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7:36 a.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - Barrons.com
Home-Price Growth Notched More Record Gains at the End of 2020. Is a Slowdown in Sight? Buyer demand is likely to continue in 2021, said Selma Hepp, deputy chief economist at CoreLogic—but the same cannot necessarily be said for other factors.
12:20 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - Barrons.com
IG Group Plans to Ride the At-Home Trading Boom The question is whether IG Group’s recent acquisition comes as the boom in trading at home is ending or as retail investor behavior is shifting.
7:00 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Texas power disaster may be strongest case yet for renewable energyBlaming renewables in Texas and elsewhere at a time when they need more, not less, of the nation's power system to modernize is short-sighted, said energy analysts.
4:00 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Looking to avoid an obscenely overpriced U.S. stock market? Here’s one strategist’s advice on how to ride the inflation waveIf inflation is coming, where should investors go? How about Latin America, says one strategist.
12:00 p.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Why the stock market’s ‘worst-case’ scenario depends on these 3 ingredientsTreasury yields are heading higher, says Jefferies, but nervous stock-market investors should also keep an eye on credit spreads and the U.S. dollar.
11:20 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Big city flight led to surging suburban home prices --- Will it outlast the pandemic?Home prices are surging in less dense suburbs of big cities in the past year due to the pandemic. But as the U.S. vaccination effort ramps up, Fitch Ratings expects price gains in the suburbs to cool.
8:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - Barrons.com
Debt-Fueled Stock Buybacks Are Coming Back. That Could Hurt Some Companies' Credit. Fitch says buybacks will likely rebound this year. And while many companies can afford it, the firm has assigned a negative outlook to a few firms' debt.
1:13 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - MarketWatch
China's car sales rose 25% in JanuaryChina's car sales surged in January from the low base of a year earlier, when the coronavirus began sweeping the world's largest auto market. Retail sales of passenger cars rose 25.7% to 2.16 million vehicles last month compared with the same time a year before, the China Passenger Car Association said Monday, the strongest growth since September 2016.
3:01 a.m. Feb. 6, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
This is the most overvalued housing market in America. Spoiler: It’s not in California.Home prices skyrocketed over the past year, but the economy has yet to catch up.
3:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2021 - Barrons.com
Sectors That Could Shine Under Biden’s Policies Commentary on the bonds and stock sectors that look good now, the difference between shareholder and stakeholder capitalism, whether stocks are in a bubble, and what history says about the first quarter of a presidential cycle.
3:39 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - Barrons.com
Los Angeles Has Been Hammered by Covid. But Its Muni Bonds Are Holding On. Here’s Why. The city has $600 million in a rainy-day fund, a large and diverse economy, and investors appear willing to stand by its debt.
3:25 p.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - Barrons.com
Telefónica Stock Soars on $9.4 Billion Sale of Phone Masts to American Tower The Spanish telecoms group said it plans to use the proceeds from the sale of its towers business to reduce its net financial debt.
11:37 a.m. Dec. 10, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The housing market could suffer if Congress doesn't pass a new stimulus package soon, ratings agency saysPersistently-high unemployment could harm the home-buying market if lawmakers don’t take action soon.
11:11 a.m. Dec. 9, 2020 - Barrons.com
Fitch Downgrades New York City’s Credit Ahead of Bond Sale The bonds, which will be sold with maturities from one to 16 years, are being issued to refinance existing debt.
6:29 a.m. Nov. 17, 2020 - Barrons.com
China’s Retail Sales Are Climbing. What Investors Need to Know. China’s retail sales climbed to 4.3% in October from 3.3% in September, continuing the sector’s upward trajectory. Officials expect increased domestic consumption into the fourth quarter.
11:50 p.m. Nov. 8, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Fitch lowers Saudi Arabia outlook to negativeFitch Ratings on Monday lowered its long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating on Saudi Arabia to negative from stable while affirming the rating at A. Fitch cited the continued weakening of its fiscal and external balance sheets, which has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic and lower oil prices . Fitch expects the Saudi government budget deficit to widen to 12.8% of GDP in 2020 from 4.5% of GDP in 2019, due to a 33% drop in oil revenue, a 5% drop in non-oil revenue and 1% higher spending.
4:15 a.m. Nov. 5, 2020 - Barrons.com
Illinois Credit Is Getting Worse After Voters Reject a Graduated Income Tax Illinois’ bond prices fell after voters rejected a graduated income tax proposal on Tuesday’s ballot. And while its debt hasn’t been downgraded, it is already trading like junk.
10:31 a.m. Oct. 29, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Boeing sees roughly $12 billion in demand for new debt deal, despite massive cash burnBoeing is seeing huge demand from investors on Thursday for its new 4-part corporate bond deal, which comes a day after the embattled aircraft maker reported third-quarter results that weren't as bad as Wall Street feared.
1:15 a.m. Oct. 28, 2020 - Barrons.com
The MTA Is Selling Green Bonds This Week. Investors Should Prepare for More Borrowing. Analysts at Fitch have downgraded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s revenue bonds, citing the risk that New York’s transit system could borrow a lot more in the future as ridership has been decimated by the pandemic.
5:42 a.m. Oct. 14, 2020 - Barrons.com
MassMutual’s Credit Rating Could Be Hurt by Invesco Stake MassMutual acquired Invesco shares when it sold its Oppenheimer Funds unit to Invesco last year—before a dramatic decline in Invesco stock.
9:34 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: WHO warns of record single-day rise in global COVID-19 cases, while northeastern U.S. states heat up again Clusters emerge in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and New York City is seeing more than 500 cases a dayThe World Health Organization on Friday reported a record rise in global cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, in the latest sign that the illness is far from contained.
11:10 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
JetBlue's debt downgraded deeper into junk territory by Fitch Fitch Ratings on Thursday downgraded JetBlue Airways Corp.'s debt one notch deeper into high-yield bonds, to BB- from BB. A "recovery in air traffic will be slower than previously anticipated," hampering JetBlue and other airlines' efforts to drum up business until COVID-19 cases decrease or until treatment or a vaccine against the virus become available. JetBlue's cash burn is likely to "remain material well into 2021," Fitch said. The ratings agency also worried about the airline's going deeper into debt, which helped it with liquidity but puts pressure on the airline's debt metrics in the longer term, it said. Airlines have been "proactive" in cutting capacity as demand has lagged, Fitch said. As capacity increases, so will costs, "and JetBlue will not see the same types of cost savings that some larger carriers will see from things like fleet retirements and management headcount reduction," the ratings agency said. "However, JetBlue is starting from a lower cost base, which Fitch believes puts the company in a better position to recover from the downturn." Air-travel demand recovered some from April's trough, but the pace of recovery slowed as reported cases began to rise again in June. "Fitch expects traffic levels to remain anemic until case levels improve substantially or until more effective treatments or a vaccine become widely available," it said. Shares of JetBlue edged higher in the extended session Thursday after ending the regular trading day up 3.7%.
3:01 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Why the SEC's settlement with credit-rating newcomer Kroll is a big dealKroll came to the bond-rating world with fresh eyes after the 2007-'08 global financial crisis. But complex securities at the center of the last crisis are being put to the test again by the coronavirus pandemic.
12:59 a.m. Sept. 26, 2020 - By Sadagopa Iyengar
‘Buses are packed, as are shops and markets’: India’s rising COVID-19 infections are rapidly catching up with the U.S. ‘The police have mopped up a tidy sum by way of fines for mask-wearing noncompliance, though social distancing is not being enforced’‘The police have mopped up a tidy sum by way of fines for mask-wearing noncompliance, though social distancing is not being enforced.’
1:06 p.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Bank of America sells $2 billion of bonds to help fight inequality in Black and Hispanic communitiesThe 5-year debt financing will be used by Bank of America to bolster affordable housing, entrepreneurship and other activities that help Black and Hispanic communities.
12:16 p.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Verizon raises $1 billion through green bond deal, adding to eco-focused debt spreeVerizon Communications saw robust interest for its new $1 billion 10-year green bond on Wednesday, while adding to a flurry of recent debt deals that will help fund more environmentally friendly projects.
9:02 a.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - Barrons.com
Why Hershey Stock Can Rally to $190: Analyst This company is leveraging strong cash flows to invest in future growth opportunities, but its stock is priced as if profits will permanently decline.
5:35 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
U.S. is closing in on doing something it hasn't done since World War II — borrowing more money than it raisesAmid the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government is nearing a fiscal milestone few expected: it will borrow as much or more this year than it raises in taxes and other revenues.
4:59 a.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - Barrons.com
Lufthansa Books Worst Loss in History, Says Air Travel Will Take 4 Years To Recover Europe’s second-largest airline, Lufthansa reported a €1.5 billion net loss for the three months to June, compared with a €226 million net profit a year earlier, as passenger numbers fell 96%.
4:19 p.m. July 31, 2020 - Barrons.com
For the First Time Ever, Uncle Sam’s Aid to U.S. Tops Quarterly GDP Stimulus from Federal Reserve and federal government pumped about $5 trillion into the economy in the second quarter, while nominal GDP was $4.85 trillion
1:45 p.m. July 31, 2020 - Barrons.com
Fitch Is Warning About U.S. Debt. Treasury Yields Are at Record Lows. The ratings firm cut its outlook “to reflect the ongoing deterioration in the U.S. public finances and the absence of a credible fiscal consolidation plan.”
1:37 p.m. July 31, 2020 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Fitch cuts U.S. credit outlook to 'negative' on COVID-19, election uncertainty, but maintains AAA ratingFitch Ratings on Friday turned more negative on the outlook for the gold-plated U.S. credit rating. High fiscal deficits and debt were already on a rising medium-term path before the onset of the huge economic shock precipitated by the coronavirus, the ratings agency said in giving the U.S. a "negative" outlook, while maintaining a AAA rating. The U.S. had the highest government debt of any AAA-rated sovereign heading into the crisis, and Fitch expects general government debt to exceed 130% of GDP by 2021. The U.S. sovereign rating is supported by structural strengths that include the size of the economy, high per capita income and a dynamic business environment. Fitch considers U.S. debt tolerance to be higher than that of other 'AAA' sovereigns. Fitch said it expects negative real interest rates and continued loose monetary policy at the Federal Reserve to provide some support to public debt dynamics. The report also looked ahead to the November election. "The odds of Democrats overturning the Republican majority in the Senate have shifted in their favor over the past quarter, but it is unlikely that either party will achieve a 60-seat majority," Fitch analysts wrote. "A continuation of policy gridlock is a risk. Political polarization may weaken institutions and reduces the scope for bipartisan cooperation, hindering attempts to address structural issues (including some highlighted by the pandemic and protests) but also longer-term fiscal challenges."
11:54 a.m. July 31, 2020 - Barrons.com
Stocks Rose but the Energy Sector Is Burning Out Chevron and Exxon both reported disappointing losses, while the S&P 500 energy sector tumbled nearly 1% on Friday. It was the worst-performing corner of the market as all three major U.S. indexes closed with gains.
11:31 a.m. July 29, 2020 - Barrons.com
U.S. Stocks Close Higher as Fed Keeps Rates Near Zero All major U.S. indexes rose on Wednesday, in the thick of a busy earnings week, as the Fed holds steady on rates.
8:01 p.m. July 28, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed amid gloomy earnings and pandemic concerns Nikkei slips, while stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai gainAsian markets were mixed Wednesday as traders awaited the results of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest meeting.
8:00 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed amid gloomy earnings and pandemic concerns Nikkei slips, while stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai gainAsian markets were mixed Wednesday as traders awaited the results of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest meeting.
12:52 p.m. July 27, 2020 - Associated Press
Oprah ends print editions of O Magazine, announces new Apple TV+ series Magazine will continue to live online; new streaming talk show to debut ThursdayO, The Oprah Magazine is ending its regular monthly print editions with the December 2020 issue after 20 years of publication.
9:51 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Keith Jurow
The feared jumbo mortgage debacle is here — thanks to the coronavirus — and ready to pound the housing market COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing borrowers’ ability to stay in their homesCOVID-19 pandemic is squeezing borrowers’ ability to stay in their homes, writes Keith Jurow.
1:19 p.m. July 23, 2020 - Barrons.com
Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant Owner Joins Other Retailers Filing for Bankruptcy Ascena Retail Group will close 1,600 of its 2,800 stores in an effort to eliminate its debt by $1 billion, according to court documents.
3:08 a.m. July 18, 2020 - By Tonya Garcia
Online food prices jump as food companies struggle to meet demand Digital purchasing power has fallen into negative territory for the first time ever, according to Adobe dataOnline food prices have climbed 4.2% over the past six months according to the latest Adobe Inc. data as grocery e-commerce accelerated amid the COVID-19 pandemic and food producers struggled to keep up with continued high demand.
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