China’s crackdown on Didi may signal tougher curbs on tech

Jul 14, 2021
The Peterson Institute’s Martin Chorzempa believes the state wants greater control of information, but he doesn’t expect delisting from foreign exchanges.
A logo of Didi Chuxing in Hangzhou, China. The ride-hailing firm was forced to stop downloads of its app from stores shortly after going public on the New York Stock Exchange.
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What's a point on the Dow, S&P or Nasdaq?

Jul 13, 2021
Our listener asks what constitutes a "point" on the major stock market indexes.
The American obsession with stock index numbers developed during the economic boom years of the 1950s and '60s, according to historian Tom Stapleford.
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Blockbuster earnings season expected a year after pandemic low

Jul 12, 2021
Wall Street analysts predict we’ll see the best earnings growth in more than a decade compared to the second quarter last year.
There are high expectations for second-quarter earnings results that will be released by companies this week.
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What's behind the boom in IPOs?

Jun 17, 2021
The type of companies that have gone public this year are often in sectors that have done well during the pandemic.
According to Dealogic, the amount of money raised through IPOs in 2021 has already surpassed the total in 2020, and it's only June.
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The Dow at 125: Why it endures

May 26, 2021
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, filled with household-name companies, "has a special place in the imagination."
Wall Street is the iconic location of the American stock market, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is the market's iconic index of household-name companies.
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Social trading apps are seeing an influx of young investors during the pandemic

May 19, 2021
Commonstock CEO David McDonough says many young people saw last year's stock-market meltdown as a wealth-creation opportunity.
The Commonstock app enables investors to share information about their holdings and market news.
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Many younger Black Americans started investing in the stock market during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2021
According to a recent survey, 30% of Black investors under 40 first got into the market in 2020.
Black Americans who didn't grow up talking about investing are now able to pass on information they never had to their own friends and family.
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Why there's a flood of new stock market investors

Apr 13, 2021
This explosion didn’t happen just because everyone was stuck at home. It started before the pandemic.
New retail investors could have a good shot at growing their savings if they take a long term approach.
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Is the GameStop saga a sign of a stock market bubble?

One thing that bubbles have in common? The unpredictable consequences of economy-wide innovations.
speculative fevers often emerge during times of major economic and technological change. "And in essence, these speculators are accelerating the rise of a new economy," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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How can a company like GameStop profit from stock price surges?

Feb 2, 2021
Companies can try to capitalize on a spike in stock prices by issuing new stock while the price is high.
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