The New York Stock Exchange   at Wall Street and the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue   in New York City. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Market sentiment has become worryingly bullish in recent weeks and many observers think stocks have run too far, too fast. Nevertheless, the broad-bas(...)

The S&P 500 is refusing to go down and has now been within 5 per cent of its all-time high for almost four months.

Rising yields have started to hit equity markets. Last Tuesday, the S&P 500 fell almost 2 per cent before closing higher following a late surge, b(...)

The S&P 500’s 10 biggest stocks (almost all of which come from the tech sector) accounted for 28.6% of the index at the end of 2020. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty

Investors are cooling on technology stocks, but the sector remains dominant in a top-heavy market. For the first time in 16 months, the technology se(...)

Fevered price action in the likes of Tesla (chief executive Elon Musk, above) doesn’t mean the wider market is a bubble. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Signs of speculative excess are not hard to find right now – just look at the price action in Tesla and bitcoin. Are markets getting bubbly? Stocktak(...)

The Apple store on Regent Street, London. In June, Apple and Microsoft were jostling for the position of America’s most valuable company. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Have America’s biggest tech stocks found the “antidote to ageing”? That description was recently used by valuation expert and New York University fina(...)

A trader makes a phone call on Wall Street in New York City. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The S&P 500 is often called the S&P 5 these days, due to the dominance of the index’s five biggest stocks – Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google a(...)

The New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Joe Kennedy reportedly said in 1929 that he knew it was time to get out of the market when the shoeshine boys were giving stock tips. Are we witnessin(...)

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(...)

Nasdaq  was 16 per cent above its 200-day average last week after eight consecutive daily gains. Photograph: Sharron Stapleton/Reuters

Stocks have done very well over the last few months but not everyone is flying high. Rather, the big stocks have done the heavy lifting, resulting in (...)

Prior to last Thursday’s selloff, the S&P 500 was flat for the year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

If you hadn’t been paying attention, you might think 2020 has been a boring year for stocks. Prior to last Thursday’s sell-off, the S&P 500 was fl(...)

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