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5:14 a.m. Today - 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.
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.
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.
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.
11:36 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year, 30-year Treasury yield logs biggest weekly drop in one and a half monthsU.S. Treasury yields rise Friday, trimming their week long decline, after an official from the White House suggested negotiations for the phase one trade deal was nearing an end.
10:29 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Modern Monetary Theory carries ‘grain of truth’ and that’s why it's dangerous, says former Treasury official Nathan Sheets says the U.S. can run higher budget deficits than thoughtNathan Sheets, PGIM’s chief economist, says the U.S. could run larger deficits, but it was unclear when its fiscal profligacy come back to bite the Treasury market.
4:04 a.m. Nov. 15, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
BT slides in London after Labour vows partial nationalization in free broadband pledge Miners up as trade-talk optimism growsTalk of partially nationalizing BT sent those shares lower in London, weighing on the FTSE 100 index. Mining stocks rose on hopes of trade-talk progress.
10:15 p.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By MarketWatch
High levels of debt won’t derail the U.S. stock market — plus more top investing tipsThis week’s popular money and investing features.
11:22 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
S&P 500 index edges up to new record close but euphoria about U.S - China trade deal fades Cisco shares tumble after disappointing outlookThe U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index managed to close at a new record Thursday, but the Dow and Nasdaq indexes slipped as the euphoria about an imminent U.S - China trade deal, supporting the five week rally, began to fade.
11:15 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields extend slide as investors confront renewed trade and economic concerns Doubt around a U.S.-China trade deal have spurred fresh bond-buying this weekU.S. Treasury yields slip Thursday as investors eye weakening economic data in Asia, along with geopolitical jitters and uncertainty around a phase one trade deal.
9:41 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard says sharper-than-expected economic slowdown is ‘key risk’ Appropriate for Fed to pause to see how economy develops, St. Louis Fed President saysSt Louis Fed President James Bullard said Thursday that the key risk facing the economy is that the slowdown may be sharper than expected.
8:52 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold tallies back-to-back gains as Treasury yields retreat Copper prices suffer a fifth straight session lossGold futures settle higher on Thursday, building on gains from a day earlier as weakness in U.S. benchmark stock indexes and a drop in yields on government debt raise the precious metal’s investment appeal.
6:00 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Powell: Weakness in manufacturing not spilling over into broader economy Recession probability is not elevated, Fed chairman saysFed Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that weakness in manufacturing has not spilled over into the broader economy.
12:22 a.m. Nov. 14, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
European stocks edge lower on China trade concerns and ‘worst of all worlds’ German economic dataEuropean stocks slipped on Thursday on concern over the state of U.S.-China trade talks as data showed a stagnating economy in Germany.
6:27 p.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed after weaker economic data from China, Japan Nikkei, Hang Seng retreat while stocks in mainland China inch upAsian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday after weaker-than-expected economic data from China and Japan, and reports of a sticking point in U.S.-China trade negotiations.
11:22 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
Dow and S&P500 close at new records as five week rally rolls on Hopes for U.S. China trade deal, Fed policy and government spending drive rallyThe Dow Jones Industrial Average and benchmark S&P500 index both closed at new records Wednesday, helped by a jump in Disney’s stock price, as a five week rally rolled on.
11:15 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield slips below key 1.90% level as trade jitters spark bond rally WSJ reports that trade deal hits snag over farm purchasesU.S. Treasury yields pull back on Wednesday as uncertainty on how a phase one trade deal will shape up drives investors to take shelter in government paper.
10:13 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures end higher to recoup most of their losses from back-to-back declines Oil demand seen waning after 2025, IEA saysOil futures end higher on Wednesday, with prices recouping most of the losses they suffered over the past two trading sessions.
8:55 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold, silver prices score first gain in 5 sessions Copper prices down as other Comex metals finish higherGold and silver prices post their first gain in five sessions on Wednesday, with uncertainty over the outlook for a U.S.-China trade deal and the first day of public impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump helping to support haven demand for the precious metal.
5:54 a.m. Nov. 13, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Small-cap golden cross: Can the Russell 2000 continue to outperform? Small-cap stocks have outperformed by 200 basis points since Sept. 3The Russell’s fifty-day moving average has surpassed its 200-day moving average in a taste of what’s to come, analysts say
8:10 p.m. Nov. 12, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets fall as Trump threatens more tariff hikes on China Nikkei, Hang Seng lead regional declinesAsian markets fell Wednesday after President Donald Trump offered no new details about progress toward a trade deal between the U.S. and China, but also warned tariffs would rise if a “Phase 1” deal fails.
11:36 a.m. Nov. 12, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields end flat after Trump rehashes Fed spat in speech, but offers few details on China trade talks 10-year Treasury yield stands near three-month highU.S. Treasury yields ended mostly flat Tuesday after a speech by President Donald Trump in New York rehashed his disapproval of the Federal Reserve’s measured approach to interest rate cuts, but disappointed in terms of offering concrete details on the state of trade discussions
11:21 a.m. Nov. 12, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Nasdaq ekes out record as investors look past Trump speech Dean Foods files for chapter 11 bankruptcyU.S. stocks mostly ended higher on Tuesday as President Donald Trump suggests a trade deal could happen soon but did not offer much clarity on the possibility of a tariff rollback as part of the agreement.
6:49 p.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets little changed as traders seek direction Hang Seng stable after big loss Monday; Nikkei inches upAsian markets sought direction in early trading Tuesday, as traders awaited the next development in U.S.-China trade talks and violent protests continued in Hong Kong.
5:37 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Two surveys of global businesses slump to gloomiest level since recessionIt’s as bad a time for the global economy as any since the end of the last recession, according to two separate surveys released on Monday.
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.
3:49 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
British pound surges after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says he won’t challenge Conservative seats FTSE 100 led lower by miners, energyThe British pound shot higher on Monday, after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said his party won’t contest seats captured by the ruling Conservative Party in the last election.
4:00 a.m. Nov. 9, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. Treasury’s 10-year yield surge to three month highs may be good news for the stock market Fed cutting interest rates this year also supports equities despite long term yield rise The surge in the benchmark U.S. Treasury 10-year note yield to three month highs in the past week could be giving a thumbs up to equity investors despite the implied rise in the cost of capital from a higher yield curve.
11:46 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Stock market edges up to new record close even as Trump says he hasn’t agreed to roll back China tariffs Disney shares up after earnings beatU.S. stocks inched up to close at fresh record highs Friday even through President Trump said the administration had yet to agree to roll back import duties on China as part of a “phase-one” trade deal.
11:28 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield sees biggest weekly jump in around a monthU.S. Treasury yields were mostly steady on Friday, capping a weeklong surge, after signs of progress toward a U.S.-China trade deal pushed long-term government rates to multimonth highs this week.
11:18 a.m. Nov. 8, 2019 - By William Watts
How the Fed’s ‘quasi-QE’ helped turn a prominent stock-market bear bullish on cyclicals — for now Cyclical stocks poised to outperform over next 6 months: Stifel’s BannisterStifel’s Barry Bannister, who called last year’s fourth-quarter equities selloff, tells MarketWatch in an interview why he’s turned positive on the market — for now — and looks for cyclical stocks to rally over the next six months.
6:36 p.m. Nov. 7, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed amid conflicting reports of tariff rollbacks Nikkei about flat, while Hang Seng retreats slightlyAsian markets were mixed in early trading Friday as investors sought clarity after conflicting messages about the state of U.S.-China trade talks.
10:40 a.m. Nov. 7, 2019 - By Josh Zumbrun
Conflicting White House narratives raise doubts about tariff rollback reports in China-U.S. trade talks Beijing’s announcement that the U.S. and China have agreed to roll back tariffs lifted financial markets, but the White House was silentBeijing’s announcement Thursday that the U.S. and China have mutually agreed to roll back tariffs as part of a “phase one” trade accord lifted financial markets, adding to optimism that the 18-month trade war is finally beginning to wind down.
10:00 a.m. Nov. 7, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil ends higher as U.S. and China agree to phase out some tariffs if a deal is reached Progress on trade talks lifts risky asset prices Oil futures climb on Thursday to recoup most of their losses from a day earlier, after China and the U.S. agreed to lift existing tariffs if a partial trade deal is struck soon, signaling that trade talks are progressing and providing an upbeat backdrop for crude demand.
9:41 a.m. Nov. 7, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield on track for biggest one-day surge since Trump election The 10-year yield hit a three-month high on ThursdayAfter months of staying skeptical on a U.S - China trade relations, traders of long-term government bonds succumb to the optimism about a deal .
6:41 p.m. Nov. 6, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets slip on report of possible trade-deal delay Stocks in Hong Kong, mainland China retreatAsian markets were mostly down in early trading Thursday as investors continued to mull the likelihood of a trade deal between the U.S. and China.
11:37 a.m. Nov. 6, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks drift to close steady after China trade deal reported delayed as earnings season winds down HP Inc. shares gain following report of potential Xerox bid U.S. stocks close little changed Wednesday on reports the trade deal with China is delayed as third quarter earnings reporting period winds down.
11:10 a.m. Nov. 6, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields fall after reports say U.S.-China trade meeting postponed Fed’s Evans and Williams say no further interest rate cuts needed for nowU.S. Treasury yields fall Tuesday after reports say that a meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be delayed until December.
6:56 p.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets flat as investors eye trade-deal developments Nikkei, Hang Seng little changed as traders rein in optimismAsian markets were little changed in early trading Tuesday, as investors awaited further developments in U.S.-China trade talks.
11:15 a.m. Nov. 5, 2019 - By Clive McKeef
Dow, Nasdaq close at new highs on trade deal optimism Uber’s stock sinks 7% after reporting results late MondayU.S. stocks close mostly higher Tuesday afternoon as investors welcomed better-than-expected data on the service sector and grew optimistic for a U.S.-China trade deal, a day after all three major equity benchmarks closed at record highs.
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