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Despite the market turmoil, these global utility stocks are still trending higher and paying sizable dividends.
The US is in really bad shape, though we know the extent of it. Europe is not as bad as people think.
Those two albatrosses could reverse any rally, stop any bull in its tracks. We are all trying to figure out how much impact these have had and could have. Does an ineffectual president and a fractious congress equal a 1% decline in GDP from levels that were low already? If Italy goes bust, does that mean we go into a second recession?
You have to visualize these crimes against the economy on a calm day, because on a down day they both seem unfathomable and on an up day they can seem trivial.
I think the dysfunction in the U.S. was a huge wake-up call to the world that, right now, we are politically bankrupt. The Standard & Poor's downgrade crystallized what most people are unwilling to say, which is that until our president loses in the election, which I don't think he will, or the Tea Party obstructionist anarchists fall by the wayside, we can't really have an economic recovery of any sort in this country.
Stocks surge after the Fed soothes raw nerves with the promise of 2 more years of easy money. But be careful, as rapid turns mean danger.
What a difference a day makes. Monday, it was all doom and despair as traders reacted to the weekend news that America had lost its AAA credit rating and was docked to AA+. Fear and panic were at work.
Stocks melted in response, continuing one of the worst runs in history. By one measure, Monday's sell-off was the worst seen in more than 70 years. By another measure, the overall market had reached its most oversold level since the 1930s. In a blog post after the close, I wrote that we were nearing a turnaround point.
Tuesday, we got it. Equities launched higher, led by beleaguered bank stocks, after the Federal Reserve acknowledged recent economic weakness and vowed to keep the firehouse of easy money going until 2013. The question now is: Can the positive momentum continue?
Rising food prices pushed overall inflation up in July, but the country could soon see a peak.
Exxon has held that title since 2005, but Apple surged ahead for much of the day Tuesday.
Which is the world's most valuable company: Apple (AAPL) or Exxon Mobil (XOM)?
Until Tuesday, the answer had been Exxon. We're talking about a company that set a record in 2008 for the highest quarterly earnings of any company ever. But Apple shares have been on an unbelievable march since 2009, and Apple passed Exxon to become the most valuable company.
For much of the afternoon, anyway. But Exxon came back at the last minute.
Apple shares closed up nearly 6% Tuesday to $374.01, giving the company a market cap of $346.74 billion. Exxon shares rose a little more than 2% to close at $71.64, making its market cap $348.32 billion.
The world's biggest ETF could soon be SPDR Gold Shares, which took in $1.3 billion on Monday alone. Some analysts see the metal hitting $2,500 by year's end.
Gold (-GC) futures hit a record Tuesday at $1,778 as the chaos continued in global markets, and analysts said the precious metal may be headed even higher. But gold settled back to close at $1,740.50 as investors showed renewed interest in the stock market.
The new push for gold means that the world's biggest exchange-traded fund could soon be the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), which took in $1.3 billion in new assets in just one day Monday.
7 quick tips to keep you sane and solvent.
By Joe Magyer
Investing through recessions is nerve-wracking. Here are seven quick tips:
- Write down your strategy: Take 10 minutes to write down your investing strategy and why you hold each of your stocks, bonds, CD's and mutual funds. Use that document as your pillar of strength if markets go bonkers.
- Diversify: There's a reason financial advisers pound the table on diversification: It works. Lower your downside and sleep easier by investing across a range of asset classes, styles (value, growth, etc.), industries (consumer staples, energy, etc.) and countries (U.S., Freedonia, etc.). If you're new to stocks, here's a quick primer on how to get diversified.
Funds tracking gold, the Swiss franc and some of the world’s largest, most stable companies can offer shelter.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Individuals from the blogosphere and mainstream financial media spent last weekend obsessing over Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating to AA+ from AAA. Because the event was the first of its kind, it's understandable that fears are widespread as investors, market commentators and analysts scramble to find meaning and prepare for the road ahead.
While it may be tempting to flee the markets, taking brash actions is not a route I would suggest. On the contrary, long-term-minded ETF investors will need to be patient. Those looking to ease their nerves should keep their eyes on defensive asset classes. In the event of a prolonged shakeup, these corners of the market will provide a welcome buffer against upheaval.
If you're panicked, your portfolio might have been wrong to begin with. You need a plan for bad times as well as good. Here's what to do -- and when to worry.
By Seth Fiegerman, MainStreet
The U.S. had its credit rating downgraded from AAA to AA+ late Friday by Standard & Poor's for the first time in history, but despite the concern among consumers and investors, financial planners argue the downgrade isn't reason enough to make any drastic changes to one's portfolio.
"If the portfolio you own is properly diversified and if your long-term goals haven't changed, then you should not be making any changes because of this," says Ric Edelman, a prominent financial adviser and the founder of Edelman Financial Services. "Our concern is that a great many consumers don't have a diversified portfolio."
History proves that the current meltdown is not a first. Investors who resist panic selling now should be rewarded later.
Unless we have a severe recession, many of the stocks you see in free fall will be higher a year from now.
The speed is breathtaking. No human can keep up.
While we were able to rally, the rally seemed like a terrific opportunity to sell if only because you can buy it back at the conclusion of the last gulp -- if you would like to, that is.
Markets all seem to want to be down 20% for the year, and anything less seems, at this time, to be a gift.
As our Dow is down only 6% and is about the best-performing market in the world, you can figure that if it keeps pace with the others, it is a straight shot to 9,200. That's no support for anything, but it is a reasonable target if you think we are part of this wave flowing over the world.
My disaster target has been about 8,500, so 9,200 could be reasonable if we just keep pace -- and there is no particular reason that should not happen. So many are pinning their hopes on the Fed that it is a little unsettling. Last I looked, the Fed doesn't set stock prices.
Don't follow the herd, because nothing has fundamentally changed about our economy or the market.
After the stock market tanked Monday, thanks in part to Standard & Poor's historic downgrade of the United States' credit rating, investors are left with one enormous question on their lips: What do we do now?
Well, I have three tips for you, and they may not be popular. That's because I advise running against the herd by selling gold, avoiding Treasurys and hiding out in blue-chip stocks.
After one of the worst sell-offs in history, a look at what's next.
Wall Street traders returned to work Monday in the mood to sell after mulling the consequences of America's first-ever credit downgrade last week. Main Street investors, with a mix of fear, anger and uncertainty, piled on, too.
The result was one of the deepest sell-offs in market history and a continuation of a now 3-week-old wipe-out for stocks. Out of the 3,085 issues that trade on the New York Stock Exchange, just 42 managed to move higher. That's less than 1.4%. And that's the worst result in more than 70 years.
Over the past 11 trading days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has lost nearly 1,900 points, falling to levels not seen since September 2010. That's a drop of nearly 15% -- enough to nearly wipe out the gains from the Federal Reserve's most recent $600 billion stimulus. This is a drop on par with the 2008 financial crisis, the 1987 Black Monday crash and the various Great Depression meltdowns.
For beleaguered investors, the question is: When does this nightmare end?
Even a key announcement from the European Central Bank doesn't calm global stock markets.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng finished down 2.17%, which was the best level of the day.
The Shanghai Composite tumbled 3.8%. The index is now down 21% from its peak.
Brazil’s Bovespa continued its recent record as the world’s worst performing stock market, falling another 5% as of 11 a.m. ET.
We've seen 3 straight trading days of stunning jumps.
Monday saw the highest level for the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility index since May of last year. And this is after two days of major increases Thursday and Friday.
Investors look at the VIX as an indicator of volatility expectations for the next month. It's a good way to gauge investor sentiment, and right now the lights are flashing red.
In fact, the entire VIX futures curve shows inversion, the Financial Times reports. One investment manager told the newspaper that negative convexity across the entire curve usually occurs only "during systematically important shock events such as the 2008 financial crash, Bear Stearns bankruptcy, 2010 flash crash, and the 2007 credit market meltdown."
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