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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 …

Amid weakness in emerging markets around the world, a disappointing jobs report on Friday topped off concerns that growth in the U.S. could be slowing. The report showed 142,000 jobs were added in the U.S. last month, steeply short of economist expectations of about 200,000. Read More US Treasury yields plunge amid jobs report; 10-year yield …

Our Market Monitor doesn’t believe the market is out of the woods yet, so he’s being selective and cautious with his buying.

The fourth quarter is traditionally a good one for stocks, and an even better one for the technology sector. Since 1990, the S&P 500 has climbed an average of 4.9 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. Among the 10 sectors within the broad gauge, however, …

The stock market turned into correction territory Monday, shedding 49 points to close at 1,881. Investors’ concern about the Fed’s lack of action on interest rates and an overall uncertainty in the economy contributed to the sell-off. The S&P 500 has been falling since its recent high of 1,995 on Sept. 16 — a 6 percent …

The market appears fixated on the Federal Reserve meeting that begins Wednesday, and the main question is whether the Fed will raise its federal funds rate target for the first time in nearly a decade. An increased short-term rate is expected to send interest rates higher across the spectrum. That, in turn, could lessen the …

Consumer staple stocks haven’t been performing well lately, but there could be pockets of opportunity in the space.