US Stocks End Volatile Year of 2018 on a High Note

Wall Street closed out a dismal, turbulent year for stocks on a bright note Monday, but still finished 2018 with the worst showing in...

5 Themes That Will Likely Dominate the Thinking of Investors and Traders in the...

Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. 1/BEAR...

Defensive Stocks Are at the Top of Investment Recommendations in 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Perceived safe havens like utilities and consumer staples, often an afterthought in Wall Street’s cascade of year-ahead investment recommendations each...
"I see no way out," says Sol Amith, shown at home in Laguna Niguel, California, on Dec. 27. 2018. "I am 40, have built a strong career, have 17 years experience, and if something were to happen to me, my wife and kids would be homeless within a year when my life insurance ran out." (STUART W. PALLEY, The Washington Post)

Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Disturbingly Common

“Inescapable.” "It's a constant stressor." "I see no way out." What do professors, real estate agents, farmers, business executives, computer programmers, and store clerks have in common? They're...
The confidence Americans feel in the economy is still quite high even though Wall Street doesn’t share the same optimism. (Bloomberg News/Landov)

Americans’ Confidence in the Economy Falls, is at Lowest Level Since Summer

The numbers: The confidence Americans feel in the economy fell for the second month in a row and touched the lowest level since last...

Dollar Strengthens as U.S. Stocks Rebound From Lows

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar gained against a basket of other currencies on Wednesday as U.S. stocks came off 20-month lows, though uncertainty...

2018 Stock Market Gyrations Make Buying and Holding Volatility Unusually Profitable

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The big uptick in stock market gyrations this year has made a surprise winner out of a trade that has...

Index Futures Little Changed Ahead of Holiday-Shortened Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. equity index futures were little changed late on Sunday as electronic trading resumed to kick off a holiday-shortened week...

Nasdaq Confirms That It Is in a Bear Market for the First Time Since...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC confirmed on Friday it is in a bear market for the first time since 2008, underscoring fears...

Financial Analyst Says Fed Rate Hike Reflects ‘Economic Conditions’

Financial markets continued to retreat in the wake of the Federal Reserve's decision to raise the Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent, to a...

GuideStone Financial Resources Calls Stock Market Volatility a ‘Return to Historic Norms’

Stock market volatility has increased in recent weeks, but GuideStone Financial Resources analyst David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term...

Dow Drops Another 500 Points, Extending Worst December Start in Nearly 4 Decades

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower Monday in a volatile session that saw the S&P 500 and Nasdaq post fresh year-to-date closing lows, extending the...
A pedestrian carrying an umbrella passes a U.S. flag on Wall Street in New York, U.S. (Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg)

Americans Becoming Increasingly Pessimistic On the Economy

The number of Americans expecting the U.S. economy to get worse in the next year is at its highest point since 2013, a national...

2018 Is the Year Stock Market Volatility Came Home to Roost

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are down only slightly for 2018, but that masks a volatile year for investors. Trade-related tensions between the United...

Wall St. Hopes for Easing Up on Interest Rate Hikes From the Fed Next...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors are eager for a touch of Christmas cheer from the U.S. Federal Reserve next week, hoping for signs the...

Wall St. Tumbles on Fears of a Global Economic Slowdown

(Reuters) - Wall Street’s three major indexes tumbled on Friday and the Dow confirmed a correction as weak data from China and Europe stoked...

S&P & Dow Turn Negative After Trump Threatens Government Shutdown

The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up all gains on Tuesday, reversing from a strong start on the back of...

Foreign Investors Spurn US Treasuries as Curve Threatens to Invert

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - A worrying sign of inversion in the U.S. Treasury bond curve is dulling the appeal of the developed world’s highest-yielding bond...

Almost Half of S&P 500 Stocks in a Bear Market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The S&P 500 is not yet in a bear market, but nearly half of its components are. Hurt by worries about...

A Potential Market Slowdown as Consumers Balk at Rising Interest Rates

Three interest rate hikes this year alone sees the Federal Reserve rate at between 2% and 2.25%, with an imminent increase scheduled for December as...