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12:04 p.m. Dec. 16, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq ends at record, S&P 500 narrowly misses closing high as Fed emphasizes 0% interest rates through 2023 U.S. stocks finished at or near records on Wednesday, though the Dow closed nearly flat, as the Federal Reserve did little to indicate a change of the regime of ultralow interest rates amid the pandemic. The Fed said it was optimistic on the current recovery but emphasized that the outlook for the economy will hinge on how the U.S. deals with the worst viral outbreak in more than a century. Federal-funds rates were held at a range between 0% and 0.25%, as expected, as Washington tries to hammer out an agreement on another round of financial aid to combat the economic harm from the coronavirus. The central bank increased its GDP forecast but didn't adjust its $120 billion asset purchases, as had been expected by some Fed watchers. "Together these measures will ensure that monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support for the economy until the recovery is complete," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference after Wednesday's statement was released. "A big yawn," is how Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, described the policy update to MarketWatch, immediately after the release. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down by about 44 points, or 0.2%, at around 30,155; the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% to 3,701, just shy of its Dec. 8 closing record at 3,702.25' while the Nasdaq Composite Index booked a 0.5% rise to a record close at about 12,658. In economic reports, a retail sales report showed that the economy may be slowing as coronavirus cases surge. U.S. retail sales dropped a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November from the prior month. The data and Fed update come as congressional lawmakers were hammering out a roughly $900 billion deal that was expected to include another round of direct payments to households, The Wall Street Journal reported. In corporate news, Shares of Facebook Inc. were in focus after it launched a PR assault against Apple Inc. claiming the iPhone maker's upcoming mobile operating system update will hurt small businesses. Bond yields also edged higher, with the 10-year Treasury note yielding 0.92%.
8:01 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another bullish reversal: S&P 500, Nasdaq rally from key support Focus: Japan’s stealth breakout attempt, Amazon narrowly holds key support, EWJ, AMZN, VFC, CROX, TMU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising amid renewed vaccine optimism as well as merger and acquisition activity. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite are concurrently rising from major support closely matching the 50-day moving average. The tandem successful retests preserve a bullish intermediate-term bias.
7:36 a.m. Aug. 29, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Market timing when ‘clocks have no hands’ — Warren Buffett’s warning is as relevant now as it was in 2000Different this time? “Is this really just another giant bubble, or is this the New Age fueled by low interest rates and massive bond buying by the FED? Only time will tell.”
8:13 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500, Nasdaq sustain key technical breakouts Focus: 10-year yield tags two-month high, Airlines clear key trendline, TNX, JETS, COUP, MDT, TNDMU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising after a solid batch of economic data and as markets continue to digest recently dovish Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, the big three U.S. benchmarks are vying to build on already-consequential week-to-date technical breakouts.
8:25 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s persistently wild 2020 ride Focus: Technology sector scores massive single-day spike, Salesforce.com (+26%), Facebook (+8%), Netflix (+12%), Adobe (+9%) — in one dayU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid market-friendly Federal Reserve policy language. In the process, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have extended decisive breaks to record territory — clearing the 20-day volatility bands — while the Dow industrials have concurrently spiked to six-month highs.
8:04 a.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Nasdaq breaks to uncharted territory, S&P 500 (narrowly) nudges a record high Focus: Small- and mid-cap benchmarks assert holding pattern as August rotation persistsU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising after a mixed batch of earnings reports, and ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a respectable break to record territory, while the S&P 500 has scratched out nominal record highs across consecutive sessions.
12:54 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
S&P 500, Nasdaq score record closes, reclaim their perch at all-time highs Dow closes lower, but 6% off record highMajor U.S. stock indexes finished Tuesday mostly in record territory, despite ongoing wrangling in Congress over a further coronavirus aid and concerns about how the economy will fare when an unprecedented raft of fiscal stimulus eventually burns off.
12:44 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Gold rising to $4,000 an ounce ‘would not be an unreasonable move,’ fund manager says Michael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this yearMichael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this year.
6:41 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Michael Brush
‘Gold is going higher’ despite recent surge, says investor who’s managed a precious-metals fund for a quarter-century Caesar Bryan of the Gabelli Gold Fund says investors need the yellow metal as an insurance policy against the coronavirus crisisCaesar Bryan of the Gabelli Gold Fund says investors need the yellow metal as an insurance policy against the coronavirus crisis.
8:10 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 traverses the range Focus: Mid-year currency cross currents persist, UUP, FXE, FXY, PG, TGT, UALU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising ahead of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains range-bound, for now, though its intermediate-term path of least resistance continues to point higher.
5:35 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Stick to Apple and Microsoft, at least for now, says this fund manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day zeros on three big tech stocks that a Boston Private fund manager says are still delivering the goods for investors.
12:37 p.m. July 15, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Dow ends 228 points higher as vaccine optimism outshines rising coronavirus cases Apple shares eke out gain, after EU court battle win over $15 billion tax billU.S. stock indexes closed modestly higher on Wednesday, as investors focused on COVID-19 vaccine hopes and early signs of an economic upswing, rather than the toll of the pandemic.
10:14 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold edges up on dollar weakness, but strength in the stock market on vaccine hopes caps gainGold posts a gain on Wednesday, with the dollar-denominated metal finding some support from weakness in the U.S. dollar, but strength in global stock markets on optimism surrounding a coronavirus vaccine kept a cap on the price rise.
7:14 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Coronavirus slashes deal-making globally: What to expect next Drones, Zoom and COVID-19 have reshaped the M&A landscapeIt’s official: the first half of 2020 was the worst in at least 15 years for the global mergers and acquisitions business, according to Dealogic data. Here’s how rainmakers are making due in the new M&A landscape.
11:25 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By William Watts
‘The idea sounds relatively ludicrous’...Why currency analysts don’t believe Trump administration will pursue a proposal to undermine Hong Kong dollar peg Plan runs risk of backfiring, economists sayA proposal reportedly under consideration by U.S. officials that would take aim at the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the U.S. currency is being met with disbelief by economists and currency traders. Here’s why.
12:35 p.m. July 7, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends nearly 400 points lower, U.S. stocks swoon, on doubts of quick economic recovery Trump starts process for U.S. to quit World Health OrganizationU.S. stocks on Tuesday tumbled in the final hour of trade, ending a 5-day win streak for the S&P 500, as investors grew more wary of the economic, public-health and policy response to the coronavirus pandemic.
12:32 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks rise, but gains tempered by U.S. coronavirus concerns Lufthansa, H&M, Tesco and Wirecard on the moveEuropean stocks rose on Friday, brushing aside gloomy news on a record rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S., with gains for German business software group SAP SE and losses for Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB.
12:35 p.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow logs a 300-point gain as banks rally ahead of stress-test results, but rise in coronavirus cases remains a worry Investors weight slight improvement in economic data and loosening of financial regulation against rising daily rate of coronavirus cases U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Thursday, recovering a chunk of Wednesday’s ugly loss, ahead of a key update of the banking sector from the Federal Reserve.
5:03 a.m. June 24, 2020 - By Mohamed A. El-Erian
U.S. political squabbling could doom the world to lower growth, wider inequality and dangerously distorted markets, says Mohamed El-Erian The world still looks to the U.S. to lead on the economy, but America is in no shape to driveThe most likely outcome is lower growth, worsening inequality, distorted markets, and rising financial risks. But this outcome is not preordained, says Mohamed El-Erian.
2:11 p.m. June 23, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Will the Fed spend trillion of dollars, every year, forever to support the market?’ asks billionaire Howard Marks ‘How do people feel about buying securities that are high only because the Fed is buying?’Billionaire investor Howard Marks appears to have more questions than answers during a Tuesday interview with CNBC.
7:55 p.m. June 18, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed amid concern over coronavirus hotspots Stocks edge up in Tokyo, down in Hong KongAsian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street closed little-changed amid as optimism about a possible global economic recovery was tempered by concern over rising coronavirus infections.
10:33 a.m. June 10, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices end lower, then move up as Fed signals no interest-rate hikes through 2022 Gold futures trade more than 2% higher week to dateGold futures give up earlier gains on Wednesday to finish lower, marking their first loss in three sessions, but prices move up in electronic trading after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicates that it does not plan to raise current interest rates, which stand near zero, through at least 2022.
10:46 a.m. June 6, 2020 - By William Watts
How the U.S. dollar’s ‘almost silent slide’ is juicing the stock-market rally ICE U.S. Dollar Index down nearly 6% from March pandemic panic peakInvestors might not have noticed amid all the excitement, but a stealthy slide by the U.S. dollar should get some of the credit for the stock market’s stunning rally.
1:41 p.m. June 2, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
Amid disease, riots and rising U.S.-China tensions, the stock market keeps it cool Stocks power higher as worrying headlines pile upAnalysts and investors interviewed by MarketWatch said that improvement in the COVID-19 health crisis and the gradual lifting of related economic restrictions is enough to support stock prices in the face of largely non-economic protests and geopolitical conflicts.
4:47 a.m. June 2, 2020 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Warning of ‘green swan’ risks, climate group Ceres and bipartisan supporters lay out 50-step plan for markets and regulators U.S. lags counterparts in China, Europe, the U.K., South America and Canada in responding to climate change as a systemic risk — including in tie-ins with COVID-19 responseA new report outlines how and why U.S. financial regulators, who are responsible for protecting the stability and competitiveness of the U.S. economy, need to recognize and act on climate change as a systemic risk
4:33 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Is Corporate America a going concern? This one chart suggests otherwise Policymakers keep interest rates low to stimulate borrowing for things that boost the economy, not the share priceHere’s what $4 trillion of low-interest-rate debt swapped for $4 trillion of company shares looks like.
8:03 p.m. May 26, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed as tensions flare in Hong Kong Hang Seng retreats as new laws debated; Nikkei recovers from early lossesMajor Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday as U.S.-Chinese tension over Hong Kong competed with optimism about recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
6:10 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
BlackRock portfolio manager says stock investors should watch out for these blind spots right now Critical information for the U.S. trading dayStocks are looking up for Tuesday, as investors get back to work after the Memorial Day weekend. Our call of the day says there is plenty that investors don’t understand right now, which could trip them up in future.
1:36 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Why one strategist says these hard-hit stocks will rebound — even if there’s a second wave to the pandemicOne strategist says the economy is better prepared for a new wave of infections — and value stocks are near a point where they will lead the market.
5:28 a.m. May 16, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Fed says risks to the financial system are worrying insiders Corporate leverage cited as a significant problem that could be exposed due to problems created by the coronavirusRisks are lingering in the U.S. financial system despite unprecedented actions taking by the Federal Reserve in recent weeks to limit the damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report.
12:23 p.m. May 12, 2020 - By Chris Matthews
Dow books 450 point loss as stocks record biggest one-day slump since May 1 Nasdaq breaks six-day win streakU.S. stocks end sharply lower on Tuesday, erasing the previous day’s gains, as investors monitor tentative efforts to reopen the economy and weigh tensions between Washington and Beijing.
5:34 a.m. May 12, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow opens up more than 100 points as consumer prices sink by the most since the 2008 financial crisisU.S. stocks opened headed higher early Tuesday as investors watched the latest development on the pandemic and the responses of state and federal agencies to limit the economic impact from the deadly disease. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 150 points, or 0.6%, at 24,371, the S&P 500 index rose 0.5% at 2,945, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.6% at 9,245. The moves for the major benchmarks come as consumer prices sank 0.8% in April, led by tumbling gasoline prices, marking the biggest decline since the 2008 Great Recession. The pace of inflation over the past 12 months slowed to 0.3% from 1.5% in March and 2.5% at the start of 2020. Meanwhile, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is set to begin buying corporate-bond, exchange-traded funds Tuesday, marking a historic expansion of the central bank's efforts to support the economy and financial system during the most significant financial crisis in nearly a century sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
5:14 a.m. May 8, 2020 - By Selin Bucak
Here’s another reason Turkey’s lira may keep tumblingThe Turkish lira fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar this week and reports say the government has tried to stop the slide by taking action against three foreign banks.
3:16 p.m. April 30, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Under Fed’s new criteria, Equifax, Nasdaq and Tiffany & Co. are ‘Main Street’ companies Companies with up to $5 billion in annual revenue now qualify for emergency lending programMore than 100 companies from the S&P 500 index now meet the Federal Reserve’s expanded criteria set out Thursday for its main street credit facility to help shore up small and medium-sized businesses hit by the pandemic.
11:20 a.m. April 30, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
U.S. oil prices climb 25% to pare monthly loss to 8% Major oil producers begin output cutbacksOil futures finish 25% higher for Thursday’s session, paring their loss for the month as traders eye the outlook for global crude supply, demand and crude storage capacity.
5:49 a.m. April 28, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
These two signals will soon tell us if investors are fighting a ‘losing game’ with stocks, says top strategist Critical information for the U.S. trading day Our call of the day worries investors are fighting a ‘losing game’ with stocks. Jim Bianco of Bianco Research is opting for cash and gold these days and keeping a close eye on big economic signals coming in the next couple of weeks.
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