^GSPC - S&P 500

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3,380.16
+6.22 (+0.18%)
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Previous Close3,373.94
Open3,378.08
Volume1,667,357,285
Day's Range3,366.15 - 3,380.69
52 Week Range2,722.27 - 3,385.09
Avg. Volume3,566,461,967
  • Barrons.com

    Apple, Microsoft, and Intel Stock Have Been Killing It. Fund Managers Don’t Have Enough.

    (MSFT)(INTC) and (AAPL) among the biggest stocks in the S&P 500 index, have well outpaced the market benchmark in the past 12 months. “MIA” stocks is an apt term, given the trio has been underweighted by fundamentally-driven large-cap portfolio managers, according to Harvey. “Ironically, some [portfolio managers] admit they have not gone ‘up-cap’ in order to avoid looking like an index fund (painful mistake!),” he wrote.

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    Giant Canadian Fund Sold Disney and Starbucks Stock. Here’s What It Is Buying.

    The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, one of the biggest pensions in the world, more than doubled its BlackBerry stockholdings in the fourth quarter.

  • Here are vulnerable parts of the U.S. economy that coronavirus may infect
    MarketWatch

    Here are vulnerable parts of the U.S. economy that coronavirus may infect

    Festering worries about the spread of COVID-19 is a potential peril for the U.S. economy, but ailing manufacturers and tepid investment are already muzzling growth.

  • Here’s the segment of the economy that may benefit from fears of coronavirus, analysts say
    MarketWatch

    Here’s the segment of the economy that may benefit from fears of coronavirus, analysts say

    As the COVID-19 spreads and the patient count and death toll grow, economists are slashing their once-rosy expectations for global growth in 2020.

  • Here’s how one ‘black swan’ investor is protecting his $5 billion fund against a market crash that ‘won’t be pretty’
    MarketWatch

    Here’s how one ‘black swan’ investor is protecting his $5 billion fund against a market crash that ‘won’t be pretty’

    Mark Spitznagel of Universa Investments is getting ready for the next big drop, but he says he’s fine if it never comes.

  • Warren Buffett had a tough year — how might he explain it?
    MarketWatch

    Warren Buffett had a tough year — how might he explain it?

    We’ll know Feb. 22, when Berkshire Hathaway earnings and Warren Buffett’s shareholder letter are published.

  • Afraid of sky-high stock valuations? Consider this ‘deep value’ strategy
    MarketWatch

    Afraid of sky-high stock valuations? Consider this ‘deep value’ strategy

    There’s no shortage of arguments that the U.S. stock market, whose main benchmark indexes are at record highs, is overvalued. If your investment portfolio is concentrated in an index fund, you might feel you are properly diversified, but there’s a good chance your risk is concentrated among a short list of companies. Jim Roumell, the founder of Roumell Asset Management of Chevy Chase, Md., and manager of the Roumell Opportunistic Value Fund (RAMSX) offers an investment strategy that is truly different: A balanced fund that takes concentrated positions in micro-cap companies that he argues are grossly undervalued.

  • Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger warns of ‘wretched excess,’ says Tesla’s Elon Musk ‘may overestimate himself’
    MarketWatch

    Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger warns of ‘wretched excess,’ says Tesla’s Elon Musk ‘may overestimate himself’

    Munger, who serves as chairman for the Daily Journal along with his Berkshire role, cited the increasing use of EBITDA — earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — as an example of that excess. “I don’t like when investment bankers talk about EBITDA, which I call ‘bulls**t earnings,’” Munger, 96 years old, explained.

  • Veteran strategist eyes health care and financials in anticipation of ‘choppy and frustrating’ markets
    MarketWatch

    Veteran strategist eyes health care and financials in anticipation of ‘choppy and frustrating’ markets

    Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Chicago fund manager Nuveen, says markets are priced for good news. But he also doesn’t expect a recession.

  • Trump administration considers proposing new tax incentives for stock buying: report
    MarketWatch

    Trump administration considers proposing new tax incentives for stock buying: report

    The Trump administration is considering making it possible for Americans to invest more in the stock market on a tax-free basis, according to a report on Friday citing four unnamed administration officials.

  • Barrons.com

    Inside Berkshire Hathaway’s Future Without Warren Buffett

    When Warren Buffett turns 90 years old in August, it would be only natural for (BRKA) shareholders to celebrate his success—and worry about the future of the extraordinary company he built. In his 55 years at the helm as CEO, chairman, and investment chief, Buffett turned a struggling textile maker into a $555 billion conglomerate, using investment skills that became the envy of American business. An investor who put $1,000—roughly 50 shares—in Berkshire in 1965 would now have $20 million, against $175,000 for a similar investment in the S&P 500index.

  • Two years after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — who are the winners and the losers?
    MarketWatch

    Two years after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — who are the winners and the losers?

    With tax filing season now underway, we have two full years of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes in the rearview mirror: 2018 and 2019. Not surprisingly, the answers depend on your specific situation and, just as importantly, your perceptions. Perceptions often override reality.

  • Not one S&P 500 CEO is donating to Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren
    MarketWatch

    Not one S&P 500 CEO is donating to Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren

    While the moderate 2020 Democrats finished behind Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, presidential hopefuls Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden are winning over S&P 500 CEOs, as the execs vote for them with their wallets.

  • Here’s which markets are open, and closed, on Presidents Day
    MarketWatch

    Here’s which markets are open, and closed, on Presidents Day

    U.S. financial markets will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed. The S&P 500 (SPX)and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)were both less than a percentage point away from their respective record closes on Friday, while the 10-year Treasury note yield (BX:TMUBMUSD10Y)traded around 1.59% at last check.

  • Republicans and Democrats, your political leanings color your investments
    MarketWatch

    Republicans and Democrats, your political leanings color your investments

    Investors don’t shed their political biases when they start buying and selling stocks. After all, to state the obvious, the stock you buy or sell doesn’t know your political affiliation. This growing body of research indicates that you need to bend over backward not to let your biases lead you into making investment decisions you will eventually regret.

  • All the Ways Stock Market Bulls Have Gone Off the Rails. Again
    Bloomberg

    All the Ways Stock Market Bulls Have Gone Off the Rails. Again

    (Bloomberg) -- It’s that time of the bull market again, when everyone decides things beyond the realm of rationality have taken over in equities. Demand is brisk for an account of all the ways investors have lost their minds.Concern is normal whenever the market is buoyant. When it’s 11 years into a massive rally and share values soar by $1 trillion in two weeks, skeptics come out of the woodwork. Records keep falling -- the S&P 500 is setting one every 2 1/2 days -- while valuations fatten. It’s enough to make the staunchest bull wonder about a reckoning.Dread is a natural human reaction to a market that appears to have inured itself to bad news. A global health panic, flat-lining economies in Europe, inverting bond yields -- none has restrained the S&P 500, which is up eight of the last 10 days and 15 of 19 weeks. Forty days into 2020 and a third of the Nasdaq 100 is already up 10% -- the list goes on.Maybe it’s a bad look to complain when stocks surge. Yet lately it seems half of Wall Street must go on twitter to protest each time the S&P 500 rises 1% or Tesla Inc. spikes. For a rundown of all the stuff they say make this leg of the advance untenable, read on.Theory No. 1The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and is instead being hijacked by four or five monopoly-like companies that basically can’t keep rising.Wealth concentration in the market is well documented. Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc. now make up 18% of the S&P 500, a record. Combined, they account for half of the S&P 500’s gain this year, and one-fifth of its 400% rise since March 2009. When they break, so will everything else.It may be sooner than you think, too, with regulators stepping up scrutiny. This week, the Federal Trade Commission issued orders to the five companies for information on past acquisitions. Even that couldn’t keep them from rallying.The counterargument is that concentration is always present. In 2020, it’s Apple, Microsoft and Amazon. In 1990, the top three S&P constituents -- Exxon Mobil Corp., IBM Corp. and General Electric Co. -- accounted for 8% of the S&P. In 1980, IBM, Exxon and AT&T Inc. made up 12%, data compiled by S&P Dow Jones Indices show.“Tech has run up quite a bit but it’s not as worrisome as it’s been in the past,” says Jeff Zipper, managing director at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management. “From a valuation standpoint, we still like it.”By the way, as big as the Fang stocks are, the S&P 500’s weighting methodology is not the reason for its success over the years. Since bottoming in 2009, an equal-weighted version of the benchmark has returned 605% including dividends. That’s 80 points more than the classic market-cap weighted index.Theory No. 2The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and instead is being manipulated by the Federal Reserve.Easy money and plentiful liquidity are the market’s drug, and when they’re taken away, withdrawal will be rough. Financial conditions are historically loose and monetary policy accommodative, and now the central bank is pumping billions of dollars worth of liquidity into financial markets to keep short-term funding markets tame.No doubt Fed largess has played a role throughout the bull market. What’s worrying people now is the Fed’s efforts to prop up the repo market by buying billions of dollars of Treasury bills, which Chair Jerome Powell is at pains to categorize as unstimulative. Still, one strategist says every percentage point increase in the Fed’s balance sheet has corresponded with a 1% gain in the stock market.“There’s tons of liquidity out there, it’s driving the market higher,” Shawn Matthews, the chief investment officer of Hondius Capital Management and former Cantor Fitzgerald CEO, told Bloomberg Television. “People will always look for the extra 3 to 5% at the top. I would rather let someone else take it and move on.”Just as many find the theory preposterous. Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, told “QE conspiracists” on twitter that he doesn’t see the connection. Dennis DeBusschere, Evercore ISI’s head of portfolio strategy, says the relationship between changes in the Fed’s balance sheet and the S&P 500 is near zero, and the latest stock rally is consistent with improving economic data and earnings.“This can go on until it doesn’t -- the expansion here can continue,” said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at TIAA. “I don’t think investing in this equity market at this point is crazy. We still have good fundamentals supporting these equity prices.”Theory No. 3The stock market has ceased to be a report card on the broad health of American commerce and is more like a perpetual-motion experiment fueled by self-fulfilling deposits into passive funds.It’s a theory you hear a lot: that exchange-traded funds and other index products are fueling a bubble. ETFs from industry titans like Vanguard Group Inc. and BlackRock Inc. cost next to nothing to trade, are diversified similar to mutual funds, but are easier to jump in and out.In August, assets in passively managed U.S. equity funds exceeded actively managed competitors for the first time in history. Already in 2020, mutual funds have fallen behind their passive competitors by a distance that will be hard to make up.“After a big gain, you’ll see investors piling in and the momentum continues because of the fact that they say, ‘I may have missed out last year and it looks like it’s really running so I better get more money into equity markets,” said TIAA’s Gaffney. “Momentum, especially ETFs and index-type funds, have an impact.”While the influence of passive money is rising, one should be prudent in blaming ETFs for the market’s problems. More than $3.6 trillion is invested across 1,600 U.S.-listed equity ETFs, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s a lot, but it’s still about 12% of the market cap of the S&P 500.Investors put $161 billion into U.S. equity exchange-traded funds in 2019, the smallest inflow in seven years, as the S&P 500 gained 28% in the same time -- its best year in six. An August 2018 study by Federal Reserve staffers listed the verdict as “unclear” and evidence “mixed” as to whether inclusion in indexes was likely to raise a stock’s beta, a measure of systemic risk.“When you get into a market that’s driven by momentum plays and passive money, you can’t help but think that if the rally gets excessive, these factors set things up for a spill,” said Marshall Front, the chief investment officer at Front Barnett Associates in Chicago. “But does it mean you should sell your stocks and run away? Maybe fundamentals aren’t as strong as you wished, but they’re improving.”\--With assistance from Vildana Hajric and Claire Ballentine.To contact the reporters on this story: Sarah Ponczek in New York at sponczek2@bloomberg.net;Elena Popina in New York at epopina@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at jherron8@bloomberg.net, Chris NagiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Barrons.com

    Coronavirus Won’t Clobber China’s GDP Growth This Year

    UBS stays overweight emerging markets and is bullish on Asia generally. What to buy—and avoid—as the virus spreads.

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    Our Warren Buffett Expert Shares the Rewards and Challenges of Covering The Oracle

    Barron’s writer Andrew Bary has written a dozen major stories on Berkshire Hathaway over more than 20 years, and he still finds covering the legendary investor to be both challenging and rewarding.

  • Barrons.com

    How Netflix Wins Despite Underperforming at the Oscars

    The streaming giant had 25 nominations and only two wins at the Academy Award. But the stock price went up. The reason: Lots of chatter about the company’s content.

  • Barrons.com

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average Gained 1% This Week. Let It Ride?

    We’ve heard the market dubbed “ludicrous.” We’ve seen the comparisons to the dot-com bubble. We’ve pointed out that stocks have almost never traded with valuations as high as they are now. That’s still no reason to sell.

  • Why Canopy Growth’s sales grew as Aurora Cannabis struggled to sell more weed
    MarketWatch

    Why Canopy Growth’s sales grew as Aurora Cannabis struggled to sell more weed

    Canopy Growth Corp. reported earnings early Friday that gave investors a few reasons to cheer: In short, it wasn’t a total disaster.

  • Barrons.com

    Intel Director Henry Buys $1 Million of Stock

    The chip giant’s newest director Alyssa Henry bought shares on the open market. Henry is an executive at payments firm Square.

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    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Wells Fargo Stake

    The embattled bank’s shares were once Buffett’s “Big Four” investments. Berkshire Hathaway sold more than 55 million Wells Fargo shares in the fourth quarter.

  • Vipshop Holdings Limited (VIPS) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Vipshop Holdings Limited (VIPS) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Vipshop Holdings Limited (VIPS) closed the most recent trading day at $14.30, moving -0.28% from the previous trading session.

  • Barrons.com

    Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Bought Biogen, Kroger, Occidental Stock

    Buffett’s firm also disclosed that it sold most of its investment in insurer Travelers in the fourth quarter.