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 • 16th Jul 2019 11:41 GMT+1
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The US stock market closed on a high last Friday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average over 27,000, and the S&P 500 Index over 3,000 after testimony before Congress from US Federal Reserve (the Fed) Chairman Powell confirmed market expectations that the central bank will likely lower borrowing rates at the end of July. The rate cut expectation comes despite strong reported US job-growth and stable consumer inflation, factors some analysts and economist point to as reasons not to lower...

 • 8th Jul 2019 11:19 GMT+1
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Investors are continuously looking for ways to improve performance in their stock portfolios. Professional investors call it alpha, the extra return you get from a stock beyond what the market is offering. One way to hunt for such shares may be to use Finscreener.com’s bubble chart. In this example, we use the bubble chart to analyse the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Setting up the analysis is...

 • 8th Jul 2019 10:46 GMT+1
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As second-quarter earnings season gets underway, several companies in the S&P500 will report results in July. We take a look at three potential losers using Finscreener.com’s earnings ratings screening tool. You can use this tool to screen your S&P 500 winning stocks, or those reporting in August instead of July. You can also use it to explore stocks trading in other equity indices like the NASDAQ 100 or Dow...

 • 1st Jul 2019 11:17 GMT+1
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The market expects the US central bank (The Fed) to start cutting short-term borrowing costs this year. In previous economic cycles, Fed cuts tended to cause market rallies, especially in emerging markets (EM). Emerging markets benefit from a reduction in US borrowing costs in two stages. The first is a rush to risky EM assets as the Fed lowers the cost of borrowing and the second is a medium to long term ability of EM central banks to reduce their borrowing costs too, which stimulates...

 • 1st Jul 2019 10:59 GMT+1
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Markets are likely to get a boost from the news over the weekend that the US and China agreed to restart trade talks at the G20 economic summit in Osaka Japan over the weekend. While the US said it would not lift existing import tariffs on Chinese goods, it will refrain from introducing new tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US.

With the stock market poised to continue its 10-year bull run on the back of this trade news, investors are rightly...

 • 24th Jun 2019 09:42 GMT+1
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A low and falling interest rate environment can be very challenging for investors dependent on income from their portfolios to meet spending needs. The market is expecting the US Central Bank, also known as the Federal Reserve Bank, to start cutting interest rates later this year. Pushing down short-term interest rates and long-term bond yields may help consumers, but it hurts savers. Recently Bloomberg reported that there is 13 trillion dollars’ worth of global debt with a yield at or...

 • 24th Jun 2019 09:34 GMT+1
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This time last year, many Wall Street analysts and economists were expecting the central bank of the United States, also called the Federal Reserve Bank, or just the Fed, to increase short-term borrowing costs to keep the economy from overheating. What a difference a year makes. Those same economists now expect the Fed to aggressively lower short-term borrowing costs to avoid a potential economic recession in 2020. The big question is whether now is the time to lower borrowing costs and...

 • 18th Jun 2019 12:20 GMT+1
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Five stocks in the S&P 500 equity index hit their 52-week low price in June, and they are all in the retail sector. The share prices of Nordstrom Inc (NYSE: JWN), Kohls Corp (NYSE: KSS) and Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M) hit their 52-week low price in early June, and are down between 27 to 30% in 2019, making them some of the worst performers this year out the 30-odd stocks in the S&P 500 to hit a 52-week low in June. Other retail names hitting a 52-week low in June, but are down less than...

 • 17th Jun 2019 09:54 GMT+1
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The investment landscape can appear overwhelming, sometimes, with so many investment choices. One of the more difficult decisions for the modern investor is the one between investing in a fund or investing in individual stocks. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages to Buying Stocks

There are definite advantages to purchasing individual stocks instead of a mutual fund or ETF. The most significant benefit is perhaps the degree...

 • 13th Jun 2019 16:34 GMT+1
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Pessimism may be slowly creeping into the stock market. CNBC reported on Tuesday that two-thirds of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) responding to the most recent Duke University Global Business Outlook survey see a recession hitting the US economy by the end of 2020. Factors likely contributing to this view are the ongoing, and potentially growing, a trade war with China and expectations that the US Federal Reserve Bank is on the cusp of slashing short-term interest rates to prop up the...

 • 10th Jun 2019 08:34 GMT+1
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Last week the oil market slipped into a bear market with prices down nearly 20% from their peak of $66.80 per barrel in April 2019. The quick pace of the downdraft came a surprise to some market participants. Both the supply and demand side are hitting the oil market at the same time. Demand for oil is weak, given concerns about the changing state of the US economy and uncertainty around the trade dispute with China and Mexico. For example, data from the US EIA showed America’s total...

 • 10th Jun 2019 08:29 GMT+1
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Gold prices hit their highest levels in 14 months on Friday as traders and investors aggressively increased expectations that the US Federal Reserve Bank may cut short-term interest rates this year. Investors are increasingly nervous that the US economy is slowing down as President Trump presses ahead with his trade war against China and Mexico. A weak jobs report for May added to investors’ fears by creating just 75,000 jobs compared to economists’ expectations of 180,000 for the...