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2020 Barron’s “The Trader” Columns and WSJ Stock Market Data

Jun 12

The Dow Fell 1505 Points for the Week. Why Investors Shouldn’t Fret.
Investors didn’t learn anything in the past five days that should have shaken their conviction in a market rally led by economically sensitive stocks.
S&P 500: 3041.31

Jun 5

The Stock Market Is Always Right
Ever since stocks bottomed on March 23, we’ve been wondering how the S&P 500 index —up 43% from then through Thursday’s close—could keep going higher. Now we know.
S&P 500: 3193.93

May 29

The Dow Rallied Again for the Week — but New Worries Are Adding Up
The differences in market returns have been like night and day—and sometimes literally so.
S&P 500: 3044.31

May 22

All the Reasons the Stock Market’s Gains Are Not to be Trusted
We’re always reminded that it’s darkest before the dawn, but never that it’s always brightest before the dusk. That’s something investors might want to remember following a stellar week for stocks.
S&P 500: 2955.45

May 15

The S&P 500 Was Stopped in Its Tracks Last Week. Here’s Why Another Drop Could Be in the Offing.
Whenever the market drops, investors start worrying about whether the floor is really in. They should be worrying about the ceiling instead.
S&P 500: 2863.70

May 8

Stock Valuations Are Near Dot-Com-Era Levels. Don’t Expect a Bust This Time.
Welcome to one of the most expensive stock markets in history. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter.
S&P 500: 2929.80

May 1

The S&P 500 Had a Rally for the Ages. Now It Gets Messy.
For the past two months, the market has been following story lines as simple as any fairy tale. Get ready for a Pynchonian turn.
S&P 500: 2830.71

Apr 24

12 Stocks to Buy if Buybacks Go Away — and 13 to Avoid
The coronavirus outbreak has put an end to a decade-long trend toward more companies buying back more of their own shares as firms dash to save cash wherever they can.
S&P 500: 2836.74

Apr 17

The Market Had a Breakout Week — Unless You Were a Small-Cap Stock
America loves favorites, and these days they come in pretty much one size only—the bigger the better, at least when it comes to the stocks we buy.
S&P 500: 2874.56

Apr 10

Stocks Just Had Their Best Week in Decades. Now Comes the Drop.
Telling investors to sell now, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, feels a bit like yelling fire in a crowded room—even if there are no crowded rooms anymore. Still, it feels like the right thing to do.
S&P 500: 2789.82

Apr 3

The Dow Dropped 584 Points This Week. Why That’s Good News.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 3% this past week. We call that progress.
S&P 500: 2488.65

Mar 27

The Dow Just Had Its Best Week Since 1938. It’s Time to Go Shopping for Beaten-Up Stocks.
New fiscal and monetary measures and signs of improving liquidity in several markets helped ignite a three-day megarally spanning Tuesday to Thursday this past week.
S&P 500: 2541.47

Mar 20

Stocks Revisit 2008 as Economy Looks Even Grimmer
Beset by the mass response to the coronavirus pandemic, the economy skidded to a halt and the markets suffered historic losses.
S&P 500: 2304.92

Mar 13

It’s Time for Warren Buffett to Get Greedy. Here’s What He Might Be Looking to Buy.
Warren Buffett has famously said that investors “should be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” With financial markets in turmoil, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has the opportunity to follow his own maxim.
S&P 500: 2711.02

Mar 6

When Will the Stock Market Recover? The Pain Isn’t Over.
It’s the end of the world as we know it—but at least the stock market finished higher. Just don’t expect it to last.
S&P 500: 2972.37

Feb 28

This Downturn Might Just Be Getting Started. Let the Recession Watch Begin.
The stock market fell too far this past week. The stock market didn’t fall enough. Both of these statements might be true.
S&P 500: 2954.22

Feb 21

Stocks Drop on the Week but Still Look Bubbly. Time to Prepare for a Correction.
A stock-market meltup is happening right under our noses. And though we don’t quite have a definite sign that a bubble in equities is forming, several market statistics are concerning.
S&P 500: 3337.75

Feb 14

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Gained 1% This Week. Let It Ride?
Saturday night might be all right for fighting, but Friday sure seems to be the preferred day for selling.
S&P 500: 3380.16

Feb 7

Coronavirus? Slower Growth? The Dow Just Had a Spectacular Week.
They say the best defense is a good offense. The U.S. stock market may offer both.
S&P 500: 3327.71

Jan 31

The Dow Finally Took the Coronavirus Seriously and Dropped 733 Points.
Like a houseguest who has overstayed his welcome, the coronavirus has been in the headlines long enough that the market couldn’t ignore it any longer—and it won’t be as easy to evict.
S&P 500: 3225.52

Jan 24

The Stock Market Finally Finds a Reason to Fall. What Comes Next?
Perceptions of the stock market, unfortunately, can shift in a matter of days.
S&P 500: 3295.47

Jan 17

The Dow Could Hit 30,000 Five Years Ahead of Schedule. It Won’t Stop There.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is going to hit 30,000—and don’t expect it to stop there.
S&P 500: 3329.62

Jan 10

The Dow Rises 189 Points for the Week, Despite Mideast Tensions
Rising U.S.-Iran tensions quickly went from an incendiary issue to a nonissue for global markets this past week.
S&P 500: 3265.35

Jan 3

The Dow Was Waiting for a Reason to Drop. The U.S. Air Strike Supplied It.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. And this time it was the targeted killing of an Iranian general that caused the stock market to finish the week in the red.
S&P 500: 3234.85