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The S&P 500 is on the brink of a bear market.  Here's the threshold.

The S&P 500 is on the brink of a bear market. Here’s the threshold.

The latest bull market for US stocks was on the brink of expiring Thursday afternoon, with the benchmark S&P 500 holding just shy of the threshold that marks bear territory. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.13% was down 73 points, or 1.9%, at 3,860.88 in afternoon trade, after finishing Wednesday around 18% below its record close …

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'What are the odds?  I retire and the stock market crashes.  All my plans are upside down.'  I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home.  What options do I have?

‘What are the odds? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major US metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city …

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Stocks Climb on Inflation Data

Stocks Climb on Inflation Data

Stocks swung between gains and losses Wednesday after fresh data showed inflation eased slightly in April but not as much as economists expected. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% in morning trading. The index snapped a three-day losing streak Tuesday, hitting pause on a stretch of pressure that came as investors braced for the Federal Reserve …

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US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US Stock Futures Point to Wall Street Extending Selloff

US stock futures edged down, putting major indexes on track to extend losses after one of Wall Street’s worst selloffs since the pandemic began. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.3%, a day after the blue-chip index slumped more than 1,000 points, its worst day since 2020. S&P 500 futures edged down …

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Why Is Bitcoin Falling?  Prices Drop Amid Broader Market Tumble.

Why Is Bitcoin Falling? Prices Drop Amid Broader Market Tumble.

Bitcoin was trading around $37,000 Thursday. Rutmer Visser/Dreamstime Text size The price of Bitcoin, Ether, and other cryptocurrencies slumped on Thursday, reversing a recent rally as a deep selloff in the stock market spread to digital assets.. Bitcoin tumbled 6% over the past 24 hours to around $36,900, after ending 6% higher on Wednesday and …

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Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

Dow Slides More Than 1,000 Points as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

US stocks fell sharply, led by technology and other growth stocks, as investors assessed the implications of Federal Reserve’s most aggressive tightening of monetary policy in more than two decades. The S&P 500 dropped 3.7% as losses accelerated in midday trading Thursday. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 4.9%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average …

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Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

US stocks fell, with technology stocks leading the way, as investors assessed the implications of Federal Reserve’s most aggressive tightening of monetary policy in more than two decades. The S&P 500 dropped 2.1% in early trading Thursday. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.6%, or 551 points. …

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Stocks Open Mixed Ahead of Fed Decision

Stocks Open Mixed Ahead of Fed Decision

US stocks wavered Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate decision. The S&P 500 gained less than 0.1% in early New York trading. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 0.1% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was roughly flat. Fed officials are widely expected to announce Wednesday afternoon that they are raising interest rates by …

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'Bubble stocks popped' but it's still not safe to buy them, says Ray Dalio, founder of world's biggest hedge fund

‘Bubble stocks popped’ but it’s still not safe to buy them, says Ray Dalio, founder of world’s biggest hedge fund

A bubble has burst for emerging tech stocks, but that doesn’t mean its safe or smart to go long those names right now, warned billionaire investor Ray Dalio. Dalio, the founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, warned in January that emerging tech companies, including set-top box maker Roku …

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With interest rates rising, it's time to focus on MANG stocks instead of FAANG, according to Jefferies

With interest rates rising, it’s time to focus on MANG stocks instead of FAANG, according to Jefferies

Heading into the Federal Open Market Committee’s policy meeting, analysts at Jefferies on May 3 advised investors to avoid the popular FAANG + Microsoft group of stocks. They pointed instead to a group they named MANG. We’ll compare the two groups below. The FAANG group — Facebook holding company Meta Platforms Inc. FB, Apple Inc. …

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