US stockmarkets

US sprints ahead in stocks race – but its laces are undone

American equities have surged ahead, but a strong dollar could trip up US stocks in the long run.

The decline of the public company

Elon Musk’s stated intention to de-list Tesla is just the latest sign of the rise and rise of private markets. Marina Gerner reports.

Elon Musk is hurting capitalism

For capitalism to thrive, there needs to be a strong shareholder base of ordinary investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Taking Tesla private sends the wrong signal.

Why you should give the US stockmarket the benefit of the doubt – for now

There are plenty of reasons to think that US stockmarkets are due a big fall. But they carry on rising. It will happen eventually, says Dominic Frisby, but not yet.

America's bull market gets vertigo

America’s benchmark S&P 500 stockmarket index has been in a bull market since March 2009 – or just over 3,400 days. It is only 50 days short of the longest post-1945 bull run, October 1990 to March 2000.

US tax cut leads to share buyback record

The constituents of America’s S&P 500 index are expected to spend $650bn buying back their shares this year, which would set a new annual record.

Chart of the week: US small-cap stocks charge ahead

America’s Russell 2000 small-cap stock index has gained 6% since 1 January, while the S&P 500 index of blue-chips is barely in the black.

US earnings: as good as it gets

US earnings have had their best quarter since 2010, when they were bouncing back from the financial crisis.

Who will win the battle of the tech firms – America's west or China's east?

Will America’s west coast or China’s east win the battle for tech firm supremacy? It’s still all to play for, says Matthew Lynn.

Big tech stocks bounce back from crisis

After a week of unexpectedly strong earnings reports, the FANG tech stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) have bounced back.

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