Fears of a downturn are playing on the minds of plenty of investors right now, says John Stepek. But they are getting ahead of themselves.
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.
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.
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 have had their best quarter since 2010, when they were bouncing back from the financial crisis.
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.
After a week of unexpectedly strong earnings reports, the FANG tech stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) have bounced back.
All the indicators point to a looming 30% fall in the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, says investor Mark Mobius, founder of Mobius Capital Partners.
As inflation rears its ugly head again, John Stepek looks at what the charts can tell us about the way the global economy could be heading.
Investors have become a bit more upbeat on the trade outlook, and are looking forward to a “monster” US earnings season.
The first few months of this year have been a disappointment for markets, says Andrew Van Sickle. Investors can expect more of the same.