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Inflation surge cools in July. Should you still play defense with your portfolio?

The latest surge in stocks helped lift the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +2.09% out of bear-market territory on Wednesday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.27% to exit correction territory. But the sharp upswing also prompted debate about if investors should adjust their portfolios, pivoting away from defense plays. For the past month, growth stocks …

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Stock-market investors cheer July inflation data. Big-name firms like Pimco and BlackRock aren’t so sure.

Wednesday’s release of the consumer-price index report for July contained enough downside surprises to give stock investors hope the worst of inflation may be behind. Yet an undercurrent of worry remained at big-name firms like Pimco and BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager. According to Pimco economists Tiffany Wilding and Allison Boxer, the details …

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Don’t be fooled by a drop in U.S. headline inflation. Markets will be attuned to another figure on Wednesday.

Traders, investors and economists are all counting on Wednesday’s consumer-price index report to show a decline in the annual headline U.S. inflation rate for July. But there’s another figure buried in the consumer-price index data that has the propensity to jolt markets. It’s called the core year-over-year CPI reading, a measure which strips out volatile …

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BlackRock warns investors should buy defensive stocks and bonds as tech-led rally at risk of fizzling

Following July’s spectacular rally, U.S. stocks SPX, -0.42% have been caught in a tight trading range over the past two weeks as investors struggle to make sense of some of the most confounding economic data in recent years. But while the S&P 500 index has held above the key 4,000 level thanks largely to a …

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PayPal earnings packed in much more than just numbers

After seeing its shares lose roughly two-thirds of their value in the past year, PayPal Holdings Inc. delivered a packed earnings report Tuesday, announcing a new chief financial officer, buyback authorization and cost-savings program, while also confirming that activists at Elliott Management Corp. have taken a stake in the company. Additionally, the company topped expectations …

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