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Debt ceiling explained: definition and how it works

The US hit its debt ceiling in January 2023, so what happens next? Take a look at what the cap does, and how the debt ceiling is raised.

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January 24, 2023 04:45 PM
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Is it the end of the bear-market rally on the S&P 500?

Have we just seen the end of a bear-market rally? Possibly, perhaps not. But it does appear that a prominent swing high has formed.


Stocks rebound after sharp drop

…. it could be a dead-cat bounce

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December 19, 2022 12:42 PM

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Markets on the edge

Investors are starting to re-focus more on recessionary signals than the peak inflation narrative.

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December 7, 2022 05:00 PM

S&P at key level as investors look ahead to Fed

The key question is what kind of a message will the Fed deliver at its highly anticipated rate decision next week.

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December 5, 2022 01:31 PM
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Technical Tuesday: S&P 500, Dollar Index, GBP/USD and Gold

In this week’s edition, we are getting technical on the Dollar Index, S&P 500, GBP/USD and gold

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Things go from bad to worse for US stocks

Incoming economic data from the US continues to weaken, raising fears over an economic slowdown

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November 3, 2022 03:30 PM

European Open: The VIX is near a 6-week low ahead of the FOMC meeting

What could possibly go wrong? Well, if we remember that complacency is the devil, perhaps volatility is set to explode higher.

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November 2, 2022 05:48 AM

Tech Wreck: S&P drops ahead of AAPL and AMZN results

The tech sector remains a particular area of concern

Tech Wreck: S&P drops ahead of AAPL and AMZN results

The tech sector remains a particular area of concern

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Will the S&P 500 continue to suffer this Q3 earnings season?

This is expected to be the worst earnings season for US stocks in two years and the outlook remains bleak.


The VIX (volatility index) is on the rise ahead of the Jackson Hole Symposium

A combination of rising volatility levels, market sentiment and pending events such as US inflation and Jackson Hole has seen a pickup in volatility and selloff across stock market indices.

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Wall Street looks past weak economic data, PMI’s up next

More economic data points to further weakness for the US economy, it hasn’t prevented key stock market indices enjoying a countertrend bounce.


US housing data continues to soften, S&P500 hits resistance

Both building permits and housing starts declined in June, as high interest rates and inflation continue to weigh on the sector.

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Q2 Earnings Outlook: What to expect this earnings season

This could be the toughest quarter of 2022 and the outlook could also disappoint as the economic outlook continues to deteriorate.

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Stocks struggle as yields recover

Techs, once again, leading the falls...

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June 27, 2022 05:43 PM

The S&P 500 may have bounced, but the backdrop remains bleak

The S&P 500 rallied as a retracement gets underway. But that doesn’t change the fact that the bigger picture remains bleak for the bull camp further out.

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S&P500: When bad news is good for stock markets

Wall Street rallied yesterday on the back of weak employment data, as investors jumped onto the theme that the Fed may have reached ‘peak hawkishness’.

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The Hang Seng leads the way (lower), 13k key for Nasdaq 100

Volatility for European and parts of Asia remain high for equity traders, yet US markets have shown minor signs of stability above key support levels.

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European equities feel the weight of war

Whilst sentiment remains negative for global equities, European bourses have been the worst hit – which is likely due to the close proximity to the Ukraine crisis.

This could be a pivotal week for Wall Street

The jury remains out as to whether gains on Wall Street are the earlier part of a bull-trend, or simply a corrective bounce of a larger, bearish move.

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Remember, the VIX doesn’t stay high for long

On Friday the VIX rallied doubled during a risk-off session. Can we expect further carnage this week?

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How the S&P 500 has historically performed over Thanksgiving

Today we put to the test whether the positive sentiment surrounding Thanksgiving can be seen in their stock market returns.