Why a strong dollar threatens a fragile stock market, but is a boon to the Fed

Microsoft Corp. isn’t the only US company pointing to the dollar’s surge as a potential problem. A strong dollar has been a hot topic this week since the software giant MSFT and Salesforce Inc. CRM pointed to challenges the currency is causing for earnings. It’s been flagged in other industries too, including by Pfizer Inc., … Read more

These money and investing tips can keep your portfolio shining through the market’s June gloom

Don’t miss these top money and investing features: Sign up here to get MarketWatch’s best mutual funds and ETF stories emailed to you weekly! INVESTING NEWS & TRENDS Stock-market timers have been too quick to leap into the rally — and that’s a risky sign The most typical behavior at the end of bear markets … Read more

Companies that exited Russia after its invasion of Ukraine are being rewarded with outsize stock-market returns — and those that stayed are not

The almost 1,000 companies that have opted to pull out of Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine are not just benefiting from a reputational boost. They are also being rewarded by financial markets, while those who remain behind are being punished. “We find that equity markets are actually rewarding companies for leaving Russia while … Read more

Asian markets rise, with boost from Wall Street’s latest rally

TOKYO — Asian shares rose Friday amid mixed signs for investors such as rising energy prices and COVID-19 restrictions easing in China. Trading was closed in China for the Dragon Boat Festival, a national holiday. Benchmarks in the rest of the region edged higher, cheered by an overnight rally on Wall Street. Market players are … Read more

‘A game of catch and release’: Are recent stock-market rallies the beginning of a bull run?

The US stock market’s deteriorated breadth means rallies may be short-lived, according to Charles Schwab’s chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. “Even in the most brutal of bear markets, you get sharp, counter-trend rallies,” Sonders said in a phone interview Thursday. In her view, the stock market’s recent moves higher, like the one leading into … Read more

Asian markets slide amid COVID, rate-hike worries

TOKYO — Asian shares declined Thursday, echoing a retreat on Wall Street as investors fretted about higher interest rates and rising coronavirus cases in parts of the region. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, -0.16% lost 0.2% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, -0.80% edged down 1%. South Korea’s Kospi 180721, -1.00% slipped 1%. Hong Kong’s Hang … Read more

This market strategist with a spot-on record sees stocks surging 15% to 25% from their dismal May low

The US stock market’s two-week rally is even stronger than it looks. That’s saying something, since this rally has already tacked on impressive gains. As of the market’s close prior to the Memorial Day exchange holiday, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.63% was 6.6% higher than where it stood at its mid-May low. The Nasdaq Composite … Read more

Exclusive: Fed’s Bostic says idea of ​​September pause is not tied to any looming market rescue

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, in an exclusive interview with MarketWatch, said his suggestion that the central bank take a September “pause” in its push to raise interest rates should not be construed in any way as a “Fed put,” or belief that the central bank would come to the rescue of markets. In a … Read more