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05/25/22
Persistent inflation, supply chain constraints, the continuing pandemic, and war in Ukraine signal a significant slowdown in global GDP growth this year—but not a worldwide recession.

05/25/22
After a volatile first half of the year in the markets, see where Morgan Stanley’s strategists expect more weakness—but also strength.

05/18/22
The odds of a recession in the next year are rising. What investors should keep in mind.

05/11/22
Wild swings in US stocks have left investors whiplashed and wondering what’s next. Three factors may be at play.

05/04/22
Find out what the Fed's rate hike could mean for the markets—and your portfolio.

05/02/22
How are the markets positioned after March’s potentially game-changing interest rate shift?

04/12/22
Changes in the yield curve can signal concerns about the economy. Morgan Stanley strategists break down recent moves and why they may be less worrisome than in the past.

04/01/22
How are the markets positioned after March’s potentially game-changing interest rate shift?

03/16/22
The conflict in Ukraine has already exacted a heavy toll. Though the outcome is unclear, the war will continue to weigh on global economies, with ramifications for central bank policy, energy, commodities and more. A look at the path ahead.

03/16/22
Find out what the Fed's rate hike could mean for the markets—and your portfolio.

03/09/22
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken the world, adding to the risks and uncertainties ahead for the global economy. How to navigate what may lie ahead.

03/01/22
Find out how geopolitical risks may influence the investing landscape.

02/18/22
The ongoing situation around Ukraine has grabbed the attention of investors around the globe. Morgan Stanley Research strategists discuss how markets may react to possible outcomes.

02/08/22
Morgan Stanley Research analysts identify key issues that could shape industries and drive asset prices this year.

02/01/22
What investors should keep in mind coming out of a turbulent first month of the year.

01/25/22
Keeping a few key principles in mind can make it easier to navigate the type of market conditions we’ve seen recently.

01/11/22
Riding the market wave has been pretty easy in recent years, but that may be about to change. Here’s how to navigate today’s more challenging investment landscape.

01/03/22
A look back at 2021 and a preview of the market catalysts that may shape the New Year.

12/21/21
Morgan Stanley strategists say the easy returns are over for US equities and Treasuries, but see value in European and Japanese stocks in 2022.

12/15/21
The surge in global inflation has investors fretting about future growth, but Morgan Stanley economists say price surges will subside, making way for 4.7% global GDP growth in 2022. Here’s the view on the global economy for 2022.

12/01/21
Find out about the competing market themes that may play out as we head toward the end of the year.

11/17/21
The Fed is modestly tapping the brakes on monetary stimulus, but will it do enough to cool a stock market that may be at risk of overheating?

11/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in October, and what themes may be in play in November.

10/27/21
Labor shortages in the US may not be so temporary, with significant implications for inflation, monetary policy, earnings, and stocks.

10/20/21
Why US stock markets may reflect too much optimism about consumer spending, heading into what could be a subdued year-end shopping season.

10/07/21
Investor confidence is high, but rising US producer costs could weigh on earnings in the months ahead. How to prepare.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/01/21
A look at the dominant market themes heading into September.

05/27/21
Not just water under the bridge: Which areas of the market may get a boost from an infrastructure bill?

05/26/22
No one likes to hear “bear market,” but those words may contain as much good news as bad.

05/24/22
The recent stock market sell-off may present potential dip buyers with different risk-reward scenarios.

05/23/22
Broad market hits bear territory with Fed in focus.

05/20/22
When bears appear to be in control, many traders keep their eyes on the volatility index.

05/19/22
Unusual options activity in retailer about to release earnings shines light on overlapping market dynamics.

05/18/22
Stock dip-buyers have to worry about falling prices, but options buyers also need to account for falling volatility.

05/17/22
Few market moves are without precedent: Find out what the stock market has done in situations like the one it’s in now.

05/16/22
That ‘80s Show: Stocks hit fresh lows as inflation continues to hug 40-year highs.

05/13/22
Shipping stock’s recent price action could attract volatility traders.

05/12/22
Unusual options activity in retailer about to release earnings shines light on overlapping market dynamics.

05/11/22
Is crude oil’s strength relative to the stock market a temporary divergence or something more significant?

05/10/22
On Monday the S&P 500 completed a three-day pattern with an interesting history.

05/09/22
Losing streak stretches to five weeks as market digests Fed, jobs data.

05/06/22
Formerly high-flying cybersecurity stock’s volatility at one-year high as sell-off nears key levels.

05/05/22
Consumer defensive stock’s put volume jumps with a week to go until earnings.

05/04/22
Industrial stock tests support after pulling back from March record highs.

05/02/22
Losing streak extends to four weeks as market enters key reporting stretch.

04/29/22
Recent price action shows why traders should guard against reacting emotionally in volatile markets.

04/28/22
In the market, have April showers been followed by May flowers?

04/25/22
Market stumbles into last week of April amid inflation and interest rate concerns.

04/22/22
Recent consolidation shows why traders sometimes tweak a popular non-directional options spread.

04/21/22
Legging into spreads carries unique risks, but in certain situations it may also give traders more flexibility.

04/20/22
Put volume jumps as gold stock tests record high after seven-week, 45% rally.

04/19/22
Find out about the Nasdaq 100’s performance after down moves like the one that occurred over the past two weeks.

04/18/22
Stocks slump mid-month amid the latest inflation data and disappointing news out of Ukraine.

04/14/22
Sharp sell-off in biopharma stock highlights impact of volatility on options prices.

04/13/22
What’s the options market’s “forecast” for this streaming stock’s upcoming earnings release?

04/12/22
Hydrogen producer’s options volatility makes a move while its stock stands still.

04/11/22
Market extends pullback as central bank dials up tightening talk.

04/08/22
Big prints in consumer stock’s soon-to-expire options indicate potential trader interest—but which way are they leaning?

04/07/22
Two big pharma names pushed to record highs as the broad market struggled.

04/06/22
Call volume jumps as financial stock retreats to lowest levels since mid-February.

04/05/22
Chip stock’s pullback shows parallels between options spread and investing strategy.

04/04/22
Broad market extends winning streak to three weeks despite pullback.

04/01/22
How are the markets positioned after March’s potentially game-changing interest rate shift?

03/31/22
Big print on the options tape as stock attempts to sustain bounce off retracement level.

03/30/22
What do traders typically look for when using an options calendar spread?

03/29/22
Will options traders get on board as tech stock tests technical level after five-month correction?

03/28/22
Another up week for broad market as Russia–Ukraine conflict passes one-month mark.

03/24/22
Social media stock illustrates real-time considerations for options straddle traders.

03/23/22
The stock market volatility barometer made an unusual move the past several days.

03/22/22
Find out why traders who click first and ask questions later sometimes regret it.

03/21/22
Stocks rebound as Fed raises rates, China pledges market support.

03/18/22
The Fed didn’t surprise anyone on Wednesday, but that didn’t prevent the markets from making some big moves.

03/16/22
Europe plans to accelerate renewable initiatives to reduce reliance on Russian energy.

03/15/22
Large prints on Monday’s options tape illustrate the logic behind non-directional options strategies.

03/14/22
More choppy trading as Ukraine war continues, markets eye upcoming interest rate announcement.

03/11/22
Stock’s recent doldrums camouflage below-the-surface options activity.

03/10/22
Options rarely offer advantages unless traders know how to avoid their weaknesses and zero in on their strengths.

03/09/22
Find out what traders may have noticed when the US banned Russian crude oil.

03/08/22
Stock’s sharp sell-off may look different to traders focused on the past couple of months instead of the past couple of years.

03/07/22
Stocks stall week after Russian invasion, commodities jump.

03/04/22
Longtime traders may see something other than inflation at work in the gold market.

03/03/22
A tech stock’s recent move underscores some of the key factors options traders need to keep in mind about volatility.

02/28/22
Stocks sell-off, then surge as Russia invades Ukraine.

02/25/22
This week may feel unique, but the market may provide a roadmap for similar moves.

02/24/22
Options traders looking to “trade the range” sometimes make adjustments to get the most out of their positions.

02/23/22
Traders who jumped to conclusions about this stock’s options activity on Tuesday may have been whistling a different tune later in the day.

02/22/22
US indexes retreat for the week against backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty.

02/18/22
Recent moves show why “commodity stocks” should be treated as stocks, first and foremost.

02/17/22
Similar-looking options activity can mean one thing in one stock, and something very different in another.

02/16/22
Options volatility jumps to one-year highs as biopharma stock climbs off longer-term low.

02/15/22
What could be behind the UK stock market’s recent relative strength?

02/14/22
Stocks pull back, yields jump after hot inflation data and heightened international tensions.

02/11/22
Certain financial stocks could appeal to traders looking for names that haven’t already been bid up.

02/10/22
Why has one metal been more precious than others lately—and do traders think the move can continue?

02/09/22
Car marketplace makes turn amid unusual options activity.

02/08/22
Do traders think this industry leader’s adverse news has been priced in?

02/07/22
Stocks weather more volatility, rally for another positive week.

02/04/22
This stock’s surge has a backstory that may be of interest to investors as well as traders.

02/03/22
Piecing together the options data puzzle takes a little patience, but it can help shed light on stock movement.

02/02/22
Piecing together the options data puzzle takes a little patience, but it can help shed light on stock movement.

02/01/22
What investors should keep in mind coming out of a turbulent first month of the year.

01/31/22
More key economic data in store as market digests last week’s volatility.

01/28/22
A look at the oil rally that’s fueled the energy sector’s run.

01/27/22
Do traders think this week’s market action signals more or less volatility on the horizon?

01/26/22
Will this high-profile stock’s sell-off attract bargain hunters?

01/25/22
When the market is in sell-off mode, many traders watch the VIX for signs of capitulation—short-term and long-term.

01/24/22
The market is 0-for-2022 after suffering its worst week in nearly two years.

01/21/22
Consumer stock’s announcement shows how unexpected news can sometimes result in temporary market imbalances.

01/20/22
The tech sector’s recent underperformance comes with an important disclaimer for traders.

01/19/22
Will traders take note of this data stock’s contrarian behavior on Tuesday?

01/18/22
Outside the oil patch, volatility continued to reign in the stock market.

01/14/22
Dating app’s test of support shows why traders always have to be wary of rushing into relationships that may not work out.

01/13/22
Is GM news just another bump in the road for used-car marketplace, or major pothole?

01/12/22
Clean-energy stocks played a big part in Tuesday’s rebound, including some with unusual options activity.

01/11/22
Someone has an exceptionally large options position in this small-cap industrial stock.

01/10/22
Stocks retreat amid tepid economic data and hawkish Fed stance.

01/07/22
The prospect of rising rates may have rattled the tech sector, but some traders may welcome the movement.

01/06/22
Automaker’s upside breakout drives call options sharply higher, but for how long?

01/05/22
Tuesday offered a lesson in what volatility can—and can’t—tell you about what a stock may do.

01/04/22
Sector performance this year diverged a bit from its recent pattern. What will traders be looking for in 2022?

01/03/22
Stocks enter 2022 near all-time highs after rebounding from a shaky start to December.

12/30/21
Find out why options don’t always move the way you expect them to.

12/28/21
This year has provided more than a few “teaching moments” for students of the markets.

12/27/21
Market in position to wrap up 2021 at or near all-time highs despite latest bout of volatility.

12/23/21
The market’s getting ready to take its midterms—find out what kind of grades it’s gotten in the past.

12/22/21
Crude oil may be the best-known commodity story of the year, but a few other markets made much bigger moves.

12/21/21
Gains around the holidays have been common, but they’re not a given.

12/20/21
A volatile week got an extra charge as the Federal Reserve set its sights on rising prices.

12/17/21
Gold recently showed signs of life, but its longer-term record suggests traders may want to separate it from the inflation issue.

12/16/21
Two moves this week highlight key aspects of the so-called “index effect.”

12/15/21
Tuesday’s trading in this sport and entertainment stock showed why experienced traders don’t jump to conclusions about big options trades.

12/13/21
Stocks return to record levels just a little more than a week after its virus pullback.

12/09/21
After recent selling, are some growth stocks still stretched to the downside—or is the rebound overdone?

12/08/21
Large options positions shine spotlight on biotech stock as it releases information about a clinical trial.

12/07/21
Volatility gets a bad rap, but options traders know it can work for you as well as against you.

12/06/21
Rocky conclusion to November spills into early December as markets grapple with virus variant.

12/03/21
This week’s choppy price action included an unusual type of day that many people may have overlooked.

12/02/21
The recent volatility may make things particularly interesting in certain areas of the market.

12/01/21
Find out what the market’s recent volatility may signal as we head into year-end.

11/30/21
When it comes to options, sentiment extremes, and market turning points, it’s all about context.

11/29/21
Stocks and oil pull back as COVID makes an unwelcome return to the headlines.

11/24/21
What do traders see in the oil market’s response to news that major economies would tap into their strategic reserves to fight high prices?

11/23/21
This stock’s tightening trading range shows how the wrong trading strategy can doom an accurate market forecast.

11/22/21
Market presses all-time highs as it bounces back from down week.

11/19/21
Were options traders fading this chip stock’s recent price surge, or hedging near-term volatility?

11/18/21
Do traders think the trend in gaming stocks has played out, or has it just pressed the pause button?

11/17/21
There’s more than one way to approach trade non-directional options strategies like strangles.

11/16/21
Vaccine stocks not immune to volatility, but do traders think their condition is stabilizing?

11/15/21
Market loses ground for first week since October 1 despite Friday rebound.

11/12/21
Niche transport stock with footprint in a different type of electric vehicle space tests recent breakout.

11/11/21
This stock didn’t do much on Wednesday, but its options were a different story.

11/10/21
An earnings-day rally may mean one thing to stock traders and another to options traders.

11/09/21
Approval of the infrastructure package prompted a surge in the materials sector on Monday.

11/08/21
Market follows through on October momentum in first week of new month.

11/05/21
Another look at the ways some traders attempt to take advantage of the effect of time on options prices.

11/04/21
Did options traders see anything unusual as labor negotiations pushed and pulled this industrial giant’s stock price?

11/03/21
Renewable energy stocks have amped up recently.

11/02/21
Were options traders seeing more open road for this vehicle maker on Monday?

11/01/21
Stocks hold near highs heading into a busy week of earnings and economic data.

10/29/21
Silver recently showed why some traders like to monitor support and resistance levels.

10/27/21
Recent price action shows the importance of knowing which options to trade in a given situation.

10/26/21
Are conditions in this retail stock attractive to bargain hunters—especially options traders?

10/25/21
Friday dip fails to derail weekly gain as earnings season kept market chugging.

10/22/21
Options traders may seek ways to balance risk and potential reward as social media stock gears up for earnings.

10/21/21
Vax stock’s sell-off highlights the advantages of letting the dust settle before potentially rushing into a trade.

10/20/21
Options traders focus on calls as industry leader gets ready to release Q3 earnings.

10/19/21
Did Friday’s intraday reversal in the Russell 2000 signal the potential for short-term small-cap weakness?

10/18/21
Big midweek turnaround erases loss, stocks enjoy best week since July.

10/15/21
Newly reconfigured transportation stock hits six-month low—and bulls jump in the next day.

10/13/21
Another sell-off in growth stocks—temporary or not—has discounted some recently bullish biotech names.

10/11/21
Market chops its way to a gain in the first full week of October.

10/08/21
Cloud stock’s options volume climbs as prices test 2021 low.

10/06/21
Oil just pushed to levels it hasn’t seen in years, but energy stock traders may want to keep some key price-action principles in mind.

10/04/21
Market will head into Q4 looking to rebound after September sell-off gives back almost all of Q3 rally.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/01/21
Using options to take advantage of potential price breakouts may sound easy, but there’s a big catch.

07/07/21
In addition to highlighting potential lows, the fear index can sometimes indicate when a stock rally may be ready for a breather.

06/29/21
The first rule of buying options: Understand that time isn’t on your side.

06/04/21
The number of open positions in an option can help traders gauge the level of liquidity and trading activity in a market.

05/06/21
Gaming stock’s decline helps illustrate basic options spread strategy.

03/19/21
The market fear gauge is now back to its pre-pandemic levels.

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.

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.

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

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