NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Surging U.S. stock-market
volatility ahead of the earnings season is leading traders to
lock in some gains in some big-cap companies that recently hit
all-time highs, strategists said on Wednesday.
Investors have grown worried about weak global growth and
falling commodities prices, and drops in the S&P 500 stock index
reflect that concern. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX,
has jumped above 22, a sign of elevated anxiety.
NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Investors hope the lower
gasoline cost is putting more money in consumers’ wallets for
spending on apparel and other retail goods. The next two weeks
will indicate whether that’s happening.
The coming weeks, as the fourth-quarter earnings season gets
underway, are among the more active periods of the year for
retailers to issue earnings preannouncements. The fourth quarter
includes the crucial holiday shopping season.