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7:24 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
3 things to know about Tesla’s ‘battery day’ Electric car maker will be showcasing its battery technology at an event planned for TuesdayTesla Inc. hopes to wow the world on Tuesday at its battery day. Here are three things to know.
9:54 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices lose 1% as traders react to Fed policyGold futures finish with a loss of 1% as commodity investors reacted to the monetary policy statement from the Federal Reserve, which indicated it intends to keep key interest rates near zero through 2023.
1:16 p.m. Sept. 16, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Stocks end mostly lower after Fed holds interest rates steady near zero, but underscores risks to economic recovery Powell says economic scars of unemployment, foreclosures and evictions a risk without additional fiscal stimulus from CongressU.S. benchmark stock index closed mostly lower Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve said it would likely hold interest rates near zero until at least 2023 given the outlook for inflation and employment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but also indicated risks to the economy remain.
8:05 p.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets fall, as tech selloff spills across globe Stocks sink in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong KongAsian shares declined on Wednesday after a selloff of big technology stocks on Wall Street pulled U.S. benchmarks lower.
8:37 a.m. Sept. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Stock-market rout: Why it’s too early to call tech plunge the start of a correctionTech and other high-flying stock market sectors got hammered Thursday, but the move was so overdue it’s hard to declare it the start of a prolonged correction, investors and analysts say.
10:05 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices settle at 1-week low as U.S. stock market tumblesGold futures fall Thursday to settle at their lowest level in a week, as some traders look to the metal to cover losses in other assets on the heels of a drop in U.S. benchmark stock indexes.
7:23 p.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets brush off uncertainty, follow Wall Street higher Stocks rise in Tokyo and Seoul, while Hong Kong lagsAsian stock markets rose Thursday after Wall Street turned in its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook.
11:41 p.m. Aug. 25, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets retreat as investors await Fed chairman’s speech Stocks slip in Tokyo, Hong Kong, ShanghaiAsian shares were mostly lower Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street following talks between the United States and China on the status of a deal meant to work as truce in their trade war.
12:33 p.m. Aug. 24, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends above 28,000 for first time in 6 months, S&P 500 and Nasdaq clinch new records on coronavirus treatment hopesMajor U.S. benchmarks close near their intraday peaks Monday, after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite set records at the opening bell, as hopes for a potential COVID-19 treatment bolsters trading for more growth-sensitive sectors that have lagged the rest of the market.
7:58 p.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets fall after Fed minutes bring reality check Stocks drop sharply in Tokyo, Hong Kong, SeoulAsian shares slipped Thursday after sobriety set in on Wall Street, and the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes laid out challenges for the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
12:07 p.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow ends lower to mark longest string of losses in 2 months and S&P 500, Nasdaq retreat after record highsThe S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished lower on Wednesday after touching intraday highs during the session and the Dow industrials marked the longest losing skid in more than two months, as investors processed moves for the broader market that have taken it to new heights despite the pandemic. Stocks added to modest declines on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve at 2 p.m. Eastern Time released its minutes from its July 28-29 policy meeting, which showed that the central bank lowered its estimate for economic growth over the second half of the year. Fed officials say that the trajectory of the recovery from depends on the path of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Participants generally agreed that prospects for further substantial improvement in the labor market would depend on a broad an sustained reopening of businesses. In turn, such a reopening would depend in large part on the efficiency of health measures to limit the spread of the virus," the minutes said. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed off 0.3% at 27,692, matching its longest losing streak for the period ended June 19, according to FactSet data. The S&P 500 index finished off 0.4% at 3,375, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed off 0.6% at 11,146. All closing levels are on a preliminary basis. In corporate news, Apple Inc. briefly touched a market valuation exceeding $2 trillion dollars until pulling back. The move briefly made the iPhone maker the first company in the world to hit such a valuation. Apple shares finished up by about 0.1%. Separately, retailer Target Corp. booked a nearly 13% return after it produced better-than-expected profit and revenue.
10:30 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold prices notch best day in about four months with 2.5% gain Silver settles 6% on MondayGold prices rallies Monday, with the gain helping the precious commodity put in the best one-day gain in about four months on the back of a slide in government bond yields and the U.S. dollar, which were raising the appeal of the precious commodity.
8:02 p.m. Aug. 16, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets rise, though Nikkei sinks after Japan’s record contraction Japan’s economy shrank 27.8% from a year earlier in Q2Japanese stocks sank while other Asian markets gained Monday after Japan reported a record economic contraction as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on retailing, investment and exports.
6:30 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Warren Buffett said this metric signaled the 2001 crash — now it’s sounding the alarm on global markets A sell signal is flashing on Buffett’s favorite indicatorA sell signal is flashing on Buffett’s favorite indicator.
9:57 a.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold declines for the session, posts first weekly loss since early June Analyst calls gold’s price action ‘insane’ this weekGold futures end lower Friday, pulling back after two straight days of gains, with prices registering their first weekly loss in 10 weeks, pressured by recent strength in U.S. Treasury yields.
4:22 a.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Investors flock to China’s bond market, spurred by fears of missing out Global benchmark indexes embrace Chinese bonds, attracting inflows into debt of the world’s second largest economyGlobal investors finally appear on the brink of overcoming their long aversion to China’s bond market, which saw record funds flows into the sector in July, as Chinese debt takes up a larger share of benchmark bond indexes.
10:33 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold logs fresh record high near $2,050 Gold books seventh record close in eight sessions Gold prices ended sharply higher Wednesday, extending a record run for the precious metal that has helped it log gains for four straight days and eclipse a historical milestone above $2,000.
8:15 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets join global rally as S&P 500 nears record Stocks jump in Tokyo, Seoul, SydneyShares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February.
12:01 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields climb after factory data offers positive sign for global economyU.S. Treasury yields rise Monday as strong manufacturing data across the U.S., Europe and China suggests the recovery in the global economy was ongoing despite mounting worries how rising coronavirus infections could stall growth.
7:28 a.m. Aug. 2, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can keep you in the loop because your portfolio doesn’t take a vacationThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
8:22 p.m. July 30, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets fall after grim U.S. GDP data Stocks sink in Tokyo and Sydney, but rise slightly in Hong Kong and mainland ChinaAsian shares tumbled Friday as reports showed layoffs of American workers are persisting at high levels after the U.S. economy contracted at a nearly 33% annual pace in the spring, the worst quarter on record.
11:26 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By William Watts
U.S. oil prices drop below $40 on fears rising coronavirus cases will crimp demand California and Florida posted single-day record coronavirus death numbers on WednesdayOil futures are sharply lower Thursday, with U.S. prices settling below $40 a barrel for the first time in three weeks, pressured by worries that a rise in COVID-19 cases around the world could hurt demand as major oil producers relax production curbs.
8:00 p.m. July 29, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Global gold demand posts decline in first half of 2020, even as ETF inflows hit a record Gold bar and coin investment drop to 11-year low in the first half of 2020, reports the World Gold CouncilGlobal gold demand decline in the second quarter and first half of this year, but investment demand for the precious metal climb to a record, as exchange-traded fund holdings reached an all-time high by the end of June, according to a report from the World Gold Council published Thursday.
12:22 p.m. July 29, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
U.S. stocks close higher after Fed keeps interest rates near zero, Powell vows to keep up support during pandemic Big tech CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet Inc. grilled before House antitrust panelS&P 500, Nasdaq finished more than 1.2% higher Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve left benchmark interest rates unchanged and the central bank’s Powell reiterated his promise to keep rates near zero and stimulus intact until the threat of the coronavirus to the U.S. economy has passed.
3:48 a.m. July 29, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Fed puts $18 trillion U.S. government bond market under lockdown Treasury volatility fell to a record low last FridayEven for a market known for sleepy trading over the summer, bond investors have appeared to stand pat as the Federal Reserve asserts its intent to keep interest rates at zero for a long time.
12:13 p.m. July 27, 2020 - By William Watts
Here’s what the U.S. dollar’s fall means for the stock market Weaker dollar should be a positive, but foreign stocks will benefit more: analystsBarring some sort of currency meltdown, a weaker dollar should be a positive for equities, though foreign stocks will likely benefit more, analysts say.
4:18 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow slips Friday, Nasdaq logs back-to-back declines amid rising China-U.S. tensions and languishing fiscal stimulus Intel plunges, taking the Dow with it, and Nasdaq logs a weekly decline of 1.5% as high-flying technology-related stocks retreat U.S. stocks closed lower Friday with the technology-laden Nasdaq Composite notching its first back-to-back decline since mid-May as investors turn their attention to a flare-up in Sino-American animosities while Republican senators leave Washington for the weekend without obvious progress on another fiscal stimulus bill.
4:46 p.m. July 24, 2020 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help protect your portfolio from market shocksMoney and investing stories popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
12:32 p.m. July 24, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
30-year Treasury yield falls below 1.25% as investors weigh geopolitical tensions against improving eurozone dataU.S. Treasury yields held steady on Friday as investor worries around worsening relations between the world’s two largest economies was offset by signs that the eurozone economic recovery remained on track.
1:24 p.m. July 21, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P close higher as Covid-battered stocks surge, but off session’s best levels as tech sector sinks Gains for equities come even as gold is approaching its second-highest level in history, near $2,000 an ounceU.S. stock-indexes finish mostly higher Tuesday, but off the session’s best levels, as investors snap up beaten-down energy and financial stocks amid a slate of corporate earnings reports, including Coca-Cola and Lockheed Martin’s second-quarter results.
10:04 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold settles at a nearly 9-year high and silver scores highest finish since 2014 on fiscal stimulus moves Silver futures rally by nearly 7%Gold futures climb Tuesday to settle at a nearly nine-year high and silver rallies to prices not seen since 2014, with the precious metals lifted by an agreement on a rescue plan by European leaders and expectations for additional spending by the U.S. government.
8:30 a.m. July 18, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Diversify? Almost half of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway portfolio is now composed of a single stock Berkshire now owns more than $91 billion in Apple shares, representing 43% of the conglomerate’s entire portfolioWarren Buffett once said that “diversification is protection against ignorance. It makes little sense if you know what you are doing.” The takeaway: Load up on what you know. Even if it’s a tech stock, apparently.
6:03 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
China’s stock market just jumped 6%. This is a good thing and Westerners should be glad. No, really. Can China’s V-shaped economic recovery drag the U.S. along? The stock-market frenzy that’s gripped China over the past few weeks is probably grounded in economic fundamentals, analysts think, and the government’s response suggests they’ve learned some hard lessons over the past decade - all good news for U.S. investors.
1:19 a.m. July 16, 2020 - Associated Press
Shanghai Composite slumps 4% after data and as vaccine hopes fade Stocks off the most in Shanghai, Hong KongShares fell back in Asia on Thursday after markets worldwide rallied on rising hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
12:48 p.m. July 14, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends up 550 points, stocks jolt higher after Fed’s Brainard calls for ‘sustained’ large-scale asset purchases Wells Fargo’s stock ends 4.6% lower after its quarterly resultsU.S. stock-indexes finished near session highs Tuesday, after Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard calls for sustained large-scale asset purchases by the U.S. central bank to help the economy rebound amid a “thick fog of uncertainty” brought on by COVID-19.
7:47 p.m. July 12, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets gain on expectations of upbeat economic projections Stocks jump more than 1% in Japan and mainland ChinaShares rose in Asia on Monday, cheered by expected upbeat projections for a global economic rebound that were tempered by worries over expanding coronavirus outbreaks.
7:20 a.m. July 11, 2020 - By William Watts
Why ‘safe haven’ gold and the stock market are now moving the same direction Negative real yields mean opportunity cost of holding gold vanishes, analysts noteGold is traditionally thought of as a haven asset — a safe port in a storm. But that hasn’t stopped it from rising to a near nine-year high, and within striking distance of its record, even as equities and other assets traditionally viewed as risky remain buoyant.
5:20 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Why one strategist is wondering whether the trade of a lifetime is on its last legs‘If you start getting inflation in the system, the whole landscape begins to changes,’ says one strategist.
11:21 a.m. July 9, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil falls, with U.S. benchmark settling back under $40 as coronavirus concerns swirl Natural-gas futures end lower; U.S. supply climb in line with forecastOil futures fall on Thursday, with U.S. prices settling back below $40 a barrel, as commodity traders contended with rising cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and some other countries that may unsettle demand for crude.
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