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Today's Options Market Update

Stocks have moved mostly in the red around mid-day after opening on the upside as uneasiness around a missile strike on Israel by Iran remains top of mind for investors.

Family Affair: A Look at Sector Trends

While major indexes have seemingly been calm this year, there are notable and stealthy sector leadership shifts that have happened under the surface.

Opening Market Update

Markets were initially taking missile strikes on Israel by Iran in stride premarket Monday, and while volatility eased, it remains near highs. Retail sales jumped 0.7% in March.

Looking to the Futures

May Natural gas futures (/NGK24) continue to hover near contract lows as U.S. gas inventories remain well above the five-year average.

Stocks Tumble on Bank Slump, Geopolitical Worries

Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped to its lowest level since January after JPMorgan Chase results disappointed and Middle East tensions escalated.

Closing Market Update

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped to its lowest level since January after JPMorgan Chase results disappointed and Middle East tensions escalated.

Schwab Market Perspective: Rolling Recovery?

There are signs that some previous "rolling recessions" are starting to turn into rolling recoveries.

Weekly Trader's Outlook

What a week! Stocks experienced some volatile moves this week, in both directions, driven by hotter than expected headline and Core (ex-food and fuel) CPI data, cooler than expected PPI data, sharply rising interest rates, falling Fed rate cut expectations, falling Consumer Sentiment, and mixed earnings and guidance from the financial sector. Investors should be prepared for more potential swings next week, as more earnings data is released, and additional insight is gathered on the strength of the consumer via the Retail Sales report.

With Stubborn Inflation, What Should the Fed's Target Be? (With David Beckworth)

Kathy Jones interviews economist David Beckworth about the potential role of nominal GDP as an alternate target for the Fed.

Stocks Rebound Behind Tamer PPI, Tech Resurgence

Semiconductors helped lift the Nasdaq Composite to a record close after a lower-than-expected producer price update eased inflation worries.