Roaring labor market puts ‘boomflation’ back on the map for investors

The worry instead turned to what a rip-roaring labor market and surging costs for everything means for stocks and bond portfolios, particularly if it turns into a mix of higher growth and inflation with staying power. What to even call such a scenario? “Boomflation,” said Kent Engelke, chief economic strategist at Capitol Securities Management, pointing … Read more

Fuel cell-powered truck maker Hyzon’s stock suffers record plunge after accounting questions raise delisting fears

Shares of Hyzon Motors Inc. were suffering a record plunge towards a record low Friday, after the maker of fuel cell-powered trucks disclosed a “myriad of issues,” including accounting regularities that will cause it to miss the filing deadline for second-quarter results. That prompted a number of analysts to back away from their bullish stances, … Read more

AMC takes aim at massive debt burden with ‘APE’ special dividend

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. took Wall Street by surprise with the announcement of its “APE” special dividend after market close on Thursday. This, of course, is a company that is no stranger to bold moves, as evidenced by the movie theater chain’s $27.9 million investment in gold and silver miner Hycroft Mining Holding Corp. HYMC, … Read more

Opinion: Bear market blues: How to keep a sense of financial control in uncertain times.

Between pandemic lockdowns, health scares, contentious politics and significant inflation with rising prices, many US investors might feel they’re losing control of their situations. Add to that a bear market for stocks, with a possible recession looming. To remain resilient, we can focus on caring for our physical, mental and financial wellness — and that … Read more

Why Mark Mobius thinks US stocks haven’t bottomed — and where he sees emerging-market opportunities

US markets have provided plenty of excitement this year to keep investors on their toes. But as badly as US and European stocks have performed since the start of 2022, emerging-market equities have done worse. But as the US dollar retreated from its multi-decade highs over the past month, investors, including Allianz’s Mohammad El-Erian have … Read more

Opinion: There are three reasons health care is the market’s best sector today. These eight stocks are the most worry-free.

You’re tempted to increase exposure to stocks because of the market’s strength. But you’re still gun shy because of the painful selloff. Plus, you’re worried about a recession. What to do? Buy health-care stocks. They have plenty of defensive characteristics that help them outperform in recessions and late in economic cycles. But they also generate … Read more

Financial markets may see three-month string of 8.8% inflation readings starting next week, adding up to `bad news’

The financial market’s most knowledgeable inflation traders are expecting a string of roughly 8.8% annual headline US consumer-price readings over the next three months, starting with the Aug. 10 release of July’s date. While such readings would be below June’s 9.1% reading and support the theory that inflation may have peaked at an almost 41-year … Read more

JP Morgan quant who called summer rebound in stocks says rally could continue even if corporate profits decline

Investors worried about the next pullback for stocks might want to pause and consider this: the decline in equity valuations since the start of the year has already exceeded the average pullback of other recessionary periods since the early 1990s, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’ s equity as much as Marko Kolanovic. While more … Read more

Will the stock-market rally turn into a selloff? This bond-market gauge could tip investors off

Now that the Federal Reserve appears to have abandoned its forward guidance tool in favor of being “data dependent” to help inform its future path for rates, investors should keep an eye on this gauge of inflation expectations for signs of a shift in the market’s mood. Watch the five-year break-even inflation rate, one of … Read more

Whatever you’re feeling now about stocks is normal bear-market grief — and the worst is yet to come

Stock investors have a lot more grieving to do before the bear market breathes its last. According to the five stages of bear market grief, which I addressed in mid-May, we’re currently at stage three. That leaves stages four and five to suffer through; unfortunately, these are the most painful. To summarize, the five stages … Read more