Stocks

With 30-year Treasury bonds yielding just 3 percent despite widespread predictions of a Federal Reserve rate hike, high-dividend stocks continue to present an appetizing option for many investors. Of course, not every name falls into that bucket. Eighty-three of the megacap stocks in the S&P 500 pay no dividend whatsoever. But at the other end …

There’s an interesting thing happening with Black Friday retail these days. Consumer shopping in November, especially around Black Friday, matters less. But consumer stocks in November matter more. That’s what the data say. First, if you look at the actual impact and relevance of Black Friday, there’s a lot of numbers pointing to its decreased …

The consumer discretionary sector has been the hottest sector so far this year, but will the group continue to do well with an interest rate hike looming?

With copper hitting a six-year low this week, some companies could benefit from the metal’s big decline. Erin Gibbs of S&P Investment Advisory is watching the telecom, construction and automaker sectors for companies that could get a profit boost from lower copper prices. One standout name is Acuity Brands, Gibbs said, with a net margin …

Should you own stocks with sky high valuations, or is it dangerous to your wealth?

Dow 18K is officially back on the horizon as the index has rallied to within 3 percent of its all-time high. But while Wall Street eyes that as the next important level, some traders are looking at what stocks could take the index into uncharted territory: Dow 20K. David Seaburg told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” that, …

In a continued slow-growth environment, investors should look for outperformance in a hot but little-followed set of stocks: IT services. So says Andrew Burkly, head of institutional portfolio strategy at Oppenheimer. “We know one of the things that’s defining the environment right now is this kind of slow-growth, sluggish-revenue environment that we find ourselves in. …

October is on track to be the best month for stocks in four years, but the rapid gains may have taken some steam out of any year-end rally. The Dow and S&P 500 have both risen about 9 percent in October, the best monthly performance since the S&P’s more-than-10.7 percent rally in October 2011. The …

The bright spot in the otherwise beaten down energy sector.

The stock market faces a number of challenges over the next few months and some will unfold during the coming week. We spell out the risks and the possible rewards.

Our Market Monitor has three stocks he says you should consider buying right now.

Josh Lipton tells us what big tech companies are doing right.

Are you feeling clueless? Has the seven-year bull run in equities left you feeling nervy in the face of a potential rate hike in the U.S. and weakening growth in China? You are not alone. The results of a client survey released by the Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Thursday highlighted that global investors were …

The S&P 500 has risen 6 percent in as many sessions as of Wednesday’s open, in what many have termed a “relief rally” after a tough run for the market of late. If the bounce continues, a certain set of equities may perform especially well: The high-beta names. These are stocks that have been proven …

In a surprising trend, American cigarette use appears to be back on the rise. The big question is why. On Monday, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reported that cigarette shipments for the first half of 2015 have increased from the same period the previous year. If this trend holds, it would mark the …