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.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the last month, the U.S. stock market is down just 0.8 percent, but it’s been a bumpy ride: Since Dec. 9, the S&P 500 has had a 4 percent selloff, a 6 percent rally, and a 4 percent drop that ended Thursday with a two-day gain of 3 percent. Equities were hit hard again Friday – down almost 1 percent.
Investors made queasy by the sharp selloffs and snapback rallies might want to prepare themselves for more of the same. A growing number of market watchers say the low-volatility regime that dominated in 2013 and 2014 has ended, and the roller-coaster ride going on now has become the norm.