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Affirm stock soars as company tops revenue expectations 'despite volatile market conditions'

Affirm stock soars as company tops revenue expectations ‘despite volatile market conditions’

Shares of Affirm Holdings Inc. surged in after-hours trading Thursday after the buy-now pay-later company delivered a revenue beat and an upbeat volume forecast in the face of “volatile market conditions.” The company posted a fiscal third-quarter net loss of $54.7 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with a loss of $287 million, or …

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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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Yellen: Cryptocurrency market turbulence is not 'real threat' to US financial stability.

Yellen: Cryptocurrency market turbulence is not ‘real threat’ to US financial stability.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday that the turbulence in the cryptocurrency market is not a hazard for the stability of the US financial system. Yellen noted that TerraUSD USTUSD, -57.88% had decoupled from its $1 peg in recent days and the world’s largest stablecoin, tether, briefly was under similar pressure. Other companies in the …

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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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New study finds omicron no less severe than earlier variants, and not just more transmissible

New study finds omicron no less severe than earlier variants, and not just more transmissible

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School among others has found that the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just as severe as earlier variants, and not more transmissible but no less severe, as previously thought. The study was based on the records of 130,000 COVID patients in Massachusetts …

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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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Omicron caused spike in deaths in vaccinated people, analysis finds, though unvaccinated remain most at risk

Omicron caused spike in deaths in vaccinated people, analysis finds, though unvaccinated remain most at risk

The omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that has swept across the US since late last year has taken a grimmer toll than earlier variants, including in people who were vaccinated and even had booster shots. That’s according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …

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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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Powell wants to get rates closer to neutral.  But what's that?  Think between 5% and 6%, form top Fed staffer says

Powell wants to get rates closer to neutral. But what’s that? Think between 5% and 6%, form top Fed staffer says

With inflation surging higher than anyone expected, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, has laid out a policy path where the Fed is going to move quickly to get its policy rate up to “to a more neutral level” of interest rates, and maybe higher if needed . “There is an obvious need to move expeditiously to …

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A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here's what pros say you should do now.

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

To say that it has been a perilous stretch for bullish stock investors on Wall Street lately is a bit of an understatement. Marked by stomach-churning volatility and bruising losses in once-popular technology trades, the S&P 500 booked its worst start to a year, through the first four months of 2022, in over 80 years, …

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