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9:59 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
It’s great the stock market is setting records, but it’s not because the economy is great Consumer spending, business production slow ahead of holidaysStocks on Wall Street have soared to fresh record highs, but it’s not because the economy is flashing a big thumbs-up sign. Far from it.
8:21 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
‘Give away $60 billion’ to foreign companies? The ‘America First’ Trump administration faces a tricky 5G choice Supporters of a spectrum-auction plan from a European-Canadian alliance say it’s the best way to ensure the U.S. doesn’t fall behind on 5th-generation wireless technology A big step in U.S. 5G deployment could take place next month, as the FCC could back a proposal from the satellite industry for auctioning off radio spectrum. But some lawmakers don’t like the plan, and satellite stocks have slumped this week.
7:53 a.m. Nov. 16, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
The big worries facing stock investors in 2020, according to Citi’s top equity strategistIn our call of the day, MarketWatch speaks to Citigroup’s chief U.S. equity strategist, Tobias Levkovich, who lays out his big concerns for stock markets in 2020.
9:02 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Brainard calls for ‘heightened vigilance’ on financial stability Comment comes as central bank releases latest report on financial system vulnerabilitiesFed Governor Lael Brainard on Friday called for ‘heightened vigilance’ of the financial sector, as the central bank released its latest financial stability report.
8:38 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
Companies pushing controversial 5G spectrum auction offer to give at least 30% of proceeds to U.S. Treasury Shares in the satellite companies rally on Friday after sliding during the week amid concerns about their auction proposal’s chancesThe satellite companies behind a controversial plan for auctioning off key radio spectrum made a fresh push on Friday to win over sceptics, offering to pay at least 30% of the proposed auction’s net proceeds into the U.S. Treasury.
6:10 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Greg Robb
NY Empire State factory index sluggish for sixth straight month in November Empire State index little changed at 2.9 from 4.0 in OctoberFactory activity in the New York region was sluggish for the sixth straight month, according to the Empire State manufacturing survey released by the New York Fed on Friday.
6:00 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Greg Robb
U.S. industrial output falls by most in 17 months in October U.S. industrial output falls 0.8% and 0.5% ex-autos and partsIndustrial output fell 0.8% in October, pushed lower by the GM strike, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.
5:43 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Retail sales rebound, but consumers tighten the reins before the holiday season U.S. retail sales climb 0.3% in October after September declineSales at gas stations, car dealers and internet stores such as Amazon rose in October, but most other retailers posted weak results just before the start of the holiday shopping season. Retail sales increased 0.3% last month.
1:55 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
This number provides the most compelling reason to add emerging-market stocks to your portfolio About 44% of global GDP comes from emerging markets — but you might have little exposure to those rapidly growing economiesAbout 44% of global GDP comes from emerging markets — but you might have little exposure to those rapidly growing economies.
10:17 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - Associated Press
North Korea says Trump administration sought reopening of nuclear talksNorth Korea on Thursday said the United States has proposed a resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations in December as they approach an end-of-year deadline set by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer an acceptable deal to salvage the talks.
9:38 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Powell says interest rates will be on hold absent a material deterioration in economy Central bank chief says baseline outlook for economy ‘remains favorable’ but there are risksFed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that interest rates are on hold absent a material deterioration of the economy.
3:59 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Lina Saigol
Kraft Heinz investor bids for Thyssenkrupp’s elevator businessGerman industrial giant Thyssenkrupp could fetch up to $20 billion from the sale of its elevator business.
11:21 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - Associated Press
Musk’s SpaceX launches 60 mini satellites for global internet Musk says he wants to put thousands of Starlink satellites in orbit, which will provide high-speed internet service everywhereMusk says he wants to put thousands of Starlink satellites in orbit, which will provide high-speed internet service everywhere.
7:57 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump announces vaping industry meeting ahead of Veterans Day parade Children’s health, as well as jobs, will be focus of meeting, president says President Donald Trump on Monday announced a meeting with vaping industry representatives, as he honored veterans at a parade in New York.
7:55 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - Associated Press
Devastating California wildfires could be the ‘new normal’ California has recently been hit with a series of destructive wildfiresCalifornia has recently been hit with a series of destructive wildfires.
4:10 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
Beer giants keep lobbying to end ‘complicated, obscure pricing’ for aluminum cans S&P Global fights back, saying the beverage producers’ push against its aluminum benchmark could lead to ‘unrestricted government authority over commodity pricing’Brewers and producers of other canned drinks are continuing to lobby this fall for the government to take a greater role in aluminum pricing, as a benchmark for the metal hasn’t fallen that much from last year’s tariffs-induced high.
7:00 a.m. Nov. 9, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
A surging stock market belies the biggest disagreement between CEOs and consumers about the U.S. economy on recordThe stock market is in full flight Thursday, with all three main U.S. benchmarks poised to end at their highest levels ever, but those glorious gains come amid an uneasy gap in what consumers and C-suiters think about future of the U.S. economy.
10:19 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Fed can no longer ignore the economic ‘shocks’ of climate change, Brainard says The central bank has lagged behind its global peers in commentary and policy positions on rising sea levels, fires and other climate-change risks Climate change poses just the kind of “shock” to the economy that she and colleagues can no longer just ignore, Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard said Friday at a first-of-its-kind Fed summit in San Francisco.
6:48 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Fed can no longer ignore potential economic 'shocks' of climate change: BrainardClimate change is just the kind of "shock" to the economy that the Federal Reserve can no longer ignore, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said Friday. Not only are there short-term natural disasters like the wild fires in California to consider, there are potential longer-term implications as well, she said. "To the extent that climate change and the associated policy responses affect productivity and long-run economic growth, there may be implications for the long-run neutral level of the real interest rate, which is a key consideration in monetary policy," Brainard said, at a first-of-its-kind Fed summit to focus on the economic and policy affects of climate change, hosted by the San Francisco Fed. Brainard said the Fed is monitoring how climate change effects the banking system's operations, the impact of climate policies on the energy sector and how weather affects the economy.
6:20 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates fall after 3 straight weeks of increases Rates had risen in recent weeks as a more optimistic picture of the U.S. economy emergedRates had risen in recent weeks as a more optimistic picture of the U.S. economy emerged.
12:38 p.m. Nov. 7, 2019 - By Greg Robb
U.S. September consumer credit grows at slowest rate in 15 months Consumers pull back on credit-card use for second straight monthU.S. consumer borrowing rose in September at the slowest rate in fifteen months, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
9:26 a.m. Nov. 6, 2019 - Associated Press
Boeing CEO won’t get bonus until Max jets are in the air CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s compensation last year was $23.4 million, including a $13.1 million bonus and $7.3 million in stock awardsCEO Dennis Muilenburg’s compensation last year was $23.4 million, including a $13.1 million bonus and $7.3 million in stock awards.
3:09 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Barkin worried 'we could talk ourselves into recession'There is a risk that U.S. businesses could convince itself that bad times are around the corner and actually cause a downturn, said Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin on Tuesday. Right now, firms are frustrated with political polarization and uncertainty about regulation, Barkin said in a speech to business leaders in Baltimore. Businesses say they're not scaling back yet but are reluctant to double down. "For these reasons, I don't discount the idea that we could talk ourselves into a recession -- particularly if the uncertainty begins to affect consumer confidence and spending," he said. Barkin said he didn't think a recession was imminent. "There's no evidence that we're faltering."
10:11 a.m. Nov. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed is open to changing its plan to calm repo markets if necessary, top staffer saysThe Federal Reserve is open to making adjustments to its program put in place last month to curb volatility in short-term lending markets that flared in mid-September, said Lorie Logan, senior vice president at the New York Fed, on Monday. The Fed has started to buy $60 billion per month of Treasury bills to boost its balance sheet and this is going smoothly so far, Logan said, in a speech to primary dealers. The Fed expects to be able to maintain the current pace of T-bill purchases "for some time," she added. But the Fed "is prepared to adjust the pace and other parameters as needed," she said. The Fed is also willing to increase the size of repo operations going into year-end, just as it did to keep rates stable over October's month-end. "We will monitor conditions closely and will be prepared to adapt open market operations as needed," Logan said. In October, overnight and term repo operations together resulted in a daily average of around $190 billion in total repos outstanding.
7:02 a.m. Nov. 4, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iranian officials close to Khamenei The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions against Iran's Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals who have acted on behalf of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Among those targeted are Khamenei's appointees in the Office of the Supreme Leader and the Judiciary. The U.S. blames Khamenei and his advisers for exporting terrorism and oppressing Iranian citizens. The sanctions freeze U.S.-based assets of the designated persons, and prohibit Americans from dealing with them. The action by the U.S. Treasury coincided with the 40th anniversary of Iranian militants seizing the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
5:51 a.m. Nov. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Powell to talk to Congress about economic outlook next weekFed Chairman Jerome Powell will discuss the outlook for the economy in testimony before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on Nov. 13, the panel announced Monday. The hearing will start at 11 a.m. Eastern. The Fed cut rates last week for the third time this year and Powell indicated the central bank would likely pause to see if the lower rates are enough to offset the headwinds from weak global growth and the trade war with China.
5:09 a.m. Nov. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
U.S. factory orders slump in September Factory orders fell 0.6% in September, the Commerce Department said Monday. Economists were expecting a 0.4% drop, according to a MarketWatch survey. Durable goods orders fell a revised 1.2%, down slightly from last week's initial estimate of a 1.1% decline. Orders for nondurable goods rose 0.1% in the month. The closely-watched index of non-defense orders excluding aircraft were revised down to a 0.6% decline from the initial estimate of a 0.5% drop.
3:49 a.m. Nov. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed is 'effectively on pause for a while,' Kashkari saysThe Federal Reserve is "effectively on pause for a while," said Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari on Monday. In an interview on CNBC, Kashkari said he was happy with the three rate cuts this year. Kashkari, who is not a voting member this year, and is one of the most dovish regional Fed presidents, said he wanted the Fed to commit to not raising its benchmark interest rate until core inflation returned to a 2% annual growth rate. Inflation expectations "seem to be drifting lower and lower," and that is "concerning," he said. "We don't want to follow Europe and Japan and have inflation unanchored to the downside because then our tools would be very limited," he said. The Fed's preferred inflation barometer, known as the PCE, or personal-consumption expenditures index, rose at a 1.7% yearly rate in September.
11:32 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019 - By Sanjiv Das
Here’s why home prices keep going up — and what we can do about it Mortgage lenders must find innovative, affordable ways to help buyersMortgage lenders must find innovative, affordable ways to help buyers, writes Sanjiv Das.
9:18 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019 - By Rex Nutting
How the slump in manufacturing created overblown fears of a recession Factory output is down modestly, but employment is still strongReports of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing have been exaggerated, and that may be one reason why fears of an economy-wide recession got out of hand earlier this year.
5:06 a.m. Nov. 1, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Construction spending picks up in September Outlays for U.S. construction projects rose 0.5% in September at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.29 trillion, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected growth of 0.3%. Spending in August was revised down to a 0.3% fall from the prior estimate of a 0.1% gain. Housing has been picking up as interest rates fall and residential construction rose 0.6% in September. Spending on public construction projects rose 1.5% in the month.
7:28 a.m. Oct. 31, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Chicago PMI slides to nearly four-year low in October Index drops to 43.2, lowest since December 2015U.S. Midwest manufacturing activity weakened in October, according to the Chicago PMI index released Thursday.
5:48 a.m. Oct. 31, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumers lift spending in September and take advantage of rising incomes and falling rates PCE shows inflation flat in September, slips to 1.3% yearly paceAmericans increased spending in September for the seventh month in a row but did so at a more moderate pace, taking advantage of falling interest rates, rising incomes and low inflation.
4:36 a.m. Oct. 31, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
Trump says U.S., China working to pick new site to sign 'Phase One' trade dealThe U.S. and China are working to select a new site for signing "Phase One" of a trade agreement, . On Wednesday, a Nov. 16-17 summit where Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had been planning to meet and sign the preliminary deal. The agreement is "about 60%" of a total deal, and the two presidents "will do signing," Trump tweeted on Thursday.
3:37 a.m. Oct. 31, 2019 - By Jacob Passy
This city’s real-estate market is the least likely to tank during the next recession If investors have flocked to your town, keep a close eye on home pricesIf investors have flocked to your town, keep a close eye on home prices.
12:03 a.m. Oct. 31, 2019 - By Autotrader
The 2020 Acura NSX: It’s fast, it’s thrilling A review of the new NSX reveals a high-performance car that stands up to the Corvette or Porsche 911 TurboThe NSX is meant to rival some Lamborghini and Ferrari supercars, and it’s cheaper. Here’s a detailed review.
10:46 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump thanks GM, Fiat Chrysler for support in California emissions fight President Donald Trump thanked General Motors and other automakers on Wednesday for supporting him in a legal fight over emissions regulations in California.
9:15 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - MarketWatch.com
Fed rate decision and Powell press conference: live blog Market expects quarter-point rate cutHere is the live blog of the Fed’s October monetary policy meeting and Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference.
9:13 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - Associated Press
Intelligence community fears other countries will join Russia in trying to disrupt 2020 U.S. electionsRussia interfered in the 2016 election and may try to sway next year’s vote as well. But it’s not the only country with an eye on U.S. politics.
5:40 a.m. Oct. 30, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Confident consumers keep U.S. economy plugging along, GDP grows 1.9% in third quarter Consumer spending boosts GDP as business investment cratersConfident consumers kept the U.S. economy humming along in the third quarter, spending more than enough to counter a big drop in business investment tied to falling oil prices and the ongoing trade war with China.
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