By Sinead Carew, Reuters NEW YORK — U.S. stocks tumbled on Wednesday, with the S & P 500 and the Dow marking their biggest daily declines since Feb. 8, and technology stocks were at the center of the carnage as rising U.S. Treasury yields sent investors fleeing from risky assets. U.S. long-dated Treasury yields rose again in extension of a trend over the last few weeks fueled by solid U.S. economic data that reinforced expectations of multiple interest rate hikes over the next 12 months. Investors also worried about the impact of trade tensions on corporate profits and Hurricane Michael’s landfall in Florida adding to the uncertainty. The Nasdaq registered its biggest daily drop since June 24, 2016, hurt by technology stocks which had their biggest one-day drop since August 2011. The S & P 500 ended the day down 3.3 percent, representing a 4.95 percent drop from its Sept. 20 record closing high. “It’s a bit of a blood bath today, clear risk-off action … [Read more...] about S&P 500 and the Dow mark their biggest daily declines since Feb. 8
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Business By The Associated Press Once again, Wall Street's jitters over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived. U.S. stocks moved solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods starting next Monday. A swift response by China, saying it will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, also didn't dampen investors' buying mood. "The tariffs, they kind of came in as expected, but there's been this ongoing hope that this eventually will get resolved," said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank. Recommended Slideshows 51 Real Estate: What a $300K House Looks Like In Every State 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 71 Top 70 Working Cities for High Pay and Low Hours Gains in technology stocks and consumer-focused companies powered Tuesday's broad rally, which set … [Read more...] about U.S. Stocks Today: DJIA, NASDAQ, S&P 500 Climb as Investors Shrug Off Trade War
By Stephen CulpNEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow industrials fell on Monday as a global contagion of market jitters arising from the plunge of Turkey's currency spread to Wall Street, while the Nasdaq edged higher on gains from tech stocks.Financial stocks bore the brunt of the concerns over Turkey, with shares of Citigroup Inc, Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co down between 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent.The S&P 500 and the Dow were both on track for their fourth consecutive daily decline. A pledge by Turkey's central bank to stabilize the falling lira failed to quell investor worries. The currency remained under pressure, having dropped 40 percent against the dollar so far this year. "People are starting to pay attention to the problems facing emerging markets," said Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group in Richmond, Virginia. "When you have so many countries around world with trade actions, it's really easy to draw … [Read more...] about S&P 500, Dow slip as Turkey’s currency woes spread
Matthew Frankel The Motley Fool Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Question: The Dow Jones industrial average is the number that usually makes the headlines, but more investors seem to compare their performance to the S&P 500. Why? Answer: The Dow certainly is the attention-grabbing stock index. It has been around since the 1800s, and with the highest numbers of the three top indexes (Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq), it makes for more exciting headlines. This is why it was much more publicized when the Dow crossed 25,000 for the first time than when the S&P 500 surpassed 2,500, for example. However, the Dow simply isn't a great representation of the overall stock market. For starters, the index only includes 30 companies, so it's just a small cross-section of the thousands of companies in the market. The Dow also is a price-weighted index, meaning higher-priced stocks count more, even if they represent smaller companies. For example, Goldman Sachs, with a share … [Read more...] about Why is the S&P 500 used as a benchmark for market performance so often? Ask a Fool
Matthew Frankel, The Motley Fool Published 7:00 a.m. ET May 1, 2018 CLOSE The nine-year stretch of rising stock prices won’t last forever. So now’s a good time for investors to bear-proof their 401(k)s before the next financial storm. USA TODAY Or is this common theory wrong? Question: I'm 30 and selecting my 401(k) investments. Should I put most of my money in a small-cap stock fund, since they tend to beat large-cap funds over time? Answer: The idea that a given group of small-cap stocks will outperform a group of large-cap stocks over time certainly makes sense. After all, small-cap companies tend to have much more room to grow. In other words, it's typically far easier for a company with a $1 billion market cap to double in size than it is for, say, Microsoft. However, while the common perception is that small caps tend to outperform large caps, the data doesn't entirely support that view. In fact, from 1979 through 2015, the broad small-cap Russell … [Read more...] about Investing Q&A: Do small-cap stock funds beat large-cap funds?