Category Archives: Bonds

U.S. stocks bounce back on Tuesday but foreign equities drop

Following a robust opening, U.S. stocks quickly lost their gains, but another strong afternoon rally lifted the major averages to respectable increases on Tuesday.

Posted in Bonds, Europe, Housing, Inflation

Stockbleed takes Dow down 143 points Friday, 386 for the week

Stocks sold off for a third time this week on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrials closing at 16027, down 0.9% Friday and 2.4% for the week. At Friday’s close, the Dow is now down 3.3% from its high. The … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Consumer Confidence, Inflation, Stocks

Tech shares get hit again, NASDAQ drop is most since 2011

Following two days of rising prices, stocks resumed their steep fall on Thursday, as investors continued to dump technology, biotech and internet stocks.

Posted in Bonds, China, Europe, Facebook, Jobs

Stock prices higher Wednesday as Fed tweaks its interest rate guidance

Stocks rose broadly Wednesday, as the Fed found another avenue to tweak stock prices. The Dow Industrials were up about 75 points or 0.5% at 2:00, when the minutes to the March 18-19 FOMC meeting were released today. What was … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Despite good jobs report, stocks fall to profit taking

Stock prices fell broadly and somewhat perversely Friday, undoing the nice gains of Monday-Wednesday and sending NASDAQ to a 2.6% decline for the day, matching its worst single-day drop in 22 months. The Dow Jones Industrials and S&P 500, despite … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Jobs, Stocks

Stocks end first quarter with a rally, as investors prefer Yellen 2.0

Stocks finished the first quarter of 2014 with a flourish on Monday, propelling the S&P 500 to within 0.5% of its all-time highs and boosting the NASDAQ Composite into positive territory for the quarter. The S&P 500 and the Dow … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Jobs, Stocks

Profit taking takes NASDAQ Composite below its beginning-of-the-year level

As it has for most of this week, stocks started strong today only to give up gains in afternoon trading, except that on Friday prices firmed near the close and ended in positive territory for the day (although not for … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, Consumer Confidence, Savings and Consumer Spending, The Long Term

Stocks edge lower Friday but end with nice gains for the week

For a week in which the Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen signaled that higher interest rates may be closer than the markets thought, stock and bond prices fared reasonably well in this penultimate week of the first quarter.

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Honeymoon’s over, as stock and bond prices go lower

Stock prices finished Wednesday lower, although off their lows for the day, on suggestions coming out of today’s FOMC meeting and Janet Yellen’s initial press conference that the Fed may begin raising interest rates sooner than markets had been expecting.

Posted in Bonds, Federal Reserve, Stocks

Happy PPI Day

March 14 is celebrated by Math types in the United States as Pi Day because the first three digits of the transcendental number Pi (3.14159265359…) evoke the 3/14 designation for March 14. March 14, 2014 is also PPI day in … Continue reading

Posted in Bonds, China, Commodities, Inflation, Japan, Stocks