U.S. Economy

10:38 p.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Grace Zhu
China industrial output, retail sales fall short of expectationsValue-added industrial output in China rose 4.4% in August from a year earlier, slower than the 4.8% increase in July, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday.
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.
7:45 a.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
How to invest in — or avoid — what makes China China One analyst calls state-owned enterprises the ‘zombies’ of China’s economy. Should you embrace them or avoid them?One ETF that purports to offer access to better run private sector companies in China that are better run may make things more confusing for investors, not less.
5:41 a.m. Sept. 15, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
It’s reflation that’s turning the ‘Great Rotation,’ these analysts say There’s some value in value, againInvestors are shunning higher-priced, sturdier stocks in favor of those that may have missed out on the love earlier in the year.
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.
6:15 a.m. Sept. 14, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Why next year could be the most volatile in history for investors Critical information for the U.S. trading dayThink 2019 has been hectic? You ain’t seen nothing yet. According to our call of the day from John Mauldin of Mauldin Economics, 2020 will raise the volatility bar to historic proportions.
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.
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.
11:31 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Bank of America strategist calls this 10-year Treasury chart ‘the most important in the world’ The bond bubble will pop in 2020 during recessionGlobal central bankers are “intent on smashing Wall Street bears out of the ballpark,” according to Bank of America strategist Michael Hartnett
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:22 a.m. Sept. 10, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Europe stocks drift lower as EdF stumbles on nuclear faultEuropean stocks declined on Tuesday ahead of key central bank and trade meetings, with shares of France’s nuclear jewel stumbling to a two-year low after revealing trouble at a subsidiary.
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.
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.
12:10 p.m. Sept. 7, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
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4:30 a.m. Sept. 7, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Central bankers now know: hang together or most assuredly hang separately Central Bank coordination has morphed into co-dependencyThe Federal Reserve has cut rates because of a darkening global outlook, which will prompt the European Central Bank to cut rates, which will prompt the Bank of Canada to cut rates, and on and on.
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.
4:40 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Why silver may have more room to run Critical information for the U.S. trading dayThe downturn in global economic confidence has spelled good times for silver. Can it continue?
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.
3:34 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Thursday’s bond-market selloff will face stiff test on Friday in form of jobs report The 2-year Treasury note yield had its biggest daily surge since 2015Strategists say don’t expect the biggest bond market selloff in years to last long.
3:31 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Mark Cobley
European stocks hold near month highs European stocks were holding near month-long highs on Friday morning, having now made up all their losses since global markets plunged in early August on mounting trade-war fears.
7:07 p.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Associated Press
Asian markets gain on trade-deal hopes, positive U.S. economic data Nikkei, Hang Seng advance following Wall Street rallyAsian shares rose Friday as investors cheered plans for more trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing and drew encouragement from positive data about the U.S. economy.
12:15 p.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow notches best day in 3 weeks on rising trade optimism, rosier economic data Call between Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer tentatively set the stage for a resumption of talks U.S. stocks rally Thursday after American and Chinese officials declare a tentative resumption of tariff talks, viewed by Wall Street as a sign of progress in the yearlong trade conflict between the economic superpowers.
12:00 p.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
2-year Treasury yield stages biggest one-day jump since February 2015Treasury yields rise on Thursday after the U.S. and China agreed to meet in October to renew trade talks, easing investors’ appetite for haven assets like government paper.
11:37 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil rally fades, with U.S. prices erasing nearly all of their earlier gains U.S. supply decline, heightened Middle East tensions, plans for trade talks fail to provide much supportA rally in oil futures fades by the end of Thursday’s trading session, prompting U.S. prices to erase nearly all of their earlier gains as plans for U.S.-China trade talks failed to fully calm nervousness over the outlook for the global economy.
10:10 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold logs biggest daily dollar loss in 3 years on China trade optimism, upbeat private-jobs data News of October U.S.-China trade talks fuel a rally in stocksGold prices drop Thursday, suffering their largest one-day dollar loss in almost three years, as news that the U.S. and China agreed to another round of trade talks next month dulled the precious metal’s haven appeal.
7:28 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Investors turn to credit derivatives amid fears of liquidity freeze in next market crisis Corporate bond fund managers advocate credit default swap indexes as alternative way to handle redemptionsConcerns about illiquidity in corporate debt trading are leading some money managers to look to credit derivatives as a way of swiftly moving in and out of their positions when the next downturn hits.
4:41 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
This big bank expects stocks to drop through the end of the year—here’s why Critical information for the U.S. trading dayIt’s not a law that big banks have to be bullish, even though they usually find a way to look on the bright side of life.
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