The showdown between the Fed and the markets this week may decide the fate of the stock rally in early 2023

Let’s get ready to move. The Fed and investors appear to be tied up in what one seasoned market watcher called an epic Game “Chicken”. What Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says on Wednesday may determine the winner. Here is the conflict. Fed policymakers have steadfastly insisted that the federal funds rate, now at 4.25% … Read more

This options strategy can help you outperform the market

font size CH Robinson Worldwide, a freight forwarding and logistics company, has been added to the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, Dream time Most people are rational in their non-financial lives. They don’t believe in madness or expect to throw football like Tom Brady, write poetry like T.S. Eliot, or sing like Nina Simoneor cook … Read more

Microsoft stock jumps with earnings difference and solid cloud results

font size Microsoft is facing a slowdown in the growth of its cloud computing business. Gerard Julien/AFP via Getty Images Microsoft Shares jumped in late trading on Tuesday after the software company’s latest quarterly profit came in slightly better than expected. While the company saw weakness in its PC software business, Microsoft (stock ticker: MSFT) … Read more

Retailers revive stock market, but support may be fleeting: analysts

Net inflows into US equities by retail investors continued to rise over the past week as the stock market kicked off the new year in a booming mood, but data analysts at Vanda Research said the pace of buying could easily ease if the bullish momentum stalls. Marco Iachini, senior vice president of Fanta Research, … Read more

The market still looks frothy. Here is one way to hedge your bets.

font size The VIX was recently around 20, down about 42% since late September, when recession fears rose. Michael M Santiago/Getty Images The only thing investors have to fear is the absence of fear itself. The stock market has surprisingly advanced in 2023, and many stocks have behaved better, as investors discount the prospect of … Read more

Stock market rally appears ‘unsustainable’ as S&P 500 enters new low valuation regime, warns Citi

This year’s stock market rally has pushed the S&P 500 into valuation levels that make it difficult for the index to climb much higher based on the current macroeconomic environment, according to Citigroup Inc. The late price-to-earnings ratio for the S&P 500 has returned to 18.2 times, “perilously close to the high end of our … Read more

CIOs deal with opposition to AI launches

Corporate technology leaders are having to work towards corporate support for AI after years of mixed results and confusion about what the technology can actually do. Organizations’ overall adoption of AI has tripled since 2019 as algorithms have grown in size and sophistication, according to the international data firm. Still, some executives worry that technology … Read more