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4:37 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow retreats from 30,000 milestone at open, but Nasdaq trades in record territory ahead of Thanksgiving holidayU.S. equity benchmarks Wednesday morning saw muted action, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average breached 30,000 points for the first time, and as investors readied for pandemic-tinged Thanksgiving on Thursday when U.S. markets will be closed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 90 points, or 0.3%, to trade at 29.960, the S&P 500 index slipped 0.1% to 3,631, while the Nasdaq Composite Index added 25 points, or 0.2%, at 12,061, touching closing record territory for the tech-laden index. Investors in the past week have focused on progress toward COVID-19 vaccines, and abating concerns around the presidential transition of President-elect Joe Biden. In economic reports, Labor Department employment figures showed jobless claims rose for a second consecutive week, a sign that resurging cases of COVID are taking a toll on the labor market. Meanwhile, durable goods orders rose by more than forecast. A number of other economic reports are set for today, pulled forward because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Black Friday in the U.S. The Federal Reserve's meeting minutes from its meeting earlier this month will be released at 2 p.m.
3:25 p.m. Oct. 16, 2020 - By MarketWatch
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7:40 a.m. Oct. 2, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. adds 661,000 jobs in September and unemployment rate falls to 7.9% U.S. unemployment rate falls for fifth straight monthThe U.S. created 661,000 new jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell again to 7.9% to the lowest level of the pandemic, but the gain in hiring was the smallest since the economy reopened and pointed to deceleration in the recovery.
11:58 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow ekes out gain in turbulent trade as Wall Street struggles to shrug off market uncertaintyU.S. stock indexes finished with slight gains in choppy trade Thursday, reflecting a market that is struggling to find its footing amid signs of softening economic data and a raft of uncertainties ahead.
11:10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow trades in nearly 560-point range before eking out slight gain in choppy Thursday actionU.S. stocks traded on an unsteadily Thursday, with the major benchmarks swinging from solid gains to losses within minutes, at times, reflectin signs of softening economic data and a raft of uncertainties ahead, including a lack of additional economic stimulus and expected volatility from the 2020 presidential election. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up by about 52 points, or 0.2%, at 26,815, but not before trading within a 560-point range on the day. The Dow was down 226.12 points at the day's nadir and 331.72 at the session high. The S&P 500 index finished up 0.3% at 3,246, but momentarily traded beneath its correction level--defined as a drop of at least 10% from recent peak--at 3,222.76. Gains were aided by a rise in consumer staples and utilities , considered safety plays during times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.4% to finish around 10,672, after touching a high at 10,799, and a low at 10,520. Investors parsed a report that House Democrats were putting together another coronavirus stimulus plan that would come in at $2.4 trillion, with a possible vote on the legislation, which would include unemployment benefits, direct payments, small business loans and airline aid, as soon as next week, . Meanwhile, weekly labor figures showed that some aspects of the coronavirus recovery are stalling out. Jobless claims rose 4,000 to 870,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, reflecting that slightly more Americans applied for state unemployment benefits in the week ended Sept. 19 than in the prior week. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had been looking for claims to decline to 850,000.
11:30 a.m. Sept. 18, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Stocks close lower, notching third straight weekly loss as tech-led sell-off intensifies S&P 500 closes below its 50-day moving average for the first time since April 23U.S. stock indexes closed lower Friday, notching a third straight weekly loss, amid uncertainty about a fresh round of fiscal stimulus from Washington, concerns about tensions between the U.S. and China, and worries about the sluggish pace of economic recovery.
11:42 a.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow snaps four-day winning streak as stocks finish day with modest losses Bulls restrained by Fed outlook, lackluster U.S. economic dataU.S. stocks finished lower Thursday, but off the session lows, as investors digested the Federal Reserve’s economic outlook along with lackluster economic data.
12:16 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.
10:07 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Airline stocks led higher by Delta Air after travel demand rises to post-COVID-19 high Delta’s stock paces Dow transports gainers after $6.5 billion debt offering plans, and raised target by analystAirline stocks were broadly higher Monday, led by Delta Air Lines Inc., after more positive travel demand data, with a surge in the broader stock market also providing support.
10:33 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices suffer a second weekly fall on demand worries Natural-gas futures end over 12% lower for the weekOil futures suffer from a second consecutive weekly decline on Friday, pressured by worries over the outlook for demand and a climb in U.S. crude supplies.
10:05 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices post a loss as EIA reports first weekly U.S. crude-stock climb in 7 weeks Natural-gas futures lose more than 3% for the sessionOil prices post a loss on Thursday after U.S. government data reveal a weekly climb in U.S. crude inventories, on the heels of six consecutive weeks of declines, raising expectations of an oversupplied market as uncertainty continues to surround the outlook for demand.
6:06 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports first weekly climb in U.S. crude supplies in 7 weeksThe that U.S. crude inventories rose by 2 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 4, on the heels of six consecutive weekly declines. That compared with an average forecast by analysts polled by S&P Global Platts for a fall of 500,000 barrels. The reported a climb of 3 million barrels, according to sources. Supply data were released a day later than usual this week due to Monday's Labor Day holiday. The EIA data also showed crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub edged up by about 1.9 million barrels for the week. Gasoline supply, meanwhile, fell by 3 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles declined by 1.7 million barrels. The S&P Global Platts survey had shown expectations for a supply decline of 2.5 million barrels for gasoline, but distillates were expected to rise by 300,000 barrels. October West Texas Intermediate crude was down 49 cents, or 1.3%, at $37.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices traded at $37.60 .
11:46 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
API data show a weekly climb of 3 million barrels in U.S. crude supplies, sources sayThe American Petroleum Institute reported late Wednesday that U.S. crude supplies rose by 3 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 4, according to sources. The API data, which was released a day later than usual because of Monday's Labor Day holiday, also reportedly showed gasoline stockpiles dropped 6.9 million barrels, while distillate inventories rose by 2.3 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub, meanwhile, climbed by 2.6 million barrels for the week, sources said. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Thursday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories down by 500,000 barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a supply decline of 2.5 million barrels for gasoline and an inventory increase of 300,000 barrels in distillates. October West Texas Intermediate crude was at $37.69 a barrel in electronic trading, down from on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
10:07 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices finish higher, but concerns remain over outlook for demand EIA supply data delayed to Thursday due to holidayOil futures finish higher Wednesday, with U.S. prices reclaiming less than half of the more than 7% drop suffered in the previous session as worries over the demand outlook limits crude’s upside potential.
2:20 a.m. Sept. 9, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
Airline stocks rise after data showing rise in travel demand over Labor Day weekend Morgan Stanley says airline industry is ‘attractive’ despite potential turbulence, Cowen sees signs of ‘pent up’ demandShares of airline companies traded mostly higher Tuesday, as signs of increasing travel demand and bullish analyst calls helped the industry buck the selloff in the broader stock market.
11:54 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow closes down 632 points, as tech rout leaves Nasdaq in correction territory Tesla skids to largest one-day fall ever, after getting left out of S&P 500 index rebalanceU.S. stock indexes finished lower for a third day on Tuesday, slumping to a four week low, led by technology stocks which had driven the five month rally, as the Nasdaq Composite booked its quickest plunge ever from a record close to correction territory.
10:58 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. Treasury yields slide as stocks renew selloff to begin holiday-shortened weekU.S. Treasury yields fall Tuesday as U.S. equities extend their torrid selloff last week, bolstering demand for haven assets ahead of a rush of debt issuance.
10:17 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices settle at lowest since June, with Brent prices below $40 End of U.S. driving season also puts pressure on crude pricesOil prices fall Tuesday to their lowest settlement since June, unable to shake off worries about crude demand due to a continued rise in coronavirus cases, the end of the U.S. summer holiday driving season and a report that Saudi Arabia plans to cut its oil prices in October.
9:31 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices end higher as traders take cues from a dollar rally and a global, tech-led stock selloff Gold futures settle at highest in nearly a weekGold futures reverse course to finish higher Tuesday, with the haven metal finding support as global stocks sink and as the dollar eases back a bit from its earlier highs.
2:38 a.m. Sept. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
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11:58 p.m. Sept. 6, 2020 - By Marketwatch
SMIC slumps, SoftBank drops in mixed Asia markets SMIC shares plunge in Hong Kong after threat of U.S. export restrictionsAsian markets were mixed in early trading Monday, following a sharp selloff on Wall Street last week.
3:28 a.m. Sept. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Stocks fall but end off session lows as investors continue to rotate out of tech and momentum sectors U.S. economy adds back jobs but at slowing pace in August, unemployment rate fallsU.S. stocks finish with losses but off session lows Friday, as previously unloved sectors found support and tech and other highflying segments felt the pressure of continued profit-taking.
12:44 p.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. regains 1.4 million jobs in August and unemployment drops to 8.4% as economic recovery shows resilience U.S. unemployment rate falls fourth straight monthThe U.S. regained 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate sank to 8.4%, suggesting an economic recovery is still plowing ahead even if the pace of growth has slowed since the start of the summer.
10:47 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield sees biggest daily pop since mid-May as traders make room for next week’s debt supplyU.S. Treasury yields climbed on Friday after the August official employment report showed more job gains and a sharper drop in the jobless rate than expected, easing concerns that the labor market recovery was in danger of stalling.
10:15 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
U.S. oil benchmark ends below $40 a barrel, down over 7% for the week Brent, WTI see weekly lossesOil futures decline on Friday, with U.S. prices ending below $40 a barrel for the first time since early July, contributing to a loss for the week as concerns over prospects for demand and strength in the U.S. dollar push prices to their lowest since July.
10:07 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow attempts 628-point U-turn from low to briefly turn positive in wild Friday tradeThe Dow Jones Industrial Average and the broader market were attempting a notable comeback after skidding sharply lower early Friday, heading into a three-day holiday weekend. U.S. markets will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday. The Dow was down 66 points, or 0.2%, at 28,220 but had been briefly trading up 6 points, or 0.1%, just after 2:30 p.m. Eastern, after falling by as many as 628 points at Friday's lows earlier in the session to hit a intraday low at 27,664.68. The Dow also had traded 247 points higher to an intraday peak at 28,539.75 before retreating lower later in the morning. The early downturn came as the market parsed an August jobs report that came in better than expected, showing that unemployment fell to 8.4% from 10.2%, but still was reflective of a slowing pace of job growth. The stock declines also come after Thursday's withering sell-off, powered by a retrenchment in some of the most popular highflying, tech stocks, including Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. . On Thursday, the Dow ended with a loss of 807.77 points, or 2.8%, at 28,292.73, after dropping more than 1,000 points at its session low. The S&P 500 closed 125.78 points lower, down 3.5%, at 3,455.06. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 598.34 points, or 5%, to end at 11,458.10. The declines marked the biggest one-day drops for all three indexes since June.
7:03 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Drivers set to pay lowest Labor Day weekend gasoline prices in 16 years U.S. regular gasoline prices average at $2.22 Friday: GasBuddyU.S. drivers are likely to pay the lowest Labor Day weekend prices for gasoline at the pump in 16 years, as demand for travel continues to suffer in the wake of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
5:51 p.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets slide, following Wall Street’s tumble Stocks fall in Tokyo, Hong Kong, SeoulAsian markets skidded Friday after Wall Street had its worst day since June, as investors’ exuberance faltered after a spate of record highs.
11:47 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By William Watts
Dow ends more than 800 points lower as tech plunge gives stocks worst day since June Apple sees biggest one-day fall since March Tech shares fall sharply after an extraordinary run of gains, dragging the stock market sharply lower.
7:00 a.m. Sept. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Market bears resurface: S&P 500, Nasdaq reverse from record highs Focus: Europe’s stealth breakout attempt, Real estate sector edges atop 200-day average, IEV, IYR, SWKS, IP, MSI, NDAQU.S. stocks are firmly on the defensive early Thursday, pressured as a recently rare, and long overdue, pullback has finally surfaced. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have reversed sharply from record highs, pulling in amid a less-charted patch, punctuated by not so well-defined support.
9:06 a.m. Sept. 2, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices down nearly 2% as stocks rise, U.S. dollar stages reboundGold futures end lower Wednesday as global stocks rise and the U.S. dollar recovers from the two-year low it saw a day earlier, creating some headwinds for bullion values.
11:45 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Long-dated Treasury yields stabilize near 2-month high after Powell articulates Fed’s new framework The 2-year Treasury note posted its biggest weekly fall in about a monthU.S. long-term Treasury yields slip Friday as investors process data on the health of the economy in the aftermath of the Federal Reserve’s historic announcement on policy.
11:24 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By William Watts
Dow erases 2020 loss, S&P 500 and Nasdaq notch fresh records Americans increased spending in July for the third month in a row, but at a much slower paceStocks closed slightly higher Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average erasing its year-to-date loss, a day after the Federal Reserve announced a policy shift that would allow employment and inflation run hotter than in the past.
9:15 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold ends lower in volatile session as Fed policy strategy change lacks element of surpriseGold futures end lower Thursday after a volatile session that saw prices move in either direction by as much as 2%.
6:25 a.m. Aug. 24, 2020 - By Michael Nathanson
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11:28 a.m. Aug. 21, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500, Nasdaq set fresh records, Dow adds 200 points as investors cheer economic data S&P 500 rose for 4 straight weeks, its longest winning streak since December 2019 U.S. stock indexes remained buoyant Friday, led by technology stocks again, and supported by positive economic data that left the S&P500 index on track for a fourth week of gains, but trading volume was low and analysts worried that the rally was dependent on a few large capitalization names.
11:24 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow, S&P 500 end higher and Nasdaq books 35th record close in 2020 as tech buoys broader stock market The S&P 500 narrowly missed another record close this week by about 4 pointsU.S. stock-market benchmarks book gains on Thursday and the Nasdaq closes at a record high, as investors rushed to large-capitalization technology and e-commerce shares for safety, after a pair of economic reports set off concerns about the broader U.S. economy’s tenuous recovery from the coronavirus epidemic.
4:32 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow skids lower at Thursday's open, heads for longest losing streak in 6 months as claims pop back above 1 millionU.S. stocks opened modestly lower Thursday after a weekly jobless benefit claims report and a reading of manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia area pointed to signs of a weakening recovery in employment and growth in the COVID-19 era. The economic reports come as the Federal Reserve in minutes from its late-July meeting, released on Wednesday, said that uncertainties were rising about business conditions in the future due to the pandemic. Initial in mid-August and topped 1 million again, potentially pointing to an increase in layoffs or a pause in the number of people returning to work after a summer surge in the coronavirus. New applications for unemployment benefits, a rough gauge of layoffs, climbed to 1.11 million from 971,000 in the prior week, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast 910,000 new claims in the seven days ended Aug. 15. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 120 points, or 0.4%, at 27,580 , with a fourth straight decline for the benchmark representing its longest losing skid since the seven-day period ended Feb. 28. The S&P 500 index traded 0.5% lower at 3,357, while the Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.5% at 11,094. In other economic reports, the fell 7 points to a seasonally adjusted reading of 17.2 in August, the regional bank said Thursday. This is the second straight decline in the index after it his 27.5 in June. In corporate news, shares of chip maker Nvidia Corp. were in focus after its data-center chips brought in more money than the gaming specialist's core business for the first time in the company's second quarter, and its other businesses also performed better than expected.
12:02 p.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
U.S. stocks finish lower after Fed minutes urge Congress for more pandemic aid, underscore challenge to recovery Apple ends session shy of $2 trillion valuationU.S. stocks finished lower Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 index scored its first record close in six months, while the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting showed staff cut their economic growth forecast for the remainder of 2020 and stressed the need for more fiscal aid in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
9:17 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Americans worry the economy will suffer for a long time—but it hasn’t stopped them from spending Federal aid gave the economy a boost. Now what? If we go by what Americans think, the economy stinks. If we go by what they do, an ailing economy is getting better.
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