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12:44 a.m. Today - By Jeff Reeves
Forget Big Tech monopolies — the better stock-market investment is in oligopolies Look at health care, railroads, utilities and moreLook at health care, railroads, utilities and more within the S&P 500.
12:28 a.m. Today - By Sol Trujillo
Why immigration is really what makes America great — again and again Ending DACA would be anti-American, hurting businesses and retireesEnding DACA would be anti-American, hurting businesses and retirees, writes Sol Trujillo.
12:20 a.m. Today - By Leo M. Tilman
The future of U.S. business depends on decision-makers having this one crucial skill Companies and investors must be agile to thrive in changing, challenging marketsCompanies and investors must be agile to thrive in changing, challenging markets.
5:27 p.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - MarketWatch.com
Impeachment, taxes, foreign policy grab spotlight at Democratic debate: live blog 10 presidential hopefuls are clashing in AtlantaFollow along with MarketWatch reporters for a live blog and analysis of the fifth Democratic presidential debate, being held Wednesday night in Atlanta.
2:48 p.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
Tonight’s Democratic debate set to feature attacks on Pete Buttigieg as he leads Elizabeth Warren in Iowa The 10-person clash also might serve as a last opportunity for some lower-tier 2020 presidential hopefulsSince the past four Democratic debates have featured attacks on the current front-runner, it looks like Pete Buttigieg might as well wear a bull’s-eye to Wednesday night’s 10-person clash in Georgia.
11:41 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Ivan Martchev
You better believe the Fed is doing quantitative easing — and here are the beneficiaries The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet is on track to rise to a record high by mid-2020, creating a fertile ground for risk assetsThe Federal Reserve’s balance sheet is on track to rise to a record high by mid-2020, creating a fertile ground for risk assets, says Ivan Martchev.
11:23 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed minutes show worries about economy had eased a bit Two officials wanted central bank to stress more rate cuts were unlikely Minutes of the Fed’s October meeting show officials thought the economy had proven resilient after worrisome signs in the late summer/
11:20 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks close lower on report trade deal may not be completed this year Target and Lowe’s shares rally on earnings beatsU.S. stocks close lower Wednesday after a report that a trade deal might not be done this year and after China condemned a U.S. Senate resolution supporting human rights in Hong Kong
11:08 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield hits close to three-week low as trade deal hopes wane Fed’s Brainard sees “above-trend” economic growth for next 18 monthsU.S. Treasury yields fall Wednesday after news reports suggest a phase one trade deal between Washington and Beijing may not be completed this year, spurring inflows into government paper.
10:12 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Michael Brush
U.S. stocks look fully priced — where to put your money now may surprise you These stocks and ETFs expose you to world markets that are growing faster than the U.SThese stocks and ETFs expose you to world markets that are growing faster than the U.S., writes Michael Brush.
8:04 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Millennial bets most of his savings on one of the stock market’s riskiest plays — and he’s about to cash in $1.5 million ‘I’m used to spectacular failure’In the spring of 2010, when the stock market was picking up the pieces after the Great Recession, one 29-year-old with a law degree and a penchant for flipping stocks was busy licking his wounds from one bad trade after another.
7:45 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
House panel passes bill that aims to legalize marijuana, but top Democrat concedes ‘Senate will take its own time’ MORE Act would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and ‘ensures that the communities most harmed by prohibition are not left behind’The Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted in favor a bill that decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level, with a couple of Republicans supporting the measure.
6:18 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Brainard forecasts ‘above-trend growth’ for economy over next 18 months Fed’s Brainard is upbeat on the economic outlookFed Gov. Lael Brainard on Wednesday dismisses fears of a steep downturn, saying the consumer should power the economy to moderate growth path over the next 18 months.
4:43 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Wall Street doubts grow as U.S. and China struggle to finish off ‘skinny’ trade deal Rollback of billions of dollars in U.S. tariffs a major sticking point Doubts about a so-called “skinny” deal between the U.S. and China are resurfacing on Wall Street a month after a seeming breakthrough in trade talks helped drive the stock market to fresh all-time highs.
4:39 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By David Spreng
These are the companies most at risk if venture funding dries up Companies with ‘soft’ assets such as intellectual property in the form of patents, software code and contracts ought to shore up their balance sheet Companies with ‘soft’ assets such as intellectual property in the form of patents, software code and contracts ought to shore up their balance sheet, says David Spreng.
4:02 a.m. Nov. 20, 2019 - By Lina Saigol
Private credit assets continue their rapid growth, but interest is cooling in U.K.Private credit investors expand into new markets, despite concerns over a potential economic downturn
5:58 p.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Associated Press
Asian markets pull back after weak Japanese trade data Nikkei, Hang Seng retreat; tensions set to rise as U.S. Senate backs Hong Kong human-rights resolutionShares retreated in Asia on Wednesday after Japan reported its worst monthly decline in exports in three years, putting pressure on the economy as growth slows following a sales tax hike.
11:16 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
Nasdaq closes at new high; Dow, S&P retreat from records on earnings and doubts about China trade deal Home Depot shares closed lower on revenue miss, poor outlook U.S. stocks slipped back from record highs on Wednesday on disappointing earnings results and doubts about a U.S. - China trade deal
10:06 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
How can stocks rally when corporate profits are flat? Thank the bond market, analyst says Stock valuations are skyrocketing as bond yields fallInvestors do not often get to enjoy a halving of the long-term cost of capital without a more significant decline in corporate earnings
9:05 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices stretch gains to a second session as Treasury yields weaken Silver prices also tally a back-to-back advanceGold futures settle higher on Tuesday, giving up earlier losses as weakness in U.S. Treasury yields helped to lift prices for the precious metal for a second session in a row. Still, gold found little reason to make any significant moves ahead of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s October monetary policy meeting.
6:16 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams says economy clearly facing several challenges Interest rate policy on pause, but New York Fed president says he’s watching downside risks closelyThe economy is clearly facing several challenges, primarily from overseas, but the three interest rate cuts since July should will help sustain growth, said New York Fed President John Williams on Tuesday.
3:18 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Quentin Fottrell
Are you cheap if you split the check by only paying for what you ordered? ‘I see now there are pitfalls I didn’t anticipate. What’s the appropriate etiquette for dealing with such a scenario?’‘I see now there are pitfalls I didn’t anticipate. What’s the appropriate etiquette for dealing with such a scenario?’
3:15 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Even after record-setting run, stocks will continue to march higher: JPMorgan Globally, stocks have returned more than 24% year-to-dateJPMorgan’s Mislav Matejka argues why stocks are not overpriced globally and in the U.S.
1:33 a.m. Nov. 19, 2019 - By Ron Temple
Stocks and bonds appear to be sending different messages — here’s why that’s not the case Investors are assuming that the Fed will ensure the economy doesn’t fall into a recession Investors are assuming that the Fed will ensure the economy doesn’t fall into a recession.
11:37 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
This holiday gift could earn your child $52,927 How a small investment now can make your children’s lives much easier when they’re olderHow a small investment now can make your children’s lives much easier when they’re older.
8:40 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Joy Wiltermuth
The Fed is buying billions of mortgage bonds — here’s why it matters Fed’s goal is to eventually shed its MBS holdingsThe Federal Reserve is back to buying billions worth of mortgage bonds each month, but here’s why that doesn’t mean the central bank is stockpiling more of this type of debt on is balance sheet.
4:40 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Why Dow 28,000 could mark that ‘blowoff top’ bears have been predictingLast month, the Fed began snatching up short-term Treasury debt to the tune of $60 billion per month in response to the repo mess that sent a chill through Wall Street back in September. While it might sound like another round of quantitative easing, Jerome Powell wanted to make it clear: It’s not. “In no sense is this QE,” he said. One blogger isn’t buying it.
3:13 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Charles Lemonides
How to take advantage of fear, then relief in the stock market leading up to the presidential election The past nine presidential-election cycles have included declines, followed by ‘relief rallies’The past nine presidential-election cycles have included declines, followed by ‘relief rallies.’
2:52 a.m. Nov. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
With Dow above 28,000 are investors ignoring a ‘material deterioration’ in the global economy? ‘The economy isn’t falling off a cliff,’ but it’s not about to rebound, eitherNeither corporate profits nor economic data have yet to corroborate the ongoing rally and rotation in U.S. stocks, so the market may be getting ahead of itself and be due for a pullback, analysts and investors told MarketWatch.
6:20 p.m. Nov. 17, 2019 - By Associated Press
Asian markets mostly rise as traders cautiously await trade developments Stocks gain in Japan, Hong Kong and ShanghaiAsian shares were mixed Monday in a cautious mode after Wall Street closed out the week with milestones as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs.
5:14 a.m. Nov. 17, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
U.S. stock market at record but farm bankruptcies at highest since 2011 Squeeze on farmers underscores the toll the trade war has taken on a critical Trump constituency ahead of the 2020 electionsWhile the U.S. stock market is soaring to new records, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting 28,000 on Friday, farmers are having trouble paying their bills in the heart of America’s agricultural sector.
9:53 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Mike Murphy
‘This is the most prosperous economy the world has ever seen’ says Jamie Dimon — and it’s going to continue JPMorgan CEO tells ‘60 Minutes’ that income inequality is a big problem, but shrinking his pay isn’t the answerWhile many investors may worry about the effects that the U.S.-China trade war, Brexit and Middle East tensions are having on the global economy, Jamie Dimon has this advice: Relax.
8:30 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Kissinger says failure to mend U.S.-China trade relations would be ‘worse than the world wars that ruined European civilization’ Lack of a U.S. - China deal could lead to a ‘catastrophic outcome’Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State and national-security adviser under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, had dire warnings about the inability of the U.S. and China to resolve their differences on international trade.
8:29 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. budget deficit jumps 34% in October, gap set to top $1 trillion in 2020 U.S. budget deficit rises to $134.5 billion in first month of fiscal 2020The federal government’s budget deficit in October rose 34% from a year earlier to $134.5 billion, putting the U.S. on course to top the $1 trillion mark in fiscal 2020 for the first time in eight years.
8:22 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By William Watts
How China is ‘reshuffling the cards’ by promoting the yuan as a global currency Yuan creating a ‘challenging source’ of uncertainty: Société GénéraleThe emergence of the yuan in trade-weighted currency baskets is shaking up the traditional drivers of the foreign exchange market, says Société Générale.
8:06 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Meera Jagannathan
Middle-income Americans are increasingly ‘financially vulnerable,’ despite strong economy and low unemployment Households making less than $30,000 a year were the sole income group to see an increase in financial health Households making less than $30,000 a year were the sole income group to see an increase in financial health.
6:41 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Do NOT show these ominous charts to stock-market bulls, says strategist who sees a correction formingLance Roberts, chief strategist at RIA Advisors, just placed bets against the S&P 500 in all his portfolios to guard against a looming downturn. And he lays out his bearish cash in a series of charts.
5:36 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
About 55% of wealthy investors are bracing for a ‘significant drop’ in stocks before the end of 2020, UBS survey shows Wealthy investors hold 25% of their portfolios in cash, far higher than the roughly 5% that UBS recommends on averageEven as the market ascends to new heights, wealthy investors are bracing for a turbulent period that could produce a “significant drop” in equity benchmarks in the near term.
4:32 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Three charts, one bear: here’s a second opinion on markets and the economy Here are some economic data points you may not be as familiar with A long-time Wall Street analyst who often sees the economic picture as a glass-half-full story has a compelling story to tell about what’s going on now.
11:44 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
U.S. stocks climb to fresh records on revived hope for U.S. - China trade deal Dow hits 28,000 for first time U.S. stocks closed at fresh record highs on Friday on revived hopes for a U.S. - China trade deal despite mixed economic data.
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