buyer interest than before. Ron notes the combination of rising mortgage rates and home prices exceeding buyers' budgets are what has caused the slowing of homebuyer activity in recent months. But with available housing inventory remaining low, even with rising interest rates, buyers who are ready to make a purchase will still shop for homes.
Almost 50% of those polled believe stocks are going to go down. The last time we had such a reading it was a terrific buying opportunity but you didn't know that then any more than you might know now. I would love to tell you that you should buy the market because it is so hated.
To avoid a nasty surprise, taxpayers should make a date with their financial planners or accountants before the end of the year to huddle about any last-minute strategies and review their most recent tax return. "The big change for individuals is with deductions," says Craig Richards, managing director and director of tax services at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York. Although the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly, key deductions like state and local taxes and mortgage interest were capped at $10,000.
Back in 1960, people retired around age 65(1) and had a life expectancy of 80,(2) so they only had to fund their retirement for about fifteen years. According to a recent Fidelity study, a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2018 would need $280,000 to cover their medical expenses during their retirement years.(6) Now, that amount doesn’t include long-term care, like living in a nursing home or home health care. Let me be crystal clear: Health care in retirement is expensive! That’s another reason you may need to hit the million-dollar mark.
With the U.S. unemployment at its lowest level in decades, a growing portion of the workforce is opting to “ghost” their employers and leave their jobs without a word. “A number of contacts said that they had been ‘ghosted,’ a situation in which a worker stops coming to work without notice and then is impossible to contact,” the Federal Reserve of Chicago said in the December edition of the Beige Book, which tracks U.S. employment. The unemployment has held at 3.7 percent since September, marking the lowest level in roughly five decades.
LinkedIn just published its U.S. Emerging Jobs Report for 2018, measuring the fastest growing jobs and skills nationwide. Banking off an economic boom, the takeaways from the professional social network’s latest report tout big numbers for wage growth matched by a strong job market. LinkedIn says the race to recruit highly-skilled talent is especially competitive going into 2019.
Income investors seek reliable, not flashy. Many investors in the market for dividend stocks first peruse a fairly short list of popular companies, thinking that these big-name corporations are inherently more stable than their peers. What dividend investors should look for instead is a long history of consistent dividend payments and steady dividend increases -- even if the stock paying them isn't as flashy or well known.
LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese battery firm GEM has stopped buying cobalt from Glencore as the price of the battery material crashed below that agreed in a three-year deal between the two companies, sources close to the matter said. GEM said in a March 14 regulatory filing that it would buy 52,800 tonnes of cobalt from mining and trading giant Glencore between 2018 and 2020, without revealing the price. "The price went down so much," one source said, adding that GEM had no alternative supplier but was using its inventories of cobalt and that the Chinese firm had not attempted to renegotiate the contract recently.
Boeing is offering a top young U.S. engineer a dream 2019 internship opportunity: A job working on its New Mid-maket Airplane (NMA) program, which some call the 797. The engineering students would start on Boeing's developmental NMA airplane program sometime between January and April next year. The intern would "engage early in our development cycle on the production system of the future" and "interact directly with our company leaders to discuss strategy and the future of Boeing." The job posting comes at a pivotal time for the new airplane program and also as aerospace companies in the Puget Sound region are grappling with a talent shortage.
The U.S. company was responding to a Chinese court that ruled this week Apple infringed two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older versions of the iPhone. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China’s interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm. Apple’s response underscores the importance of the Chinese market, as well as Qualcomm’s crucial role as a technology provider to the likes of Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. On Friday, Apple said it will push out a software update for its Chinese users early next week, to address functions covered by the patents in question.
Hotspot Shield security analyst Robert Siciliano discusses Google’s plan to create a censored search engine in China and whether there are Chinese spies within the tech giant.
Bloomberg News reported in September 2017 that documents unsealed in a lawsuit showed that J&J has known for decades that its talc products include asbestos fibers and that the exposure to those fibers can cause ovarian cancer. The last time shares of the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based drugmaker came under this much pressure was due to asbestos concerns back in February, after traders circulated a blog post focused on worries about what might be uncovered during litigation. Susquehanna litigation analyst Tom Claps said in an email that “today’s Reuters story about JNJ’s talc litigation is not ‘new news.”’ In July, a jury ordered the company to pay $4.69 billion to women who claimed asbestos in the products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
Although recently hit by the oil sell-off, PSXP's pipelines -- which it collects tolls from regardless of oil prices -- make it one of the best energy stocks to buy for 2019. Midstream energy infrastructure company MPLX is another master limited partnership with two distinct lines of business: logistics and storage, and natural gas gathering and processing. The latter is where the growth comes from, and MPLX is expanding operations to some of North America's most famous reservoirs: the Marcellus Formation, the Permian Basin and the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province.
Before long, rumors swirled: Was the billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi even alive? Al Amoudi, is "still alive" and will stand trial at some point for corruption and bribery, according to a Saudi official, who asked not to be identified. What’s remarkable about his situation is that despite his prolonged detainment, a result of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s crackdown on graft in the Kingdom, the bulk of Al Amoudi’s global business empire has boomed.
U.S. stock funds bled $27.6 billion in the days through Dec. 12, which includes last Friday’s plunge in the S&P 500 Index that capped the worst week for the gauge since March, according to BofA’s note, which cited EPFR Global data. The turmoil in stocks, which has erased as much as $4 trillion in U.S. equities since the end of September, continued this month as traders feared that a global economic slowdown will curb earnings growth and end the equity bull run. Instead of U.S. equities, market players flocked to Japanese and emerging-market equity funds, in addition to government bonds as global equity funds saw a record weekly outflow of $39 billion, according to BofA.
That’s a good sign, so I think that the market may try to bounce towards the $15 level. If we can break above the $15 level, then I think the market probably goes towards the $16 level. The alternate scenario of course is that if we break down below the $14.50 level, then we could go down to the $14 level.
Oil settled below $52 a barrel in New York, more than a $1 lower than where it ended a week ago after OPEC and its allies announced output cuts, as traders weighed incremental U.S. shale growth against softer demand for 2019. Saudi Arabia’s plan to slash exports to the U.S. next month is shoring up expectations that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners will deliver on last week’s promise to curb production by 1.2 million barrels a day. Yet the oil market appears to have largely ignored cuts agreed to just a week ago, concerned by the relentless growth from U.S. shale, which veteran crude trader Andy Hall says is making it hard to predict the market’s direction.
Baby boomers should be aware of how a rising rate environment may affect their retirement income strategies. "Although rates have been rising this year, we don't expect a significant move higher from this point, especially if market volatility continues and investors reallocate from risky stocks to safer bond investments," says David Spika, president at GuideStone Capital Management in Dallas. "However, it may be prudent to allocate a portion of your portfolio to asset classes that offer safety, but also mitigate the risk of rising interest rates."
When I visited the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York in April 2017, I thought I saw a company that was working hard to avoid disruption, but perhaps the leafy campus, the labs and experimental projects hid much larger problems inside the company. Yesterday GE announced that it was spinning out its Industrial IoT business and selling most of its stake in ServiceMax, the company it bought in 2016 for $915 million. For one thing, Jeff Immelt, the CEO who was leading that modernization charge, stepped down 6 months after my visit and was replaced by John Flannery, who was himself replaced just a year into his tenure by C. Lawrence Culp, Jr. It didn't seem to matter who was in charge, nobody could stop the bleeding stock price, which has fallen this year from a high of $18.76 in January to $7.20 this morning before the markets opened (and had already lost another .15 a share as we went to publication).
Do you want to make additional income in retirement? First though, a word of caution: If you’re already collecting Social Security, the amount you earn from these side jobs can potentially affect how much of your benefits are taxed. If your individual combined income is between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50% of your benefits, whereas if your income is more than $34,000, then up to 85% of your benefits may be taxable.