Stocks mixed after US officials call for pause of J&J vaccine rollout

Stocks traded mixed on Tuesday after U.S. federal health officials called for a pause in the rollout of Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) COVID-19 vaccine amid concerns over rare blood clots in some individuals who received the inoculation. The Dow dipped, extending losses from the pre-market session following the joint announcement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which could complicate the vaccine distribution process as the country paces toward achieving herd immunity. The Nasdaq gained as technology shares advanced, while the S&P 500 was little changed. More…SPONSORED CONTENT

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Should you convert your IRA to a Roth if Biden’s infrastructure plan passes?

Roth accounts serve a special tax purpose – they’re funded with after-tax dollars and thus, are distributed tax-free (compared with a traditional account, where the money is contributed and grows tax-free but is taxed at withdrawal). Roth conversions are similar – investors move the money from their traditional accounts into Roth accounts and pay the tax upfront. Read more…

J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs stock options imply bigger than usual post-earnings moves

Options traders appear to be expecting a hot start to first-quarter earnings season, as “straddles” on shares of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are priced for much-bigger-than-usual moves after results are released. Article continues…

Airline Stocks Fall As Vaccine Rollout Hits Snag But Key Metric Turns Positive

Airline stocks fell as the FDA called for a pause on Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) coronavirus vaccine. But American Airlines (AAL) and United Airlines (UAL) said a measure of cash burn turned positive last month. Click to continue reading this article…

Stocks, Bonds Rise With Inflation Concern Fleeting: Markets Wrap

U.S. stocks climbed to record highs and bond yields fell as investors bet that a higher-than-forecast rise in inflation won’t be enough to slow economic stimulus measures. The S&P 500 touched an all-time high even after the U.S. recommended pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccines amid health concerns. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 also hit a record while the Dow Jones Industrial Average erased earlier losses. Consumer prices rose more than expected last month but investors speculated the acceleration was not fast enough to warrant any Federal Reserve policy change. The drop in yields weighed on bank shares. More here…SPONSORED CONTENT

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