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GE's Stock Rally Needs More Power

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:18:18 EST

Fourth-quarter earnings will put the industrial giant’s stock rally to the test.

IBM: Paying Now for Work in Progress

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:57 EST

IBM’s stock has risen sharply in the past year, raising the stakes for a continuing transition.

Eyeballs Are No Longer Enough for Netflix

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:42:39 EST

Netflix should be able to meet subscriber targets, but investors may start demanding profits.

UnitedHealth Is Poised to Pass Its Earnings Checkup

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:58:04 EST

The company has the smallest public exchange business of any major publicly traded insurer, so any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act shouldn’t affect its operations too much.

Bank Earnings: Why This Time Is Different

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:55:04 EST

Bank shares may be due for a pullback, but their long-term prospects are strong.

Nintendo Needs the Right Price to Switch Back On

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:30:43 EST

Nintendo’s new console comes as the Japanese game maker has lost share to PlayStation, Xbox.

When It Comes to Inflation, Seeing Is Believing

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:00:49 EST

If inflation really is heading higher, businesses will want to do something they have been reluctant to do ever since the financial crisis: spend more money. Investing ahead of an uptick in inflation also could help companies save themselves money later.

Surprise: It Might Be Time to Sell, Especially in Europe

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:51:35 EST

The Citigroup Economic Surprise Index is a strong contrarian indicator that is worth watching right now. If economists grow more optimistic, the chance of a string of disappointments rises, which could send markets down.

Biotech Starts Year With a Look Ahead

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:38:40 EST

In biotech, it is how you start the year that counts. Investors will get a good look at how 2017 is shaping up starting Monday when the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference kicks off in San Francisco.

How Low Can the Unemployment Rate Go?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:41:51 EST

Already at a nine-year low, the 4.6% unemployment rate might head lower still.

Trump Won't End Constellation Brands' Party

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:13:46 EST

Constellation Brands offers investors a rare buying opportunity ahead of Thursday’s results.

Yellow Flag Waves Over Auto Stocks

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:00:51 EST

Until car sales kick back into high gear, auto stocks might struggle to do the same.

Wall Street Strategists Feel BetterTogether in 2017

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 12:58:38 EST

High valuations and an unpredictable president-elect leave year-end forecasts more clustered together than ever before.

Apple, eBay and Gold: We Called Them Right. We Missed Some, Too

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:38:58 EST

Here are some of Ahead of the Tape’s best and worst calls in 2016.

Where the Action Is in the Last Trading Days of the Year

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:10:19 EST

In quiet financial markets, window dressing could spice things up as the year winds down.

Donald Trump Dogs Dow Strategy

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:19:11 EST

The ‘Dogs of the Dow’ have lagged behind the broader market since the election as investors sour on dividend stocks.

The Real Story About Rising Home Prices

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:04:49 EST

Inflation-adjusted home values are far below their 2006 peak, and achieving a new high could be tough to achieve in the new year.

The Christmas Tree Indicator: Consumers Are Joyful

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:14:25 EST

Strong Christmas tree sales are the latest economic signal showing upbeat consumer confidence

The Economy Is More Durable Than It Looks

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:04:40 EST

November durable-goods orders are expected to log a decline, but there is more to it than meets the eye.

Bed Bath & Beyond's Membership Model Is No Sure Thing

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:57:48 EST

The retailer’s strategic effort won’t mask the difficult environment it faces.

Dow 20000: Nike Is Missing Out

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:19:58 EST

Retail giant Nike is one of only two Dow Jones Industrial Average components that are down this year.

Home Builders Are Confident: Why That's Problematic for Lennar

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 22:52:47 EST

Rising optimism about the housing market might be an ominous sign for Lennar.

The Trump Trade: Stocks' Biggest Postelection Rally Ever

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:28:28 EST

On the doorstep of Dow 20000, this rally has achieved another more meaningful market milestone. The Dow’s 8% gain in the five weeks after Donald Trump’s victory is the biggest surge following any U.S. presidential election in history.

The Key to a More Hawkish Fed: Inflation

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:41:56 EST

The Fed’s outlook on interest rates might not be hawkish enough if inflation continues on its recent trajectory

Skip the Fed and Watch the Holiday Shoppers

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:42:17 EST

Economic data Wednesday should provide proof that the economy can support a more hawkish Fed next year.

The World Has Changed. How Will the Fed Deal With That?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:23:34 EST

One key question investors haven’t asked in a long time: How aggressive will the Fed get next year? A Fed that moves too slowly next year might be seen as falling behind rising asset prices and a surge in economic growth.

How Will Stocks React to the Fed Meeting? Watch Twitter

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:44:36 EST

Research shows trading strategies built on what people tweet before Fed days have been profitable.

Insiders Send Wrong Signal on Bank Stocks

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:23:41 EST

The rally in bank shares has coincided with insider selling that is on pace to set a record.

The End of the Bond Bull Market Will Hurt Stock Investors Too

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:25:55 EST

Historical analysis shows long-term stock investors shouldn’t necessarily rejoice at higher yields.

Peak Athleisure: Lululemon's Toughest Task Yet

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:02:57 EST

Heightened competition and finicky fashion trends might not bode well for Lululemon shares.

Housing Market: This Luxury Builder Is Priced to Move

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:03:10 EST

Toll Brothers’ shares appear undervalued relative to rival builders and the overall stock market.

Irrational Exuberance: Alan Greenspan's Call,20 Years Later

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:07:13 EST

The former Fed chairman’s phrase has since transcended Wall Street, Main Street and even the best-seller list, claiming a place as one of the most iconic in financial markets.

Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: The Uneven Jobs Recovery

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:20:15 EST

Ahead of Friday’s jobs report, the economic recovery has produced uneven results and unintended consequences for baby boomers and millennials.

In Trump Win, Gun Stock Smith & Wesson Loses

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:12:29 EST

Donald Trump’s election victory could make times more difficult for gun maker Smith & Wesson.

Higher Rates Don't Mean Lower House Prices After All

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:58 EST

With home values recovering, now comes the hard part: sustaining prices in a period of rising rates.

Trouble at Tiffany, and Donald Trump Isn't Helping

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:00:48 EST

Protests and high security at Trump Tower, next door to Tiffany’s flagship store, add to macro pressures facing the luxury retailer.

Warning Ahead: The Pitfalls of Dow Milestones

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:09:53 EST

The Dow topped 19000 and 20000 could come sooner than later, but holding that major milestone might prove to be problematic.

BlackFriday: Retail Stocks Aren't on Sale

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:38:01 EST

The all-important holiday shopping season for retailers typically isn’t the best time to own retail shares.

The Market Loves Donald Trump, Will Consumers?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:50:20 EST

Wednesday’s consumer-sentiment report will be the first since the presidential election.

Urban Outfitters Rally Has Gone Too Far

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:37:13 EST

As one of the S&P 500’s top performers this year, Urban Outfitters has gotten ahead of itself.

Now or Never: Time for Stock Pickers to Shine

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:35:03 EST

Shares of asset managers have outperformed in the postelection rally, but will it last?

Dow 20000? He Called It in 2012

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:45:09 EST

The sharp rally following last week’s election has the Dow just 6% away from one forecaster’s vaunted long-term target, years ahead of schedule.

Trump Rally Leaves Wal-Mart Behind

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:37:23 EST

Wal-Mart has been conspicuously absent from the stock market’s postelection rally, trailing the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the past week.

Donald Trump: The Housing Market's Latest Threat

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:04:11 EST

A spike in Treasury yields since last week’s election already has had an impact on home-lending rates.

Dick's Sporting Goods Looks Winded

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:52:09 EST

The sharp rally for Dick’s Sporting Goods since January might leave the stock susceptible ahead of Tuesday’s earnings report.