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6:54 a.m. Today - By Greg Robb
U.S. jobless claims inch up in mid-September Layoffs remain remarkably low, even as manufacturing stumblesU.S. initial jobless claims, a rough way to measure layoffs, rose 2,000 to 208,000 in the seven days ended Sept. 14, the government said Thursday.
6:51 a.m. Today - By Mark DeCambre
Stocks edge up as Wall Street weighs upbeat data after Fed rate cut Shares of Microsoft buoy the blue-chip indexU.S. stock benchmarks Thursday morning are heading modestly higher as investors weigh better-than-expected housing and manufacturing data in the wake of the Fed interest rate cut Wednesday
6:20 a.m. Today - By Greg Robb
U.S. leading economic indicator index flat in August, trends point to continued but slow growthThe leading economic index was flat in August after a big gain in the prior month, the Conference Board said Thursday. The recent performance of the index is consistent with "a slow but still expanding economy," said Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director for economic research at the Conference Board. Strength in housing permits and credit growth offset weakness from manufacturing.
4:45 a.m. Today - By Mark DeCambre
Fed completes 3rd straight repo auction to avoid short-term rate surgeThe New York Federal Reserve Thursday morning completed its third repurchasing operation, or repos, in as many days to stem spikes in crucial overnight funding market for financial institutions. The U.S. central bank carried out $75 billion of repos, with the Street submitting bids for $83.875 billion, sources said, providing liquidity for Wall Street dealers by temporarily buying securities. Earlier this week, a surge in the repurchasing rate, used by hedge funds and banks to fund their trading operations, pushed the fed-funds rate close to the top of its targeted range. The incident has stirred worries that the central bank is at risk of losing its grip over its benchmark interest rate. On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the central bank is likely to execute similar auctions and said he doesn't see the recent jump in overnight money-market rates on Monday and Tuesday as a "having implications for the broader economy, or for the economic outlook, nor for the our ability to control rates."
4:37 a.m. Today - By Meera Jagannathan
Amazon will allow people to buy stuff online — and wait 24 hours before paying in cash ‘There’s basically that 24-hour cooling period before you actually execute on that transaction,’ a consumer psychologist said‘There’s basically that 24-hour cooling period before you actually execute on that transaction,’ a consumer psychologist said.
4:30 a.m. Today - By Greg Robb
U.S. current-account deficit narrows 5.9% in second quarterThe U.S. current-account deficit, a measure of the nation's debt to other countries, narrowed by 5.9% in the second quarter, the government said Thursday. The current-account deficit narrowed to $128.2 billion from a revised $136.2 billion in the first quarter. The narrowing of the deficit primarily reflected an expanded surplus of primary income, mostly increases in portfolio investments. The current account deficit was equal to 2.4% of GDP in the second quarter, down from 2.6% in the first quarter. This is well below the peak of 6.3% in 2005.
9:07 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
The Bank of England decision is coming — here’s what to expectHere’s a look at what to expect when the Bank of England’s latest interest-rate decision is announced at 7 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.
4:09 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed lowers interest rate by a quarter-point, and is open to the idea of more easing Seven members project another cut this yearThe Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest-rate by a quarter point and seven officials indicated they believe there would be one more move this year.
2:10 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Rex Nutting
In a time of Trump, the Fed doesn’t know what’s going to happen next Powell declares forward guidance deadFed Chair Jerome Powell doesn’t know the answer, he knows he doesn’t know, and he knows you know he doesn’t know. So quit asking.
12:26 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
U.S. stocks close mixed after Fed cuts rates but casts doubt on future stimulus Fed cuts interest rates but possibly last for last time this yearU.S. stocks ended Wednesday flat to higher, after the Federal Reserve announced it would cut its benchmark federal funds rate a quarter percentage point, in line with market expectations, but called into question whether there will be another rate cut this year or next.
11:46 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Trump blasts Jerome Powell after Fed rate cut: ‘No ‘guts,’ no sense, no vision!’ Trump declares Powell a ‘terrible communicator’President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon delivered further harsh criticism of the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell after the central bank cut interest rates but was unclear on whether rates would fall further this year.
10:50 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Francine McKenna
SEC never finalized repo disclosure rule that would give investors more info A decade after the financial crisis, regulators still don’t collect the data necessary to understand and act on risks in the repo market, says expertThe SEC never finalized a post-crisis rule that would give investors more info about companies’ exposure to repos and impact spike in borrowing rates
10:45 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Sven Henrich
Stock market’s eerie parallels to September 2007 should raise recession fears Fed watchers may have just witnessed Powell’s ‘Bernanke moment’Fed watchers may have just witnessed Powell’s ‘Bernanke moment,’ writes Sven Henrich.
10:31 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold ends higher, heads lower in electronic trade after Fed cuts key interest rate Gold still seen in overall three month uptrendGold futures end higher on Wednesday for a third session in a row, then move lower in electronic trading after the Federal Reserve announced a quarter-percentage point cut to a key interest rate, lifting the dollar and pressuring prices for the dollar-denominated yellow metal.
9:25 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Value rotation signals a rebound in global economic growth, not a recession, analysts say Economic surprise indexes are trending upA recent upswing in economic data may signal value stocks’ outperformance will not come at the expense of momentum and growth stocks.
8:54 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - MarketWatch.com
Fed decision and Jerome Powell press conference: live blog and videoMarketWatch’s live-blog of the Fed’s interest-rate decision, including its dot plot and economic projections.
6:39 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Here’s how retirees should plan for an imminent recession A recession doesn’t automatically lead to losses in your portfolioA recession doesn’t automatically lead to losses in your portfolio.
4:22 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
3 things to watch as Fed meets on interest rates With quarter-point rate-cut widely expected, Fed watchers hunt for clues about what comes nextHere are 3 things to watch at this week’s Fed interest-rate committee meeting.
11:14 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Goldman: Hedge fund exposure to stock market at 15-month high Equities could be set up for a downdraftStretched investor sentiment could be a bearish sign, unless economic data surprises to the upside
4:46 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Small cap rally: Why this week will be make-or-break for the Russell 2000 Small caps will benefit from lower interest ratesA September rally in the Russell 2000 could be here to stay, strategists tell MarketWatch
4:41 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By George Friedman
U.S. response to Saudi oil attack leads directly to Iran Striking back — or not — involves trade-offs and riskStriking back — or not — involves trade-offs and risk, writes George Friedman.
4:39 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Nigam Arora
A jump in oil prices is creating trading opportunities in these investments Historically, disruptions like this cause big price swings that eventually reverse themselvesHistorically, disruptions like this cause big price swings that eventually reverse themselves.
11:38 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Trade wars and tariffs aren’t the biggest culprit if stocks stumble from here U.S. economy’s growth rate should be investors’ main focusU.S. economy’s growth rate should be investors’ main focus, writes Mark Hulbert.
10:51 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Stock investors have overreacted to the Saudi oil attack Oil’s price surge might actually keep both the economy and the bull market running strongOil’s price surge might actually keep both the economy and the bull market running strong, writes Mark Hulbert.
1:01 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Jonathan Burton
Workers would get money and voting power under this radical profit sharing idea Dividend-paying ‘inclusive ownership fund’ offers employees a leg up as the pay gap widensDividend-paying ‘inclusive ownership fund’ offers employees a leg up as the pay gap widens.
12:36 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump says Iran involvement in Saudi attacks being ‘checked out’ as he reiterates call for deep interest-rate cuts Congress should probe Obama’s book and Netflix deals, president says President Donald Trump on Monday suggested Iran was responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil-production infrastructure, and used the incident to apply fresh pressure on the Federal Reserve to aggressively cut interest rates.
11:44 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
How Trump’s ‘startling blunt exercise in socialism’ is overlooked by his backersTrump campaign manager Brad Parscale last week tweeted out “Socialism SUCKS” — two words capturing a theme that has to be familiar to anybody who tunes in to Fox News or the president’s Twitter feed. But one former GOP senator and governor on Monday pointed out what could be an uncomfortable truth for Trump supporters
10:46 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
This low-volatility dividend-stock strategy can give you peace of mind A stable yield and price stability might ease your fear of a recession and economic threatsA stable yield and price stability might ease your fear of a recession and economic threats.
9:44 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
It’s reflation that’s turning the ‘Great Rotation,’ these analysts say There’s some value in value, againInvestors are shunning higher-priced, sturdier stocks in favor of those that may have missed out on the love earlier in the year.
8:31 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Michael Brush
These energy stocks are getting support from insider executives A geopolitical shock acts as a wake-up call in the short term, but these are worth considering for the longer termA geopolitical shock acts as a wake-up call in the short term, but these are worth considering for the longer term.
6:46 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Tech stocks face a 10% drop in the near-term, warns investor who once ran the world’s biggest technology fund Critical information for the U.S. trading dayWhile investors sift through the aftermath of the weekend attack that disrupted Saudi Arabia’s crude output, the Wall Street veteran who ran the world’s biggest tech fund during the dot-com days issued a stark warning for those looking to hitch their ride to the continued leadership of the tech sector. A near-term correction is “inevitable,” Paul Meeks says.
5:54 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Federal Reserve and global central banks have reached a ‘tipping point’, amplifying stock-market uncertainty ‘Outside of trade talks, there is nothing more relevant than the Fed,’ says Peter Boockvar What’s left for the Federal Reserve to do at its rate-setting gathering next week now the U.S.’s main stock indexes are on the cusp of records again ?
5:45 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Bank ETFs surge: finally, a breakout, or just another headfake? We’ve seen this beforeFunds that track bank stocks are soaring this week as the yield curve steepens, but there’s reason to be cautious.
7:22 p.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mostly fall as crude prices soar Hang Seng slides amid more worrying economic news from ChinaAsian markets mostly fell in early trading Monday as global crude futures soared following the weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
7:45 a.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
How to invest in — or avoid — what makes China China One analyst calls state-owned enterprises the ‘zombies’ of China’s economy. Should you embrace them or avoid them?One ETF that purports to offer access to better run private sector companies in China that are better run may make things more confusing for investors, not less.
6:34 a.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Alessandra Malito
Trump wants even lower interest rates: What that would mean for your retirement savings What message would that send about the value of the U.S. dollar? What message would that send about the value of the U.S. dollar?
1:42 a.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Meera Jagannathan
One reason FICO scores are rising (that has nothing to do with jobs or the economy) The score provided by FICO, named for the Fair Isaac Corporation, is widely used as a measure of a person’s creditworthiness The score provided by FICO, named for the Fair Isaac Corporation, is widely used as a measure of a person’s creditworthiness.
8:09 p.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - Associated Press
Saudi oil sites shut production after hit by Yemen’s Houthi drones Saudi shuts down about half its production but officials say they hoped to restore output by Monday Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires at a vulnerable chokepoint for global energy supplies.
12:27 p.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Why the coming recession could force the Federal Reserve to swap greenbacks for digital dollars Paper bank notes are being upgraded for a digital future around the worldPaper bank notes are being upgraded for a digital future around the world.
9:45 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
3 dividend stock picks with yields as high as 12% from a manager who doesn’t focus on dividends Fabio Paolini of Pictet Asset Management says a stock’s dividend offers no indication of its valueFabio Paolini of Pictet Asset Management says a stock’s dividend offers no indication of its value.
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