Here’s what stock markets did after crises similar to Hong Kong’s

As reports of Chinese troops massing near the border with Hong Kong escalate and Chinese state media become increasingly strident in their criticism of protests that have rocked the city for weeks, the Chinese government appears to be threatening a major police action or even an outright invasion of the former British colony. Such an action, like the People’s Liberation […]

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Barings takes contrarian view and says time is right to invest in U.S. corporate loans

The boom in loans to U.S. companies already awash in debt has become a source of angst for regulators and the market. But Barings, an investment arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life, said on Friday that now actually might be the right time for to buy loans to debt-laden American companies, even as other investors head for the exits. “Interest rate […]

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Fundstrat’s Tom Lee literally pleads with investors to not ignore 5 bullish signs forming in the stock market

U.S. stocks are headed higher in the next six months, says Thomas Lee. Lee, head of Fundstrat Global Advisors, doesn’t feel he can overstate that point, noting in a research report dated Friday that investors “ignore at your peril” bullish signs crystallizing in markets despite jitters about international trade conflicts between China and the U.S. that rocked the Dow Jones […]

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What trade war? U.S. consumer remains resilient in the face of Trump’s tariffs

While U.S. many businesses are expressing increasing concern over the effects of tariffs on imports and exports imposed by the U.S. and China, the U.S. consumer doesn’t seem to be feeling the same pain, according to a Friday research note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “For the last several months, retail sales have been growing at a solid pace […]

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Dow, S&P end in record territory after Powell boosts expectations for Fed rate cut

The Dow and S&P settled at an all-time highs Thursday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell left investors feeling fairly confident about the odds of an interest rate cut later this month. Powell testifying Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee and Thursday in front of the Senate Banking Committee gave investors more hope that a rate cut is coming. […]

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This big Wall Street bear warns his bleak scenario for 2019 is taking shape

Why are stocks busting out all of a sudden? Last week, tariffs on Mexico increased the chances that the Fed would cut rates. Investors obviously like that. So, stocks rallied. This week, Trump backs off those same tariffs. Investors apparently like that, too. Stocks again are rallying. Josh Brown of Ritholtz Wealth Management, please explain. “The market wanted to go […]

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