April 4, 2013 |
The fear and confusion that tormented American investors after the financial crisis struck in 2008 has in many cases given way to cautious optimism and a more disciplined approach to handling money, a survey by Fidelity Investments has found. Investors have stashed more money in retirement plans - until recently, bond funds were the big winners - along with paying down debt, according to the survey from the big mutual-fund company. QUIZ: How much do you know about the stock market?
October 5, 2012 |
Investors sent Wall Street stocks higher early Friday after the federal government reported the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September. The payroll gains were in line with analysts' expectations, but the government also reported that the unemployment rate fell from 8.1% to 7.8%. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 59 points, or 0.4%, to 13,634 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.5%, to 1,469. The Nasdaq was up 16 points, or 0.5%, to 3,166.
April 10, 2013 |
Investors who lost big when Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme unraveled cannot sue federal regulators, despite the government's “regrettable inaction,” a federal appeals court ruled. Madoff victims had sued, arguing that the Securities and Exchange Commission was negligent for failing to uncover the Ponzi scheme even though the regulator received multiple complaints over the years. On Wednesday in New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed those claims, agreeing with a district court that the SEC's actions or inaction are protected under the law. Madoff is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that came to light in December 2008.
January 20, 2012 |
Even as anxiety-ridden individuals play it safe in low-yielding bank accounts, professional investors are showing renewed confidence in the stock market. Bullishness among institutional investors has reached its highest level since last summer, and their buying has been powering the stock market's surprising early-year advance, according to a new analysis by TrimTabs Investment Research. The Dow Jones industrial average is up almost 4% in the first three weeks of January. It should be noted that such bullishness isn't necessarily positive.
June 16, 2010 |
The threat of a reduction in the dividend paid by energy giant BP is bringing up bad memories for investors who have suffered similar cuts by other once-reliable companies in the last decade. Under pressure from the Obama administration to show it can foot the bill for the oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is contemplating slashing or even suspending the $10.5 billion a year it currently distributes to its shareholders. A decision could come Wednesday after company executives meet with the president.
December 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed at the start of the last trading day of 2012, as investors awaited word on whether President Obama and Congress would reach a deal to avert a fiscal crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 7 points, or 0.1%, to 12,931 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 4 points, or 0.3%, to 1,406. The technology-heavy Nasdaq gained 18 points, or 0.6%, to 2,979. The Dow took a sharp late-day dive Friday as negotiations between the president and congressional leaders hit a snag.
April 24, 2012 |
Groupon Inc. is seeking to add at least two directors to its board in a bid to regain investor confidence after a restatement of revenue last month, two people familiar with the matter said. The largest provider of online daily deals aims to recruit a new director who could eventually lead its audit committee, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the plan is private. Potential candidates include chief financial officers at publicly traded companies, the person said.
October 21, 2009 |
The municipal bond market has stabilized in recent days after a steep, two-week sell-off. A heavy supply of new bonds for sale nationwide this week will show whether tax-free yields have reached levels high enough to lure investors back. On Tuesday, some large muni bond offerings were scaled back, suggesting that investors remained leery. Cash poured into muni bonds in August and September as many investors rushed to lock in yields, fed up with near-zero returns on money market mutual funds and other short-term accounts.
May 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Investors are selling off shares of major U.S. banks in midday trading on Wall Street, following news of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s stunning $2-billion trading loss. While major indexes were initially down in early trading, all had turned positive three hours after the opening bell. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 42 points, or 0.3%, to 12,897. The Nasdaq was up 19 points, or 0.7%, to 2,953. JPMorgan's stock, however, was down sharply - losing $2.82, or 7%, to $37.92 a share.
December 26, 2009 |
In case you missed it, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner this week promised America that there won't be another financial crisis in 2010. "We're not going to have a second wave of financial crisis," Geithner said in an interview with National Public Radio. "We'll do what is necessary to prevent that. We cannot afford to let the country live again with a risk that we're going to have another series of events like we had last year." Well, there it is. And you wonder why the stock market is at 14-month highs?