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Author: Investors Alley Staff
A comprehensive lists of the most active stocks, the biggest gainers, and the market’s biggest decliners. Get a quick snapshot of where the market is right now.
Retail stocks have been on a bumpy ride thus far in 2014. The SPDR S&P Retail Index (NYSE: XRT) tracks the retail industry. The ETF opened 2014 at $87.24 and closed Monday, June 16 at $86.29 – down 1%. But those small losses mask massive volatility: XRT has fallen to as low as $76.78 and surged to […]
The stock market has been on a prodigious bull run since last summer, and with the major indices hitting new all-time highs with regularity, many analysts feel valuations have gotten out of control. Most investors, after all, buy stocks with the hope of selling them at a higher price at a later date – their […]
“Software as a Service” and “cloud computing” were the hottest bull-market buzzwords of last summer. Leaders in the “SaaS” industry include Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), Workday (NYSE: WDAY), and ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW). These companies distribute software via the Web, using a subscription-based licensing model. Software is centrally hosted on “the cloud” (a connected “server of servers”) […]
The S&P 500’s financial-sector components are the third-worst performing group of 2014, with only consumer-discretionary and telecommunications stocks performing worse. The big Wall Street firms that caused the financial crisis and received multi-billion-dollar bailouts are dragging down the sector as a whole. Nevertheless, there are some promising bank stocks with ample potential for growth, and […]
With the stock market regularly hitting new all-time highs, now is not the time to go hunting for value. Instead, you should be looking for momentum stocks – the stocks that are hitting new highs themselves and taking the broad-market averages along for the ride. But why not try to identify bullish stocks that have […]
The U.S. housing market has improved over the past few years, but new builds are still far short of the peaks during the housing boom. While we may never return to those levels, it has additional upside from current rates. In addition, commercial construction has started to recover domestically. The impact from an improving construction […]
Investors typically have to pick their poison: Value or Growth. Value-oriented investors seek out a “good deal” – an undervalued stock that’s trading at a discount to its fair-market value. Growth-oriented investors look for stocks with explosive earnings growth and share-price momentum. Rarely does a stock qualify as both a value and a growth stock. […]
Why is the semiconductor sector looking semi-sweet? Because the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is almost at a perfect entry point. If it were a few dollars lower, it would be looking real sweet. Since the beginning of 2013, the overall market has been on a great run. The S&P has gained just under 30% […]