BlackRock is one of the few S&P 500 companies to have reported earnings already but lots will be following before the end of January. Photograph: iStock

US earnings season is underway. JP Morgan, Citigroup and BlackRock were among the few S&P 500 companies to report earnings last week but 40 compan(...)

The S&P 500 trades for 21.4 times estimated earnings, while the Russell 2000 small-cap index looks even pricier, trading on 27.4 times estimated earnings. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Up more than 25 per cent in 2021, the US stock market is much more expensive than international markets. Is the valuation gap unsustainable, or do inv(...)

Inventory shortages hurt Nike shares last month, while Apple is reportedly poised to cut iPhone 13 production targets due to chip shortages. Photograph: Michael Nagle

Investors and analysts will be keeping a close eye on US earnings season, which kicked off in earnest last week. S&P 500 earnings are projected t(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

At the end of December 2020, most people couldn’t pick out Wuhan on a map, notes DataTrek Research. Today, only vaccinated people can eat indoors in N(...)

The S&P 500 has moved more than 1 per cent on almost half (47 per cent) of trading days in 2020, notes Datatrek Research. Photograph: iStock

If you were not paying attention, you might have thought 2020 was a quiet year for financial markets, given the Dow Jones Industrial Average is now at(...)

The tech’s sector’s weighting in 2020 is greater than at any time since the dotcom bubble. Photograph: iStock

The recent sell-off has been especially tough on technology stocks. The tech sector’s weighting in the S&P 500 fell from 28.85 to 27.35 per cent. (...)

A share trader reacts on first share prices during early trading at the German stock exchange in Frankfurt in 2008. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Stocks have enjoyed a strong recovery, but volatility hasn’t gone away – far from it. “Investors have calmed down much more than the market has”, note(...)

Higher prices mean more acute risks, so future earnings now need to be ‘great, not just good’. Photograph: Reuters

Markets have been oddly strong for some time now, hitting all-time high after all-time high. How notable is this strength? Well, Quantifiable Edges bl(...)

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph:  Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

August lived up to its reputation as a tricky month for stocks. Will things be less stressful in September? No, if history is any guide. September has(...)

Despite increased recession concern and flat to negative corporate earnings and revenues, the S&P 500 enjoyed its best first half to a year since 1998. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Recession talk continues to grow louder but stock markets keep hitting new highs. Are the warnings over-hyped or is a 2020 recession a real possibilit(...)

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