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3:40 a.m. Today - By Mark DeCambre
Dow and S&P 500 set to test record highs as Trump administration said to exempt China products from tariffs Quadruple witching day on Wall Street U.S. stocks on Friday are on track to open near records as investors look beyond a litany of central-bank decisions of the past week and focused on signs of improving China-U.S. trade developments.
3:35 a.m. Today - By Callum Keown
British stocks climb cautiously on Brexit and trade war hopes, central bank easing British stocks climbed higher on Friday on hopes for a Brexit deal and after U.S.-China trade talks resumed but the FTSE 100 was held back by a stronger pound.
2:40 a.m. Today - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard: Dissent was due in part to worries about slowing economy St. Louis Fed president issues statement explaining why he wanted half-point cut.St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Friday a slowing economy was one reason he wanted the central bank to cut short-term interest rates by a more aggressive 50 basis points this week.
1:28 a.m. Today - By Mark Hulbert
Two-thirds of these corporate insiders now expect a U.S. recession by the end of 2020 Fading CFO optimism is a warning sign for stocks and the economyFading CFO optimism is a warning sign for U.S. stocks and the economy, writes Mark Hulbert.
7:06 p.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets rise as U.S., China return to negotiating table Nikkei, Hang Seng tick up following central-bank movesAsian markets advanced in early trading Friday following reassuring moves by central banks and as trade negotiations resumed between the U.S. and China.
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.
11:28 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Why one of the world’s top investors says now may be the time to raise cash ‘Rising uncertainty, but falling returns’Lim Chow Kiat oversees one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, and he’s feeling rather bearish.
11:06 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By William Watts
A ‘Fed put’ on the stock market could expire worthless due to these ‘recession errors’: Stifel’s Bannister Sees fair value for S&P 500 at 2,900 amid recession riskThe Federal Reserve might not be able to rescue the stock market even if it wants to, thanks to mistakes its already made, says the analyst who called last year’s fourth-quarter selloff.
10:02 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold logs first loss in 4 sessions after Fed delivers ‘hawkish cut’ to interest rates Palladium scores another record settlement Gold prices end lower to mark their first loss in four sessions, a day after the Federal Reserve delivered a widely expected interest rate cut but left traders uncertain on the outlook for further easing.
8:12 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - 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.
7:30 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish reversal, S&P 500 approaches record high after the Fed Focus: Financials and regional banks challenge major resistance, Apple maintains the breakout point, XLF, KRE, AAPL, AMBA, SLBU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising after the Federal Reserve’s Wednesday interest rate cut, and following a (perhaps paradoxical) solid batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has nailed the September peak (3,020.74) early Thursday, a move placing its record close (3,025.86) and absolute record peak (3,027.98) firmly within striking distance.
1:48 a.m. Sept. 19, 2019 - By Brett Arends
Big investors are nervous —– but that’s not necessarily bad news for you And there are some simple investments they’re too scared to buyAnd there are some simple investments they’re too scared to buy.
7:31 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets mixed as Fed cuts rates, BOJ stays unchanged Nikkei up, Hang Seng down as all eyes on central banksAsian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, as the Bank of Japan kept its ultra-easy monetary policy unchanged following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest-rate cut.
4:09 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
Fed lowers interest rate by a quarter-point, and is open to the idea of more easing Seven members project another cut this yearThe Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest-rate by a quarter point and seven officials indicated they believe there would be one more move this year.
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.
12:09 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow ends sightly higher as bank stocks take an unusual bounce higher after Fed cuts interest ratesU.S. stock indexes on Wednesday finished mostly higher--even if only slightly so--after the Federal Reserve cut benchmark rates, as expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 36 points, or 0.1%, to 27,147, but had been down by as many as 211.65 points at session lows. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index added about a point, or less than 0.1%, to end at at 3,006.73. The Nasdaq Composite index edged 9 points, or 1%, lower to 8,177. The rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee cut rates by one quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.75%-2%, in a 7-3 vote. Stocks initially took a leg lower but began to pare losses as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell explained the rate decision in a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, about a half-hour after the release of the central bank's policy statement. Voting against the action were St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who preferred to lower the target range for the federal-funds rate to 1.50% to 1.75%. Kansas City Fed President Esther George and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren both preferred to maintain the target range at 2% to 2.25%."Bottom line, there is now a likelihood that as of today, this might be the last rate cut of the year as the 'mid course adjustment' process continues but could be done. So call this a hawkish cut," wrote Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, in a research note after the Fed decision. The 10-year Treasury yield climbed after the Fed decision, with the rate rising to 1.79%, helping to deliver a lift to the banking sector, which tends to benefit from higher yields, even though the Fed cut rates. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF finished the session with a 0.4%, and shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and those for JPMorgan Chase & Co. led gains for the blue-chip Dow.
12:01 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Shawn Langlois
Stocks could drop 20% after an October disappointment, strategist warnsJoseph Zidle, Blackstone’s chief investment strategist, explains why stocks are poised for a beatdown.
10:45 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Sven Henrich
Stock market’s eerie parallels to September 2007 should raise recession fears Fed watchers may have just witnessed Powell’s ‘Bernanke moment’Fed watchers may have just witnessed Powell’s ‘Bernanke moment,’ writes Sven Henrich.
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.
9:48 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Bond King Gundlach says this contradiction in stock and bond markets is ‘danger signal’ Bond market telling a different story than stocks Bond-market guru Jeff Gundlach says he’s watching a few areas of the market to gauge whether the current bullish dynamic is starting to unravel in earnest. On Wednesday afternoon, during a CNBC interview, he said that he’s sees some early cracks that are worth investors’ attention.
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.
8:56 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Momentum stock strategies are down — but not out Momentum strategies have never performed well during periods of high volatility Momentum strategies have never performed well during periods of high volatility, writes Mark Hulbert.
7:04 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 asserts (bullish) holding pattern ahead of the Fed Focus: Homebuilders and retail sector digest September breakouts, Intel rises from double bottom, XHB, XRT, INTC, TWTR, PKG, KEYSU.S. stocks are lower early Wednesday, pressured modestly ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a holding pattern — underpinned by first support (2,989) — digesting the decisive early-September breakout.
4:22 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Greg Robb
3 things to watch as Fed meets on interest rates With quarter-point rate-cut widely expected, Fed watchers hunt for clues about what comes nextHere are 3 things to watch at this week’s Fed interest-rate committee meeting.
3:01 a.m. Sept. 18, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
‘Apple a value stock?’ The Great Rotation takes a strange spin Apple stock is found in both value and growth funds, one analyst points outAs markets churn, there’s some unexpected fallout in fund holdings, including classifying Apple, one of the world’s biggest companies, as a “value” play.
6:58 p.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Marketwatch
Asian markets flat ahead of Fed interest-rate decision Nikkei, Hang Seng largely unchanged ahead of expected rate cutAsian markets were flat in early trading Wednesday, as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate cut later in the day.
12:43 p.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Stock market logs modest gain amid turbulent oil prices and ahead of Fed decision S&P 500 energy sectors falls 1% as crude oil prices retreat from historic surgeU.S. stocks finish Tuesday’s session with modest gains on the back of defensive bets as investors focus on a decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve set for Wednesday after a weekend attack in the Middle East that roiled global energy markets.
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
10:00 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold notches second straight gain, adds to climb toward 1-week high Copper futures post back-to-back lossesGold futures climb on Tuesday, building on the hefty gain seen a day earlier to settle at a more than one week high for a second session in a row, with traders continuing to monitor developments tied to the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil-infrastructure as they shift focus to the Federal Reserve meeting this week.
9:58 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Why it pays to be cautious about stocks when corporate mega-mergers come in waves Flurry of M&A activity typically spells trouble for the stock market overallA flurry of M&A activity typically spells trouble for the stock market overall, writes Mark Hulbert.
8:43 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend absorbs oil shock, S&P 500 maintains first support Focus: Rising energy prices and interest rates, Crude oil and 10-year yield signal bullish trend shifts, USO, TNX, XOP, HES, WLK, SPWRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have weathered a September oil shock against a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:57 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend absorbs oil shock, S&P 500 maintains first support Focus: Rising energy prices and interest rates, Crude oil and 10-year yield signal bullish trend shifts, USO, TNX, XOP, HES, WLK, SPWRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ September price action remains comfortably bullish. Though each big three benchmark has recently topped slightly under record territory, the prevailing pullback from the September peak has registered as orderly, inflicting limited, if any, true technical damage.
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
4:39 a.m. Sept. 17, 2019 - By Nigam Arora
A jump in oil prices is creating trading opportunities in these investments Historically, disruptions like this cause big price swings that eventually reverse themselvesHistorically, disruptions like this cause big price swings that eventually reverse themselves.
11:38 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark Hulbert
Trade wars and tariffs aren’t the biggest culprit if stocks stumble from here U.S. economy’s growth rate should be investors’ main focusU.S. economy’s growth rate should be investors’ main focus, writes Mark Hulbert.
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.
12:36 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump says Iran involvement in Saudi attacks being ‘checked out’ as he reiterates call for deep interest-rate cuts Congress should probe Obama’s book and Netflix deals, president says President Donald Trump on Monday suggested Iran was responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil-production infrastructure, and used the incident to apply fresh pressure on the Federal Reserve to aggressively cut interest rates.
12:09 p.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Sunny Oh
Dow snaps eight-day winning streak after Saudi oil attackU.S. stocks ended lower on Monday after investors were rattled by a drone strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend. The S&P 500 fell 0.3% to end around 2,998. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 143 points, or 0.5%, to end near 27,077, based on preliminary numbers. The Nasdaq Composite was down 0.3% to finish around 8,154. The drone attack underlined the vulnerability of major oil producers in the Middle East, renewing geopolitical fears over the region. Fears of tightening supplies sent values for crude surging. U.S. crude prices rose by more than 14% to settle at $62.90 a barrel on Monday, marking its biggest daily gain since Sept. 2008. Investors also raised concerns that the U.S. may escalate its current conflict with Iran over the attack.
11:47 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Why the Saudi oil attack is a ‘big deal’ that could be a ‘game changer’ in stock markets and crude prices S&P Global Platts forecasts $5 or $10/bbl. spike in Brent oil pricesAn intensifying Middle East conflict is threatening to throw the world’s energy market into disarray after a weekend drone attack destroyed parts of Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq plant — one of the world’s largest processors of oil.
10:46 a.m. Sept. 16, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
This low-volatility dividend-stock strategy can give you peace of mind A stable yield and price stability might ease your fear of a recession and economic threatsA stable yield and price stability might ease your fear of a recession and economic threats.
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