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What does it mean that the VIX is only barely higher than average, even as the stock market is experiencing remarkable volatility? The VIX (VIX) is the CBOE Volatility Index. The VIX currently is trading around 20, only slightly higher than the historical average of 19.26.
The recent volatility in stock markets has led some investors to make major moves in their retirement plans — but they may be trading more on emotion than long-term financial goals. Daily trading activity in 401(k) plans was more than double the normal level at the end of October as the S&P 500 index tumbled, and investors moved away from equities into fixed income, according to Alight Solutions. "Rather than making a knee-jerk reaction to market swings in either direction, investors need to have an investment strategy in place that helps meet their short-and-long-term goals," Rob Austin, vice president of research at Alight.
The Real Money Post-Industrial Average -- our exclusive measure of cutting-edge companies like Apple and Facebook -- outperformed the Nasdaq during November's first half, slipping some 0.4% through Nov.
International markets are more connected than ever, and futures markets can be accessed 24/7. Preparation for the trading day ahead actually begins at the close of the market the prior day. Scott Bauer is in his office by 6:30 a.m. each trading day to start trading E-mini S&P 500 futures, among other contracts.
Investors will get a glimpse of consumer health next week as the holiday shopping season gets under way with Black Friday sales, and a solid start could help equities steady after several tumultuous weeks. Wall Street has been struggling with uncertainty over U.S. congressional midterm elections, the path of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, tariffs, the trade war and the possibility corporate earnings have already peaked. After an October that saw the S&P 500 (.SPX) slump nearly 7 percent, Wall Street has struggled to find its footing, rising 0.7 percent so far in November.
Based on last week’s price action and the close at 2743.00, the direction of the December E-mini S&P 500 Index this week is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the major 50% level at 2748.50.
A strong earnings season isn’t sparing the stock market from a selloff, underscoring that “Wall Street doesn’t care what you’ve done in the past.”
Take the stock market. American equities have been the stand-out performers for most of 2018, but are now falling short relative to emerging markets -- the big laggards in the second and third quarters.
Investing.com - Advance Auto Parts reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday and revenue that topped forecasts.
A puzzling dynamic is playing out in the options market. U.S. stock indexes logged weekly losses after having violently gyrated up and down in recent weeks. S&P 500But investors aren’t rushing to buy stock protection—options that hedge against a deeper swoon.
Although the S&P 500 Index and Dow posted higher finishes on Friday, risk-off sentiment was the theme all week. Shares of Apple, which is a component of all three major indexes, including 12% of the NASDAQ Composite and 5% of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, had its worst week since April.
Nov. 15: As is usually the case in any given month, there were some sizable revisions to the initial estimates of September sales. For instance, while revenue at motor-vehicle dealers was initially reported to have risen by 0.8% in September, that is now shown as a decline of 0.1%. Sales at electronics/appliance stores are now reported to have fallen by 1.5%, softer than the initial estimate of a 0.9% increase, while sales at furniture stores are now reported to have risen by 0.5% rather than by 1%.
Another quarter-point hike still seems highly likely, if only not to give the appearance of buckling to pressure from the White House.
Volatility signals in markets such as high-yield bonds and currencies are picking up—a potential warning that the wild swings in energy prices this week could spread to other assets. Spreads on high-yield corporate bonds on Thursday hit the highest level this year, while bearish trading picked up on an exchange-traded fund that tracks the high-yield market. Meanwhile, volatility in the pound reached on Thursday its highest level since 2016—the year Britons voted to exit from the European Union.
The stock market used to reward companies for beating Wall Street analysts’ expectations of how much they could earn. From two days before the earnings announcement through the second day afterward, their shares have averaged a 5.5% loss. For that matter, the technology giants that have pulled the whole stock market downward—Amazon.com Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc.—also beat earnings expectations only to have their shares fall.
S&P 500 companies have set another record in share repurchases in the third quarter and look on track to break above $200 billion in buybacks for the quarter, according to an S&P Dow Jones Indices analysis. S&P 500 dividend and capital expenditures have also increased from last year.
The stock market is most focused on developments in U.S.-Chinese trade relations, and positive developments around the G-20 meeting, where President Trump meets his counterpart, could kick-start a rally while no progress could be a negative. Durable goods, existing home sales and earnings from retailers, such as Best Buy and Target, are on the calendar for the week ahead. Historically, the odds for a positive market the week before Thanksgiving are high with the Dow up in 19 of the past 24 years.
Investing.com - The Dow closed lower for the week, despite a rally Friday that came even as the White House reportedly walked backed President Donald Trump's upbeat comments on trade.
T. Rowe Price mutual funds may not get as much attention as their bigger brothers in the 401(k) space, Vanguard and Fidelity. But the firm's offerings are solid. There isn't a dog in the bunch. Six actively managed T. Rowe Price funds and eight of the provider's Retirement target-date offerings rank among the 100 largest 401(k) funds, according to BrightScope, the workplace retirement plan consulting firm. Here is a breakdown of some of the best T. Rowe Price mutual funds for your 401(k); we'll also weed out some lesser options. We rate each one either "buy" or "hold" (none of the funds listed here rated a "sell"). Read on for more details. SEE ALSO: 25 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans
While the S&P 500 rose, the Nasdaq fell, and investors are still struggling to figure out what’s next for the Fed and the trade war.
Dependable dividend stocks that routinely grow their payouts are welcome in any environment. But they seem especially attractive nowadays. Stock market volatility is back with a vengeance. The Dow Jones Industrial Average went from powering ahead to an all-time high of 26,828 on Oct. 3 to losing 8% in the span of about three weeks. These kinds of rocky markets tend to give investors motion sickness. But they can add a dose of Dramamine to their portfolios - in the form of reliable dividend-growth stocks. "Dividend growers, which tend to be quality companies, have generally shown greater resilience in unsteady markets and could address concerns about dividend stocks in a rising-rate environment," write Tianyin Cheng, director of strategy and ESG Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices; and Vinit Srivastava, head of strategy and ESG indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "This argument applies to not only to the U.S. large-cap space, but it also extends to small- and mid-cap segments and international markets." Dividend stocks - both at home and abroad - with long track records of rock-solid rising payments tend to generate superior returns over long periods of time and can help investors weather shorter periods of market turbulence. This is a look at the most reliable long-term dividend stocks in the world. Dubbed the "Dividend Aristocrats," they have raised dividends for at least five straight years (Canadian firms), 10 years (E.U.-based firms) or 25 years (U.S. companies). Such stocks provide reliable and rising income streams - and a sense of security that will help you sleep better at night. We've listed them here alphabetically; take a look. SEE ALSO: 25 Stocks Every Retiree Should Own
Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday.
Tracking the trade turmoil. With CNBC's Eamon Javers and Melissa Lee, and the Fast Money traders, Steve Grasso, Brian Kelly, Dan Nathan and Tim Seymour.
Are we seeing signs of a market meltdown? With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Steve Grasso, Brian Kelly, Dan Nathan and Tim Seymour.