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12:19 p.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.
8:12 a.m. Today - By Michael Brush
Value investing isn’t back — but economic growth is Recent shift in stock-market leadership was to cyclical stocks from defensive sectors, not to valueThe recent shift in stock-market leadership was to cyclical stocks from defensive sectors, not to value.
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.
4:30 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.
3:17 a.m. Today - By Jeremy C. Owens
Patrick Byrne sells his Overstock shares, but blames the SEC and ‘Deep State’ Less than a month after departing CEO helm, Byrne disposes of nearly 5 million shares in three-day binge, promises to recapitalize company if needed in futurePatrick Byrne’s dramatic exit from Overstock.com Inc. had a surprise second act Wednesday, as the former chief executive sold his large stake in the company and blamed the Securities and Exchange Commission, which he referred to as “the Deep State’s pets.”
11:35 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Victor Reklaitis
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg urges U.S. lawmakers to listen to scientists and ‘take real action' 16-year-old girl and other ‘Fridays For Future’ activists plan a global strike for this Friday to increase awareness of climate issuesThunberg’s remarks came during a joint hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis titled “Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis.”
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.
5:45 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
Here’s how Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax could hit the fortunes of Bezos, Gates and Buffett Democratic White House contender’s plan would help fund student-loan forgiveness Some of the richest businesspeople in the U.S. could be much less rich today if Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax had been in place.
7:34 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Greg Robb
U.S. consumer sentiment rebounds modestly in September Survey finds neither recession nor a rebound in spending is anticipated in the year aheadThe University of Michigan said its consumer-sentiment index rebounded in September to a reading of 92 from a three-year low of 89.8 in August.
6:25 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Retail sales get big lift from auto purchases as consumers drive U.S. economy forward U.S. retail sales rise 0.4% in August, but sale flat minus autosU.S. retail sales got a big boost in August from purchases of new autos and building supplies, but most other stores reported weak or declining receipts in a sign that consumers trimmed spending toward the end of summer.
6:07 p.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - MarketWatch
Forever 21 denies report of impending bankruptcyTeen retailer Forever 21 Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as Sunday, according to people familiar with the matter, as slow sales, online rivals and changing consumer habits take a rising toll on many bricks-and-mortar chains.
2:54 p.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - MarketWatch
Forever 21 planning to file for bankruptcyTeen retailer Forever 21 Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as Sunday, according to people familiar with the matter, as slow sales, online rivals and changing consumer habits take a rising toll on many bricks-and-mortar chains.
6:52 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Wholesale prices inch up in August, PPI shows, but inflation isn’t stirring very much U.S. producer price index up 1.8% in the past 12 monthsThe wholesale cost of U.S. goods and services rose slightly in August, but inflation more broadly was still quite low and showed little sign of stirring up any trouble for the U.S. economy. The producer price index edged up 0.1% last month.
6:05 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. wholesale inventories climb 0.2% in July, sales flatWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Wholesale inventories in the U.S. rose 0.2% in July to rebound from a small decline in the prior month. Sales in the month were flat, however. The ratio of inventories to sales was also unchanged at 1.36. That's how many months it would take to sell all the inventory on hand. One year ago, the inventory-to-sales ratio was much lower at 1.27, suggesting that companies are either producing too much now or not selling good as fast as they were last year. Still, an increase in inventories adds to gross domestic product.
4:38 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Rachel Koning Beals
Demand for climate-proofed portfolios was a key proxy-season theme this year 2019 sees record levels of shareholder and mutual-fund support for environmental concerns — and increased action to head off proxy votes Shareholder support for climate-related resolutions climbed to an all-time high of 30% in the latest proxy round.
12:27 p.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Greg Robb
ADP says 195,000 private-sector jobs added in August Trump celebrates latest employment data in tweetThe nation’s businesses created 195,000 private-sector jobs in August, payroll processor ADP said Thursday.
12:45 p.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Beige Book finds steady or improving activity outside of manufacturing and farm sectors Contacts still optimistic about near-term outlook despite uncertainty over U.S.-China trade war, Fed survey findsReports outside of manufacturing remained positive through the end of August, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book, which may ease fears that a recession is around the corner.
12:43 p.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams sees ‘less rosy’ outlook for U.S. economy New York Fed president noncommittal about September policy decisionNew York Fed President John Williams said Wednesday that recent developments point to a ‘less rosy’ outlook for the U.S. economy.
9:08 a.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Chicago mayor slams ‘Republican cowards’ like Ted Cruz over gun laws Critics regularly argue Chicago is proof that strict gun laws can’t work, but they’re misrepresenting the facts, says Mayor Lori LightfootIf you’ve tuned into talk radio, chances are good you’ve heard the host or the guest (or both) deflect calls for increased gun control by pointing to Chicago as some sort of crime-ridden wasteland where disarming law-abiding citizens has directly led to a spike in shooting deaths. Lori Lightfoot, just three months on the job, has had enough.
1:00 p.m. Sept. 3, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Rosengren: ‘Headline grabbing’ market swings this summer obscure fact that economy remains ‘relatively benign’ No need for immediate interest-rate cut unless economy weakens, Boston Fed President says Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren says “headline grabbing” market moves this summer obscure the fact that U.S. economic conditions remain “relatively benign.”
3:08 a.m. Aug. 30, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are 2019’s biggest stock market winners and losers in the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq The best performers include Chipotle, AMD, Apple and Visa. The losers comprise Macy’s and Kraft HeinzThe best performers include Chipotle, AMD, Apple and Visa. The losers comprise Macy’s and Kraft Heinz.
4:32 a.m. Aug. 29, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Don’t worry about the ‘monsters’ as production is about to boom, says this fund manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayGlobal interest rate reductions and the end of the inventory building cycle should lift U.S. exports and production and boost materials and home-building sectors, says one fund manager.
2:07 a.m. Aug. 28, 2019 - By Callum Keown
European stocks slide as bond market issues recession warning European markets slid on Wednesday as investors fears grew amid the U.S.-China trade war and the risk of a recession.
5:30 a.m. Aug. 24, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. created 501,000 fewer jobs since 2018 than previously reported, new figures show Hiring doesn’t appear to have gotten big boost from Trump tax cuts Turns out hiring wasn’t quite as strong in 2018 and early 2019 as the government initially reported — by about a half-million jobs. The U.S. economy had about 501,000 fewer jobs as of March 2019
8:14 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Powell says Fed ‘carefully watching developments’ and ‘will act as appropriate’ Fed chairman sees ‘complex, turbulent picture’ since July meetingFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday said the central bank was “carefully watching developments” in the economy and would “act as appropriate,” but stopped short of promising any specific monetary easing steps.
6:14 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Investors are so bearish, it’s almost time to start buying stocks again, says Bank of America Critical information for the U.S. trading dayHappy Jackson Hole-Friday. Our call of the day comes from the Bank of America folks, whose Friday “Flow Show” zeroes in on a contrarian signal telling investors to get ready to love stocks again.
5:31 a.m. Aug. 22, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
These 4 big blue chip stocks are cheap for a reason, cautions money manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day looks at four big U.S. companies that have stumbled after a solid ride between 2016 and 2018. The Felder Report’s Jesse Felder says they need to get a lot cheaper.
10:42 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
5 ‘broken things’ in this market that you should be more worried about than the yield curve, according to strategistInvestors were freaked out about what the inversion of the yield curve — the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note briefly traded below the yield on the 2-year note — means for the economy. But Vincent Deluard, global macro strategist at INTL FCStone, says there are much more important factors at play.
6:42 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. created 501,000 fewer in past year than previously reported WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. economy had 501,000 fewer jobs in March 2019 than previously reported, government revisions show, suggesting that hiring was not as strong in the past year as it seemed. Hiring was weaker in retail, restaurants and hotels. The annual revision is much larger than is typically the case. The preliminary revision in 2018, for example, was just 43,000. Every year the Bureau of Labor Statistics updates its figures based on unemployment data that nearly all employers are required to file with the states. The current revision is one of the largest ever.
5:37 a.m. Aug. 21, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Investors aren’t paying enough attention to this big risk lying in wait for stocks, says John Hancock strategist Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day from Matthew Miskin, co-chief investment strategist at John Hancock Investment Management, says he has spotted a big blind spot for U.S. investors.
5:45 a.m. Aug. 20, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
A ‘massive make-or-break moment’ has arrived for the S&P 500 Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day says the summer swoon is over and the S&P 500 is ready to revisit all-time highs reached before August’s wild trading days.
8:00 a.m. Aug. 19, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Trump complains again about Fed Chair Powell, says he lacks 'vision'President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Fed Chairman Jerome Powell ahead of the central banker's highly anticipated speech later this week. In a series of tweets, Trump said the economy was very strong "despite the horrendous lack of vision by Jay Powell." The president repeated his call for the Fed to slash interest rates to bolster the U.S. and global economy. He urged the Fed to buy bonds and expand its balance sheet, a policy known as quantitative easing. Powell will speak Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern at the central bank's summer retreat at Jackson Hole.
1:04 p.m. Aug. 17, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Predicting what happens next in stocks will get trickier this fall when markets navigate a roller coaster of big eventsBut rather than call it quits, investors may want to stay invested in stocks as the barrage of potentially market-moving events kick off, from China tariffs to Brexit to central bank meetings, which could yield more global interest rate cuts
12:10 p.m. Aug. 15, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard says he has one more interest-rate cut ‘penciled in’ this year Uncertainty over trade policy is here to stay, St. Louis Fed president saysSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday said he has one more interest-rate cut penciled in for 2019.
6:40 a.m. Aug. 15, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Amazon Prime Day boosts British retail sales in JulyAmazon’s annual discounting day led to a surprisingly strong gain for British retail sales in July.
6:29 a.m. Aug. 15, 2019 - By Jeffry Bartash
Retail sales surge in July in a reassuring sign for the U.S. economy Americans spending more than enough to keep economy growing Sales at U.S. retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy posted the biggest increase in July in four months, a sign Americans are still confident in the economy even as headwinds pick up. Retail sales increased 0.7% last month.
5:47 a.m. Aug. 15, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Forget the yield curve, here’s who will prevent the U.S. from entering a recession Critical information for the U.S. trading day Investors and markets need to stop obsessing about the inverted yield curve and its power to predict a recession, says our call of the day from economist Bernard Baumohl.
5:38 a.m. Aug. 14, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
The S&P 500 needs to drop even further to cool investor mania, warns RBC Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day comes from RBC, whose U.S. equity strategist has been keeping a close watch on long equity bets and says there’s still way too much mania out there, even after the rough start to August.
9:51 a.m. Aug. 6, 2019 - Associated Press
Barneys to file for bankruptcy, will close most stores Barneys secured $75 million in financing to pay workers as it seeks a buyerBarneys secured $75 million in financing to pay workers as it seeks a buyer.
8:45 a.m. Aug. 6, 2019 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
A New York Times column says Walmart’s CEO has a ‘moral responsibility’ to curb gun violence after El Paso and Dayton shootings A corporate Walmart employee also urged workers to go on strike Tuesday to pressure the retailer to stop selling gunsA corporate Walmart employee also urged workers to go on strike Tuesday to pressure the retailer to stop selling guns.
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