Workers at an Amazon warehouse: the company, one of the so-called four ‘fang stocks’, is a major reason why the S&P 500 was in the black in 2015.  Photograph: REUTERS/Fred Greaves

The S&P 500 is in danger of recording its first calendar year loss since 2008, with a handful of high-flying technology stocks keeping the index a(...)

 Candidate of the Partido de la Social Democracia Brasilena (PSDB) Aecio Neves during an election campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Lacerda

The increasing prospect of regime change in Brazil is making Petroleo Brasileiro the world’s best major oil stock. It’s also opening the door for fore(...)

Just as ordinary investors appear to be being gradually seduced by stocks, institutional investors are falling out of love with the US market, accordi(...)

The S&P 500 is up 150 per cent since March 2009, 55 per cent since October 2011 and 20 per cent in 2013, but it’s not expensive, according to Merr(...)