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The Stock Market Could Struggle This Fall, Strategists Say. Buy Quality.

What a year this has been for the markets! Fueled by a torrent of monetary and fiscal stimulus, economic and earnings growth, and (until recently) a mostly receding pandemic, the

S&P 500

stock index has rallied 20%, notching seven straight months of gains and more than 50 highs along the way. And that’s on top of last year’s 68% rebound from the market’s March 2020 lows.

Tailwinds remain in place, but headwinds now loom that could slow stocks’ advance. Stimulus spending has peaked, and economic and corporate-earnings growth are likely to decelerate through the end of the year. What’s more,

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Stocks could look right past the weak jobs report and focus on strong profits

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, June 18, 2021.

Source: NYSE

After a weak jobs report, strategists say investor focus may stay on strong profit growth rather than other potential negatives.

Stocks were mixed in the past week ahead of the long Labor Day weekend, with the Nasdaq outperforming, the S&P 500 rising slightly and the Dow flat. The best-performing sectors were on the defensive side, led by real estate investment trusts, utilities, consumer staples and health care.

“You’ve got this Labor Day effect. People are back from vacation” in the coming week, National Securities chief

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Opinion: America’s toxic ‘us vs. them’ politics is now spilling into the stock market and polarizing investors

Why do columns criticizing meme stock investing in such names as GameStop
GME,
-1.85%
and AMC Entertainment Holdings
AMC,
+8.66%
attract scores of comments deriding the author in personal terms without engaging on business economics?  Why do we see new funds committed to investing solely in companies that oppose progressive politics versus funds committed to social impact investing?

Polarization used to be limited to politics but it’s making inroads into the investing community.  In his new book, “The Constitution of Knowledge,” author Jonathan Rauch looks at how political divisions now become magnified into polarizing, mean-spirited fights between factions in

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Is the Stock Market in a Bubble? Don’t Bet on It.

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August’s jobs report was a disappointment. But it didn’t mean all that much to the stock market.


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Sometimes, what you see is what you get. That wasn’t the case with the August payrolls report.

At first glance, the number was a massive disappointment. The U.S. economy added just 235,000 jobs last month, well below the 750,000 consensus and even beneath the lowest estimate of 400,000. The immediate narrative was obvious—growth is slowing, the job market is stagnating, and the recovery just isn’t happening quickly enough.

But dig a little deeper, and all was not

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3 Stocks to Buy Hand Over Fist if There’s a Stock Market Crash

For investors, things just about couldn’t be better. The benchmark S&P 500 (SNPINDEX:^GSPC) has more than doubled since hitting its coronavirus pandemic low on March 23, 2020, and it’s, thus far, gone the entirety of 2021 without so much as a 5% correction.

Unfortunately, a number of historical metrics would suggest that this rally isn’t sustainable, and that a stock market crash or sizable correction could be on the way.

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History may prove unkind to the stock market in the near term

For example, even though the internet has democratized trading and helped to expand price-to-earnings

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Stocks mixed, Nasdaq sets record close after August payrolls sharply miss estimates

Stocks were mixed on Friday following the release of the Labor Department’s August jobs report, which showed a sharp deceleration in hiring last month amid the Delta variant’s latest spread.

The S&P 500 traded near the flat line after reaching record intraday and closing highs just a day earlier. The Nasdaq edged higher to set a record close as investors piled back into technology and growth stocks seen as more defensive in a decelerating economic growth environment. The Dow, a proxy for cyclical and reopening stocks, fell slightly.

Investors were closely watching the government’s monthly jobs report. Non-farm payrolls increased

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A stock market correction may be right around the corner

But September, historically the worst month for stocks, is looming. After that comes October, which is notorious for the scary market crashes in 1929, 1987, 2008 and, most recently, 2018. And in case you haven’t noticed, there are plenty of things for investors to be worried about.

That’s led to increased worries that stocks may soon experience a so-called correction, defines as a 10% pullback from recent highs. Stocks haven’t gone through one since the Covid lockdowns in March 2020, which created a brief bear market and led to a more than 20% slide from a prior peak.

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Stock market holiday: Is the stock market closed today?

NEW DELHI: Equity, currency and derivatives markets will be closed for trading on Thursday, August 19 as the Street and the nation will observe Muharram. Commodity markets will be closed for the morning session but will open in the evening.

The bourses will reopen for trading on August 20, Friday.

On Wednesday, benchmark indices hit fresh record highs in the morning trade but lost momentum at the closing, eventually ending in the red. Bank, financial services along with metals saw some selling.

The 30-share pack Sensex declined 162.78 points or 0.29 per cent to close at 55,629.49. The index traded

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5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday, Aug 18

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Futures are flat ahead of housing data, Fed minutes

Traders work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 17, 2021.

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