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3:27 a.m. Today - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Fed rates cuts are a mistake, says Oaktree’s billionaire co-chairman Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day from Oaktree Capital’s billionaire co-chairman Howard Marks says the economy doesn’t really need rate cuts the Fed’s been doling out.
12:29 p.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Stocks lose steam to end near unchanged after S&P 500 nears record territory Shares of Microsoft buoyed the blue-chip indexU.S. stocks struggled to hold on to modest gains on Thursday as investors weighed better-than-expected housing and manufacturing data, a day after the second interest rate cut of 2019 by the Federal Reserve.
8:52 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Carmen M. Reinhart
Powell’s dilemma: Easing offsets trade uncertainty, but invites more of the same from Trump To Trump’s dismay, the Fed won’t join global race to the bottom Probably to Jerome Powell’s deep and never-to-be-expressed frustration, the Fed is setting monetary policy in a way that increases the likelihood that Donald Trump will be re-elected next year.
9:07 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
The Bank of England decision is coming — here’s what to expectHere’s a look at what to expect when the Bank of England’s latest interest-rate decision is announced at 7 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.
12:26 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
U.S. stocks close mixed after Fed cuts rates but casts doubt on future stimulus Fed cuts interest rates but possibly last for last time this yearU.S. stocks ended Wednesday flat to higher, after the Federal Reserve announced it would cut its benchmark federal funds rate a quarter percentage point, in line with market expectations, but called into question whether there will be another rate cut this year or next.
11:46 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Trump blasts Jerome Powell after Fed rate cut: ‘No ‘guts,’ no sense, no vision!’ Trump declares Powell a ‘terrible communicator’President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon delivered further harsh criticism of the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell after the central bank cut interest rates but was unclear on whether rates would fall further this year.
10:31 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold ends higher, heads lower in electronic trade after Fed cuts key interest rate Gold still seen in overall three month uptrendGold futures end higher on Wednesday for a third session in a row, then move lower in electronic trading after the Federal Reserve announced a quarter-percentage point cut to a key interest rate, lifting the dollar and pressuring prices for the dollar-denominated yellow metal.
9:25 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Value rotation signals a rebound in global economic growth, not a recession, analysts say Economic surprise indexes are trending upA recent upswing in economic data may signal value stocks’ outperformance will not come at the expense of momentum and growth stocks.
6:08 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Investors are too complacent about inflation and low interest rates, says Schwab strategist Critical information for the U.S. trading dayOur call of the day from Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, worries investors are being a bit too casual about one aspect of the economy right now.
11:14 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Goldman: Hedge fund exposure to stock market at 15-month high Equities could be set up for a downdraftStretched investor sentiment could be a bearish sign, unless economic data surprises to the upside
5:19 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Steve Goldstein
Here’s what happened to the global economy the last eight times oil prices have doubledAnalysts at U.K. investment adviser AJ Bell calculated that the last eight times that the year-over-year price for oil was over 100%, there was either a global recession or economic slowdown six times.
4:46 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Small cap rally: Why this week will be make-or-break for the Russell 2000 Small caps will benefit from lower interest ratesA September rally in the Russell 2000 could be here to stay, strategists tell MarketWatch
4:17 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
The S&P 500 should be 13% lower because a recession is coming, warns Deutsche Bank Critical information for the U.S. trading dayA U.S. recession is on the doorstep but the stock market is ignoring it, Deutsche Bank chief global strategist Binky Chadha warns
10:51 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Stock investors have overreacted to the Saudi oil attack Oil’s price surge might actually keep both the economy and the bull market running strongOil’s price surge might actually keep both the economy and the bull market running strong, writes Mark Hulbert.
12:32 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Dow snaps 8-session win streak after attack on Saudi oil facilities sends crude soaring WTI gains more than 14%, its biggest jump in 11 yearsU.S. stock-indexes end lower on Monday, snapping an 8-sesssion win streak for the Dow, after a weekend attack against Saudi Arabia’s oil-production facilities unsettled global markets and sent crude prices rocketing higher.
11:55 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields slump after Saudi Arabian oil facilities hit by drone attackTreasury yields fall Monday, reversing a chunk of last week’s surge, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities sends oil prices higher.
11:52 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
U.S. oil just saw its biggest price surge since the financial crisis; Brent logs sharpest gain on record Saturday’s attack will ‘encourage markets to re-examine the need for considering an oil geopolitical risk premium’: Eurasia Group analystsOil futures head for the sharpest daily rise in about 10 years on Monday after a weekend drone attack on major crude facilities in Saudi Arabia threatened to create a supply crunch that was roiling global crude markets.
10:10 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Stocks tend to rise in months after a big oil-price jump — but beware the drawdowns S&P 500, on average, returns 10.2% in the 6 months after a jump in oil pricesBenchmarks, on average, outperform following a 10% rise in the price of crude oil — but there have been some nasty drawdowns.
9:44 a.m. Sept. 16, 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.
7:49 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Callum Keown
The Stocks to Watch After Saudi Oil Attack Sends Crude Prices SurgingThe majority of stocks have fallen in the wake of Saturday’s drone attacks on two Saudi Arabian oil facilities but brave investors could still benefit from surging crude prices.
6:46 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Tech stocks face a 10% drop in the near-term, warns investor who once ran the world’s biggest technology fund 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11:31 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.
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.
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.
8:58 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By William Watts
ECB cuts key rate, relaunches QE to shore up eurozone economy Euro dips to 2-year low versus U.S. dollar after ECB move, then recoversThe European Central Bank delves deep into its toolbox, cutting its deposit rate further into negative territory, launching a new round of monthly bond purchases and taking other steps to stimulate a flagging eurozone economy.
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