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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.
5:36 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
London builders under pressure as regulators open inquiry into leasehold marketLondon stocks were headed for the third straight losing week on Friday, with strong gains for mining companies but losses for building companies amid news regulators will open an investigation into the treatment of leasehold homeowners.
12:15 p.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields slide as auction for inflation auction sees muted appetiteU.S. Treasury yields fell Thursday as auction for inflation insurance showed investors were beginning to tire of taking down the waves of new debt supply, while suggesting worries around price pressures could be waning.
1:24 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Buffett's Berkshire buys gold miner Barrick, slashes Wells Fargo and JPMorgan, dumps Goldman stake amid coronavirus Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unloaded more than a quarter of its stake in Wells Fargo & Co. and about 61% of its position in JPMorgan Chase , while acquiring a new position in Barrick Gold Corp. , according to 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended Jun 30, that were released Friday afternoon. Berkshire's moves appeared to reflect a broad lightening of the conglomerates exposure to large-capitalization banks during the worst public health crisis in generations. Berkshire sold 85.6 million shares of Wells Fargo, representing about 26% of its stake and putting its ownership to about 3% from 5.3%. The insurance conglomerate also shed 35.5 million shares of JPMorgan, 61% of its position, which now represents 1% of Berkshire's overall portfolio from 3% in the prior period. Meanwhile, the investment firm acquired nearly 21 million shares of Barrick Gold worth $563 million, representing 0.3% of Berkshire's holding. Berkshire also reduced its holding in PNC Financial Services , selling 3.85 million shares to cut its position to 0.3% from 0.5%. The insurance conglomerate boosted its stake in grocery chain Kroger Co. by 15%, purchasing 3 million shares. The report also showed that Buffett's firm dumped its entire stakes in Goldman Sachs , Occidental Petroleum Corp. , as well as consummating an exodus of airline companies, including American Airlines Group Inc. , Delta Air Lines United Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co. . Berkshire didn't change its holdings in Apple Inc. , where the firm owns at 245.156 million shares. Large investors must disclose long stock positions held at the end of a quarter 45 days later in a 13F filing with the SEC, which means such filings are merely a snapshot of an investor holdings at a given point. Berkshire Class A and B shares are down by about 0.6% and 0.5% at Friday's close. Meanwhile, shares of Wells Fargo were down 0.8% in after-hours trade on Friday, JPMorgan shares edged 0.1% lower, while Barrick's stock was up 3.9% after Friday's closing bell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average booked a meager gain on the day, while the S&P 500 index and technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed in negative territory. However, all three benchmarks booked weekly gains.
5:00 a.m. Aug. 9, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Hot rookies and not-so-hot pot companies hop on the slowing earnings parade Earnings Watch: First earnings reports for Lemonade and Vroom, updates from Canopy Growth and Tilray will arrive after wave of better-than-expected results from bigger companiesCorporate profits have overwhelmingly exceeded low expectations so far this earnings season, but there are still plenty of wild cards left in the deck.
12:39 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Nigam Arora
Stock market bulls should consider owning gold as an insurance policy Money printing by the Federal Reserve and massive borrowing by the government may debase the U.S. dollar, helping goldMoney printing by the Federal Reserve and massive borrowing by the government may debase the U.S. dollar, helping gold.
8:45 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Why this investment could be ‘one of the dominant assets’ of the decade Will Rogers once said “Don’t wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait.” If you follow that Hollywood legend’s advice in the current climate, you could be in store for a nice windfall over the next 10 years, according to Ben Carlson.
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.
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.
2:20 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Closed Apple Stores could change iPhone buying habits, but there’s reason for hope amid pandemic Apple in the age of COVID-19: Smartphone demand may be snapping back as Apple prepares for fall iPhone launch Apple in the age of COVID-19: Smartphone demand may be snapping back as Apple prepares for fall iPhone launchWhat’s normally a ho-hum quarter for iPhone sales will be interesting for Apple Inc. this year as the COVID-19 crisis prompts big changes in the way people shop for electronics.
8:19 a.m. July 18, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
CNBC’s Jim Cramer uses this chart to predict the exact date the stock market could hit the skids“Renowned trading expert” Larry Williams and his reading of this chart suggest that the end of the month could also mean the end of the rally in the stock market.
8:01 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish holding pattern, S&P 500 traverses higher plateau Focus: VIX presses 200-day average, Home construction ETF tags four-month highs, Emerging markets sustain July breakout, ITB, EEM, ZS, PGR, LVGOU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, largely treading water amid receding volatility. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a higher plateau — capped by next resistance (3,233) — while the Dow Jones Industrial Average digests a decisive early-week break atop its 200-day moving average.
8:33 a.m. July 11, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Top economists say next coronavirus relief bill should be $1.5 trillion at minimum and hopefully larger U.S. economy is moving sideways after initial recoveryTwo prominent economists pressed Congress Thursday to consider a coronavirus relief measure that is significantly larger than $1.5 trillion minimum.
4:46 p.m. July 9, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
The office isn’t dead yet, even if remote work keeps rising, says Moody’s Hotels, retail showing signs of distress, but it’s a longer road for office buildingsTime is on the landlords’ side. Many office buildings still have at least four more years until borrowers face a whirlwind of mortgage debt coming due and a wave of large tenant leases expiring, according to credit-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service.
12:37 p.m. July 8, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow closes up 177 points, Nasdaq at fresh high as investors focus on economic recovery prospects Work-from-home stocks add to gain, as investors consider slower path to economic recoveryU.S. stocks ended Wednesday higher, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq scoring an all-time record, as investors focused on stocks that can outperform amid an acceleration of coronavirus infections in about 30 American states and longer periods of working from home.
7:48 a.m. July 6, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 ventures atop key resistance (3,155), Nasdaq spikes to record high Focus: China takes flight from key support, FXI, AKAM, TEAM, SWKS, VRSKU.S. stocks are firmly higher Monday, rising after a strong batch of global economic data and following market-friendly remarks from China. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured atop major resistance (3,155) — and is vying for its first close atop the inflection point since June 10 — while the Nasdaq Composite extends its July break to uncharted territory.
2:40 p.m. July 2, 2020 - By Wallace Witkowski
Lemonade logs best U.S. IPO debut of 2020 with more than 140% gain Debut follows string of recent strong IPOsLemonade Inc. snagged 2020’s strongest initial public offering debut as the shares of the mobile-based insurance startup became the latest to more than double on their first day of trading.
1:18 p.m. July 2, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow books slight gain, Nasdaq ends at a record as rise in coronavirus cases caps rally on strong jobs report U.S. financial markets close Friday for July Fourth holiday weekendU.S. stock indexes ended a choppy session Thursday with meager gains to close out a holiday-shortened week, as a record rise in new coronavirus cases in states like Florida helped to erode some of the optimism surrounding a stronger-than-expected monthly employment report for June.
5:13 a.m. June 30, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Pandemic ‘wrecks’ FTSE 100 dividend outlook for 2020, as U.K. payouts fall to lowest levels since 2014 Dividend payments are now expected to fall for two consecutive years before starting to forge a recovery in 2021, according to AJ Bell’s latest Dividend Dashboard reportThe forecast dividend payout for the FTSE 100 in 2020 has plunged by 17% compared with last year, AJ Bell data show.
9:16 a.m. June 27, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow closes 730 points lower after spike in coronavirus cases forces Texas and Florida to close bars again, while bank stocks sink on stress tests Social media stocks take a hit as more companies pull ad spending on hate speech concernsU.S. stock indexes closed at their lowest levels in about two weeks Friday, after Texas and Florida were forced to backtrack on reopening their economies as coronavirus cases rose further and a record number of new cases were reported nationwide.
4:50 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Central banks need to re-think rules on risk-taking at hedge funds, insurance companies and even corporations, IMF’s market division chief says Central banks did the right thing in being aggressive, fast and large, but there are consequences for risk takingEmergency actions by central banks to shore up the financial system in the face of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year were appropriate, but regulators will need to re-think the rules about risk-taking for hedge funds and insurance companies, often called non-banks that operate in the “shadow banking system”, the top financial regulator at the International Monetary Fund says.
12:45 p.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Bank stocks retreat in after-hours trade after Fed caps dividends and buybacks in the 3rd quarterShares of the U.S.'s biggest banks retreated in after-hours action on Thursday after the Federal Reserve after its of the banking system voted to require financial institutions to preserve capital by suspending share repurchases and cap dividend payments in the third quarter amid the worst economic and public health crisis in decades. Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. were trading 1.5% lower in thin trading in post-market action, those for American Express Co. were off 1.1%, Bank of America shares were trading 2.6% lower in the after-hours, shares for Goldman Sachs were down 2%, while Morgan Stanley shares were down 2.1% and those for Citigroup were off 1.9%. Wells Fargo's shares tumbled 3% in post-market action. To be sure, all of those mega banks enjoyed a powerful updraft in the regular session, with Wells finishing the day up 4.8% after the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said they are planning to loosen the restrictions imposed by the Volcker rule and allow banks to more easily make large investments into venture capital and similar funds. They will also be able avoid setting aside cash for derivatives trades between different affiliates of the same firm, potentially freeing up billions of dollars in capital for the industry, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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.
7:13 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Paul Kiernan
Bank regulators to roll back postcrisis rules that could unleash billions from the nation’s biggest financial institutionsFederal regulators are set to roll back a postcrisis rule that could free up tens of billions of dollars for major banks, delivering Wall Street one of its biggest wins of the Trump administration.
7:00 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Bank stocks jolt market higher Thursday morning after FDIC said to loosen crisis-era Volcker regulations: reportsThe stock market late-morning Thursday jumped into positive territory after a report indicated that officials from the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission would move to ease some regulations for the banking sector following a meeting. According to a Bloomberg report, , the FDIC and another regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, will soon vote on rolling back rules that prohibit banks from using their balance sheets to invest in companies and other assets, the regulators may also loosen rules pertaining to the amount of cash and cash equivalents the financial institutions would be required to set aside for reserves. The rules are related to regulations that were implemented in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis, known as the Volcker Rule, named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Shares of banks briefly burst higher on Thursday. The exchange-traded fund Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF which tracks the S&P 500's financial sector, was trading 1.5% higher, as was the SPDR S&P Bank ETF and the Invesco KBW Bank ETF . The S&P 500 index was off less than 0.1%, at last check, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading little changed at 25,442 and the Nasdaq Composite Index was about 0.1% higher at 9,913. The broader market had started trade lower amid signs of rising coronavirus cases. The reports for banks also come ahead of a stress test of the financial sector, with the results expected to be released at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday.
5:47 a.m. June 22, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
He hates shorting the stock market, but this ‘terrible, gut-wrenching scenario’ has him doing just that ‘It’s a terrible, gut-wrenching scenario all around’Wolf Richter, the veteran investor behind the Wolf Street blog, got hit hard betting against the market during the blow-off rally of in 1999. But this market “is even crazier” than that legendary internet bubble, he says.
5:47 a.m. June 21, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stock-market’s rally threatened by shroud of uncertainty as fresh coronavirus threats to economic recovery emerge U.S. stock-market rally built on precarious foundation of fiscal and monetary stimulus The stock-market’s ability to chug steadily higher despite uncertainty about how the economic recovery might shape up, and when the U.S. will bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control in all 50 states, is making some investors nervous.
2:40 p.m. June 17, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow ends 170 points lower, snaps 3 days of gains, as coronavirus concerns drag indexes lower Coronvirus cases rise in at least 9 U.S. states, while Fed’s Powell tells Congress unemployment benefits should be extendedU.S. stocks slumped in the final hour of trade Wednesday to end three days of gains, as investors monitored signs of a revival of the coronavirus pandemic in some U.S. states and China, while still hoping for a quick economic recovery as business activity resumes.
10:20 a.m. June 17, 2020 - By MarketWatch
New York City will enter phase 2 of reopening on Monday, Cuomo announcesNew York City will enter phase 2 of its economic reopening plan on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his Wednesday briefing. Outdoor dining, in-store retail and barber shops are among the business activities allowed to resume for the first time in nearly three months as part of this next phase. In addition to getting a haircut, some office workers will be allowed to head back to offices, including those in professional services, finance and insurance. Business restrictions in the city have been in place for months to limit the spread of the COVID-19, but reopenings are gradually taking place in all 50 states in varying degrees.
4:19 a.m. June 3, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
There’s a danger in the disconnect between complacent markets and weak fundamentals, analyst warnsMike Larson, senior analyst at Weiss Ratings, says he hasn’t seen markets this disconnected to reality in nearly a quarter-century.
11:52 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield falls most in three weeks as Trump draws attention to U.S.-China tensionsU.S. Treasury yields fall Friday after President Donald Trump railed against China in a news conference, but also appeared to take a less severe approach against Beijing than worried over the issue of Hong Kong.
2:53 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
HSBC and Prudential drag down London stocks as investors eye U.S.-China tensionsLondon stocks came under pressure on Friday, putting a stop to a string of winning sessions as investors waited to hear what President Donald Trump will say about China at a planned press conference later.
10:13 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold posts first loss in 3 sessions, logs lowest finish in over a week Silver futures fall by more than 2% ThursdayGold prices post their first loss in three sessions on Thursday, with the yellow metal marking its lowest finish in over a week as investors weigh some signs of improvement in the latest economic data.
12:03 p.m. May 20, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields sink after first 20-year bond auction since 1986U.S. Treasury yields fell Wednesday after the Treasury launched its first sale of the 20-year bond since 1986, drawing better-than-expected appetite for the new issuance.
11:41 a.m. May 18, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Home-builder confidence rebounds in May from historic decline as industry grows optimistic about post-pandemic home sales Construction firms are now relatively less pessimistic on the housing industry’s prospects thanks to low interest rates, even though coronavirus-related challenges remainConstruction firms are now relatively less pessimistic on the housing industry’s prospects thanks to low interest rates, even though coronavirus-related challenges remain.
10:24 a.m. May 18, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Fed actions in corporate debt point to crisis averted, for now Fed’s policy might be an insurance policy: claim, if neededThe Federal Reserve may only need to keep dangling its $2.6 trillion pot of emergency funding in front of U.S. borrowers and investors to help credit flow during the pandemic, not necessarily spend it, investors say.
5:09 a.m. May 18, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Warren Buffett hasn’t lost his touch and Berkshire Hathaway’s critics — as usual — are short-sighted Keep expectations real when a skilled investor lags the marketKeep expectations real when a skilled investor lags the market, writes Mark Hulbert.
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.
10:34 a.m. May 14, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Overseas investors can’t get enough of America’s debt Purchases of U.S. Treasurys and government-backed mortgage bonds by Japan hit a record in MarchJapan’s purchases of U.S. Treasurys ramped up in March, suggesting foreign investors may not be worried about the U.S.’s budget deficits.
2:37 a.m. May 14, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
FTSE 100 skids on concerns over economyU.K. stocks skidded lower on Thursday on worries markets have climbed too quickly in the face of the coronavirus pandemic still keeping most economies shut.
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