stock market outlook

5 Moves to Make Before the Stock Market Rally Ends

With the Dow Jones industrial average soaring to new all-time highs, investors are enjoying the new-found prosperity reflected in their brokerage statements. But it you want to keep those paper profits, now's the time to start making some tough decisions.

'Dow 36,000' Co-Author Says This Time, It'll Happen

With the Dow back to record highs, James K. Glassman, co-author of the most infamously wrong investment book of all time, 1999's "Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market," has resurfaced to insist that he and Kevin Hassett weren't wrong, just ahead of their time.

5 Stocks That Will Grow Big in 2013

There are plenty of investors worried about the year ahead. But even as many companies are likely to scale back, others are still expected to grow nicely in 2013. Here are five companies where analysts see revenue and earnings growing by at least 20 percent next year.

Stock Futures Edge Up After Year's Biggest Sell-Off

U.S. stock futures are recovering a day after the largest drop on the Dow Jones industrial average this year. Trading is light ahead of the Labor Department's report on claims for unemployment benefits.

And the Number One Threat to the Market Is...

With the market in exuberant, can't lose bull-mode, we asked a group of our favorite investors, strategists, and economists a simple question: What's the #1 threat to the market right now? Here are the answers we got.

U.S. Stock Market Poised for Another Huge Drop

The bad news is that the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, sits at 1,131, a low point it hasn't traded near consistently since late 2009. The worse news is that there's every reason to believe it will decline further to below 900, back to levels it hit around March 2009.

Will Stock Market Reverse Course in the Second Half?

The S&P 500 was up by only 4% in the first half of 2011, and it fell about 1% in the second quarter. Will it end there? A sell-off may be about to begin that would take the index lower for the full year. Here are half a dozen reasons why one of history's most impressive stock market runs may have ended.

The Financial Landscape: No Bailout Yet for Greece

The financial world Monday morning is focused on Greece. E.U. finance ministers postponed agreement on a bailout until they see proof that its government will follow through on austerity measures. Meanwhile, some big U.S. firms say that a generous tax break would help them expand their domestic operations.

Three Stocks Set to Soar on Emerging Market Growth

Sky-high oil prices may slow U.S. economic growth in the quarters ahead, so prudent investors may want to put some money into companies with strong international operations that can take advantage of growth elsewhere. Here are three impressive options.

Are You Better Off Under the Obama Administration?

President Obama has officially launched his reelection campaign and when it's time to vote again many may ask themselves whether they are better off than they were four years ago. A close look at the statistics reveals the clear winners and losers so far.

The Return of the Dreaded (and Dreadful) Stock Pickers

Market turbulence and economic uncertainty create fear and anxiety among investors. Unfortunately, many turn to advice freely dispensed by self-styled investment gurus -- who claim they can predict the direction of the markets or pick outperforming stocks.

It's Not Too Late to Buy Into the Bullish Stock Market

The S&P 500 has nearly doubled from its post-crash lows, and small investors are finally getting off the sidelines again. Normally, that would be a danger sign for a correction, but right now, all signs point to the upward stock market trend continuing in 2011. Here's why:

Today's Chaos, Tomorrow's Investing Opportunity

If you look past the calamitous Mideast mess, there's plenty of cause for optimism at home. And investors with a longer-term view of the markets should consider the ongoing uncertainty caused by events in the Middle East as a potential entry point for buying stocks.

As IPOs Revive, Should You Be Joining In?

After a few comatose years following the financial crisis, the IPO market is roaring back. And with names like Facebook and Groupon driving the rumor mill, smaller investors are wondering if how to get in on the action. The answer: Carefully, thanks to the risks.

Mideast Protests Could Send Investors Scurrying

In the long run, the changes being demanded in the Mideast may prove to be a cornerstone of further global economic growth and political stability. More immediately, though, the uprisings are likely to create the exactly the type of uncertainty that investors dread.

Investors Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Wrong Ball

There's a frenzy of stock buying going on now, because no one wants to be left out of the stock market recovery. But all those who are betting on short-term gains are engaged in what I call "wrong ball investing." Here's how to keep your eye on the right ball.

Why Rising Interest Rates Won't Break the Bull's Run

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note closed at a nine-month high Wednesday, and rising interest rates usually mean bad things for economic growth and stock prices. But until the benchmark hits 5%, explains market guru Jeffrey Kleintop, rising rates mean the good times for stock will continue.

How High (or Low) Could the Stock Market Go?

The U.S. stock market has piled on way-above-average returns in the last five months. But what can investors expect over the next few years? The charts show some clear patterns, and they hint that returns could revert to a longer-term, lower average -- but what might that be?

Dividend Payments Jumped by $26.5 Billion in 2010

U.S. companies added $26.5 billion to dividend payments in 2010 -- a far cry from 2009's $42.4 billion decline -- and analysts predict an even better year for dividends in 2011, a windfall to investors that could lift equity markets higher.

As Sentiment Shifts, Pension Funds Could Turn to Stocks

Now, even over-the-top bears like bond giant Pimco are doing a bullish about-face, and that makes it tougher for fund managers to keep avoiding the stock market. If they start returning to a historical stock allocation, that could further boost equity prices.

What Will Obama's Tax
Deal Do for Investors?

The biggest question many investors have about President Obama's compromise tax cut deal is how it will benefit the economy. But so far, there is little agreement on Wall Street about what the stimulative effects of the deal will be.mong the watchers on Wall Street about what the stimulative effects of the deal will be.

Stocks May Be Ready to
Catch Their Breath

Stocks don't move in a straight line, and a relatively light week of earnings reports and economic data should give the market a much-needed break after the major indexes have run up to two-year highs. But long-term, the direction still looks upward [VIDEO].

What's Reviving Investors' Hunger for Stocks

Far-sighted investors are starting to see that the broader economic picture: a robust global rebound in manufacturing and impressive corporate earnings. These strong fundamentals are finally overcoming risk aversion -- and could set the stage for an equity rally.

Speed Bumps Ahead for
Wall Street?

The remarkable six-week rally will be put to the test in the next few days by the much-anticipated midterm election and the Fed policy statement. And if that weren't enough to make things interesting on Tuesday and Wednesday, October's employment report is slated for Friday.

Retail Investors Are Finally Warming Up to Stocks

Solid quarterly earnings and anticipation of more stimulus from the Fed have helped lift the Dow by 400 points over the past two weeks. However, another boost is coming from individuals who've begun moving money from bonds to equities.

Stocks Open Fourth Quarter With More Gains

Stocks kicked off the final quarter of the year with moderate gains Friday as more encouraging data on consumer spending, consumer sentiment and auto sales were partly offset by a slowdown in manufacturing activity.