Stocks

U.S. stocks finish slightly lower as geopolitical tensions escalate

U.S. stocks finished lower on Tuesday as rising geopolitical tensions lured investors out of risky assets like stocks and into the perceived safety of Treasurys, gold and the Japanese yen. The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.14% shed 3.38 points, or 0.1%, to 2,353.78. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 6.58 points, or less than 0.1%, to 20,651.44. The Nasdaq Composite ... Read More »

Did Apple iPhone 8 Rumor Shake Up Two Fiber Stocks?

Apple (AAPL) stock edged up Wednesday as the market shrugged off the latest rumor of an iPhone 8 shipment delay, but shares in Lumentum Holdings (LITE) and Finisar (FNSR) — two optical technology firms that have been linked to Apple — fell. Apple stock was up 0.5% to close at 144.02 on the stock market today. Apple stock has shot up 25% ... Read More »

3 Stocks I’ll Hold Forever

Long-term investors are likely familiar with Warren Buffett’s declaration that his favorite holding period for stocks is “forever.” While it might be impractical to hold some stocks “forever,” it makes good sense to hold your best stocks for as long as possible to maximize your gains. Today, I’ll discuss three stocks in my portfolio which I could comfortably hold “forever” — ... Read More »

Asian stocks mark time, waiting for clearer view on U.S. rates

A man (3rd L) looks at an electronic stock quotation board as passers-by walk past, outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai Asian stocks consolidated recent gains on Wednesday before a U.S. central bank policy meeting that could signal how much monetary tightening to expect during the remainder of the year, with an immediate rate hike ... Read More »

3 Tech Stocks to Buy in March

Stock indexes are rallying into the new month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few good deals available for long-term investors. We asked three Motley Fool contributors for their favorite picks in this pricey market, and they offered LG Display (NYSE:LPL), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Pandora (NYSE:P). Read on to find out why these stocks could make compelling buys right ... Read More »

Is timing right for stocks to suffer a 5% drop?

See what could jeopardize the second-longest bull market in Wall Street history. USA TODAY NETWORK A stock market pullback, or a drop of 5% or more, to be more precise. At least that’s what Wall Street skeptics keep saying as stocks take a breather. It’s hard to call Monday’s 0.33% slide for the Standard & Poor’s 500, which pushed the ... Read More »

FTSE extends winning run as stronger metals boost mining stocks

UK shares rose on Monday, underpinned by a rally in mining stocks on the back of firmer metals prices, building on the previous session’s three-week high and on course to post its fifth straight day of gains. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE was up 0.1 percent at 7,262.78 points by 0955 GMT. Mining stocks .FTNMX1770 gained 1.6 percent after ... Read More »

Asian shares slip in holiday-thinned trade, focus turns to U.S. data

Asian shares struggled on Thursday after a lacklustre performance on Wall Street, with investors looking to U.S. economic data later in the day for potential catalysts even as markets started winding down ahead of the holidays. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS erased early modest gains and slipped 0.3 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei stock index .N225 was ... Read More »

The stock-market rout just drove the S&P 500, Dow below a key level

After weeks of virtual dormancy, a bona fide stock-market selloff took hold on Wall Street. Both the S&P 500 index SPX, -2.45%  and the Dow Jones Industrial AverageDJIA, -2.13% plunged below their 50-day moving averages, precipitated by a rout in equities and government bonds, like the 10-year Treasury noteTMUBMUSD10Y, +0.00% on intensifying fears that the Federal Reserve could finally pull ... Read More »

Surprise Fed speech throws markets for a loop

Those figuring that the Fed still might hike rates in September are getting one more bite at the apple. As the week drew to a close and the Fed’s “quiet period” before meetings was about to settle in, investors recoiled over news that the central bank’s most dovish official, Governor Lael Brainard, will be delivering a previously unannounced speech Monday ... Read More »