|Bid||0.00 x 900|
|Ask||0.00 x 1000|
|Day's Range||276.13 - 277.41|
|52 Week Range||233.76 - 293.94|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.00|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.09%|
Jeffrey Gundlach warns that buyers of December's low will accelerate selling when that buy goes underwater.
A positive consumer sentiment report for February also buoyed investor sentiment, which told a different tale than the poor consumer confidence report for December that we mentioned yesterday. As I mentioned, yesterday's report may have been compromised by the government shutdown last month, as well as lackluster holiday sales.
President Donald Trump said Friday he may extend a March 1 deadline for reaching a trade deal with China if the two countries are close to an agreement. “Negotiation's been going on for about two days, it’s going extremely well,” Trump said. The White House and China set the March deadline for reaching an agreement in the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries, and Trump previously said he would increase U.S. tariffs on more than $200 billion in imports from China if an agreement on several issues couldn’t be worked out by the deadline.
Trump Declares a National Emergency: Was There One Already?President Trump On February 15, President Trump announced a national emergency to help garner funds for the wall on the US-Mexico border. Declaring an emergency is among the rarely used
If you're new to investing, one of the best ways you can dip your toe into the water is to buy a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in all 505 of the S&P 500's stocks. Your first question: What is the S&P 500? Your second question: How come there are 505 stocks, not 500? Both are relatively painless questions to answer.First, the S&P 500 represents 500 of the largest and most established companies listed on a U.S. stock exchange. You're likely familiar with many of the index's constituents. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe S&P 500's largest company by market capitalization [share price multiplied by number of shares outstanding] is Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) at $825 billion. * 10 Hot Stocks Leading the Market's Blitz Higher Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time, has said that most investors should simplify their investments to deliver better long-term returns. He put it this way in his 2013 annual letter to shareholders:"My advice [to the trustee] couldn't be more simple: Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard's.) …I believe the trust's long-term results from this policy will be superior to those attained by most investors -- whether pension funds, institutions or individuals -- who employ high-fee managers."Low costs and few moving parts wins the game in the long run.The second question requires much less legwork. There are 505 stocks in the index because some of the companies, such as Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A, NYSE:BRK.B), have more than one class of shares, which means Berkshire Hathaway counts as two holdings, not one. Simple, right?Now that I've answered the two questions, I better cut to the chase by providing readers with a short list of ways to buy S&P 500 stocks. Option 1 - An Oldie But a Goodie The oldest ETF in the U.S. -- launched in 1993 -- is the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY). It also happens to be the biggest with $256 billion in assets. However, remember what Buffett said about low-cost funds. It's not the cheapest of the ETFs tracking the S&P 500 (it charges 9 cents for every $1,000 you invest,) but it is the most popular. Option 2 - The Low-Cost OptionsTwo of the next three-largest U.S.-listed ETFs also invest in every one of the S&P 500 stocks -- the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:VOO) has $101.4 billion in assets and charges 0.04% as does the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:IVV) with $157.6 billion in assets. These each give you plenty of choice when it comes to capturing a significant portion of American equities. Option 3 - Buy Buffett's StockBerkshire Hathaway has often been compared to a very large mutual fund because it owns $200 billion worth of publicly traded stocks, most of them part of the S&P 500.However, in addition to the equities, you get a small piece of hundreds of private companies operating in all kinds of different sectors of the economy. The best part: Buffett won't charge you annual fees to own his fund. He'll just deliver long-term returns that handily beat the S&P 500. From 1965 to 2017, Berkshire Hathaway stock's generated a compound annual growth rate of 20.9%, more than double the S&P 500. The Verdict on Investing in S&P 500 StocksAs Warren Buffett suggests, you ought to do it early and often and at the lowest cost possible.These three options plus mutual funds that track the S&P 500 index (they're slightly more expensive than ETFs) will get the job done while letting you sleep easier at night. As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Should You Buy, Sell, Or Hold These 7 Medical Cannabis Stocks? * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside * 7 Reasons Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal Compare Brokers The post 3 Different Ways for Newcomers to Buy S&P 500 Stocks appeared first on InvestorPlace.
President Donald Trump on Friday moved to bypass Congress to fund additional sections of border wall by declaring a national emergency. The move came after Trump said he’ll sign legislation Congress passed to keep the government open, legislation that had been intended as a compromise on the border issue to avoid another shutdown. "Walls work a hundred percent," Trump said in a morning speech on the White House lawn, where he was joined by several family members of people who were murdered, allegedly by people illegally in the country.
Energy Portfolio Gains on Oil's Rise(Continued from Prior Part)US equity indexesOn February 7–14, US equity indexes had the following correlations with US crude oil March futures:the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA): 59.7%the S&P 500
Is 2019 Bill Ackman’s Comeback Year after a Series of Losses?(Continued from Prior Part)United Technologies United Technologies (UTX) has been another key contributor to Pershing Square’s success YTD (year-to-date). Compared to its average cost
Forecasts of S&P 500 profits in 2019 are trending sharply downwards, but Goldman Sachs says that these stocks can swim against the tide.
Energy Portfolio Gains on Oil's Rise(Continued from Prior Part)Correlation with US crude oil On February 7–14, major energy ETFs had the following correlations with US crude oil March futures: the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE): 64.3% the
Is 2019 Bill Ackman’s Comeback Year after a Series of Losses?(Continued from Prior Part)Automatic Data ProcessingAutomatic Data Processing (ADP) is another key holding of Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square. Pershing lost a proxy battle with ADP in
Canada Goose Stock Fell 12.9% despite Strong Q3 ResultsThird-quarter results On February 14, Canada Goose (GOOS) (GOOS.TO) stock fell 12.9% on the NYSE. The company reported impressive results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 and raised its
Warren Buffett's Investments: Did He Play It Safe in Q4?Warren Buffett On February 14, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) released its fourth-quarter 13F. Investors had been waiting eagerly for the quarterly filing. Berkshire Hathaway held more than $100