Who are "the markets"?

Jan 6, 2023
Financial experts love to toss-around this catch-all term. What does it actually mean?
Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading.
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Interest rate hikes not always bad news for stock markets

Sep 15, 2022
Markets plummeted Tuesday as Wall Street was rattled by hot inflation numbers that raised fears of even steeper interest rate hikes.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 13, 2022 in New York City.
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Will stock market indexes go up forever?

Oct 21, 2021
U.S. stock indexes have climbed in recent decades but, historically speaking, the long run is a better bet than the short term.
Stocks have trended upward over the long run, along with the U.S. economy.
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Exchanges seek review for rules that would make more stock market data public

Feb 11, 2021
The exchanges currently sell this market information, typically to big, institutional investors.
The New York Stock Exchange stands in lower Manhattan on Jan. 3, 2019 in New York City.
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What does the GameStop story mean for regular investors?

Feb 4, 2021
Neil Irwin of The New York Times discusses the "laziest, simplest approach" to investing and says aspects of populism have long influenced the markets.
A GameStop store in New York. The retailer's stock, which became a populist battleground, has plunged in recent trading sessions.
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S&P Global buys IHS Markit in $44B deal for data companies

Nov 30, 2020
Data collection has become pivotal on Wall Street as algorithms and high-speed trading overtake the traditional picking of stocks.
Douglas Peterson, S&P Global CEO, will hold that title at the combined company.
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Stocks surge on vaccine news, Biden victory

Nov 9, 2020
Markets were already sharply higher when Pfizer said that data shows vaccine shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19.
Any economic recovery depends on checking the pandemic, and investors pounced upon the news. Pfizer’s data is only preliminary and does not mean a vaccine is imminent.
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Stock futures, oil prices bounce after Trump falsely asserts he won

Nov 4, 2020
As of 4 a.m. Eastern time, Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden still were locked in tight races in a handful of battleground states.
Trump said early Wednesday at the White House, “Frankly, we did win this election.” That assertion did not match the results and information available to the AP.
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Wall Street follows world markets higher as Americans vote on Election Day

Nov 3, 2020
Markets are up on investor hopes that a Joe Biden victory in the U.S. presidential election might lead to more economic stimulus.
Many investors expect a “Democratic sweep, which is the key to unlocking Congress’s ability to deliver significant fiscal stimulus,” said Stephen Innes of Axi in a report.
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