College graduates are feeling good about the U.S. economy, but you have more company than usual.
Commodities are trading at the lowest prices relative to U.S. stocks in half a century or more as a bear market persists. The ratio between the S&P/GSCI Total Return Index and the S&P 500 Index dropped Monday to its lowest level since calculations of the commodity gauge begin in 1970, according to data compiled by … Continue reading Commodities Down
Months of swings in the U.S. stocks have left the VIX Index less than… volatile.
Anticipation that U.S. stocks will rise once the Federal Reserve begins reducing interest rates is at odds with recent history. Data compiled by CFRA Inc. show the S&P 500 Index fell 12.4% in the first six months after cuts started in 2007. The drop broke a post-World War II record of 9.5% set in 2001, … Continue reading U.S. Interest Rates
FedEx just announced deliveries 7 days a week. Amazon shoots for 30-minute drone deliveries. The Wall Street Journal reports FedEx to Deliver Packages 7 Days a Week. “Online shopping is seven days a week,” FedEx President and Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam said in an interview. “So there is increasing demand from online shoppers and … Continue reading Drone Life
The S&P 500's dropped below 2,800 last week, was it a bear trap?
Stocks less affected by U.S. market movements are showing renewed strength after falling out of favor last year. The S&P 500 Low Volatility Index’s ratio to the S&P 500 Index closed Monday at its highest reading since August 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The low-volatility gauge consists of 100 stocks with the smallest … Continue reading Zin Zen
Technology stocks are increasingly diverging from each other as a trade war between the U.S. and China drags on. Ratio between the S&P 500 Software and Philadelphia Semiconductor indexes. The gauge closed Tuesday at its highest level since a bull market in U.S. stocks began in March 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The … Continue reading Software and Chipmakers
U.S. stocks and bonds are tracking each other’s moves more closely as speculation builds that the Federal Reserve is due to start cutting interest rates. This shift is reflected in the 120-day correlation between the S&P 500 Index and the yield on 10-year notes, as compiled by Bloomberg. The indicator closed Wednesday at 0.52, its … Continue reading S&P and Treasuries
Trade disputes and related issues have yet to shake the dominance of U.S. stocks in world markets. Comparing the performance of the Vanguard Total Stock Market and Total International Stock Index exchange-traded funds shows as much. The ratio between the ETFs slid just 0.3% Monday after setting a record Friday and more than doubling since … Continue reading Staying Home