China's regulators are intensifying scrutiny of unusual movements in stocks as they seek to damp speculation in the nation's financial markets. Exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen have opened 774 investigations into wild price swings since the start of July and halted 38 investor accounts, according to the two bourses' official micro-blogs.
By Aparajita Saxena Aug 29 Most Southeast Asian stock markets were trading lower on Monday, in line with broader Asian peers, after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that a rate increase was on the cards this year. The probability of a rate hike in the near-term has gone up after Yellen said that a lot of new jobs were being created and economic growth would likely continue at a moderate pace, even though data on Friday showed the U.S. economy growing only sluggishly in the second quarter.
Most Asian stocks slipped Monday on remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve late last week that the case has strengthened for raising interest rates, but the Tokyo market was an exception and gained on prospects for a strong dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 2.2 percent to 16,719.31 in early trading.
In the US, the S&P 500 rose after Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said the case for raising rates had strengthened but did not indicate when the Fed would act. Yellen told a gathering of central bankers from around the world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the US economy was nearing the central bank's goals of maximum employment and price stability but that future hikes should be "gradual".
When you year the term "high yield dividend stock," probably the thing that comes to mind is a stock with a dividend yield in the 5%-7% range. If you are looking at the highest yielding stocks out there, then we're talking about companies with yields in the teens, twenties, and even as high as 70%! If that kind of return sounds too good to be true, that's because it is.
DUBAI, Aug 28 Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Qatar partially recovered on Sunday from last week's losses, while other Gulf markets dropped in quiet trade and Egypt sank as the government was hit by a corruption scandal in the wheat industry. Saudi Arabia's index, which had dropped 4.0 percent last week because of concern about the country's economic slowdown, rose 1.6 percent as many stocks reliant on domestic demand rebounded.
With interest rates at historic lows, yield-hungry investors are looking elsewhere for income. Unfortunately, too many get blinded by the allure of high-yield stocks, only to learn the hard way that most high yields are a sign of trouble.
Don't call it a comeback just yet, but Thursday marked the sixth straight day of gains for crude oil. Despite having fallen 57% in the last five years, Brent crude has now climbed nearly 30% year to date to settle near $50 per barrel.
With broad market indices like the S&P 500 trading roughly 66% above their long-run averages, the search for cheap stocks to buy can seem daunting for the individual investor. However, the search for cheap stocks-- particularly good dividend stocks-- isn't necessarily as challenging as it might initially seem.