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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.

04/26/19
Quarterly earnings and guidance among S&P 500 firms are both trending downward. But there are still plenty of positive earnings surprises.

04/18/19
The US trade deficit narrowed 3.4% in February. Trade deficits get a bad rap, but history shows that a shrinking trade gap isn't all it's cracked up to be.

04/11/19
Brexit was sold as an escape from the bureaucratic clutches of the EU. But it could also mean fewer jobs and a decline in stature for the UK. So far it's been one big headache.

04/01/19
Large-cap stocks led the markets higher in March, capping off a stellar first quarter for equities. But an inverted yield curve could hint at trouble ahead.

03/29/19
Studies have pointed to a significant gender gap when it comes to investing. Four experts share their insight on get more women into the markets.

03/20/19
After raising interest rates nine times since 2015, the Fed has put the brakes on monetary tightening. The central bank's next move may hinge on economic growth prospects.

03/08/19
Female portfolio managers are a small but growing presence on the Street. Studies suggest women-run funds return as much—and in some cases, more—than those run by men.

03/01/19
The markets continued to gain steam in February, with gains across every economic sector But headline risks remain.

02/22/19
Tax season is here. But some taxpayers aren't getting the refunds they expected. What gives? And what should they do with those smaller checks?

02/15/19
Consumer confidence fell for the third consecutive month in January. Was it just a case of the jitters, or is something more significant at play?

02/08/19
The Federal Reserve has signaled a temporary break in its campaign of monetary tightening. While it's unclear how long this will last, past pauses have not always been kind to the markets.

02/01/19
Stocks staged a remarkable turnaround in January, with gains covering every sector and equity asset class. What changed from last month?

01/25/19
Fourth-quarter earnings season is here. While it's tempting to focus on the past quarter's results, it's guidance for the coming year that can often move stock prices.

01/18/19
The latest government shutdown has become the longest on record. Investors could feel the sting if the political standoff disrupts the economy.

01/02/19
December's market volatility made for a fitting end to the roller coaster ride of 2018. What might 2019 hold in store?

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.

04/30/19
Volume showdown: Options traders take a bite out of the big AAP, but stock traders mostly sit on sidelines.

04/29/19
The S&P 500 hits an all-time high close, and the Nasdaq 100 keeps rolling.

04/26/19
Don’t go away: The fifth month of the year may not signal what you think it does—and the same goes for the January–April rally.

04/25/19
Traders may want to keep an eye on the Russell 2000 for signals about the broad market’s intentions.

04/24/19
The S&P 500 closed at a new record high yesterday, and traders loaded up on energy stock options.

04/23/19
“Medicare for All” had the health care sector reaching for the oxygen tank last week, but are its vital signals stabilizing?

04/22/19
The tech index sets news record as earnings season heats up.

04/18/19
After an initial earnings-season rally in financials, another industry takes center stage.

04/17/19
Greatest Hits: Past targets of the “Amazon effect” have sometimes ended up singing a bullish tune.

04/16/19
In or out? What yesterday’s options activity said about WTR.

04/15/19
Stocks continued to edge toward records as initial Q1 earnings topped estimates.

04/12/19
Waste management stock gets taken to curb, bounces back.

04/11/19
Yelp makes a noise: Options volatility implies possibility of big move.

04/10/19
Traders pile into call options in a range-bound internet stock.

04/09/19
Gaming stocks have been on a roll so far in April. What’s behind the move?

04/08/19
Trade talk, jobs report helped boost stocks as earnings season approaches

04/05/19
Public spending has expanded, and construction materials stocks may be reaping the rewards.

04/04/19
An oil stock diverges from crude, while a social media titan makes a break for it.

04/03/19
With a little more than two weeks until expiration, someone makes a big options bet in a stock testing highs.

04/02/19
Q1 earnings season may have traders talking more about stocks with a certain trait.

04/01/19
S&P 500 bangs out its best Q1 in more than two decades.

03/29/19
Forget blue sky—clouds may be the best part of Microsoft’s rally.

03/28/19
The yield curve flipped, and the S&P 500 is having one of its best Q1s ever. What’s next for traders?

03/27/19
Sector gets wired Communications equipment stocks may not be sexy, but their returns sure have been lately.

03/26/19
High put-call ratio and intraday rally present interesting scenario for short-term traders.

03/25/19
A Friday yield-curve inversion takes some of the starch out of a Fed-fueled rally.

03/22/19
Wednesday’s Fed announcement hit bank shares but sent homebuilders soaring.

03/21/19
A volume surge isn’t necessarily what it first appears to be, but that doesn’t mean there’s no trade opportunity.

03/20/19
So close, so far: A look at the market’s push toward new highs

03/19/19
Trading when vs. trading why Timing isn’t everything—unless you’re a short-term trader.

03/18/19
Tech stocks boom as market erases pullback with biggest up week of the year.

03/15/19
The chart seems to say one thing, but the price history suggests something else.

03/14/19
Looking for discrepancies between price action and options volatility can sometimes tip you off to stocks that could move.

03/13/19
…in all the appropriate places. After pulling back for the past month, will Match Group find traders are ready to “swipe right?”

03/12/19
Airline stocks lose altitude on Boeing downturn, but is it just minor turbulence?

03/11/19
Tech holds up best as market retreats from resistance.

03/08/19
Stock, options provide different angles of approach to a potential trade opportunity.

03/07/19
Strong quarterly numbers from Target and other stores have contradicted recent retail sales data.

03/06/19
Can a stock known for its investment credentials also be a momentum pick for traders?

03/05/19
Recently dormant Amazon and Apple bucked yesterday’s sell-off.

03/04/19
After a booming February, the market kicks of a new month near its late-2018 highs.

03/01/19
March may not be a particularly memorable month, but it kicks off an important period for the market

02/28/19
After laying low for a while, the tech sector shows signs of reasserting itself.

02/27/19
Some homebuilding stocks have outperformed the market in recent months.

02/26/19
A genetic engineering stock jumps a big hurdle.

02/25/19
But stocks grind out another weekly gain as February draws to a close.

02/22/19
Important resistance levels loom for US stock indexes as trade negotiations near deadline.

02/21/19
Options activity surges in animal pharma stock as its price chart consolidates.

02/20/19
Communications services stock shows upside momentum as sector attempts to rotate out of the cellar.

02/19/19
Stocks kept climbing amid trade negotiations, border wall politics, and shutdown worries.

02/15/19
Netflix bounces back after earnings, hovers near recent highs.

02/14/19
Oil shares have been on the vanguard of the stock market rebound, rotating from worst to (almost) first.

02/13/19
Latest round of trade talks shines light on commodity futures in limbo, and China-sensitive stock sectors.

02/12/19
A biopharma stock’s mega-surge triggers more action as traders sort out the aftermath.

02/11/19
Is the market’s latest dip just a pullback, or something more?

02/08/19
A low-profile stock trounces some high-profile competition to become an unlikely momentum name.

02/07/19
Smart money and Chinese stocks Are IQ and other Chinese tech titans finally on the march?

02/06/19
Social media looks for more gains amid tech upswing.

02/05/19
Discount retailer’s options may have recently moved into an attractive selling zone.

02/04/19
Stocks breakout of a short-term consolidation phase as February gets underway.

02/01/19
Tech stock on upswing as company sets sights on business market.

01/31/19
Does the ‘bucks stop here?

01/30/19
Market players gear up for the first FOMC announcement of the year.

01/29/19
This week’s US-China trade talks may or may not produce a meaningful deal, but they’ll almost certainly trigger some market action.

01/28/19
The stock market took a breather before heading into what looks to be an action-packed week.

01/25/19
Defense and aerospace stocks will put their early 2019 win streak on the line with next week’s earnings.

01/24/19
Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results, but it may shed some light on the market’s current pullback.

01/23/19
Even after the recent run-up, traders may be eyeing potential action in banking stocks.

01/22/19
Booming financials and trade hopes send stocks soaring.

01/18/19
Traders pile into range-bound utility stock. What are they seeing?

01/17/19
Markets are a puzzle, and one missing piece can change the whole picture.

01/16/19
After a rough December, railroad stocks have recently made some industrial-strength up moves.

01/15/19
Did sellers over-imbibe after STZ’s earnings announcement last week?

01/14/19
The US stock market has put in a low—but will it be a bottom?

01/11/19
Power on: Semiconductors have paced the tech sector in recent days.

01/10/19
The Russell 2000’s hot start to the year is nothing new—but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it.

01/09/19
An oil stock puts up interesting options numbers as crude reaches resistance.

01/08/19
With earnings approaching, health insurer consolidates after big move.

01/07/19
Market picks up where it left off Stocks rocked and rolled to start off 2019, but ultimately notched a gain for the week.

01/04/19
Dunkin’ was bouncin’ yesterday, with options action a-plenty.

01/03/19
Was there some hidden bullishness in yesterday’s early stock market selling?

01/02/19
The market will likely be watching quarterly numbers closer than ever.

12/21/18
What has the stock market really tended to do around the end of the year?

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