MarketWatch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates MarketWatch in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. MarketWatch is a website that presents business news and analysis, stock market data, and financial information. Founded in 1997, MarketWatch has bureaus in New York City and in Europe. It is published by Dow Jones and Company, part of News Corp.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for MarketWatch according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.38

Bias: -3.85

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Housing market has hit ‘rock bottom,’ says Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman -0.33 43
Red flags waving for tech stocks as AI bounce fades, China fears escalate 0 42
Am I being tricked into overtipping when I eat out? Should I tip before or after sales tax is added? 0 36.33
Opinion: Tech companies are suddenly playing it safe — why that’s a strategy blunder -0.67 33
Opinion: Elon Musk’s bulldozing of Twitter employees puts the company on a path to failure -2 31.67
Opinion: Debt gets a bad rap. As a college president, I’ve seen how loans have helped lower-income students the most -2.33 29
Opinion: Death to the car dealership — the Tesla sales model is poised to take over America 0 33.33
Opinion: Winners and losers in the ESG-investing push: Garbage companies, utilities and convenience stores 0 37.33
Opinion: This Gen Z learning method is superior to the old ways of doing things 0 33.67
Retiring? Great, but don’t stop learning. 0 37
Opinion: The bright side of the Great Resignation: You now have a better chance to be promoted at work 0 32.67
How to plan for the death of a loved one 0 33.67
Opinion: Duped in the grocery aisle: How to tell if you’re buying a sustainable product or an impostor 0 40.67
Opinion: This CEO says employees deserve to work from home — and it’s better for business -0.67 33
Opinion: Pay transparency is good for workers — and employers get more of the top job applicants -2 33
Opinion: Companies embracing ESG shouldn't run from diversity -- they should double down -9.67 31.67
Opinion: Why you shouldn’t wait forever to design your forever home 0 36.33
Retirees’ 4 biggest credit card misconceptions 0 39.33
Court preserves access to abortion drug but tightens rules -1.67 42.33
Merck’s stock leads the Dow’s early gainers after Citi turns bullish, raises price target by 24% 0 38.67
Wholesale inflation posts biggest drop in 3 years, PPI shows 0 44
Apple to use 100% recycled cobalt in all Apple-designed batteries by 2025 0 38.67
Traders move away from Fed’s rate outlook, coalescing around idea of full percentage point of rate cuts by year-end 0 39.33
Bank of America identifies the next bubble and says investors should sell stocks rather than buy them after the last rate hike 0 43
Deutsche Bank shares slump in latest sign of bank worries 0 43.67


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