Yahoo Finance's Ines Ferre breaks down how markets are digesting the first confirmed Omicron COVID case in the U.S.
The S&P 500 is up 25% so far this year. That's after a 16% 2020 gain despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Gains this high are not normal, as the market tends to average around 8% a year over the long term.
Many investors begin their search for dividend-paying stocks by focusing on one metric: the yield. Investors would be better served by considering a stock's total return. This metric takes into account the stock price appreciation, share buybacks, and paid dividends.