As a group, biotech companies were among the best performers in what was a stellar year for US stocks: The group was up 66%, outpacing the broader market by a staggering 3600 basis points.
Stocks are up 30% over the past year, despite higher long term Treasury yields and earnings growth that averaged around 5% in the latest period.
It has been a great year for investors. Stock indices are up close to 30%, with many individual names up even more. As we get ready to flip the calendars to 2014, the question becomes, what do you do for an encore?
As we look for the big potential stories for 2014, Japan one again comes to the forefront.
Bond funds are bleeding value as the market adjusts to the end of quantitative easing and interest rates lurch back up to something like historical norms.
The National Retail Federation expects families will spend 7% less on back-to-school items this year, so with those dollars already off the table, August promises deeper and deeper discounts on everything from backpacks to dorm furniture.
Believe it or not, the baby business really is a tradable trend thanks to a new Baby Boom afoot around the English-speaking world.
PCs changed the game once, and now it’s time for investors to position for another shift – an era when having 'Intel inside' doesn't mean as much.
The cheapest home loans in a lifetime may be history, but please don’t let the media’s and the market’s fixation with interest rates derail any plans you have to buy a home in the near future
While on one hand the big stock-market rally is great for investors, it also gives nefarious individuals the opportunity to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.
The market has had a fantastic run this year -- so some profit taking might be on the horizon. But sell in May and go away could be taking it too far.