U.S. Economy

2:49 a.m. Today - By Shawn Langlois
Don’t bottom-fish Apple when ‘inevitable’ declines rock tech sector, investor warns 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.
2:17 a.m. Today - 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 ?
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.
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.
10:28 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - Associated Press
Mine shutdowns in top US coal region bring new uncertainty A big hit to northeastern Wyoming and southeastern MontanaAt two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit.
8:27 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Jared Malsin
Saudi Arabia shuts down about half its oil output after drone strikes spark fires Attack on two Aramco facilities is latest in series targeting the kingdom’s oil assetsSaudi Arabia is shutting down about half of its oil output after apparently coordinated drone strikes hit Saudi production facilities, people familiar with the matter said, in what Yemen’s Houthi rebels described as one of their largest-ever attacks inside the kingdom.
5:59 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Gundlach sees 75% recession chance, has a warning about the corporate bond market Fixed-income-investing notable sees neither Trump nor China as willing to agree to a trade dealJeffrey Gundlach on Thursday struck a pessimistic tone, saying there was a 75% chance of a recession before the next election as he warned the corporate bond market was a crisis waiting to happen.
8:23 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Global growth may soar and investors aren’t ready, says Morgan Stanley Critical information for the U.S. trading dayAndrew Sheets, chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, who says the global economy may be about to surprise the world and investors are not ready for it.
12:22 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow ekes out 8th straight gain as stocks remain in striking distance of record highs U.S. consumers spend more, U.S. China trade tensions easeU.S. stocks close mostly lower but the Dow makes an 8th straight gains as Sino-American trade tensions ease and central banks support risk taking with easy money.
11:15 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil logs a weekly loss amid worries about rise in suppliesOil futures finish lower on Friday, with both U.S. and international benchmark crude posting sizable weekly falls as worries about the prospect of rising inventories appeared to overshadow a U.S.-China tariff detente.
10:14 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold ends lower, suffers a weekly loss as bond yields rise Appetite for risk assets returns, limiting gains in gold Gold futures end lower on Friday, giving up earlier gains to feed a loss for the week as appetite returns for assets perceived as risky and bond yields climb.
9:15 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
U.S. Treasury yields on pace to see biggest weekly surge in years Bond-market selloff continues to gain traction FridayU.S. government bond are on track to see their biggest selloff in several years.
5:27 a.m. Sept. 13, 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.
4:22 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
The Great Rotation: Can the value rally last? Value stocks have outperformed in SeptemberFor a rotation into value stocks to continue interest rates will have to start rising, either due to a imminent rebound in global economic growth or following a mild recession
1:18 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
European banks continue to rally after ECB cutEuropean banks advanced on Friday, continuing a rally as the European Central Bank took steps to improve the domestic economy while make it less painful to lenders.
8:10 p.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets gain as trade tensions ease further Nikkei rises as holiday shutters many other large markets in AsiaAsian markets rose in early trading Friday following signs of hope for a thaw in the trade war between the U.S. and China.
12:40 p.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow logs 7th gain in a row on renewed trade optimism, ECB stimulus ECB cuts interest rates further into negative territory; U.S. and China to meet on trade in OctoberThe Dow marks its longest win streak in more than a year Thursday, after the European Central Bank’s announced fresh stimulus measures.
10:39 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold tallies a back-to-back gain after ECB unleashes basket of easy-money measures Palladium futures settle at a recordGold futures mark a second consecutive gain Thursday after the European Central Bank cut key eurozone interest rates and delivered a batch of measures intended to punch up the region’s sluggish economy — bullish moves for bullion.
9:03 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Senate confirms Bowman to 14-year term on Fed’s board Former Kansas regulator holds community banker seat on central bankThe Senate on Thursday confirmed Fed Gov Michelle Bowman to a full 14-year term on the central bank’s board of governors.
5:37 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow opens higher, set for longest win streak in a year as ECB launches major stimulus packageU.S. stocks opened modestly higher Thursday morning as market bulls appeared emboldened by easy-money policies enacted by the European Central and hope that it could influence the Fed. The European Central Bank cut its deposit rate from negative 0.4% to negative 0.5%, while announcing it would begin open-ended purchasing of long-term government bonds at a pace of €20 billion a month in an effort to further reduce long-term interest rates, in a bid to boost the sluggish eurozone economy. The central bank said rates would remain at "present or lower levels" until the inflation outlook "robustly" converges with its target of just below 2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 66 points, or 0.3%, at 27,207, while the S&P 500 index advanced 0.4% to 3,011 and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.6% to 8,217. All three benchmarks stand within shouting distance of all-time records as investors bet that the ECB's move will influence the Federal Reserve, which gathers next week to decide on domestic monetary policy. Stocks had been headed higher before the ECB moves, after President Donald Trump said tariff hikes-from 25% to 30%-that were scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 will now go into effect Oct. 15. The president attributed the "gesture of goodwill", as he described it via Twitter, to the People's Republic's 70th anniversary commencing on Oct. 1. and came at the request of China's chief trade negotiator Vice Premier Liu He.
5:19 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By William L. Watts
Draghi to Trump: ECB policy makers 'do not target the exchange rate, period'European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday responded to that said the central bank had introduced a sweeping new stimulus plan in a successful bid to weaken the euro versus the U.S. dollar. Asked about the tweet in a news conference following the ECB's policy decision, Draghi said: "We do not target the exchange rate, period." The euro fell versus the dollar, hitting a two-year low, after the ECB pushed its key interest rate further into negative territory, announced the relaunch of its bond-buying program and took other steps to stimulate a flagging eurozone economy. In a tweet, Trump said the ECB was "trying, and succeeding, in depreciating the Euro against the VERY strong Dollar, hurting U.S. exports." Trump repeated his criticism of the U.S. monetary policy makers, saying the Fed "sits, and sits, and sits. They get paid to borrow money, while we are paying interest!"
4:21 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Europe stocks rise as ECB cuts rates, launches fresh bond-buying program InBev, British American Tobacco among big moversEuropean stocks move higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank delivers fresh stimulus in the form of a deposit-rate cut and fresh asset buying plans.
11:19 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Trend-following bond traders get fingers burned as Treasury yields surge The SG Trend Index is down 4.8% since last TuesdayThe recent surge in Treasury yields is ravaging a group of market participants that had so far reaped significant gains from the bond-market rally this year.
11:06 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil prices end at lowest in a week as Trump reportedly weighs easing sanctions on Iran OPEC cuts demand forecasts; EIA reports a 4th-weekly U.S. supply declineOil futures decline on Wednesday, settling at their lowest in about a week, after a report that President Donald Trump is considering easing sanctions on Iran raised the possibility of the return of the country’s crude to the world market. A weaker demand outlook from OPEC fed the price decline, despite U.S. government data showing a fourth straight weekly fall in domestic crude supplies.
10:07 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
The S&P 500 is more dependent on manufacturing than you think The U.S. economy may be overwhelmingly dependent on the services sector, but the stock market is notThe gross output of manufactured goods made up just 29.3% of U.S. GDP in 2018, but goods-producing firms make up 44% of the S&P 500 index market capitalization
7:56 p.m. Sept. 10, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets gain ahead of ECB meeting Nikkei, Hang Seng edge up as stocks in mainland China dipAsian markets mostly gained in early trading Wednesday, ahead of expected further monetary easing by the European Central Bank.
8:52 a.m. Sept. 10, 2019 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Most U.S. CLO debt owners are unlikely to be ‘forced sellers’ in a downturn, says Bank of America But junior CLO classes are vulnerableA study of U.S. CLO debt holders shows the bulk of paper most likely sits in the hands of longer-term investors, which could mean fewer fire sales in a risk-off scenario.
11:37 a.m. Sept. 9, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold pulls back, suffer a 3-session skid Yellow metal posts a loss Monday, extending last week’s declineGold futures settle lower on Monday, giving back earlier gains to extend their losses to a third session in a row as a rise in Treasury yields and some strength in global stock markets weighed on the precious metal’s haven appeal.
5:42 a.m. Sept. 9, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
How the trade war became the stock market’s biggest driverTrade policy has never been as uncertain as it currently is, and that uncertainty is leading to volatile stock markets, a new study finds.
5:36 a.m. Sept. 9, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow opens slightly higher as Wall Street focuses on central-bank policyU.S. stock-index benchmarks on Monday edged slightly higher as investors awaited news of further monetary-policy action from a number of central banks later this week and next. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 7 points, or less than 0.1%, at 26,808, the S&P 500 index rose 0.2% to 2,984, while the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.2% to 8,119. Investors are hoping for easier-money policy from the Fed, which convenes a two-day policy meeting Sept.17-18 and is expected to slash rates by a quarter-of-a-percentage point after the jobs report on Friday came in weaker than expected, raising questions about the health of the U.S. economy and the need for further accommodations from the central bank to extend expansion in a record 11th year. Before that, the European Central Bank is expected to roll out stimulus plans on Thursday. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury rate rose to 1.62% on Monday, from 1.552% on Friday. Yields rise when prices fall. In corporate news, share of Shares in AT&T Inc. were in focus after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed a $3.2 billion stake in the company and released a letter to the board laying out a plan to boost the company's share performance.
7:28 p.m. Sept. 8, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets gain as investors weigh latest economic data Nikkei, Shanghai indexes edge up; Hang Seng stays about flatAsian markets were generally higher in early trading Monday, as investors continued to digest recent economic data.
12:35 p.m. Sept. 7, 2019 - By Isabel Coles
Iran threatens to take steps to stockpile of uranium for nuclear weapons Move comes after Europe failed to meet a deadline to offset the impact of U.S. sanctionsIran said Saturday it had accelerated its nuclear research work and threatened to take fresh steps within a month that could allow it to expand its stockpile of enriched uranium, a material that can be used to fuel a nuclear weapon.
12:40 p.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield logs biggest weekly rise in around two monthsTreasury yields end higher for the week, despite a drop on Friday after the August nonfarm-payrolls report showed the U.S. economy gaining fewer jobs than expected.
12:16 p.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow, S&P 500 book 3rd day of gains, as stock market caps off solid week despite tepid jobs report Fed’s Jerome Powell says jobs report reflects healthy labor market, speaking at a panel in Zurich The Dow and S&P 500 book slight gains on Friday, but the Nasdaq slumped, after a jobs report for August showed a fewer-than-expected 130,000 new jobs were created in the month. All three benchmarks finished sharply higher for the week.
11:03 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil ends higher on the back of a third weekly decline in U.S. oil-drilling rigs WTI crude scores a weekly gain of 2.6% Oil prices reverse course to finish higher on Friday, buoyed by a third-weekly decline in the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil. The data, along with a government report issued a day earlier also showing a third week of falling domestic crude supplies, helped calm trade war-related worries about demand.
10:58 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Powell says August job report is sign of continued strength in labor market, doesn’t see a recession Fed chairman says there are ‘significant risks’ to be monitoredFed Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday the August job report was a sign of continued strength in the U.S. labor market
10:17 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold posts a loss for the session and week as Powell eases worries about the economy Powell says the Fed is ‘not forecasting or expecting a recession’Gold futures move lower Friday, giving up earlier gains to post a loss for the week, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell offered an upbeat view on the U.S. economy, dulling demand for the haven metal.
9:47 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold gives up earlier gains to post a loss for the week and session Gold futures , giving up earlier gains to post a loss for the week, after an upbeat view on the U.S. economy, dulling demand for the haven metal. Data Friday showed that the than expected in August, but Powell said the outlook for the economy remains favorable and the central bank is "not forecasting or expecting a recession." December gold lost $10, or 0.7%, to settle at $1,515.50 on Comex. It lost about 0.9% for the week, according to FactSet data.
7:18 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Weaker job report in August ‘cements’ a Fed interest-rate cut in two weeks Analysts see quarter-point move on Sept. 18The weaker than expected job growth in August ‘cements’ a Fed interest-rate cut in two weeks, economists said. The outlook for policy after than is less certain.
4:21 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Mark Cobley
London markets trail global peers after a week of turmoil U.K. markets looked set to close the week out on a gain of almost 1% after a week of extraordinary political turmoil in London.
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