Market pro names stocks that could do well with margins under pressure

Profit margins are getting squeezed as inflation remains at elevated levels, with a slew of companies — including Walt Disney , PepsiCo and Spotify — all warning of margin pressures, casting a pall over earnings growth in the quarters ahead. Patrick Armstrong, chief investment officer at Plurimi Wealth, believes this is the “biggest risk” for … Read more

British pound crisis is over but analysts see further weakness ahead

Traders in London. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The British pound is on firmer footing since the appointment of new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, but Wall Street still sees further vulnerability over the next 12 months. After falling to a record low against the dollar of below $1.04 on Sep. 25 … Read more

Bitcoin volatility has eased but that’s not a bad thing

Representations of cryptocurrency Bitcoin are seen in this illustration, August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Dado Ruvic | Reuters Bitcoin’s lack of volatility lately isn’t a bad thing and could actually point to signs of a “bottoming out” in prices, analysts and investors told CNBC. Digital currencies have fallen sharply since a scorching run in 2021 … Read more

This bear market is getting long in the tooth — here’s what is changing

Something’s happening. You can feel it. The down days, as painful as they are, seem more muted. The up days show a dearth of supply. Most important: When we get through earnings, we will have plenty of companies buying back shares and, more than ever, it might matter. If there is not much “above,” meaning … Read more

These two banks are hit the hardest with less investment banking

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were downgraded by Atlantic Equities on Wednesday, as concern grows over how investment banking activity could be affected by a potential recession. Research analyst John Heagerty downgraded Goldman Sachs to underweight from neutral and Morgan Stanley to neutral from overweight. Heagerty said the two banks specifically have few positive events … Read more

What outperforming mutual funds are buying and selling

Mutual funds, large pools of cash run by professional investment managers, seem to be having their best year in more than a decade, an analysis by Goldman Sachs showed. “A greater share of mutual funds has outperformed their benchmarks in 2022 than in any year since 2009,” Goldman’s analysts, led by Cormac Conners, said in … Read more

Cloud stocks rise as investors see resilience in Q2 2022 results

Confluent Co-Founder and CEO Jay Kreps appears at the company’s sales kickoff in Las Vegas on Feb. 8, 2022. Confluent Investors looking to get into beaten-down cloud stocks at bargain basement prices may have missed their opportunity. Scanning the cloud software market, which tanked to start the year, numerous stocks have jumped 50% from their … Read more

Wall Street banks name their top growth stocks

Growth stocks have been slammed this year amid a broad bear market slump, but a slew of Wall Street banks believe the tide is now turning. Investors had rotated out of growth stocks — such as tech — and into value as soaring inflation and rising interest rates sent them clamoring for safer bets in … Read more

Earnings could be an even bigger catalyst for stocks after the market’s wild ride on rate fears

Traders on the floor of the NYSE, July 12, 2022. Source: NYSE Investors are likely to switch their focus to earnings season, after the market’s wild ride on rising and falling expectations for Federal Reserve rate hikes. Stocks were volatile in the past week. The three major indexes posted sharp gains Friday, after worries the … Read more

Stock index futures inch higher following a losing day Monday

Stock futures rose slightly in overnight trading Monday following a losing day as investors prepare to rebalance their portfolios with the end of the quarter fast approaching. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 36 points. S&P 500 futures edged up 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.3%. The overnight action followed modest losses … Read more