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2018 Barron’s “The Trader” Columns and WSJ Stock Market Data

Dec 28

U.S. Stocks Gain 2.7% in a Whiplash-Inducing Week
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. For the market, it was the most volatile time of the year.
S&P 500: 2485.74

Nasdaq Gets Mauled by Bear Market, and the Dow Isn’t Far Behind
Santa’s sleigh is usually pulled by reindeer. This year, it looks as if it will be pulled by a team of bears. The Nasdaq Composite closed last week down 22% from its August high.
S&P 500: 2467.42

All Three Stock Indexes Hit Correction Territory
This year began with a bang, but ended with a whimper. Next year could play out in reverse.
S&P 500: 2599.95

Dow Drops 4.5% as the Market Panics Over Everything
Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to draw the wrong conclusions. A lot of those conclusions were drawn as the market stumbled to its worst start to December since 2008.
S&P 500: 2633.08

S&P 500, Up 4.8%, Notches Its Best Week in 7 Years
How does the stock market follow up its worst drubbing in eight months? By having its best week in nearly seven years.
S&P 500: 2760.17

Dow Industrials Drop 4.4% in a Turkey of a Week
Stocks had one of their worst weeks of the year.
S&P 500: 2632.56

Dow Slides 2.2% as Markets Sweat the Small Stuff and Everything Else
The market appears to be taking its cues from nursery rhymes—at least the one that ends with “all fall down.”
S&P 500: 2736.27

Dow Gains 718 Points, but Divisions Run Deep
There are two sides to every story—and that should be making investors uncomfortable right about now.
S&P 500: 2781.01

S&P 500 Drops 3.9% — Is It Time to Panic?
Last week felt like a disaster for the stock market. It wasn’t.
S&P 500: 2658.69

Stocks Post Mixed Results After Huge Moves
The stock market’s final tallies belie the volatility that challenged investors all week.
S&P 500: 2767.78

The Momentum Trade Is Down, but Don’t Count It Out
A dirty little secret about momentum: It only works until it doesn’t. When the music finally stops, the losses can be painful. But once the dust has settled, don’t be surprised if it starts to work again.
S&P 500: 2767.13

Dow Hits New Record — Then Drops on Yield Scare
Is anyone else feeling déjà vu? Because last week felt a lot like February to us.
S&P 500: 2885.57

Dow Drops 1.1% on Week as Tariffs, Fed Take Their Toll
Stocks were dinged by trade and the Federal Reserve this past week. And the two might not be as disconnected as we generally think.
S&P 500: 2913.98

The Dow Hits a Record High as Tech Sits It Out
Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense merged the ridiculous and the sublime. So did the market this past week, which didn’t always make sense but sure left many feeling good.
S&P 500: 2929.67

The Dow Gains 238 Points, Tariffs Be Damned
The stock market radiated confidence this past week, Not even a ratcheting up of tough tariff talk dampened investor enthusiasm.
S&P 500: 2904.98

The Nasdaq’s Plunge Was a Selloff Waiting to Happen

Stocks slumped last week—and for once we can’t blame trade. Something else is troubling the market that has a lot to do with tech.
S&P 500: 2871.68

Stocks Rise, as Trade and Tech Remain Familiar Refrains
The market’s always changing—but some things about it never change.
S&P 500: 2901.52

S&P 500 Gains 0.9% to Break Its Record—at Last
Finally. After nearly seven months since its Jan. 26 top, the S&P 500 once again hit a new all-time high.
S&P 500: 2874.69

The Bull Market Rumbles On Despite Turkey Turmoil
A week that began with concerns about Turkey—and the possibility of contagion—ended with the S&P 500 less than 1% away from a new all-time high.
S&P 500: 2850.13

Dow Drops 149 Points as Turkey Takes a Dive
When the going gets tough, the tough bet on America. And the going certainly got tough last week.
S&P 500: 2833.28

Social-Media Rout Can’t Stop Market’s Rise
A calamitous week in the world of emojis, likes, and retweets barely registered in the real world.
S&P 500: 2818.82

Stocks at a Standstill as Earnings Offset Tariffs
Concerns about trade and the yuan were balanced by strong results from major companies. Selloffs caused by tweets or quotes may be buying opportunities.
S&P 500: 2801.83

Nasdaq Hits Record High, Defying Tariffs
It was another week with headlines that coulda, woulda, shoulda caused a mass market selloff. They did nothing of the sort.
S&P 500: 2801.31

Dow Shrugs Off Trade War, Gains on Payroll Surprise
Merriam-Webster’s defines a fairy tale as “marked by seemingly unreal beauty, perfection, luck, or happiness.” Based on that, the market is surely living one.
S&P 500: 2759.82

When the Momentum Starts to Fade
A quarter full of twists, turns, and tariffs had one more swerve at the end. Stocks ended the second quarter on a sour note, as the major indexes went south in the last few minutes of trading on Friday.
S&P 500: 2718.37

The S&P Went Nowhere—and That’s A-OK
So this is what it feels like to hit your head against a wall. The S&P 500 tried, and failed, to finish the week above its postcorrection high.
S&P 500: 2779.66

The Dow Gains 681 Points as There’s No Place Like Home
The market has made a clear distinction between the U.S. and the rest of the world. That’s a view shared by Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research.
S&P 500: 2779.03

Dow Shows Nerves of Steel Amid Trade Tensions
It sure is noisy out there. But you wouldn’t necessarily know it from looking at the major indexes.
S&P 500: 2734.62

Dow Ticks Higher, but Beware a Summer Storm
It was a week where anything that could go wrong did go wrong—except for when it came to the stock market.
S&P 500: 2721.33

Stocks Season Over, Stocks Quietly Subside
With quarterly earnings season over, investors could only focus on rising 10-year Treasury yields. Even North Korean rhetoric couldn’t move the market.
S&P 500: 2712.97

Dow Gains 569 Points as Investors Shed Doubts
That shift in tone from the market this past week? You weren’t imagining it.
S&P 500: 2727.72

The Dow Takes Investors on a Wild Ride to Nowhere
Let’s call it a volatile flatness. How else to explain the market’s trajectory not only this past week but in the weeks since the major indexes corrected back in February?
S&P 500: 2663.42

Dow Slips as Investors Seek Answers
After the bull market’s near-death experience, investors haven’t been able to decide whether to run away or return to business as usual.
S&P 500: 2669.91

Apr 21

Battered Dow Ekes Out 103-Point Gain for Week
A week that began with many wondering if the market’s correction was finally over ended with an answer: not yet.
S&P 500: 2670.14

Apr 14

Dow Closes the Week Up 427 Points–the Hard Way
Another week, another reason to wonder: Is the correction really over?
S&P 500: 2656.30

Apr 6

Tariff Fears and a Jobs Report Send Stocks Lower
Suddenly Friday the trade “not a war” was back in the headlines, and stocks were back in the red.
S&P 500: 2604.47

Mar 31

Mar 24

Why Did Dow Drop 1,400? Pick Your Poison
Learning to juggle isn’t easy—and the market is discovering that the hard way.
S&P 500: 2588.26

Mar 17

Whipsawed by Events, the Dow Drops 389 Points
The market is so discombobulated right now that it can’t even decide what it’s afraid of.
S&P 500: 2752.01

Mar 10

Stocks Boom Nine Years After Crisis Low
Nine years ago, the market decided it couldn’t go any lower. Now we’re still wondering just how high it can go.
S&P 500: 2786.57

Mar 3

Dow Drops 3% for the Week—and It Isn’t Just Tariffs
Whenever the market drops, everyone looks for a reason. This week had many—which means maybe it didn’t actually need one to fall this week.
S&P 500: 2691.25

Feb 24

Markets Gain Strength as Treasury Yields Retreat
The drop in the 10-year yield by about 0.05 percentage point on Friday, to 2.87%, provided support to stocks.
S&P 500: 2747.30

Feb 10

After Correction Pain, More Market Gain?
So that’s what a correction feels like. Yes, it was painful, but there was a curious sensation about this one.

S&P 500: 2619.55

Feb 3

Dow’s Worst Week in Two Years Stuns Investors
Now that was a bad week—and don’t be surprised if it gets worse before it gets better.

S&P 500: 2762.13

Jan 27

What Could Signal the End of This Rally?

The market is having a feel-good moment—maybe a little too good.
S&P 500: 2872.87

Jan 20

Stock Records Galore, but Bond Yields Cast Shadow
Equity markets continue to boom despite Washing dysfunction, but quietly rising bond yields raise questions about sustainability.
S&P 500: 2810.30

Jan 13

The S&P 500 Is on Pace to Triple This Year
Stocks have started the year with a nearly uninterrupted run—one that has us imagining just how high the market can go.
S&P 500: 2786.24

Jan 6

Dow 25,000: How High Can It Go?
Bullish sentiment is high, but that can be a sign of tough times to come.
S&P 500: 2743.15