Stocks are any equity securities traded on a stock exchange, the value of which fluctuates due to the supply and demand for such securities. Stocks are often grouped in a specific sector and can be viewed as representative of the broader marketplace.
Due to the subprime mortgage-related financial crisis of 2008/2009, stocks dropped significantly in value and the entire global financial system was at risk of collapse. Only after dramatic intervention by central banks around the world were stocks able to stabilize after the shock.
The financial crisis caused the Great Recession in the Main Street economy. Stocks hit a low in March of 2009.
With dramatic monetary policy intervention, stocks recovered from their collapse and were able to move up strongly thereafter. The last two years in particular produced strong capital gains for equity investors. Stocks today are vulnerable to another correction because of this recent price strength.
Nike, Inc. (NYSE/NIKE) shares soared in after-hours trading following its better-than-expected earnings report.After the closing bell on Thursday June 25th, Nike reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 ended May 31, 2015. (Source: Nike, June 25, 2015.)Quarterly revenue came in at $7.78 billion, beating analysts’. Read More
TransUnion (NYSE/TRU) went public today (June 25th). TransUnion’s stock price surged more than 11.7% to as high as $25.14 a share within its first hour of trading.TransUnion is a company that provides credit data and information management services to approximately 500 million consumers and 45,000 businesses around the world.. Read More
As negotiations in the Greece-EU saga improved on Monday June 22nd, gold prices continued their long tumble down the rabbit hole.The precious metal dropped by nearly 1.5% during the morning hours of trading, ending a short run during the previous week. Gold prices have dropped 38% since the all-time high in September of 2011. (Source:. Read More
On Tuesday, June 16, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE/C) added the Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ/MNST) to its ‘Focus List,’ calling the energy drink company its “top [stock] pick” in the U.S.Citigroup maintained its “buy” rating on the company, upping its target price to $155.00. As a result, Monster jumped nearly four percent. Read More