Stocks

Professional investors have suddenly turned optimistic about U.S. stocks again, with bullish sentiment fed by an especially buoyant earnings season that is offsetting other concerns. Domestic equities are holding the biggest portfolio weight since January 2015, according to the August Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fund Managers Survey, a look at where 243 pros who …

Goldman Sachs predicts the markets will not move much into year-end, but some of the firm’s clients are saying the S&P 500 could rally sharply higher. The firm said the second-quarter corporate earnings season was “stellar,” with 25 percent year-over-year earnings per share growth and a sales increase of 12 percent. “The best earnings season …

Elon Musk is clearing up questions around taking Tesla private, saying his claim last week that the necessary funding had been secured was based on repeated and ongoing conversations with the Saudis. “Going back almost two years, the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached me multiple times about taking Tesla private,” Musk said in …

Stocks rose on Friday, the last trading day of the first half of the year, but still posted weekly losses as the underlying market sentiment was soured by anxiety over global trade frictions. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 55.36 points to 24,271.41, with Nike outperforming. The S&P 500 gained 0.1 percent and closed at …

Investor money is hemorrhaging out of global stock funds at a pace not seen since just after the financial crisis exploded. Global equity funds have seen outflows of $12.4 billion in June, a level not seen since October 2008, according to market research firm TrimTabs. Lehman Brothers collapsed in September of that year, triggering the …

As President Donald Trump dials up trade tensions, the stock market is taking another blow. One macro strategist warns U.S. economic growth could be one of the next casualties of an all-out trade battle. “Trade wars, in the short run and even in the long run, they do not benefit anybody,” Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global, …

Rick Rieder runs fixed income investing for BlackRock, but lately he is a big believer in stocks. Persistently low interest rates, weak inflation and a lack of supply relative to demand for bonds leaves Rieder advocating for equities rather than the fixed income market. Rieder is chief investment officer for fixed income at BlackRock, which …

China’s markets, long considered insulated from global ructions by strict capital controls, took a hit this week from the U.S. rate hike.

Stocks tend to slide in the 38th week of a year. Will they do so in 2016?

U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Friday as traders digested the release of key inflation data.

“This market is on solid footing and ready for the next leg up,” technical analyst Craig Johnson says.

Despite wild volatility this year, the S&P 500 is barely positive for the year, and it’s still a coin toss whether stocks finish 2015 in the green.

Dominic Chu takes a look at the stocks that under-performed and whether their luck may change in the new year.

It hasn’t been a good year for energy stocks. Actually, it hasn’t even been a good decade. The S&P 500 is up 65 percent in the last 10 years, while, the S&P energy sector is up just 24 percent. And as a Friday oil slide put further pressure on energy stocks, four specific names actually …

The S&P 500 has struggled to make meaningful gains this year amid slowing profit growth, geopolitical unrest and uncertainty over a Fed rate hike. But if history is any indication, we could be in for a big year-end rally. “December is the only month since 1928 that has never posted the worst performance of the year,” …