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01/14/21
What could the shifting makeup of Congress mean for the market?

01/04/21
With 2020 finally in the rearview, we’re looking toward 2021. Here are a few key themes for investors.

12/23/20
High-profile SPACs have brought this IPO alternative front and center. Here’s what investors may want to know.

12/17/20
The Fed just wrapped its final meeting of an extraordinary year. What will it be watching in 2021?

12/10/20
The pressure is on companies to advance D&I. Interested in aligning investments with values? Here’s some food for thought.

12/01/20
After a banner month for the stock market, what may investors be watching in the year’s finale?

11/25/20
Many retail stocks have shined heading into the holidays—but will consumers embrace the spirit of the season?

11/19/20
Curious about the market rotation buzz? Here’s the scoop.

11/08/20
We’re breaking down what a Biden administration may mean for some key market sectors.

11/02/20
What started as a bright October for the market ended somewhat bleak—but is it darkest before the dawn?

10/29/20
Stimulus talks have ground to a halt. Which areas of the market are most vulnerable?

10/23/20
For investors considering moves ahead of next month’s outcome, there may be potential shorter-term angles.

10/22/20
We’re heading into the thick of Q3 earnings season. Will results signal the start of a turnaround for corporate earnings?

10/01/20
Stocks just posted their first monthly loss since March. What’s on the horizon for October?

09/21/20
Over the past few weeks, investors have experienced the most significant test of the record market recovery that took off more than five months ago.

09/17/20
The Fed has changed the game for future policy decisions. Find out what it may mean for investors.

09/08/20
Volatility may be par for the course, especially after an epic rally. We share some perspective on recent events and thoughts for the days ahead.

09/01/20
The S&P 500 just completed a five-month, 56% climb to record highs. What’s next for the market?

08/27/20
The stock market is soaring to record highs despite an uncertain economic outlook. What’s fueling the rally—and can it last?

08/20/20
It’s the final countdown to one of the biggest elections in memory. We break down how it could—and could not—impact investors’ portfolios.

08/14/20
It’s no secret the pandemic has changed the face of real estate. Find out which pockets may be thriving—and which may just be surviving.

08/03/20
The economy is at a critical crossroads as the recovery shows signs of fading. Will the market continue to push higher?

07/30/20
Is the Fed weighing policy changes amid signs of a stalling economy? It may still have a few tricks up its sleeve.

07/24/20
Biotech stocks have made headlines, but the vaccine story is far from over. Here are a few factors for investors eyeing this sector.

07/16/20
Will the first full earnings season of the pandemic era provide answers—or just more questions?

07/09/20
Understanding the labor market is essential to understanding the economy—and the stock market. Find out what the latest jobs data shows.

07/01/20
Market momentum slowed as virus cases surged. Will a second wave derail recovery progress?

01/15/21
Soaring small cap registers its sharpest short-term drop in more than six months.

01/14/21
Are some “low-flying” aerospace and defense stocks attracting contrarian traders?

01/13/21
Breakout watch: Options positions pile up as stock’s consolidation pattern tightens.

01/12/21
Some gene-editing stocks have recently cooled after red-hot rallies in 2020. Find out which levels traders may be watching.

01/11/21
Small caps pick up where they left off in Q4 to pace market in first week of 2021.

01/08/21
Health care stocks may have gotten more than one piece of good news this week. Will traders respond?

01/07/21
Is one of 2020’s lagging sectors getting ready to enjoy a “risk-on” moment?

01/06/21
This chart-topping vaccine stock’s recent sell-off may catch the eye of options traders.

01/05/21
The broad market wasn’t cooperative, but was Monday’s fast start for semiconductors a sign of things to come?

01/04/21
Stocks close out a historic year with more records, enter new year at all-time highs.

12/31/20
Ready for a new year of trading? Start by checking in on how the stock market tends to perform in January.

12/30/20
Keeping track of sector momentum may help traders identify areas of the market poised to move in the upcoming year.

12/29/20
Looking at rallies similar to this year’s March–November surge may offer some insights into 2021’s dynamics.

12/28/20
Stocks mostly laid low last week, but small caps continued their late-year run.

12/24/20
How has the stock market performed in the first years of first-term presidents?

12/23/20
You never know where the big moves will come from in the futures market.

12/22/20
The holidays may be here, but over the years, stock market bulls have tended to stay on the clock.

12/21/20
Market plows ahead despite some soft economic data and rising virus cases.

12/18/20
A trading range breakdown—and intraday rebound—could have traders wondering whether some short-sellers got caught leaning the wrong way.

12/17/20
Online auctioneer’s upside reversal this week potentially disrupted a four-month downtrend.

12/16/20
Stock’s recent retreat may be the prescription some bulls were looking for.

12/15/20
After hitting one technical milestone, traders may be watching for this software stock to tag another.

12/14/20
Tech and large caps may have slumped last week (after hitting new records, of course), but small caps maintained their bullish stance.

12/11/20
Unusual options action shines light on stock as it approaches key resistance.

12/10/20
Two trading ranges highlight potential inflection points.

12/09/20
When volatility goes up, savvy traders keep their eyes peeled for potentially overpriced options.

12/08/20
There are more IPOs on the horizon, but there’s been plenty of notable price action in names that have launched over the past year or so.

12/07/20
Tech got back in the driver’s seat as stocks kicked off December with more records.

12/04/20
Price and volatility patterns in this high-momentum stock may be signaling another move.

12/03/20
If the market rotates back toward technology, don’t overlook potential opportunities outside the “big tech” spotlight.

12/02/20
There may be more than one way to trade a high-momentum earnings move—even if you don’t know which direction it may be in.

12/01/20
Traders may see retailer’s recent price action and heavy options volume as a near-term momentum signal.

11/30/20
Four-day week doesn’t slow down stock rally, as market heads toward December setting new records.

11/27/20
Anything can happen in the market—especially this year—but history still favors a bullish December.

11/25/20
If the rotation theme has legs, traders may be eyeing more pullbacks like the one this high-flyer experienced yesterday.

11/24/20
The latest vaccine news had lots of biotech and pharma names on the move, but one stock’s price action may have been especially interesting to traders.

11/23/20
Stocks got another vaccine boost last week, but follow-through stalled as virus cases mounted.

11/20/20
Economic optimism and housing strength have helped this market become one of the more surprising stories of 2020—but the market could be facing a technical challenge.

11/19/20
An electric-vehicle angle? Check. A SPAC reverse merger? Check. And the stock is on the move, too.

11/18/20
Amazon’s “new” prescription service gives pharmacy stocks a headache—again. Do traders have a pill for that?

11/17/20
Homebuilder stocks have been in school lately, as they undergo test after test amid a potential shift in the fundamental landscape.

11/16/20
Despite continued tech struggles, the US market hit new highs last week in the wake of good news on the vaccine front.

11/13/20
Unusual options trading activity highlights possible strategy for traders playing a potential stock breakout.

11/12/20
Airline stocks may be a crowded trade again, but savvy traders may have reasons to be selective about their seat assignment.

11/11/20
Traders may look to add digital retailer to their shopping lists—if a potential historical trend plays out again this year.

11/10/20
Pandemic-era winners aren’t immune to sell-offs, but was Monday’s disruption a warning to bulls—or an opportunity?

11/09/20
Stocks surge during historic election week.

11/06/20
Unusual options trading activity highlights possible strategy for traders playing a potential stock breakout.

11/05/20
After some 1,000-watt rallies, many renewable energy stocks dimmed recently—and plummeted early yesterday—but traders may see opportunities amid the volatility.

11/04/20
Traders may be looking at an under-the-radar 5G infrastructure stock with fresh eyes after its recent move.

11/03/20
Crude oil made a dramatic intraday reversal yesterday, but today may contain a key piece of the price-action puzzle.

11/02/20
S&P 500 ends October with its worst week since March, approaches key support.

10/30/20
Amid a surge in options volume, a sell-off drops stock to levels that will likely trigger alerts on many trading screens.

10/29/20
Wednesday’s sell-off cleared the market’s path to a technical level that many traders may see as a tipping point.

10/28/20
Moves in two enterprise software giants highlight the potential rewards and risks presented by unexpected sell-offs.

10/27/20
High-flying wholesaler rallies in the face of yesterday’s sell-off. Will traders be putting options in their shopping carts?

10/26/20
Traders step gingerly as election season winds down and earnings season ramps up.

10/23/20
Will bulls think the initial reaction to biotech stock’s clinical trial data is off the mark?

10/22/20
Social media stock’s earnings beat takes a few of its industry brethren along for the ride. Can the momentum last?

10/21/20
Bulls are known for charging, but stock’s price action may reward traders who play a more tactical game.

10/20/20
Does recent options activity suggest traders are marking down retailer in the near-term?

10/19/20
Stocks weather first pullback in three weeks as tech gets back on track.

10/16/20
Chipmaker gets props for attractive P/E, but traders may be more interested in recent price action and next week’s earnings.

10/15/20
A recent SPAC launch stumbled out of the gate, but contrarian traders may be looking for it to get back in the race.

10/14/20
A high-profile investment drives up a stock one day, but sellers rush in the next. What will traders be looking for now?

10/13/20
The market’s so-called “fear gauge” can provide useful insights into market dynamics, but you first need to understand what it really represents.

10/12/20
Market hits five-week high as traders appear to stay positive about coronavirus-relief saga.

10/09/20
Is recent volatility data sending a signal about casino operator’s stock?

10/08/20
Sports-centric gaming stock opens Q4 with a test of a potentially critical technical level.

10/07/20
Clouds form over insurance stock, but traders may be forecasting a change in the weather.

10/06/20
Stock breaks out to nearly eight-month high, but traders may have noticed something interesting beneath the move’s surface.

10/05/20
The market rebounded last week, but not without more volatility amid a White House coronavirus outbreak and the latest jobs data.

10/02/20
Traders lean toward energy stock’s put options as crude oil market approaches key level.

10/01/20
Semiconductor stock’s recent underperformance may be attracting the attention of opportunistic contrarians.

09/30/20
A surge in put options volume highlights something surprising—a recently high-flying small-cap stock.

09/29/20
Consulting firm’s options volatility presents traders with choices about how to play a key stretch of price action.

09/28/20
Broad market loses ground for fourth week as traders get ready for what promises to be an action-packed October.

09/25/20
Did earnings sell-off total car dealer, or just give it an unsightly scratch?

09/24/20
Stock’s recent pivot may have presented options traders with an edge.

09/23/20
Technicals may be flashing signals to bulls watching biopharma stock’s pullback from all-time highs.

09/22/20
Cloud provider gets a big boost—from a high-profile deal it’s not even part of.

09/21/20
Tech continues to weigh on market as stocks enter final stretch of the month.

09/18/20
Home is where the rally is—or, that’s where it’s been the past five months. Can homebuilders extend their gains?

09/17/20
Luxury stock seeks to recapture its bling after busted acquisition.

09/16/20
OPEC, IEA cut demand outlook—after the oil market takes its biggest tumble since April.

09/15/20
“Orphan” drug maker not abandoned by traders—options volume surges as stock tests recent highs.

09/14/20
Tech benchmark retreats 10% before steadying.

09/11/20
Can the stock market help forecast how things might play out in Washington this November?

09/10/20
Find out why options traders know being right about implied volatility is sometimes more important than being right about market direction.

09/09/20
Traders often turn to the VIX in turbulent times, but it’s a good idea to pay attention to it when the market’s rising, too.

09/08/20
Sharp tech-sector pullback burns market on Thursday, but partial Friday recovery lessens the sting.

09/04/20
Yesterday’s sharp downturn may raise lots of questions, but there may be only one that traders can answer.

09/03/20
If recent trends showing a shift toward cyclical stocks is the real deal, traders may find opportunities in unexpected places.

09/02/20
Tech stock’s recent trading pattern shows why there’s often more than one way to trade a breakout.

09/01/20
A couple of recent IPOs may have moved out of the headlines, but their price action could be attracting more eyes—and clicks—than ever.

08/31/20
Market rumbles into key stretch on the calendar as Fed steps up—again.

08/28/20
Global auction player throttled up in recent months. Does recent pullback signal sentiment shift?

08/27/20
It was easy to see the immediate impact of the decision to replace three Dow stocks, but what’s the potential trading angle?

08/26/20
There’s no immunity to volatility in the COVID-vaccine race. Traders need to be prepared for when potential opportunities arise.

08/25/20
Different types of options activity highlights energy stock’s position on the price chart.

08/24/20
The broad market’s six-month journey back to record highs is over. Now what?

08/21/20
Semiconductor stock stabilizes after big sell-off last month. Are traders seeing a favorable risk-reward balance?

08/20/20
Is this time different? The Russell 2000 has disappointed before, but some traders may be looking for it to extend one of its best rallies in years.

08/19/20
Price action before and after earnings highlights potential opportunities for both stock and options traders.

08/18/20
Two stocks—one little, one big—show why we shouldn’t assume too much about market trends in the pandemic era.

08/17/20
Stocks press higher, balancing encouraging economic data against US–China tensions.

08/14/20
Virtual car dealer hits brakes on recent rally, but traders may see opportunity to take it for a test drive.

08/13/20
AI-powered telehealth provider’s recent volatility may be just what the doctor ordered for short-term traders.

08/12/20
After a historic run, the yellow metal has posted its biggest pullback in months. What could traders being seeing in the price chart?

08/11/20
Big options trade crosses the tape as stock busts out of trading range.

08/10/20
Stocks press higher, balancing encouraging economic data against US–China tensions.

08/07/20
Specialty cloud-tech stock coils near key resistance as options traders enter the fray.

08/06/20
Respiration technology stock gets wind knocked out of it, traders pause to catch breath and assess situation.

08/05/20
Mattress company’s investors have probably rested comfortably lately, but the market may have set off an alarm.

08/04/20
Streaming content provider faces its first test since last month’s earnings release.

08/03/20
Technology shares bounce back as traders digest GDP and eye this week’s jobs report.

07/31/20
Pharma giant’s biotech partner in the coronavirus-vaccine race sees heavy options action as new trials get underway.

07/30/20
Bears initially drive post-earnings trade in cloud-tech stock, but bulls may be waiting in the wings.

07/29/20
Was yesterday’s heavy call options volume a sign of bullishness or classic misdirection?

07/28/20
A falling dollar may favor certain types of stocks, but traders can’t rely too heavily on a single “macro” theme.

07/27/20
The market’s leading sector gave back gains for a second-straight week as US–China tensions re-escalated.

07/24/20
Hydrogen fuel cells are the latest alt-energy tech to capture the market’s attention. One player was certainly in play yesterday.

07/23/20
Diagnostics stock hits record highs in advance of earnings, but options activity draws attention to historical price pattern.

07/22/20
Bulk retailers weathered the lockdown better than most businesses, and price action suggests buyers may be lining up for some of their stocks, too.

07/21/20
One of the hottest areas of tech is one you probably don’t pay much attention to.

07/20/20
Last week saw an inversion of the market status quo, as traders rotated away from tech.

07/17/20
Are traders eyeing a summer vacation for online education stocks?

07/16/20
Is oil getting ready to boil? Crude comes to near-standstill as OPEC plots its next move.

07/15/20
FDX shares packaged themselves into a tight consolidation after a big earnings rally. Will breakout traders be leaning to the upside or the downside?

07/14/20
More upside in solar stocks? Traders may want to look at names that are still in the shade.

07/13/20
Surprise employment surge rounds out rebound week for US stocks.

07/10/20
Soaring “talent marketplace” stocks highlight another area of the economy that may be evolving because of the pandemic.

07/09/20
Will travelers avoiding the skies hit the highways instead—and will they take certain stocks along for the ride?

07/08/20
Large options trade highlights recently high-flying stock consolidating near its all-time highs.

07/07/20
Options traders move in as another electric vehicle maker goes parabolic.

07/06/20
Surprise employment surge rounds out rebound week for US stocks.

07/02/20
Up or down, the stock market has often exhibited an interesting pattern in July.

07/01/20
As we kick off the second half of 2020, the US market is still in the red for the year. Find out what that’s meant for stocks in the past.

06/30/20
Electric vehicle makers—plural—have been on a roll.

05/20/20
How many traders and analysts use the Fibonacci number series to attempt to forecast prices.

03/19/20
Make sure you understand how the market’s temporary outages can impact how you buy and sell.

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