Dividend yields on preferred stocks have soared. This is how to pick the best ones for your portfolio.

This year nearly every type of security has declined — bad news if you look at your portfolio’s value each day and have difficulty sleeping at night. On the other hand, it’s good news if you’re looking for income. Because the rising interest rates mean falling prices for bonds and preferred stocks. For those income-oriented … Read more

Here’s why one strategist says the consumer and related stocks might get a second wind

Welcome to intervention Wednesday. The Bank of England has halted, at least for now, soaring gilt yields via some temporary bond buying. Stock futures pared some losses, but are still in the red, with the S&P 500 SPX, -0.21% in the grips of its longest losing streak since February 2000. With the bad news seemingly … Read more

If you’re selling stocks because the Fed is hiking interest rates, you may be suffering from ‘inflation illusion’

Forget everything you think you know about the relationship between interest rates and the stock market. Take the notion that higher interest rates are bad for the stock market, which is almost universally believed on Wall Street. Plausible as this is, it is surprisingly difficult to support it empirically. It would be important to challenge … Read more

If the market passes this upcoming test, stocks will be poised to move higher. We’re not there yet.

There’s still too much bullishness on Wall Street, even after the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s DJIA, -1.70% 500+ point drop Wednesday following the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting and rate hike. Consider all the attention given to a possible “double bottom.” By framing the market’s weakness in this way, the bulls are trying to put a … Read more

Opinion: 4 reasons you should buy energy stocks right now if you are a long-term investor

This has been a painful year for stock market investors, as nothing seems to be working. There is an exception: Energy. It’s the best-performing sector and might still be a bargain for those who can be patient. A snapshot of the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 SPX, -1.29% underlines what a bargain the energy … Read more

Roblox stock drops as Wall Street sees a ‘Pandora’s box of problems’

Roblox Corp.’s stock continued to sell off Friday as analysts questioned growth initiatives presented at the social-media company’s investor day on Thursday and August performance that came in lower than expectations. Wedbush analyst Nick McKay, who has a neutral rating and a $34 price target, was somewhat skeptical of some new features the company offered … Read more

Weekend reads: This may cause the next financial crisis

The Federal Reserve invigorated the economy before and during the coronavirus pandemic by purchasing Treasury bonds. The central bank was the main purchaser of newly issued U.S. debt and created trillions of new dollars while doing so. The Fed is now allowing its securities portfolio to run off as bonds mature as part of its … Read more