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Bruising stock-market selloff may have cracked the rally’s foundations

“For S&P 500 stocks, 44.69% of components are above their 50-day moving average, down from a July 19 peak of 74%” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. For Nasdaq stocks, both the share of stocks trading above their 50-day and the 200-day averages represent the lowest since October. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ nears 3-month high as ‘fire and fury’ sparks stock-market slump

“The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +32.13% or VIX, jumped 40% at was recently trading near its session highs at 15.49” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. Because stock prices sink faster than they rise, the VIX is often viewed as a proxy for risk in the broader equity market.Indeed, U.S. stocks, which tend to move inversely with the VIX, were trading firmly lower. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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How Trump’s threat of ‘fire and fury’ is rattling stock-market calm

“On Wednesday, the stock market looked set to add to its losses” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. This month, however started with many investors living in La La Land, as seen by extremely low volatility and extremely high complacency despite high valuations and mounting political uncertainty. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Beneath the glow of stock-market records, darkly bearish trends are lurking

“Fewer teens are even attempting to look for jobs” reports marketwatch.com. While that’s the bedrock of his support, and while Trump is quick to point to solid jobs growth numbers, the economy under the 45th president hasn’t meaningfully created a better situation for blue-collar men. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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3 reasons a stock-market correction is coming in late summer or early fall

“Approving a new budget is also a prerequisite to passing tax reform later” writes Howard Gold for marketwatch.com. That suggests good earnings already are in many stocks’ prices and have lost some of their power to move markets higher. 3.The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +1.56% the so-called “fear” index, at one point last week tumbled to a record intraday low below 9. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Why equal-weighted stock-market indexes bounce back faster from bear markets

“This makes the equal-weighted index slightly more volatile than the cap-weighted index” writes Anora Mahmudova for marketwatch.com. While the equal-weighted index had higher volatility during this time, when adjusted for risk, it was still a better choice,” D’Auria said.Read: How a more balanced S&P 500 can lead to richer returns Over the long term, the equal-weighted S&P 500, outperforms the cap-weighted S&P 500, mostly due to its tilt to smaller and value stocks during regular rebalancing.From early 1990 until the end of 2016, the compound annual growth rate for the…

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Paddington Bear’s important lesson for stock-market investors

“As the world remembers Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, who died on Tuesday, there is one episode involving the naive marmalade lover that stock-market investors would be wise to watch” writes D C for marketwatch.com. In “Paddington Buys A Share,” the hat-wearing Peru native is convinced to buy stock in a shady company called the Portobello Road Oil Company, outside a “Floyds Bank” that suspiciously rhymes with another large bank in Britain. As the episode reveals, Paddington didn’t do due diligence on the company, nor did he check the authenticity…

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Stock-market bulls are ‘playing with fire,’ says financial blogger

“So, falling oil prices could help to tip markets lower, or so the theory goes” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. At least one financial blogger thinks the bulls are engaged in a dangerous game that could get them scorched, as U.S. stock markets continue to flirt with all-time highs.U.S. oil prices logged a 10-month low on Wednesday.Still, rates remain lower despite the Fed’s decision last week to lift its key rates to a range between 1% and 1.25%. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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The stock-market storm is coming—but the reason might surprise investors

“This illustration from Bloomberg points out a rather odd crossover: There are now more market indexes than there are U.S. stocks” writes Shawn Langlois for marketwatch.com. Technically speaking, volatility, as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +1.63% just touched on levels that haven’t been seen since 1993.And right on cue, stocks are leaning higher premarket—though an oil rally should get some of the credit for that.In contrast to the complete madness of the world outside, an eerie stillness continues to hang over the stock market.Asia markets ADOW, +0.37%  closed…

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Bridgewater’s Dalio has some bad news for stock-market investors

“Presently, global markets appear to be stabilizing more than eight years after the global financial system was brought to its knees” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. Central bankers have underpinned much of the growth in equity markets by keeping benchmark borrowing costs ultralow, Dalio said.Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates has some good news for Wall Street investors, and some bad news.First the good news: The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, which boasts $102 billion under management, says the global economy is “at or near its best,” with few,…

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