Is A June Rate Hike Good News For U.S. Stocks?

The most recent FOMC minutes painted an unexpectedly hawkish picture, implying that the next Fed rate hike could come as soon as June. Following the release, Richmond Fed Chair Jeffrey Lacker told Bloomberg that he sees a strong case for a June hike and plans on pushing for a total of four hikes by the…

Citi Ups 2017 Oil Forecast To $65

With WTI crude oil prices knocking on the door of $50/bbl for the first time since October of 2015, Citi analyst Seth Kleinman has become more bullish on the outlook for oil. According to Kleinman, a combination of crude oil inventory drawdowns, supply outages and worker strikes have quickened the pace of the oil market…

Alibaba Stock Plummets On SEC Investigation Fears

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd BABA 3.65% shares were down 4.3 percent in early trading on Wednesday following the disclosure of an ongoing SEC investigation into the company’s accounting practices. According to Alibaba’s new annual report, the SEC initiated an inquiry back in January 2015, and the company has been cooperating with the investigation by providing…

Michael Batnick: Was That Just A Bear Market?

One of the hottest debates on Wall Street since the S&P 500 started out 2016 with a historic sell-off is whether or not we are on the cusp of a bear market. According to Ritholtz Wealth Management’s Michael Batnick, the bear market may have already come and gone.