Category Archives: Markets

Hedge Funds Bet Oil Rally to Extend Into 2017 as Output Cuts Hit

Investors are showing no sign of turning their backs on oil heading into 2017. Money managers’ wagers on rising West Texas Intermediate crude prices are triple what they were at the end of 2015, and are the highest since the

Final reading on US Q3 gross domestic product was up 3.5% vs 3.2% prior estimate

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the third quarter, notching its best performance in two years, amid solid consumer spending and a jump in soybean exports. Gross domestic product increased at a 3.5 percent annual rate instead

Dow 20K is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for this bull market

Back in 1999 we were just coming upon the 10,000 level in the Dow Jones Index. The entire industry was in a bit of a frenzy, hats were worn, signs were made and the trading floors exploded with applause. The

Here’s the No. 1 reason the Dow is on the cusp of 20,000

The Dow Jones industrial average is on the verge of passing 20,000. The Dow crossed 10,000 in March 1999, but moved up above that level for the final time in mid-2010. That’s right. It took 10 years for the Dow

What the ‘fear index’ is telling investors about markets now and into 2017

The so-called fear index shows that investors are feeling content right now, but volatility could be coming as markets roll into 2017. The CBOE Volatility Index (.VIX), fell below 11.5 Tuesday to its lowest level since Dec. 8, coming within

The Bank of Japan Is in a Sweet Spot

After a long year, the Bank of Japan unexpectedly finds itself in a sweet spot. The yen has tumbled in recent weeks, thanks to surging global bond yields, and economic conditions at home and abroad are improving. Though less than

This chart shows we could be entering the best stock picker’s market in 10 years

“Stock picker’s market” is a cliche that gets a bad rap because many market pundits use it as a crutch when they have no idea where the market is going. But it may actually be true in 2017. More stocks

America’s wealthy are pumped about investing with Trump: CNBC Millionaire Survey

Millionaires have a history of moving to the sidelines ahead of a presidential election, but many among America’s wealthy are now moving quickly back into the stock market, knowing that Donald Trump will be president. They told CNBC they are

Nomura Has 10 ‘Gray Swan’ Risks That Could Roil Markets in 2017

Markets’ black swans are rapidly turning gray. Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and a faltering bull market in bonds have all helped elevate analysts’ 2017 tail risk predictions from the status of colorful festive reading to a cause for

BofAML: July 11 was more important than Brexit, Trump or the Fed

When investors look back on the most significant event of 2016, it won’t be June 23’s Brexit vote or Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 election victory, or even if the Fed’s expected rate hike in December. Instead, it will be July