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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%.

09/13/19
E*TRADE took the top prize in Kiplinger's 2019 survey of online brokerage firms.

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.

06/28/19
With no prompting from the Fed, rates have been coming down all year long.

06/19/19
Despite pressure from the White House, the Federal Reserve opted to leave interest rates unchanged. But a rate cut could be in the offing by July.

06/13/19
Trade tensions with Mexico pose risks, but opportunistic investors can capitalize.

06/03/19
Equities sold off in May on escalating trade tensions and concerns about slowing global growth.

05/31/19
While equities often take center stage, the fixed income markets are also sending important signals.

05/23/19
Sabre rattling between the US and China has exacted a toll on semiconductor firms dependent on China for revenue.

05/17/19
The roller coaster ride is back. Here are three strategies investors can deploy to better stomach the market's ups and downs.

05/13/19
Although ramped-up trade rhetoric between the US and China has spiked market volatility, long-term investors should have little to fear.

05/10/19
A new round of US-imposed tariffs threatens to derail a potential trade deal with China. But that doesn't mean investors have to suffer.

05/08/19
A long roster of US IPOs scheduled for 2019 could raise more than $100 billion. How can investors participate in offerings that are often oversubscribed and difficult to access?

05/01/19
Stocks surged again in April on accelerating economic growth and positive earnings surprises. But May has historically acted as a speed bump for all manner of markets.

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.

07/05/19
Traders shouldn’t be afraid to sell short, but they need to have open eyes—and iron-clad discipline.

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

06/28/19
We’re halfway there: A quick look at the month that kicks off H2.

06/27/19
Six months to remember: Despite trade war and geopolitical turmoil, the US market is near record levels.

06/26/19
The Fed’s potential pivot to a rate-trimming environment could heat up some sectors more than others.

06/25/19
Is the clock ticking on new Nasdaq 100 records?

06/24/19
An olive branch from the White House and a less “patient” Fed helped propel stocks to new records.

06/21/19
Are financials getting the cold shoulder as the market hits new highs?

06/20/19
Boeing’s latest surge could signal the stock has turned a corner—if it can sustain it.

06/19/19
Options volatility and price action combine to fill out trading picture in fast-moving stock.

06/18/19
Stocks in this industry may be poised to benefit from a potential recovery in small-caps and health care.

06/17/19
Stocks march in place as traders gear up for this week’s Federal Reserve meeting.

06/14/19
BYND soars into the Great Beyond—and back—while TSN ups the ante in the faux meat space.

06/13/19
Which stocks are shrugging off trade worries and outpacing the market?

06/12/19
The antitrust story may give swing-trading bulls what they like—multiple buying opportunities.

06/11/19
Real estate stock bucks market—in both directions.

06/10/19
May went out the same way it came in—like a bear.

06/07/19
Are oil and energy stocks entering a rebound zone?

06/06/19
The trade war, from the other side: Alibaba shares show signs of wear and tear.

06/05/19
Digging deeper into options activity can open unexpected doors.

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

06/03/19
May went out the same way it came in—like a bear.

05/31/19
Exchange stocks pump up the volume, and the VIX signals less fear on the market’s most recent dip.

05/30/19
Tech stock in a bull-bear battle as price reaches a critical low.

05/29/19
Another big deal in the payment-processing space turbo-charges an already-hot industry.

05/28/19
Market seeks to exit trade-war congestion.

05/24/19
Listening to what the market is telling you can sometimes help you look past conflicting headlines.

05/23/19
A big print on the options ticker highlights potential action in the industrial sector.

05/22/19
“iBuying” makes its presence felt in the housing industry. Will stocks follow?

05/21/19
Semiconductor stocks—one of the flashpoints in the trade war—are on the move.

05/20/19
The swing thing: Tariff headlines whiplash market.

05/17/19
Tech stock’s volatility drop sounds alarm for potential options play.

05/16/19
As tech continues to be the market’s jet fuel, traders may be looking at potential entry levels in high-flying names that recently lost altitude.

05/15/19
Beverage maker’s stock reaches key price level amid heavy put options trading.

05/14/19
Market searches for support as trade war takes toll on stocks.

05/13/19
Trade woes batter stocks, but late-Friday rally ends week on a up note.

05/10/19
Action in health benefits provider spikes amid dueling takeover narratives.

05/09/19
Deal or no deal: Semiconductor stocks poised for move as trade deadline looms.

05/08/19
Earnings pattern, volatility signal potential near-term action.

05/07/19
Forgotten, but not gone: The VIX spikes as tariff talk makes surprise appearance on market stage.

05/06/19
Market near highs as traders digest earnings, Fed policy, and jobs data.

05/03/19
Best of both worlds? Some tickers may offer traders unexpected opportunities as relative strength rotates throughout the market.

05/02/19
Batter up: Range-bound stock looks for decisive blow as earnings approach.

05/01/19
Alphabet by the numbers: Volatility may yield opportunities for short-term traders.

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