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01/24/20
Public companies and fund managers have taken up the mantle to fight climate change. For individual investors looking to take a stand, we explore a few themes for a greener portfolio.

01/17/20
Earnings season is underway, hot on the heels of a record year for the stock market. Will companies post a fourth-straight quarter of negative growth?

01/10/20
Markets quickly recovered from the aftermath of the US airstrike that killed an Iranian general, but what might the geopolitical uncertainty mean in the longer term?

01/02/20
After a record year for the markets, what could investors be watching in 2020?

12/27/19
In 2019's most read investing article, Alice Milligan discussed the Kiplinger’s results and outlined some broader trends in the online brokerage industry.

12/20/19
We take a look at the US-China Phase One deal and share a few considerations for investors.

12/11/19
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday opted to leave the overnight fed funds rate unchanged.

12/02/19
Stocks pushed back into record territory in November while trade tensions and recession fears simmered.

11/22/19
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off next week, and this year’s Cyber Monday is anticipated to be the biggest online shopping day in US history. For those investors looking for opportunities in the retail sector this historic holiday season, here’s a brief overview.

11/15/19
Consumer spending and business spending are moving in opposite directions.

11/08/19
Despite some positive surprises, S&P 500 earnings are down for the third straight quarter.

11/01/19
Mixed economic signals failed to spook investors in October

10/30/19
In what could be its last major move of the year, the Federal Reserve lowered rates for the third time in four months.

10/25/19
Young, tech-forward people are changing what it means to invest.

10/18/19
A tentative Brexit deal has been agreed upon, but many unresolved issues remain.

10/11/19
Weak manufacturing numbers have triggered recent market volatility. How concerned should investors be?

10/01/19
Stocks advanced in September despite formidable intrigue and obstacles.

09/27/19
After drone attacks, Saudi oil production is nearing full capacity again. So why are oil prices still elevated?

09/18/19
In a nod to continued trade tensions and slowing global growth, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday lowered rates by an additional 0.25%.

09/03/19
Increased trade tensions and an inverted Treasury yield curve sent stocks into an August tailspin.

08/29/19
The results are in, and year-over-year corporate earnings are down for the second straight quarter.

08/23/19
Although investors may believe China is paying US-imposed tariffs, US consumers are actually footing the bill.

08/14/19
Acting as an economic warning signal, the Treasury yield curve has inverted.

08/09/19
A new round of proposed tariffs has roiled the markets and upended a trade truce between the US and China.

08/05/19
Market volatility has spiked amid escalating trade rhetoric between the US and China, but diversified investors should have little to fear.

08/01/19
Stocks advanced in July ahead of the first rate cut since 2008.

07/31/19
The Federal Reserve's decision to lower rates by 0.25% is aimed at keeping the long-running economic expansion on track.

07/26/19
Despite plenty of positive Q2 earnings surprises, earnings are expected to be down from last year's levels.

07/19/19
Millennials have had the second-best market backdrop of any generation during their prime earnings years.

07/12/19
The US economy has been expanding for a record 121 months, but signs of weakness are emerging.

07/01/19
Investors stepped on the gas in June, confident that the Fed will lower rates in July.

01/24/20
Does options action in gaming tech stock support the picture on the price chart?

01/23/20
History suggests virus scares may be bigger challenges for medicine than markets.

01/22/20
Dividend darling’s recent momentum may put it on trader radar.

01/21/20
Market rolls to more records amid initial Q4 numbers, trade-deal signing.

01/17/20
Some bulls may be seeing red after retail stock posts surprise holiday sales miss.

01/16/20
Chipmaker seeks to maintain its relative strength amid a potential breakout scenario.

01/15/20
Don’t let a slow trading day fool you—there are usually price moves worthy of your attention.

01/14/20
Heavy options activity and volatility highlight potential trader interest in healthcare stock.

01/13/20
Stocks shrug off US–Iran confrontation, scale new heights in first full week of 2020.

01/10/20
Can a rebounding stock get an extra boost from its sector?

01/09/20
Has the worm turned for one of last year’s new tech stocks? Options traders may see an edge.

01/08/20
Spike pattern may help clarify fuzzy earnings data.

01/07/20
Some traders may be wondering whether geopolitical risk is creating a trading opportunity in airline stocks.

01/06/20
Market opens 2020 on volatile note as Middle East tensions crash New Year’s party.

01/03/20
After a surge in call options volume, aerospace stock fires its booster rockets on first day of new trading year.

01/02/20
2019 saw big moves in gold, oil, coffee, and other markets. Will they still be hot commodities in 2020?

12/31/19
January rallies aren’t layups, but the past may hold some clues about how the month tends to unfold.

12/30/19
Don’t forget to keep tabs on how momentum may rotate through different market sectors in the coming year.

12/27/19
Regardless of how 2020 shapes up for the market, there’s one thing traders should keep in mind.

12/26/19
What do outsized annual returns like this year’s signal for the following year?

12/24/19
2019 followed the stock market’s election–cycle script. Will 2020 follow suit?

12/23/19
US stocks close out last full week of 2019 with their biggest gains since September.

12/20/19
The age-old question: How do you know when a rally is over?

12/19/19
One of these long-time trading mainstays recently challenged resistance.

12/18/19
An uptrending stock takes a 10% hit, and its put-call ratio surges. What’s next?

12/17/19
Unusual options activity highlights potential fuel for a price move.

12/16/19
Stocks back to record highs amid trade optimism and a hands-off Fed.

12/13/19
China-sensitive retailer’s options may offer discount for bulls.

12/12/19
Financial companies usually kick off quarterly reporting season. Do their stocks get a head start on the action?

12/11/19
Even if small-cap momentum doesn’t last, it may offer short-term trade opportunities. And if it does have legs…

12/10/19
Are certain sectors or stocks more likely to gain ground at the end of the year?

12/09/19
Stocks rebound from first real pullback since October.

12/06/19
Home Depot made the news a couple of weeks ago, but things may be more interesting now that it’s no longer in the spotlight.

12/05/19
Was yesterday’s rebound a head fake or the end of the dip? We crunch some numbers to help find out.

12/04/19
Is China’s big cup of joe poised to cool, or is it just starting to heat up?

12/03/19
Huge stock move was even bigger for options yesterday.

12/02/19
US stocks kick off December at lofty levels amid bull-friendly news.

11/29/19
Guess which month of the year has closed higher more than any other over the past six decades?

11/27/19
Or, why bulls should like down days.

11/26/19
Grab a seat: It’s time to belly up to the table and get a helping of the stock market’s Thanksgiving trading patterns.

11/25/19
Hitting the pause button: Stocks hit new highs, then take a breather.

11/22/19
Selling calls against stock you own is usually seen as an investor’s game, but the approach can sometimes lend itself to trading, too.

11/21/19
The bird is the word: Poultry producers seek follow-through after China lifts trade ban.

11/20/19
Reports suggest hedge funds have been upping their China exposure to profit from a trade deal. What can traders learn from their move?

11/19/19
Retail stocks may be about to show whether the consumer is poised to continue carrying the economy—and the market—into the holiday season.

11/18/19
Stocks roll to new highs as renewed trade-deal optimism heats Street.

11/15/19
Sell-offs in two related Chinese internet stocks may attract the attention of contrarian traders.

11/14/19
You never know when a stock has topped or bottomed, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to potential signals when they occur.

11/13/19
Unusual options activity underscores interest in surging financial stock.

11/12/19
Some bullish utility stocks may have given deceptive signals recently.

11/11/19
Dow scales new heights as market tacks on another record-setting week.

11/08/19
Some bullish utility stocks may have given deceptive signals recently.

11/07/19
Underpriced options may be one way for traders to play a potential year-end energy rally.

11/06/19
Do burgers and coffee go together? The price action of their stocks may.

11/05/19
Health care stocks have been under the weather for a long time, but the color has recently returned to the cheeks of certain stocks.

11/04/19
Last week started with a bang—and ended that way, too.

11/01/19
Earnings-related pattern suggest bulls and bears may both have opportunities in social media stock.

10/31/19
Three things for traders to consider as we head into the final two months of the year.

10/30/19
Fast food chain breaks support, options drop in price.

10/29/19
Streaming tech stock appeared to bring back traders who may have previously “cut the cord.”

10/28/19
A key week opens with the Nasdaq 100 coming off a new record high and the S&P 500 as close as it’s been in three months.

10/25/19
Options activity may have signaled interest in a formerly high-flying IPO that’s been trading closer to earth lately.

10/24/19
The summer gold rush lost some momentum as the weather turned cooler, but the market may be poised to turn up the heat again.

10/23/19
A big day for biotech presents the possibility of follow-through in a potentially oversold sector.

10/22/19
Now that the numbers are in, streaming stock seeks to confirm trend.

10/21/19
Positive earnings surprises last week helped market extend winning streak.

10/18/19
A name-brand stock may have dropped to levels that coupon-clipping bulls notice.

10/17/19
Construction materials? High–flying? Yes, more than you may realize.

10/16/19
Chip-related names were on the upswing yesterday amid the recent progress in trade talks.

10/15/19
Some big options traders appeared to take an interest in a key consumer stock the week before it releases earnings.

10/14/19
After a see-saw week, a new earnings season gets rolling amid trade-war optimism.

10/11/19
Stock finds support at duel technical level.

10/10/19
Three stocks, three scenarios, even more possibilities.

10/09/19
And not just the dogs: Bulls, bears test appetite for pet food stock.

10/08/19
Is the energy sector poised to power up after a rough two weeks?

10/07/19
After a shaky start to October, the market finds its footing toward the end of last week.

10/04/19
Seemingly out-of-sync stock and options action puts spotlight on under-the-radar tech company.

10/03/19
October’s volatile start may mean something very different from what most people think.

10/02/19
Will ESG tailwinds help favored stocks reach new heights?

10/01/19
Apple moves close to a breakout level amid good press.

09/30/19
Politics, trade uncertainty highlight a choppy week of market action.

09/27/19
Does digital storage stock still have some bullish momentum in its memory bank?

09/26/19
Options activity and Street chatter highlight interesting developments in bank stock.

09/25/19
A couple of stratospheric rallies get put to the test—in more ways than one.

09/24/19
Taking stock of where the market is positioned heading into the final quarter of 2019.

09/23/19
Stocks continue to hover near record highs after oil spike and Fed meeting.

09/20/19
Biopharma company’s immunotherapy drug wins key FDA vote, stock swings.

09/19/19
One of this year’s tech “unicorns” looks for room to zoom.

09/18/19
Airline stocks lose and gain altitude as crude oil adjusts to last weekend’s production shock.

09/17/19
Strike interrupts GM upswing, but bulls could be back on the job sooner than some people think.

09/16/19
Small-cap stocks on fire with indexes near record levels.

09/13/19
Things are getting real in the showdown between Apple, Netflix, and Disney, but the story is far from over.

09/12/19
Small-cap stocks have soared this week as other indexes have mostly marched in place.

09/11/19
Potentially market-moving themes emerge as Alibaba enters new phase.

09/10/19
What was yesterday’s big rally in Etsy all about?

09/09/19
Market breaks out of trading range, climbs closer to former records.

09/06/19
Tracking momentum: Which stocks contributed the most when the indexes pushed out of their recent trading ranges yesterday?

09/05/19
Options activity and an intraday price reversal signal potential importance of support level.

09/04/19
Long-dormant gaming stock tests range amid favorable press, industry tailwinds.

09/03/19
Stocks kick off September after breaking a four-week losing streak.

08/30/19
Hidden bullishness: A pair of soaring stocks may have escaped notice because of financial sector weakness.

08/29/19
A stock surge presents a possible opportunity—for options traders.

08/28/19
Discovering the story behind the numbers: Options activity shows true colors upon closer inspection.

08/27/19
The straight dope on September, both this year and in years past.

08/26/19
Friday Twitter tirade halts rebound, sends market to fourth-straight down week.

08/23/19
Retail stocks ring up gains despite interest rate and economic concerns.

08/22/19
Housing market split could move different home-building stocks in different directions.

08/21/19
Want the market to rally next week? You may not want it to this week.

08/20/19
Oil stocks bucked the crude bounce. Was yesterday’s rally a sign the sector is getting in sync with its commodity?

08/19/19
Stocks bend but don’t break as yield curve flips.

08/16/19
Can CAT land with all four paws on the ground?

08/15/19
Battered bank stocks approach key levels as yield curve inverts.

08/14/19
Market erased early losses after Tuesday tariff-delay announcement.

08/13/19
Sometimes, what’s good for the investor can be an opportunity for the trader.

08/12/19
Traders navigate tariffs, currency moves, and Fed bashing during up-and-down week.

08/09/19
Tech may outperform during rallies, but which tech may have less downside during tariff-driven downturns?

08/08/19
Amid the gloom, there were signs of potential bullish momentum yesterday.

08/07/19
Just as with a stock, the goal is to sell volatility high and buy it low.

08/06/19
History—both recent and more distant—has some interesting things to say about yesterday’s stock sell-off.

08/05/19
Stock retrench amid Fed frets and trade tweets.

08/02/19
The VIX Also Rises: The “fear index” has signaled its fair share of market turning points in recent months.

08/01/19
Electricity stock has been much more than utilitarian this year.

07/31/19
A bull trap, or just a run-of-the-mill pullback?

07/30/19
Surging financial stock gets unusual interest from options traders.

07/29/19
Earnings season still in overdrive as closely watched interest-rate announcement looms.

07/26/19
Stock’s intraday rally-and-dump highlights potential mood change regarding earnings.

07/25/19
There’s more to the tech sector than the names that dominate financial news.

07/24/19
Breakout watch: Implied volatility surges in a range-bound stock.

07/23/19
Options volume highlights a stock’s rebound from recent earnings report.

07/22/19
Market pulls back from highs, oil slides, and gold holds.

07/19/19
Gold’s holding pattern after June’s upside surge has traders positioning themselves for the market’s next move.

07/18/19
An under-the-radar volatility increase highlights potentially inflated options prices—and possible trade opportunities.

07/17/19
737 MAX woes have failed to ground the industry in recent weeks, and earnings are about to pull into the gate.

07/16/19
Attention shoppers: Negative headlines sometimes translate into favorable short-term buying opportunities.

07/15/19
Stocks advance on dovish Fed testimony.

07/12/19
Beware the narrative: Headlines, sentiment sometimes mislead traders just before a market makes a move.

07/11/19
Can the beginning of the second half of the year signal what things will look like come December?

07/10/19
Relative strength can provide important clues about a stock's recent momentum.

07/09/19
"Stacked" moving averages can provide valuable insights into a stock's trends.

07/08/19
Stocks advance until a strong job report casts Fed doubts.

07/03/19
No mo’ FOMO: One basic trading concept can help you avoid buying highs.

07/02/19
Many more IPOs are on the horizon in ‘19. What can we learn from the ones that already launched?

07/01/19
Stocks retreat despite healthy GDP growth and encouraging trade news

06/04/19
A semiconductor barometer has paused near a potential inflection point.

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