Stocks Shrug Off Data to Close With Gains

A see-saw session for stocks left the major averages with modest gains Wednesday despite another round of lackluster economic data out of the housing market and industrial sector.

Why the Markets Won't Be Going Anywhere Fast

The months-long pattern of sleepy, range-bound trading is likely here to stay -- at least until the midterm elections, says Jason Weisberg, a trader and senior vice president with Seaport Securities Corp.

Why a Late-Year Market Rally Could Be in the Cards

Despite the big gains earlier this week, the market has been range-bound for months, with the S&P 500 turning positive for 2010 only on Tuesday. What can shake the mark tout its torpor? If history is any guide, the coming mid-term elections may be just what the doctor ordered.

Dow, S&P 500 Post Best Monthly Gains in a Year

Some robust blue-chip earnings and an improvement in consumer sentiment helped stocks shrug off a disappointing reading on economic growth to end mixed Friday -- but the market still enjoyed its biggest monthly gain in a year.

Dow's Triple-Digit Gain Makes Blue Chips Even in 2010

News that most European banks appear adequately capitalized to weather further credit strains gave the market a late-day lift Friday, allowing it to finish the week with solid gains. The Dow and Nasdaq are now at breakeven for 2010, while the S&P 500 is off 1%.

As Inflation Falls, Worries About Deflation Rise

Despite efforts by the Federal Reserve, economist Gary Shilling says that deflation is about to hit the U.S. economy and that it could last for a decade. While there are plenty of economists who would disagree, Gary Shilling makes a persuasive argument and investors would do well to listen.

Daily Blogwatch: What Happens After Seven Up Days?

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including the financial legacy of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, Apple's stunningly rapid dominance of the cellphone business, and an answer to the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

How to Profit From a Rebound in Housing Stocks

Despite the volatility in the stock market, there are signs that the economy is getting stronger. Good news for the housing market. Hilary Kramer, editor of, explains how you can profit.

Is the Economy Headed for a Double Dip?

Since Thursday's stock market meltdown, there has been speculation that, despite improving economic numbers, the economy could be headed for a double-dip recession. Friday's encouraging unemployment numbers, however, seem to put a dent in that thinking -- at least for now.

Why Good Investment Advice Is Hard to Hear

Dan Solin's column "Three Reasons to Get Out of the Stock Market Now!" generated a spirited response -- but many readers misinterpreted his advice. It was aimed only at investors who persist in relying on advisers who tell them they can "beat the markets." You usually can't, and here's why trying will cost you money.

Three Reasons to Get Out of the Stock Market Now!

In the past year, the S&P 500 has risen more than 42%, so why does investment guru Daniel Solin say that now is the time to dump all your stocks? Not because he thinks the market's going to tank -- he doesn't know what's coming. But neither does anyone else, and that's part of his point.

Markets Hit 18-Month High on Positive Inflation Outlook

The markets continued to rack up gains with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all closing Wednesday at 18-month highs, boosted by signs that the Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for some time, indicating that the Fed isn't worried about inflation.

Stocks Rally on Upbeat Earnings, Solid Data

Stocks rose sharply Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2009, helped by some upbeat blue-chip earnings reports, solid data on the manufacturing and housing fronts and relief over moves in the eurozone to deal with the debt crisis in Greece.

The Dow's Jump Doesn't Mean All's Well in Europe

The Dow surged Tuesday on reports the European Union was hatching a plan to end the Greek debt crisis, but just because the blue-chip index sits above 10,000 again doesn't mean the latest threat to equities is over. Investors should brace themselves for more tremors to come.

Why Is Wall Street So Cold to Such Hot Earnings?

You'd never know it from recent equity action, but fourth-quarter earnings season has so far been remarkably strong. Apart from when the news is bad, earnings reports have gotten the cold shoulder from investors so far this season.

Mutual fund investors spooked

Mutual fund investors pulled $26 billion out of stock funds in July, the Investment Company Institute (the fund industry trade group) says. That's a...

Bargain time for antique furniture

If you've been waiting for the market for Victorian furniture to weaken, now is your time to pounce. Antique prices are finally falling, reports the...