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Two of the great darlings of momentum traders are reporting good earnings, but with sales growth slowing, they are getting hurt. Momentum trading is a fiscal business. Traders want revenue growth, preferably growth of at least 20 percent, but 30 percent or 40 percent is better. When earnings growth decelerates, it can be difficult. Look …


Yesterday, the Fed upgraded its outlook for the U.S. economy and said it could hike rates sooner, depending on how closely the economic data improves. That’s why everyone was watching today’s first look at Q3 GDP. The headline number was stronger than expected at 3.5 percent. But below the hood, business and real estate investment …

Fed-fueled rally

Stocks jump as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. What do top economists think the Central Bank will do next?

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 23, 2014.

The stock market is acting as if the mid-October swoon never happened, despite a general—and fairly recent—sense of caution on Wall Street. Strategists at JPMorgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch released reports this week that, while overall bullish, told clients to prepare for more muted returns. Individual investors, though, don’t seem to be listening, …

Bull vs. Bear

The day after Wall Street’s wild ride, one of the biggest market bulls stands by his year-end target of 2300 on the S&P 500.

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the Alibaba Group IPO goes public.

Call it coincidence if you will, but the biggest initial public offering of all time also happened to hit Wall Street the same day the stock market peaked. Almost at the exact moment, actually: Just eight minutes after Alibaba‘s much-ballyhooed Sept. 19 IPO—which soared at the start but fizzled soon after—hit the market, the S&P …

Wild day on Wall Street

The Dow Industrial Average fell as much as 460 points. The yield on the 10-year fell below 2%. What does it mean for your stock and bond investments?

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The high-profile departure of Bill Gross has cost Pimco another customer. As the fallout continues since Gross left the Newport Beach, California-based asset manager last month, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System said it has cut ties, according to a report in Pensions & Investments. Pimco had managed about $475 million for the fund as part …

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Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

It’s been a rough two weeks for the markets, and pessimistic gauges are in the danger zone. Indexes have been down on several concerns, principally growth fears stemming from Europe and China, and now Ebola. This has been balanced against a number of positive developments: 1) Improving U.S. economy; 2) Low inflation; 3) Accomodative central …

What’s driving the selloff?

Stocks tumbled just one day after the biggest rally of the year, making this the most volatile stretch for the market since 2011.

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

A lot of strategists seem a bit nervous that more economic data will come in lower than expected. Thus far, their fears seem well-founded. This morning saw a flurry of disappointing data: consumer confidence for September came in at 86, well below expectations of 92.6. Separately, September Chicago PMI, a measure of manufacturing activity in the Chicago …

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Federal Reserve Board Chair, Janet Yellen.

In another month, investors won’t have Federal Reserve money stimulus to juice up the market. In return, they do have one thing they might rather not see: An exit door. Even if the U.S. central bank didn’t exactly start flashing the lights to indicate that the easy-money party is over, it at the very least …

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will call for a law change to increase rewards for whistleblowers who turn in evidence of crimes on Wall Street, according to officials. Holder will also seek more U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation hires to probe Wall Street activities, according to officials. Currently, the False Claims Act—which deals with fraud …

Dow day on Wall Street

On the first day of trading this September, stocks ended mostly lower, despite upbeat economic reports.

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In the fiercely competitive environment of Wall Street, almost everyone is looking for an edge—from traders who spend years memorizing the trading patterns of a handful of stocks, to research analysts who dig through their Rolodexes (literal and virtual) to delve into the details of a company’s supply chain. But some have found another edge, at …