Benefiting From the Buyback Lull

Posted by Mark Pettinga

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, investors are about to find out how much they love share repurchases.

It’s hard to overstate Corporate America’s love affair with its own shares. Last year, companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index bought back more than … Read More »


Stocks Tumble as Super-Strong Payrolls Spur Rate-Hike Fears

Posted by Mark Pettinga

It’s one step forward, one step back, as stocks followed February’s ginormous gain with a large loss during the first week of March, despite the Nasdaq Composite closing above 5,000 for the first time since 2000.

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Hooray for February: S&P 500 Rises Most Since 2011; Dow Scores Best February Since 1998

Posted by Mark Pettinga

February was a truly spectacular month for stocks, so spectacular in fact that the market didn’t even need gains this week to post some of the best returns it’s seen in a quite a while.

The S&P 500 gained 5.5% to 2,104.50 this month, its largest … Read More »