If there’s a jackpot winner in the next Mega Millions drawing, someone is going to have a very, very happy New Year. The top prize has climbed to $415 million for Tuesday night’s drawing. The last time someone hit the jackpot was Oct. 23, when a single ticket sold in South Carolina nabbed a whopping
Buy the S&P 500 at the close every day and sell it at the next open. Sounds wacky? You could have outperformed the market by 20 percent. According to Bespoke Investment Group, if one had implemented this so-called after hours strategy every day in 2018, it could’ve posted a 13.3 percent return. “This has really
Earnings 2019: Up, flat, or down? What happens to markets in 2019? It depends on your outlook on earnings. Fourth-quarter earnings have much less weight than usual, since everyone is concerned that the estimates for 2019 (currently 8 percent earnings growth) are too high and will be coming down. Seventeen companies have reported earnings for
This volatile market year was full of historical milestones and the end of the year will be no different for a key stock index. For the first time ever, the S&P 500 will end the year with a loss after being positive for the first three quarters. The benchmark index was up 9 percent through
Every financial New Year’s resolution is the same: Manage your money better. Yet different situations or goals call for different tweaks. Are you a millennial paying off college loans and making it work on an entry-level salary? Are you a Gen Xer wondering how to save for retirement as well as your kids’ college tuition?
When Apple was last this far from its highs, it had a massive surge over the next year. In May 2016, the stock had fallen 33 percent from 52-week highs. Over the following 12 months, it rallied 75 percent. Apple begins this week exactly as far from its record peak hit in October: 33 percent.
Investors are fearful the stock market is signaling that a recession could be on the way either because of a Fed policy misstep or trade wars, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Not all big market declines have signaled a recession, but once a market decline reaches 20 percent, the odds are higher,
China reported lower than expected manufacturing activity in December amid its trade dispute with the U.S. Official manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was 49.4 — lower than the 49.9 analysts expected in a Reuters poll. That was worse than November’s official manufacturing PMI, which was 50.0. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading
When Kevin Zraly first started studying wines almost 50 years ago, it wasn’t the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S. “People looked at me like I was nuts studying wines,” Zraly said. “All my friends were drinking beer.” At 21, Zraly hitchhiked to California to get exposure to the wines there. And after graduating
Investor Peter Boockvar believes the stock market’s wild swings are evidence of a bear market. Boockvar recently told CNBC that the recent monster rallies do not signal the bulls are back. He noted bull market moves are more methodical. “We are in a bear market, and a bear market is not just going to end
The Federal Reserve should be criticized for how it communicates to the market and less so on its monetary policy decisions, closely followed economist Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC on Friday. “I think the Fed should get less criticism as to what it’s doing,” El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz, said on “Squawk Box.” “But it
In recent years, Mediterranean and Asia Pacific flavors have become more mainstream, with diners indulging in the Hawaiian dish poke and falafel rice bowls at restaurants like Cava. However, in 2019 you’ll likely see more of a North African and Middle Eastern influence. Harissa, a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste, is already enticing diners in
Here’s one good reason to hold off on receiving your holiday bonus this year: It’s a move that can help you save on taxes. Wall Street workers — that is, employees in the securities industry in New York City — received an average bonus of $184,220 in 2017, according to a report from the New
If you’re getting close to putting full-time work behind you, make sure you give the financial implications of that step more than just a passing once-over. Whether you’re viewing the next phase as retirement, semi-retirement or an unknown adventure, the transition is prone to delivering surprises if you don’t explore how your decisions going forward
The past two weeks on Wall Street have been wild, and not in a good way. During that time, the major U.S. stock indexes have suffered losses that put them on track for their worst December performance since the Great Depression. Investors have also been gripped by volatile swings in the market as they grapple
As the streaming video wars heat up, technology companies like Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon are willing to spend billions of dollars on movies and shows that they hope will attract big audiences. On the other side of the market, smaller niche services are testing out a more cost-sensitive model. Dust, from independent studio Gunpowder
The hottest gift of the season could also be the least used. For the 12th year running, gift cards remain the most popular items on wish lists, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual holiday report. Gift cards topped all other potential presents, including jewelry, clothing, books, movies, music, electronics and sporting goods. The NRF
Historic swings in stocks this month have shaken many a bull’s faith in the market. Not entirely so for Raymond James’ chief investment strategist Jeffrey Saut, who sees years left in this bull market. But that prediction comes with a caveat. “Longer term secular bull markets tend to last 15, 16, 17 years — the
Volatile financial markets and softer economic data has led Goldman Sachs to trim its expectations for growth in 2019, the bank said on Saturday, but cautioned that a full-blown recession was not in the cards. In a research note, the banking giant shaved its growth forecast for the first half of next year, from 2.4
U.S. banks and regulators continue to struggle tracking and curbing money moved through international banks and companies that ultimately is used to fund the North Korean government, according to a report in the The Wall Street Journal. That’s because North Korea uses proxies with hidden government ties across the globe to facilitate moving those payments,
“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who died in August of pancreatic cancer at age 76, reportedly owes the IRS nearly $8 million in back taxes and penalties at the time of her passing. Franklin who also had no will or trust when she died, is under IRS audit — but an attorney for her estate
Turmoil in Washington, D.C., has caused unnecessarily drastic declines in the stock market in recent weeks, UBS’ Art Cashin told CNBC on Friday. “I think we lost maybe a couple of thousand points that we didn’t need to because of the disruptions that we saw,” including the ongoing government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s attacks
Investors can bid farewell to the worst year for stocks in a decade, but they may not find a way to escape the volatility when the new year starts with a bang. By the first Friday of 2019, it’s back to business in a big way with the December jobs report and an unprecedented panel
Tesla has outmaneuvered the Securities and Exchange Commission by appointing Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to its board, management expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told CNBC on Friday. The electric-car company made the appointments on Friday to comply with an SEC settlement. “The SEC has been had on this one,” said Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at the
As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, workers are grappling with a looming worry: How will they pay their bills? While members of Congress and President Donald Trump remain at an impasse over funding for a border wall, about 800,000 federal employees are expected to befurloughed or working without pay. The U.S. Office
The market will probably rally, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the bottom is in, top technical analyst Ralph Acampora told CNBC on Friday. In fact, right now he sees a bear market for stocks. The market began its wild week with a massive sell-off on Monday that saw the S&P 500 enter bear market territory.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple has lost nearly $9 billion this year buying back its own stock. Apple is one of those buyback monsters that has spent significant money to buy back their stock, not just this year but since 2013 Apple’s share count has declined from 6.5 billion shares to 4.5 billion —
Sears plans to close 80 more stores across the U.S. in March, as the bankrupt retailer may be forced to liquidate its business entirely, CNBC has learned. The department store operator told employees Thursday that it plans to shut another round of Kmart and Sears stores next year, in addition to those that are already
The stock market’s dramatic swings have given way to some positive trends, even as they might not feel safe to the average investor, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday after another wild ride on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended Thursday’s trading session more than 250 points higher after enduring a 600-point intraday drop.
Futures on Thursday evening stateside pointed to opening losses on Friday for the three major indexes in the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures implied a decline of 40.82 for the index at Friday’s open, as of 7:39 p.m. ET Thursday. S&P 500 and Nasdaq futures also pointed to slight declines for the two indexes