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Tech Stocks Are Eating the S&P 500

blogs.wsj.com — DOW JONES, A NEWS CORP COMPANY News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The surge in technology stocks this quarter has the S&P 500 tech sector hitting a milestone last seen at the tail end of the dot-com era Morning MoneyBeat is the Journal's pre-market primer.

Buyback Mania Ebbs as Companies Repurchase Fewer Shares

blogs.wsj.com — S&P 500 companies spent $127.5 billion buying back shares in the second quarter of 2016, a 21% drop from the first quarter and a 3.1% decrease from the same period of 2015, according to a report by S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Amid All the Fed Headlines, Investors Should Pay Close Attention to BOJ

blogs.wsj.com — OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS Rising oil prices lifted global stocks Monday as energy companies rebounded from a bruising week. Futures pointed to a 0.4% opening gain for the S&P 500, reversing Friday's losses, while the Stoxx Europe 600 was up 1%, led in large part by last week's worst-performing sectors-energy companies and banks.

Apple Shares’ Best Streak in More Than 2 Years

wsj.com — In a rough week for stocks, Apple Inc. has soared. Shares in the Cupertino, Calif.-based company rose 12% this week through Thursday, their best four-day streak in more than two years. Apple was the top performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Thursday, and the only stock in the blue-chip index to gain during a selloff Tuesday that sent...

Rebirth Eludes Baltimore as Camden Reality Lags Promises

bloomberg.com — Boosters of Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, built at taxpayer cost of $210 million, promised the baseball stadium would lead an urban renaissance, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods and bringing jobs and tax revenue to the city's struggling downtown. More than two decades later, the pledge stands unfulfilled.

Volatility Puts Some Funds at Risk

wsj.com — Broad selling rattled stock and bond markets again Tuesday, intensifying concerns that the surge in volatility could force sales by a breed of hedge funds that use borrowed money to boost returns. So-called risk-parity funds seek to produce above-market gains with lower risk by using futures or other derivatives to increase their returns on safer assets such as bonds.

U.S. Stocks Drop as Oil Slides

wsj.com — Stock markets in Europe and Asia steadied Tuesday after a strong finish on Wall Street, as investor concerns eased over a potential September rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The Stoxx Europe 600 was little changed recently after falling for three consecutive sessions, as losses in energy stocks weighed on the broader market amid weaker oil prices.

Rate-Rise Fears Trip Up Markets

wsj.com — Major markets had one of their worst days in months, as doubts over central banks' willingness or ability to stimulate economic growth sent stocks and bonds tumbling. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 400 points, and sinking bond prices pushed yields on government debt to their highest levels since early summer.

Are Health-Care Stocks Getting Set to Join the Rally?

blogs.wsj.com — OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS Stocks l ost ground and the dollar inched up Friday as investors continued to focus on comments from global central bankers. Recent gains in stock markets have been underpinned by the prospect of easy monetary policy from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Bank of Japan, leaving investors focused on any signs that may be altered in the coming months.

Pensions Play With Puts for Protection

wsj.com — Some pension funds are seeking to profit from others' fear. Pension funds in Hawaii and South Carolina are plying an arcane options strategy called cash-secured put writing. In a typical trade, the investor sells a contract, known as a put, to someone who owns stocks and is willing to pay up for protection in case they decline.
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Sep 28, 2016

RT @srussolillo: Buyback boom takes a breather: Companies spend the least on buybacks in two years  http://on.wsj.com/2dA3oxR  via @kuriloff &…

Sep 22, 2016

RT @erikholmwsj: Really hoping the Yahoo hackers can do something about my fantasy baseball team.

Sep 16, 2016

What S&P 500 sector is Wal-Mart in? How about Target? Take the quiz! via @cdriebusch  http://on.wsj.com/2cZJeBv 

Sep 09, 2016

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Sep 09, 2016

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