Stocks fell heavily on Wednesday, even though we got more good vaccine news. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

Stocks soared following Pfizer’s excellent news regarding its Covid-19 vaccine a fortnight ago. On Monday last week, gains were much more limited fol(...)

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, according to new data. Photograph: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine announcement last week finally brought some respite for value stocks that had been battered in 2020. Bespoke Investments no(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

For stock markets, it really has been a case of “America first” under Donald Trump. Back in November 2016, the US accounted for 36.5 per cent of globa(...)

August’s excesses were especially marked, leaving markets in extremely overbought territory. Photograph: iStock

September has lived up to its reputation as the ugliest month of the year for stock markets, with the S&P 500 suffering its first double-digit cor(...)

The New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Global stocks are looking increasingly pricey. After rallying almost 40 per cent, the MSCI World Index is now just 9 per cent below February’s all-tim(...)

Despite the strong market rally, the Vix – Wall Street’s so-called fear index – was in the mid-40s last week. Photograph: Getty Images

It may seem like markets have calmed down recently. However, while market activity was undoubtedly much more frenetic in mid-March, volatility remains(...)

A man in a protective mask takes a selfie with the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street in New York. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

18 – The average S&P 500 stock in the bottom decile of recent performers gained 18 per cent during last Tuesday’s “dash for trash”, says Bespoke I(...)

The current bull market could run for another two and a half years, according to JP Morgan. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The US bull market that began in March 2009 last week became the longest in history. Does it matter? Is age irrelevant? Or should investors be concern(...)

Oil prices have risen some 50 per cent over the last year – the 11th biggest price spike in the last 70 years. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Surging oil prices are attracting the attention of investors, with UBS the latest bank to debate what a $100 oil price would mean for the global econo(...)

Amid the ongoing agonising about US inflation and the interest rate outlook,  stocks are enjoying a very fine earnings season. Photograph: Getty Images

The herd instinct is alive and well, judging by the latest Merrill Lynch monthly fund manager survey. In recent months, the percentage of fund manager(...)

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