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7:48 a.m. Today - 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.
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.
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.
8:43 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
Energy, financial stocks soar: Oversold bounce or the beginning of a break out? Market laggards have turned to leadersSeptember’s stock market gains have been broad based and driven by performance of cyclical sectors, and these trends may be bullish for the overall market
7:46 a.m. Sept. 13, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 approaches uncharted territory, Tandem global-market rally accelerates Focus: Global-market rally accelerates — Japan takes flight, Europe clears key trendline, China challenges 200-day average, EWJ, FXI, IEV, XOP, NOV, BABAU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, treading water after a solid batch of economic data and amid the latest signs of waning trade tensions. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has sustained a rally atop the 3,000 mark, and remains firmly within striking distance of uncharted territory.
7:48 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bull-flag breakout, S&P 500 knifes within view of record high (3,028) Focus: Industrials spike to major resistance, Retail sector clears key trendline, Boeing takes flight, Apple extends triangle breakout, XLI, XRT, BA, AAPL, NVROU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid signs of potential China-U.S. trade progress and following more aggressive-than-expected ECB stimulus measures. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has staged a bull-flag breakout, rising within striking distance of record highs from a previously tight range.
6:35 a.m. Sept. 12, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Natural-gas prices turn higher on smaller-than-expected weekly rise in suppliesThe U.S. Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 78 billion cubic feet for the week ended Sept. 6. The average forecast of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had called for an increase of 87 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 3.019 trillion cubic feet, up 393 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 77 billion below the five-year average, the government said. October natural gas traded at $2.57 per million British thermal units, up 1.8 cents, or 0.7%, from Wednesday's settlement. It was trading at $2.539 .
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.
11:06 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.
8:00 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 nails first support, rallies amid bullish sector rotation Focus: 10-year yield approaches major test (50-DMA), Semiconductors within view of uncharted territory, TNX, SMH, FIVE, BLDR, SINA, GTHXU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising amid rotational, and increasingly bullish, September price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has asserted a mid-month bull flag, rising early Wednesday from a successful test of first support (2,960).
8:38 a.m. Sept. 10, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 sustains September breakout Focus: Crude oil signals bullish trend shift, Financials and transports extend recovery attempt, USO, XLF, IYT, FDX, KSU, MOBLTechnically speaking, the big three U.S. benchmarks are digesting potentially consequential September breakouts, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:00 a.m. Sept. 10, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 sustains September breakout Focus: Crude oil signals bullish trend shift, Financials and transports extend recovery attempt, USO, XLF, IYT, FDX, KSU, MOBLTechnically speaking, the big three U.S. benchmarks continue to digest potentially consequential September breakouts. On a headline basis, each index has knifed from its jagged August range — by a margin initially exceeding 1% — and the subsequent selling pressure has been flat, preserving a bullish intermediate-term bias.
1:16 p.m. Sept. 9, 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.
7:40 a.m. Sept. 9, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a sustained breakout, S&P 500 digests September spike from the range Focus: Apple tags 10-month closing high amid triangle breakout, AAPL, IART, AMED, CDAY, ZUMZU.S. stocks are higher early Monday, rising modestly as the major benchmarks digest a respectable early-September rally. Consider that each big three U.S. benchmark gapped sharply atop major resistance last week, and the subsequent selling pressure has thus far registered as flat, the earmarks of a valid breakout.
7:59 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an intermediate-term ‘trend’ shift, S&P 500 stages September breakout Focus: Financials and transports extend recovery attempt, Gold and U.S. dollar signal risk-on, XLF, IYT, GLD, UUP, TRV, COST, BITAU.S. stocks are higher early Friday, rising modestly in the wake of a potentially consequential September breakout. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500’s breakout gets mixed marks for style, though it nonetheless opens the path to a potential retest of record territory.
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.
7:57 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 knifes from the range, Tandem global market breakout attempts also in play Focus: China’s bullish island reversal, Japan tags key trendline, Europe reclaims the breakdown point, FXI, EWJ, IEV, TER, CVS, WBPotentially consequential breakout attempts are underway amid Thursday’s firmly higher start, fueled by optimism over scheduled China-U.S. trade talks. Consider that each major U.S. benchmark has knifed from its August range — by a margin exceeding 1% intraday — while key breakout attempts are concurrently in progress across the global markets.
6:45 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a bigger-than-expected weekly rise in U.S. natural-gas suppliesThe Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 84 billion cubic feet for the week ended Aug. 30. The average forecast of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had called for an increase of 75 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 2.941 trillion cubic feet, up 383 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 82 billion below the five-year average, the government said. October natural gas traded at $2.407 per million British thermal units, down 3.8 cents, or 1.6%, from Wednesday's settlement. It was trading at $2.43 .
12:23 p.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Tim Mullaney
Stopping climate change will be easier and cheaper than Democrats think Most of the money will come from the private sector, not from governmentDemocrats are responding to public pressure to act on climate change, but they exaggerate the money and the changes that will be needed, argues Tim Mullaney.
7:50 a.m. Sept. 4, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500’s range-bound backdrop persists to start September Focus: Real estate sector sustains a breakout, Health care sector presses key trendline, IYR, XLV, AKAM, LRCX, NEM, JKSU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Wednesday, rising amid reports of easing tensions in Hong Kong as well as U.K. parliamentary developments that may avert a hard Brexit. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by major resistance (2,943) preserving a range-bound backdrop to start September.
8:35 a.m. Sept. 3, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (fourth) failed technical test, S&P 500 balks at 50-day average Focus: Real estate sector sustains a breakout, Health care sector presses key trendline, IYR, XLV, AKAM, LRCX, NEM, JKSTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has started September with its latest failed test of major resistance, an area closely matching the 50-day moving average, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:59 a.m. Sept. 3, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a (fourth) failed technical test, S&P 500 balks at 50-day average Focus: Real estate sector sustains a breakout, Health care sector presses key trendline, IYR, XLV, AKAM, LRCX, NEM, JKSTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to whipsaw, though against an increasingly range-bound backdrop. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 has started September with its latest failed test of the range top, an area closely matching the 50-day moving average.
3:28 a.m. Aug. 31, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
Here’s how the stocks held by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway have performed in 2019 Winners include Mastercard and Costco, while Kraft Heinz is one of the worst performersWinners include Mastercard and Costco — while Kraft Heinz is one of the worst performers.
3:54 a.m. Aug. 30, 2019 - By Chris Matthews
These energy firms are trading at their financial-crisis lows Things are getting ugly in the energy sectorThe S&P 500 energy sector is the only one out of 11 that has posted a loss this year
3:08 a.m. Aug. 30, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
Here are 2019’s biggest stock market winners and losers in the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq The best performers include Chipotle, AMD, Apple and Visa. The losers comprise Macy’s and Kraft HeinzThe best performers include Chipotle, AMD, Apple and Visa. The losers comprise Macy’s and Kraft Heinz.
11:09 a.m. Aug. 29, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Why Hurricane Dorian is lifting natural-gas prices Storm isn’t a big threat to output, but serves a wake-up call to tradersNatural-gas prices settle at their highest level in more than five weeks Thursday as Hurricane Dorian, which poses no big threat to energy production in the Gulf of Mexico, serves as a wake-up call that the worst of Atlantic hurricane season may be yet to come.
9:14 a.m. Aug. 29, 2019 - By Andrew Higham
Finance is slowly turning green, but fossil fuels still receive too much support The hope of reaching a carbon-free future is not lostSome of the most influential players in the global economy are spearheading the shift toward a clean, green, emissions-free world, even while key governments stand idle.
7:59 a.m. Aug. 29, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 extends late-August rally attempt, Transports spike from major support Focus: 10-year yield digests August breakdown, Financials and transports narrowly hold major support, TNX, XLF, IYT, LOW, MDC, CMCMU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid signs of easing China-U.S. trade tensions. In the process, the S&P 500 has extended a late-month rally attempt — rising within view of the 50-day moving average — while transports and financials have survived key tests, reversing sharply from major support.
6:37 a.m. Aug. 29, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
EIA reports a weekly U.S. natural-gas supply climb of 60 billion cubic feetThe U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 60 billion cubic feet for the week ended Aug. 23. The average forecast of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had called for an increase of 57 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 2.857 trillion cubic feet, up 363 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 100 billion below the five-year average, the government said. September natural gas traded at $2.273 per million British thermal units, up 5.1 cents, or 2.3%, from Wednesday's settlement. It was trading at $2.285 before the data.
7:40 a.m. Aug. 28, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 nails gap resistance (2,898), Small-caps reverse sharply from support Focus: Europe digests August breakdown, Costco and PepsiCo tag record highs, IEV, PEP, COST, URBN, INXNU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising even as the 10-year Treasury note yield tags its latest three-year low. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 remains capped by gap resistance (2,898), though the small- and mid-cap benchmarks have rallied respectably from an early Wednesday test of the August low.
6:15 a.m. Aug. 28, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
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12:51 p.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
API data show a weekly drop of 11 million barrels in U.S. crude stocksThe American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies dropped by 11.1 million barrels for the week ended Aug. 23, according to sources. The API also reportedly showed a stockpile decline of 349,000 barrels in gasoline, while distillate supplies fell by 2.5 million barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories down by 4.7 million barrels last week, according to a survey of analysts conducted by S&P Global Platts. The survey also forecast a weekly supply decline of 530,000 barrels for gasoline and an inventory climb of 700,000 barrels for distillates. October West Texas Intermediate crude was at $55.43 a barrel in electronic trading, up from the contract's $54.93 .
11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil climbs on OPEC output cuts, expectations for a drop in U.S. supplies Prospects fade for return of Iranian barrelsOil futures climb on Tuesday, with U.S. prices up by more than 2% on the back of significant output cuts by major oil producers in July and expectations for a drop in weekly U.S. crude supplies.
10:50 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
U.S. oil futures settle more than 2% higherOil futures , with U.S. prices up by more than 2%, buoyed by a report showing strong compliance with OPEC production cuts and expectations for a sizable weekly decline in U.S. crude supplies. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' pegged July compliance with pledged output cuts at 159%, the highest monthly compliance rate so far this year. Meanwhile, a survey of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts shows expectations for a 4.7 million-barrel decline in last week's U.S. crude stocks, ahead of government supply data due Wednesday. Prospects for a deal to lift U.S. sanctions on Iran, which would add more barrels of oil to the market, also faded Tuesday, contributing to oil's rise. October West Texas Intermediate oil rose $1.29, or 2.4%, to settle at $54.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
8:36 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend (tenuously) intact: S&P 500 rattles the August range Focus: Home construction sector digests a breakout, Silver continues to take flight, ITB, SLV, CONE, COUP, RNG, ARWRTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has maintained its August range amid trade-related volatility, thus far preserving a bullish longer-term bias, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:01 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend (tenuously) intact: S&P 500 rattles the August range Focus: Home construction sector digests a breakout, Silver continues to take flight, ITB, SLV, CONE, COUP, RNG, ARWRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks are struggling to stabilize amid recently plunging Treasury yields and persistent trade-related cross currents. Nonetheless, the S&P 500 has maintained its August range — at least so far —preserving a bullish longer-term bias amid the volatility.
9:44 a.m. Aug. 26, 2019 - By Philip van Doorn
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8:01 a.m. Aug. 26, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting another trade-fueled market whipsaw, S&P 500 maintains the August range Focus: Revisiting U.S. sector damage as safe-haven trade persists, IYT, XLE, XLI, XLB, XBI, GLD, FXYU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising amid well received developments in the China-U.S. trade saga. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks have maintained the August range — amid a prolonged volatility spike — though the prevailing rally attempt’s sustainability remains an open question.
11:29 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil drops, sending U.S. prices down by more than 1% for the week China includes U.S. crude in retaliatory tariffsOil drops Friday, prompting a weekly loss of more than 1% in U.S. prices, after China announced it would impose retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of imports from the U.S., including a 5% levy on crude.
7:56 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
S&P 500 ventures under key support amid unexpected China-U.S. tariff exchange Focus: Charting the 10-year yield’s corrective bounce, TNX, XLF, WDC, ROST, MOBL U.S. stocks are firmly lower early Friday, pressured as an unexpected China-U.S. tariff exchange has overshadowed widely-anticipated Federal Reserve policy remarks. Against this backdrop, each major U.S. benchmark has tagged a week-to-date low early Friday, venturing under notable near-term support. The weekly close will likely add color.
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