Markets

Blue chip blues

The strong dollar has proven to be a big drag on some of the country’s biggest companies.

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U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday, as corporations reported earnings that disappointed and orders fur U.S. business equipment unexpectedly declined in December. Caterpillar fell in early New York trading after the making of mining and construction equipment reported a lower profit short of estimates. Orders for business equipment fell 3.4 percent last month, illustrating the …

Brendan McDermid | Reuters
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U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday after the European Central Bank left benchmark interest rates unchanged and ECB President Mario Draghi said the central bank would make monthly bond purchases of $70 billion. “We’re pleased. There was always concern the ECB would disappoint, so we’re pleased with size of the proposed actions, and the structure of …

Brian Snyder | Reuters
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A year in which the U.S. economy was supposed to turn the corner and lead the world sure has started out in bumpy fashion. Retail sales, manufacturing and inflation readings sputtered into the end of 2014, according to reports released this week. Meanwhile, weekly jobless claims jumped back above 300,000 and a new study called a …

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U.S. stocks fell sharply on Wednesday, continuing losses into a fourth day, as a thrashing of commodities and disappointing retail sales increased worry that the global economy is slowing. ” Although consumers are saving at the pump, it doesn’t look like they are spending it at the stores; retail sales are an unmitigated disaster,” Art …

Rally reverses

What caused today’s 282-point gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to evaporate?

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U.S. stocks were little moved on Tuesday, after a near 300-point rally on the Dow faded amid falling commodity prices and on worries Germany would throw cold water on the European Central Bank taking additional steps to bolster the region’s economy. “We’ve gone from day-to-day volatility to intraday volatility,” Mark Luschini, chief market strategist at …

Market Monitor: Randall Eley

Our Market Monitor has a list of neglected stocks he says are ready to rise.

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U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, extending the prior day’s robust gains, as the price of oil steadied and on thinking the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank would buttress the global economy. Comments late Wednesday by Fed Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans helped the bullish slant, with Evans saying he did not believe …

Behind the market sell-off

The Dow Industrial Average fell more than 300 points and oil prices plummeted 5%. Bob Pisani tells us what factors caused the sell-off.

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U.S. stocks fell sharply on Monday, with energy companies leading losses as the price of oil fell to its lowest since April 2009. “We’re starting a new year with a bit of trepidation; it’s difficult for equities to get any traction when one of the asset classes is in a free fall,” said Art Hogan, …

2015 outlook: the markets

Bob Pisani tells us his outlook for the markets in 2015.

Risks to the market in 2015

Dominic Chu tells us the three big themes that investors need to keep a close eye on in the new year.

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Investors hungry for yield have latched on to “the Dogs of the Dow” strategy, which pays off more often than not. According to Bespoke, in 9 of the last 14 years, the “Dogs” have beaten the Dow by an average of about 1 percent. In 2014, the index is heading toward year-end with an 11 percent …

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There are many strong contenders to be the chart of the year. Some point to oil prices, which shockingly plunged 50 percent in a matter of months. Others would look to the S&P 500, which exploded higher for a third year in row and has closed at a record high 53 times (so far), more …