Which way are stocks headed? It seems the market has been in a
holding pattern for two months now.
The S&P 500 entered March at just a tick under 1,860. It
closed this week at a couple ticks above 1,860.
Volatility has picked up a bit in April. After rising to yet
another record high of 1,890 the first couple days of the month,
the S&P subsequently declined 4% in little more than a week.
Now it's back up 2.8% in the past two weeks.
The net result of all that movement is a flat market. But it
seems that stocks are becoming a tad less predictable on a
day-to-day basis than they were in 2013, when the market
basically rose in a straight line, aside from the occasional 5%
pullback. Which direction stocks break from here is anybody's
guess … though this two-and-a-half-year bull rally suggests the
move will again be upward.
Perhaps that upward pattern will change now that the
traditional "Sell in May" period is right around the corner. But
the supposed investor offseason didn't slow stocks down much last
With the Fed continuing to pump money into the U.S. economy
through its quantitative easing bond-buying program, there's
reason to believe this rally isn't over. Seesawing share prices
over the past few weeks may seem like a red flag to some. But
we've seen this act before amidst this furious rally. Anytime
analysts insist stocks are headed for a fall, the market
repeatedly defies them.
Let's hope it happens again. For now, the good vibes on Wall
Street remain. As always, that gave us plenty to talk about this
Here is a sampling of what was on our analysts' minds:
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What's Ahead for Biotech Stocks?
- I've been watching the
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wondering about the next move. Will the decline that has plagued
the high-beta sector since late February continue? Or is now a
good opportunity to "buy the dip"?
Why Weak Q1 Earnings Aren't Affecting Stocks
- First-quarter earnings aren't exactly off to a rousing start.
But so far, investors have barely noticed.
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