This first half ranks among the market’s worst on record. Here’s what typically happens next

The first half of this year ranks among the worst on record for stocks, with the S & P 500 losing more than a fifth of its value. But, the selling could ease a bit in the second half, if history of similar terrible starts is any guide. Mounting fears of a recession caused by … Read more

These ETFs allow the regular investor to play offense during a bear market like a hedge fund

In rocky times for stocks, sometimes the best way to protect a portfolio is to bet against the market. This is how many high-profile hedge fund managers have made their names over the years — betting against the market, or certain sectors, at key times — giving their investors returns that help offset losses elsewhere … Read more

These ‘dividend aristocrats’ offer steady returns in an uncertain market, Credit Suisse says

As Wall Street starts another month with further volatility in the markets, Credit Suisse identified some “dividend aristocrats” that could offer investors steady returns. Analysts at the investment bank maintained an overweight rating on dividend stocks, even as they moved down to neutral on value stocks, according to a Friday report from the investment bank. … Read more

Insider buying is surging. Why it may not signal a market bottom

Stock buying by corporate insiders has risen sharply in May, but retail investors may want to hold out a little longer before following their lead. Through May 23, the ratio of insider buy-to-sell value was at its highest monthly level since March 2020, according to data from The Washington Service . The number of inside … Read more

Here’s the next shoe to drop that will hit this market, Jefferies says

The depth of this year’s pullback has caught a lot of Wall Street strategists and analysts off guard, and it might not stop until they catch up. In a note to clients on Monday, Jefferies strategist Sean Darby highlighted the recent wave of price target cuts from Wall Street analysts. “If we are travelling at … Read more

David Tepper added to three major tech stocks while selling GM and retail names

The hedge fund of billionaire David Tepper had an active first quarter, exiting positions in several major company’s while doubling down on a few tech names. Securities filings released Monday showed that Tepper’s Appaloosa Management was largely a seller of equities during the first quarter, with two exceptions among his top holdings. The hedge fund … Read more

The 30-year mortgage rate tops 5%. Here’s what investors should know

The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage crossed 5% last week for the first time since 2018.