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10:23 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Brett Arends
Eeek! Why I don’t trust S&P 500 index funds (least of all now) Diversification? What diversification?Diversification? What diversification?
8:35 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Here’s how much a reduction in extra unemployment benefits could slash consumer spending Such research may help inform the debate between Republican and Democratic lawmakers who continue to clash over federal unemployment benefits Such research may help inform the debate between Republican and Democratic lawmakers who continue to clash over federal unemployment benefits.
5:54 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Wholesale prices surge 0.6%, but don’t be fooled: Inflation no threat to the economy PPI posts biggest gain in almost two years after pandemic lull The wholesale cost of U.S. goods and services posted the biggest increase in July in nearly two years, led by higher oil prices, but inflationary pressures in the economy were still largely invisible owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
12:10 p.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. job openings slowly climbing out of deep hole Despite gain in June, there are still 3 unemployed workers per job openingJob openings at U.S. workplaces rose to 5.9 million in June, the Labor Department said Monday, but economists said they are climbing out of a deep hole.
8:50 a.m. Aug. 9, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Chicago Fed’s Evans says stalled stimulus negotiations are ‘an unfortunate development’ for the economy More spending by Congress is important, regional Fed president saysChicago Fed President Charles Evans on Sunday said the stalled talks between White House officials and Congressional Democrats is “an unfortunate develpment” for the economy
4:48 p.m. Aug. 7, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Trump eyes executive orders after stalemate on coronavirus relief package but doesn’t pull trigger President says he will unilaterally suspend payroll-tax but gives Democrats more time White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signal on Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump could issue executive orders shortly that aim to provide some coronavirus relief after talks with Democratic lawmakers on another big aid package stall.
12:49 p.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq Composite’s record rally takes it to fastest 1,000-point milestone in 20 years Tech-heavy benchmark closing finishes Thursday trade above 11,000The Nasdaq Composite Index on Thursday marked its fastest 1,000-point rally to a new round-number milestone in 20 years.
5:41 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Private sector job growth slows sharply in July: ADP U.S firms add just 167,000 jobs last month, compared with forecast of 1.9 millionPrivate sector hiring slowed down sharply in July as employers added 167,000 jobs, ADP reported Wednesday.
7:56 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Evans says the power to get the economy going lies with Congress What lawmakers decide on jobless benefits will influence aggregate demand, Chicago Fed president saysChicago Fed President Charles Evans said Monday Congress is in the drivers seat in policy decisions needed to ensure economic growth in the near term.
10:40 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are five value-stock picks that set up your portfolio for a pandemic recovery Bill McMahon, the chief investment officer for active strategies at Charles Schwab, warns investors about Tesla and other ‘momentum plays’Bill McMahon, the chief investment officer for active strategies at Charles Schwab, warns investors about Tesla and other ‘momentum plays.’
5:59 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Jobless claims rise for second straight week as U.S. economic activity slows down Continuing claims also rise, a sign of a pause in U.S. rehiringInitial claims for state unemployment insurance rose for the second straight week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
12:01 p.m. July 28, 2020 - By Greg Robb
McConnell says Senate won't pass coronavirus relief bill without liability shield for businessesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would not pass another coronavirus relief measure if it doesn't include a liability shield for business. "Let me just make it clear, there won't be a bill that passes the Senate that doesn't have this in it," McConnell said, in an interview on CNBC. The Republicans HEALS act includes covid-related liability protections for businesses, schools, non-profits and churches. That may be tough to square with Democrats, who instead are pushing for an OSHA standard for businesses to follow. McConnell said the liability reform was"absolutely critical" to get the economy back on its feet. Stocks moved lower after his comments.
6:14 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. service sector lags behind manufacturing in flash July Markit PMI data U.S. manufacturing PMI moves above the 50 neutral mark for first time since pandemic started - IHS MarkitThe U.S. service sector continued to contract in July as manufacturing saw its first improvement since February, according to flash PMI data from IHS Markit on Friday.
5:27 a.m. July 23, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. new jobless benefit claims rise for first time since late March Initial claims rose 109,000 to 1.42 million seasonally adjusted, unadjusted claims fell by 141,816 New applications for unemployment benefits rose by 109,000 to 1.42 million in the week ended July 18 on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Labor Department said Thursday.
12:41 p.m. July 22, 2020 - Associated Press
McConnell under pressure from within GOP ranks as well as from Democrats in drafting coronavirus relief legislation White House joins congressional Republicans in resisting funds for COVID-19 testing and state and housing aid in virus packageConservative Republicans have vowed to slow walk passage of any bill, while exasperated Democrats, who passed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s more sweeping $3 trillion package two months ago, say time is running out.
8:30 a.m. July 22, 2020 - By Archie Mitchell
London drops off the list of top 10 European travel hot spots for the first time U.K. capital has fallen off the top 10 list of most booked European cities for the first time ever, new research showsNew research by data firm ForwardKeys shows flight bookings in Europe and the U.S. falling by 99.6% so far in 2020.
3:30 p.m. July 20, 2020 - By Beckie Strum
Pandemic on track to crush NYC economy, says influential business group  As many as one-third of the city’s small business could fold and poverty and unemployment could rise significantly, according to the Partnership for New YorkThe damage to the city’s small and minority-owned businesses was among the most disturbing pictures painted in a report.
8:08 a.m. July 19, 2020 - By Brett Arends
The hidden risk in your S&P 500 index fund You’re taking a bet you may not fully realizeYou’re taking a bet you may not fully realize
12:29 p.m. July 17, 2020 - By MarketWatch
Cuomo confirms New York City to enter final phase of reopening Monday--but indoor attractions still off limitsNew York City will enter the fourth and final phase of economic reopening on Monday, but theaters, museums, malls and indoor dining will remain closed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Friday. The stage in restarting the Big Apple's economy, which has been shutdown for months due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, allows schools and higher education to restart albeit with new regulations, low-risk cultural activities such as botanical gardens and zoos, outdoor professional sports without fans, as well as TV and film production to resume in the five boroughs. The planned reopening comes as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. neared 3.6 million, as the country posted a single-day record of more than 77,000 new infections, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University show. --Beckie Strum
12:08 p.m. July 17, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
How is the economic recovery going? Wall Street goes off-grid to sources like Homebase Homebase data shows U.S. small-business recovery stalling in JulyThe sudden devastation and ensuing rebound in the economy during the coronavirus pandemic has left Wall Street scrambling for the freshest clues on how fast the U.S. is recovering — and they are turning to some unlikely sources.
12:04 p.m. July 17, 2020 - Associated Press
China responds to truculent Barr speech: Not trying to supplant U.S. but won’t be bullied Foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing has right to fight back against ‘malicious slander and attacks by the U.S. against China’China isn’t seeking to confront or replace the United States as the world’s top technological power, but will fight back against “malicious slander” and attacks from Washington, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Friday, responding to a litany of recent accusations from the Trump administration.
5:27 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. retail sales jump 7.5% in June, but fresh coronavirus outbreak poses new hurdle Rebound in retail sales could fizzle out if coronavirus isn’t containedSales at U.S. retailers posted a big increase in June for the second month in a row, but a surge in coronavirus cases that’s led to more restrictions on business threatens to sap the momentum of the economic recovery. Retail sales climbed 7.5% last month.
2:24 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: COVID-19 is far from contained and could rival 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million, experts warn Goldman Sachs posts ‘almost indecent’ earnings that far exceed expectations, while UnitedHealth revenue falls short and Walmart mandates masksThe coronavirus pandemic is far from contained and could end up rivaling the 1918 flu that killed more than 50 million people worldwide, two leading health experts are warning.
6:18 a.m. July 15, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Banning Americans from the EU could cost the region billions of dollars A long, empty summer in Europe trudges on What will Europe do without tourists this summer? Enjoy empty streets, but suffer the loss of the cash cow American traveler.
4:54 a.m. July 15, 2020 - Associated Press
Florida suffers record single-day COVID-19 death toll, but CDC’s Redfield won’t blame DeSantis’s brisk reopening of state CDC says Robert Redfield was discussing one among many possible explanations for Florida spike, while Fauci hails ‘good news’ on Moderna vaccineCDC says Robert Redfield was discussing one among many possible explanations for Florida spike, while Fauci hails ‘good news’ on Moderna vaccine.
12:25 p.m. July 14, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Bullard says stock market's optimism has been proven right, at least for nowU.S. investors, who been running up equity market values, have been right, at least so far, said St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday. "Equity markets are something we don't usually talk about at the Fed. I think they have been optimistic and they have been right, I think, up to now anyway. They were optimistic in the May-June time-frame and indeed the data came in and validated the market thinking," Bullard said. He added a big part of market capitalization is tech firms and pandemic has been a "boon" to this industry.
12:08 p.m. July 14, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Google Cloud adds another layer of security to entice enterprise customersThe new security product — initially available in parts of the U.S., Europe and Asia — is aimed at enticing businesses, especially those in highly regulated industries, to adopt cloud services.
7:33 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Big Tech’s latest reckoning is coming as it continues to rack up record valuationsThe steep ascent of Big Tech, which is fueling a resurgent stock market despite a deepening pandemic, underscores the enduring power of the industry as consumption of it escalates in a work-from-home economy.
4:47 a.m. July 11, 2020 - By Tonya Garcia
Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy as its take on office gear falls out of step with more casual trends The “casualization” of personal style and the coronavirus pandemic pushed Brooks Brothers over the edgeBrooks Brothers, the iconic 202-year-old-professional apparel brand, has filed for bankruptcy.
12:28 p.m. July 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Stalled nomination of Judy Shelton for Fed gets new life as Senate Banking committee sets voteThe stalled nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, got a potential boost Friday when the Senate Banking Committee announced a July 21 vote on her nomination. Shelton's bid has languished since her confirmation hearing in February amid talk she didn't have enough committee support. Shelton, who was an informal Trump adviser during his presidential campaign, has been a long-time advocate for some form of tying the dollar's value to gold. She faces unanimous opposition from Democrats and some Republicans were on the fence. The committee will also vote on a second Trump Fed nominee, Christopher Waller, the director of research at the St. Louis Fed. Waller is expected to be confirmed easily.
12:28 p.m. July 10, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Stalled nomination of Judy Shelton for Fed gets new life as Senate Banking committee sets voteThe stalled nomination of Judy Shelton, President Donald Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve, got a potential boost Friday when the Senate Banking Committee announced a July 21 vote on her nomination. Shelton's bid has languished since her confirmation hearing in February amid talk she didn't have enough committee support. Shelton, who was an informal Trump adviser during his presidential campaign, has been a long-time advocate for some form of tying the dollar's value to gold. She faces unanimous opposition from Democrats and some Republicans were on the fence. The committee will also vote on a second Trump Fed nominee, Christopher Waller, the director of research at the St. Louis Fed. Waller is expected to be confirmed easily.
9:21 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Archie Mitchell
Walgreens to cut over 4,000 jobs at Boots on a dark day for U.K. jobs Boots, John Lewis, and the U.K. arm of Burger King announced job cuts on Thursday as companies count the damage of lockdown measures. Boots, John Lewis, and the U.K. arm of Burger King all announced job cuts on Thursday as companies count the damage of lockdown measures.
5:43 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Wholesale prices drop in June, U.S. inflation very low due to the coronavirus pandemic PPI dips 0.2% in June; wholesale inflation down 0.8% in past yearThe wholesale cost of U.S. goods and services fell in June, reflecting depressed demand in retail and other major parts of the economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
10:48 p.m. July 9, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
After that 41% ‘moonshot’ for stocks, here’s what one strategist is telling investors to do next Critical information for the U.S. trading dayDon’t fight the Fed, but don’t chase this market, says our call of the day from CIBC Private Wealth Management’s chief investment officer, David Donabedian.
10:25 a.m. July 9, 2020 - By Virginia K. Smith
Closed attractions and travel restrictions put New York City’s $70 billion tourism industry on hold indefinitely A cornerstone of the city’s economy has slammed to a halt with no clear end in sightWith theaters, museums and stadiums closed, the city looks nothing like its usual self at the height of the summer tourist season.
7:12 a.m. July 9, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Mnuchin says unemployed workers should not get benefits higher than their old wages in next stimulus planTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration wants to cap enhanced unemployment benefits in the next coronavirus package to make sure workers do not get benefits that were higher than their old wage. Under the initial benefit package in March, some workers received as much as $600 per week in addition to their regular benefits, which critics say encouraged the jobless to not look for work. "You can assume it will be no more than 100%, so yes, we want to incent people to go back to work," Mnuchhin said in an interview on CNBC. Mnuchin said he and Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, talked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday and their goal was to pass the next coronavirus aid bill between July 20th and the end of the month.
8:30 a.m. July 7, 2020 - By Ivan Castano
Brazilian doctors fume as President Bolsonaro hid COVID-19 data and now has tested positive himself Brazil did not impose national curfews or strict quarantines as the pandemic spread in Latin America and now is on track to surpass the U.S. in coronavirus casesBrazilian doctors are fuming, joining growing ranks of furious compatriots, about President Jair Bolsonaro’s widely criticized mishandling of the country’s coronavirus crisis as businesses reopen despite rising deaths.
4:18 a.m. July 6, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Goldman Sachs cuts 2020 U.S. economy’s growth outlook as COVID-19 cases soar But economy is likely to get back on track in September, bank saysGoldman Sach has downgraded its U.S. growth outlook for 2020, saying a reimposition of Covid-19 restrictions due to surging cases across swaths of the country will weigh on consumer spending.
3:17 a.m. July 6, 2020 - MarketWatch
Eurozone retail sales rebound beats expectationsRetail sales in the eurozone rebounded more strongly than expected in May as lockdowns designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic began to ease. The European Union's statistics agency said Monday that the volume of retail sales across the currency area was 17.8% higher than in April, a record jump.
1:40 p.m. July 3, 2020 - By Archie Mitchell
Dark day for workers as thousands lose jobs including 15,000 at Boeing rival Airbus A raft of employers have announced thousands of job cuts in two days signaling lasting problems caused by coronavirus lockdownsThe U.K. government’s job support package has paid the wages of 9.3 million workers since April, but in August it will be relaxed and there are fears this could cause a wave of unemployment.
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