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Dividend investing news: As we enter the final quarter of 2014, here's a look back at the robust dividend activity in Q3.
According to data from S&P Dow Jones Indexes, 563 companies raised, restored, or approved extra dividends in Q3. That's up 18.5% from last year's Q3 tally of 475. And dividend boosts in Q4 2014 are expected to trump Q3's activity.
There are just five upcoming IPOs this week, a sign that the recent volatility in the broader markets is impacting the IPO market.
Last Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as much as 460 points in intra-day trading, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hit their lowest levels since May. By the end of the week, all three major indexes rebounded, however. The Dow and S&P 500 finishing the week down 1%. The Nasdaq closed down just 0.4% for the week.
Good morning! Stock market futures today (Monday) indicate a market open 64 points lower than Friday's close. Markets rallied on Friday, but it wasn't enough to offset a very bad week that included multiple triple-digit losses. This morning's downturn was heavily tied to a poor earnings report from tech giant International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM).
The most important number to watch today – besides the Dow – is in China. Over the weekend, the Chinese central bank announced plans to pump 200 billion yuan ($32.6 billion) into the nation's financial system.
Earnings are again in focus this week as a number of key industry players post Q3 results. Q3 estimates have come down slightly in recent weeks. Still, the U.S. economic backdrop remains solid, as reflected in robust Q3 manufacturing output data and recent job growth.
Monday's hot stocks to watch include a leading smartphone maker, a tech titan, and a boutique burrito chain.
Investors are taught that bear markets can't occur unless the Treasury yield curve inverts – that is, unless short-term interest rates are higher than long-term interest rates.
And that can only happen if the Federal Reserve raises the Federal Funds rate, which is the short-term rate that the Fed controls.
With a lot of variables in play during this earnings season, it's time to separate out the components.
The long overdue stock market correction continued this week as a European growth scare was compounded by fears about the potential spread of Ebola to send the markets lower.
A strong rally on Friday allowed the major stock market indices to stabilize for the moment and show relatively minor damage on the week, but many hedge funds suffered larger losses after being forced (or forcing themselves) into realizing losses as the markets reached a selling climax on Wednesday, October 15.
That day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded down 470 points at its low before recovering to close down only 173.45 points.
Crude oil prices were down sharply again this week, reaching their lowest prices since January 2012.
Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil for November delivery dropped to $80.01 a barrel. That's a 23.4% dip from the three-year high it set in June. Brent oil prices were down 4.3% to $85.04 Tuesday. That was Brent's biggest one-day drop since September 2011.
Of all safe haven investments to choose from, gold is the best.
Silver prices this week have fallen slightly, but there are encouraging signs for the white metal moving forward.
After almost three months of freefall, during which time silver prices fell 21.4% and touched off four-year lows, prices finally reversed direction and traded up last week. It had fallen 11 of the 12 weeks prior and had been down for five consecutive weeks.