For the average investor, the market%u2019s jarring movements this week left many on the sidelines, remembering the market fallout in 2008. But for traders, the market%u2019s wild swings were welcome news.
Uh oh. The stock market's big swings last week pushed up the S&P VIX -- the "investor fear gauge" -- by 30%. In such times, stocks with low beta (less volatile than the S&P 500 average), above-par performance and compelling valuations can be the ticket. Here are some to consider.
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.
As stunning as Google's threat to shut down its operations in China may be, its business in the Middle Kingdom means almost nothing to the company's bottom line. And while Baidu may win in the long run, its shares look a bit rich after today's run up.