Citigroup Stock Is the Cheapest of the Big Banks. It’s Ready to Take Off.

Text size Even Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has been buying Citi stock, a vote of confidence if there ever was one. Mario Tama/Getty Images Bank stocks have gotten hit as concerns about the U.S. economy have grown. They’re starting to look like bargains, and none more so than Citigroup . The SPDR S&P Bank exchange-traded … Read more

If Oil Keeps Rising, These 5 Stocks Could Benefit

Text size The price of oil has been steadily rising, while making higher highs and higher lows. Xiaomin Wang/Dreamstime.com Oil could be headed for $150 a barrel. That might not be good for the economy, but it would be great news for energy stocks. Crude prices had been under pressure since peaking in March, as … Read more

It Might Not Be Time to Buy Stocks Yet. This Technical Analyst Sees the Market Going Even Lower.

Text size Michael Nagle/Bloomberg The major U.S. stock market indexes have lost roughly 12% to 25% this year, a painful setback after two years of gains. Time to buy? Not so fast, based on a technical analysis of current market conditions. Andrew Addison, a veteran market technician, proprietor of the Institutional View research service, and … Read more

Rates Are Rising and Stocks Are Taking a Beating. It Won’t End Soon.

Text size The market reacted violently to the Federal Open Market Committee, which hiked the federal-funds rate target by half a percentage point for only the second time this century. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Uncertainty on several fronts and a fast-changing world—economically, geopolitically, and otherwise—yields known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns for investors, to cite … Read more

Apple Is the Last FAANG Standing

Apple is the last FAANG standing—and its earnings report this coming week could go a long way toward determining if the stock market bounces back or slides even further. As bad as this year has been for the stock market, it’s been even worse for the original FAANGs. While the S&P 500 has fallen 10.4% … Read more

Stocks for the Recession That May—or May Not—Be Coming

Text size Exelon stock offers a little bit of offense to go with its defense. Dreamstime The yield curve briefly inverted this past week—and that’s a recession signal that is either like Paul Revere’s ride or the boy who cried wolf. The good news: Investors don’t need to decide which just yet. The yield curve … Read more

Stock Market Gets Boost From Bond Selloff. Time to Sell the Rip?

Text size NYSE The Federal Reserve is talking tough about fighting inflation—and the stock market loves it. Don’t expect equities to be so relaxed if Powell & Co. act on their words. The S&P 500 gained 1.8%, extending its rally for a second week, while the Nasdaq Composite rose 2%. Only the Dow Jones Industrial … Read more

The Stock Market Just Had Its Best Week Since 2020. Enjoy It While It Lasts.

Text size It was the largest weekly gain for all three major U.S. indexes since November 2020. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg Drop a ball off a balcony, and it will bounce. Drop the market off an all-time high and it eventually will, too. That doesn’t make it a buying opportunity. We’ve been waiting a while for a … Read more

The Gold Rush Is On. It’s Not Too Late to Get In.

Text size Investors can buy a gold exchange-traded fund like SPDR Gold Shares or iShares Gold Trust, which own the precious metal. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg The chase is on. The chase for gold, that is—and it’s not too late to buy some now.  Gold had been relatively boring for quite a while. After surging in 2020, … Read more

4 Stocks That Could Thrive During Inflation

Text size Caterpillar is lucky to have customers flush with cash from rising commodity prices. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Inflation is hot—and that’s cooling off plenty of companies’ earnings. But not all of them, and those are the stocks to scoop up now. The latest consumer price index, out Thursday, showed an annual inflation rate of … Read more