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11:45 a.m. Today - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields bounce off lows as stocks recover after Trump administration rescinds global travel warningTreasury yields came off their intraday lows on Thursday after a late-day recovery in risk assets erased government bond market gains.
11:44 a.m. Today - By Philip van Doorn
Gold rising to $4,000 an ounce ‘would not be an unreasonable move,’ fund manager says Michael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this yearMichael Cuggino of the Permanent Portfolio makes the case that gold is still relatively cheap, despite its 35% increase this year.
11:41 a.m. Today - By Mark DeCambre
Major stocks indexes punch higher as Congress works toward fiscal stimulus and jobless claims fall Global Jets ETF up about 2% after U.S. State Department lifts advisory against international travel U.S. stocks punched higher Thursday afternoon, led by technology shares, as Congressional lawmakers pledged to keep working on another coronavirus financial aid package and President Donald Trump said he could issue executive orders on some relief measures.
11:16 a.m. Today - By William Watts
Oil snaps 4-day winning streak as worries over fuel demand weighOil futures end a choppy trading session in negative territory, snapping a four-day winning streak, as investors weighed a surprising fall in U.S. weekly first-time jobless claims against worries about lackluster fuel demand.
11:10 a.m. Today - By Mark DeCambre
Gold prices log fifth record in a row as bullion enters ‘euphoric phase’ of rallyGold futures on Thursday extend a record rally to a fifth straight day, with a muted U.S. dollar and lackluster moves in equities supporting bullion’s ascent to near $2,100. Doubts about the complexion of the coming jobs report on Friday also underpinned bids for bullion.
7:51 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a slow-motion August breakout, Nasdaq tags 11,000 mark Focus: Industrials reclaim 200-day average, Metals & Mining sector extends technical breakout, XLI, XME, UNH, MA, KSU, WSMU.S. stocks are slightly lower early Thursday, largely treading water after better-than-feared weekly jobless claims, and ahead of the marquee monthly U.S. jobs report, due out Friday. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has briefly tagged its latest record high — atop the 11,000 mark — while the S&P 500 continues to press next resistance (3,328).
7:31 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed as U.S. talks on stimulus plan stall Stocks fall in Tokyo and Shanghai, but surge in Hong KongStocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling.
2:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Mester says labor market is even weaker than data suggests Cleveland Fed president says many companies in her district are laying off workers and cutting payCleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said Wednesday the labor market is weaker than the official statistics suggest.
12:52 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields climb on strong services data, increased debt issuanceU.S. Treasury yields rose Wednesday after strong U.S. economic data and expectations for increased debt issuance weighed on appetite for government bonds.
12:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
S&P 500, Dow book 4th days of gains, Nasdaq adds 6th, as market awaits more pandemic aid Disney shares rose 8.8%, led Dow’s gains WednesdayU.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, handing the Nasdaq Composite Index its 31st record close this year, as investors took heart in corporate earnings and service-sector data that surprised to the upside.
12:06 p.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow books 373-point gain, Nasdaq marks 31st record and S&P 500 ends 1.7% from its all-time high as everything ralliesU.S. stocks ended at or near records Wednesday, with the S&P 500 finishing within a stone's throw of its February all-time high and the Nasdaq Composite notching its 31st record high of 2020. Hope of further stimulus from the U.S. government to help out-of-work Americans was attributed to some of the upbeat trade on Wall street, even as some of the data have come in weaker than expected, setting the stage for a jobs report on Friday that may underscore that a rise in infections of COVID-19 stalled out some of the recent resurgence in business activity created by social-distancing measures to contain the virus. Payroll provider Automatic Data Processing Inc. also said only 167,000 private-sector jobs were created in July, far short of the 1.88 million forecast by economists polled by Econoday. However, a reading of services from the Institute for Supply Management service sector index jumped to a reading of 58.1 in July, beating expectations and signalling stronger economic growth. Deal activity also sparked some optimism as Teladoc Health Inc. and Livongo Health Inc. said Wednesday they have agreed to merge in a deal valued at $18.5 billion to create a company that can serve a spectrum of health needs, using virtual care. A nearly 9% surge in shares of Walt Disney Co. following its quarterly results, also helped to lift the Dow and the broader market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up about 373 points, or 1.4%, at 27,201, representing its highest closing level since June 8. The S&P 500 index finished 0.6% higher at around 3,328, putting the broad-market benchmark 1.71% off its Feb. 19 record high at 3,386.15, while the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.5% to 10,992, briefly touching the psychologically round-number level at 11,000 intraday and marking another record finish. The tech-heavy index has closed higher six straight sessions. Gaines for equities also came as gold prices finished at a record near 2,050, based on futures for December delivery , highlighting some concerns about the pace of stock gains and the outsize sums that governments have doled out to limit the harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.
11:06 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil ends at 5-month high after data shows drop in crude supplies but rise in gasoline inventories Drop in U.S. crude inventories despite rebound in importsOil futures log their highest close in five months, but end off session highs, after data confirms a large drop in crude inventories while also showing an unexpected rise in gasoline stocks that undercut notions of a pickup in demand.
10:33 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold logs fresh record high near $2,050 Gold books seventh record close in eight sessions Gold prices ended sharply higher Wednesday, extending a record run for the precious metal that has helped it log gains for four straight days and eclipse a historical milestone above $2,000.
7:59 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through: S&P 500 nails next resistance (3,328) Focus: Gold’s decisive break to record highs, GLD, VZ, CRM, RUN, CDEU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising amid optimism over a pending fiscal stimulus package and following a batch of well received earnings reports. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended its August breakout — rising to tag next resistance (3,328) — while the Nasdaq Composite continues to register record highs.
6:47 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil trims gains but remains up sharply after inventory data confirms drop in crude stocksOil futures trimmed gains but remained up sharply Wednesday after official data showed U.S. crude inventories saw a large drop last week, though gasoline stocks unexpectedly rose. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery remained up $1.54, or 3.4%, at $43.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after rising to a five-month intraday high at $43.52 immediately after the data. The Energy Information Administration said U.S. crude stocks fell by 7.4 million barrels in the week ended July 31, while gasoline inventories rose 419,000 barrels and distillate supplies increased by 1.6 million barrels. Oil was boosted in earlier trade after the American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday said crude supplies had fallen by 8.6 million barrels last week. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts, on average, had looked for the more closely followed EIA crude inventories to show a fall of 4.1 million barrels, while gasoline stocks were forecast to decline 1.3 million barrels and distillate supplies are seen rising 100,000 barrels.
5:58 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 trades within 2% of record high as Wall Street focuses on Disney subscriber growth and hope for fresh round of coronaviirus aidU.S. stocks rose at the start of trading Wednesday as corporate earnings results continued to roll in, and investors pored over a disappointing jobs report from payroll provider Automatic Data Processing Inc. . The payroll company said only 167,000 private sector jobs were created in July, short of the consensus estimate for a gain of 1.88 million jobs, according to Econoday. However, better-than-expected quarterly results late Tuesday from Dow component and entertainment and theme park giant Walt Disney Co. , even though it reported a $3.5 billion loss, helped to fuel some bullishness in markets. On top of that, the Federal Reserve's No. 2, Richard Clarida, told CNBC that he's sticking to his prior forecast of an improving economy over the remainder of the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 266 points, or 1%, at 27,094, around its highest level since June 8, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.6% to 3,326, putting the broad-market benchmark within 2% of its Feb. 19 record high at 3,386.15. The Nasdaq Composite Index , meanwhile, rose 0.3% to 10,978, which puts the tech-heavy index on pace for its 31st record close of 2020, which would already match last year's full-year record tally for the gauge. Wall Street drew some optimism from report late Tuesday reports suggested congressional leaders are working to reach a coronavirus-aid bill deal by the end of the week.
5:41 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Private sector job growth slows sharply in July: ADP U.S firms add just 167,000 jobs last month, compared with forecast of 1.9 millionPrivate sector hiring slowed down sharply in July as employers added 167,000 jobs, ADP reported Wednesday.
1:16 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
A record high for the Nasdaq ‘would all come crashing down,’ says Trump in a tweet, ‘including your jobs, stocks, and 401(k)s,’ if Biden wins presidencyPresident Donald Trump’s latest tweet touts record gains for the Nasdaq Composite Index and suggests a rebound in the market from coronavirus -induced lows is in jeopardy if former Vice President Joe Biden, and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, wins the 2020 election.
12:59 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By William Watts
API data show U.S. oil inventories fell 8.6 million barrels: reportsThe American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday said U.S. crude-oil inventories fell 8.6 million barrels last week, according to reports. The industry trade group said gasoline stocks fell by 1.7 million barrels, while distillate supplies rose by 3.8 million barrels. The Energy Information Administration's more closely followed inventories report is due Wednesday morning. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Platts, on average, look for EIA crude inventories to show a fall of 4.1 million barrels, while gasoline stocks are forecast to decline 1.3 million barrels and distillate supplies are seen rising 100,000 barrels. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange changed hands at $41.52 a barrel in electronic trade, down from its settlement Tuesday afternoon at $41.70.
12:47 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq logs 30th record of 2020 and S&P 500 ends above 3,300 in choppy session, as large-cap tech stocks take a breather Disney earnings after the close of regular trade Tuesday are in focusU.S. stocks end a bumpy trading session on a high note Tuesday, with another record for the Nasdaq Composite, even as technology-related names took a backseat to outperformance in beaten-down sectors energy, real estate and consumer staples.
11:21 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By William Watts
Oil finishes higher ahead of U.S. supply data U.S. crude inventories expected to fallOil futures reverse an early fall, ending with gains as traders await data on U.S. crude inventories.
10:26 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold ends above $2,000 for the first time in history as U.S. dollar and bond yields recede Silver futures surged more than 6%, staging its own rallyGold futures power higher Tuesday, gathering momentum late in the session as government bond yields head lower and as the U.S. dollar’s recent rebound recedes somewhat, allowing the precious metal to make an assault on a record close above the $2,000 threshold.
8:38 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
8:32 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Callum Keown
Here’s what history says happens to U.S. stocks in a close election race and in a predictable oneU.S. stocks edged slightly higher early on Tuesday after Monday’s rally, despite U.S.-China tensions rising over TikTok
8:06 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a solid August start: S&P 500, Nasdaq stage latest summer breakouts Focus: Transports approach key technical test, Costco’s slow-motion breakout attempt, IYT, COST, FEYE, TER, AMKRTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish amid a solid August start. On a headline basis, the Nasdaq Composite has rallied to record highs — reaching previously uncharted territory — while the S&P 500 has tagged five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
6:10 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Victor Reklaitis
Biden’s running-mate search is getting ‘outsized attention’ and could even shake the stock market — here’s how Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says decision on his vice president should come next weekAs Joe Biden’s campaign wraps up its work on picking his running mate, the effort has been drawing heightened interest for several reasons — some of them arising from 2020’s unprecedented tumult.
8:15 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets join global rally as S&P 500 nears record Stocks jump in Tokyo, Seoul, SydneyShares advanced across Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street closed broadly higher on encouraging economic reports, starting off August by closing within 3% of the record high it set in February.
12:25 p.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Nasdaq ends at record as stocks rally after pickup in manufacturing activity to kick off August Microsoft shares rallied amid its efforts to buy U.S. portion of TikTok from China’s ByteDanceU.S. stocks rise Monday to kick off the first trading day of August as investors were heartened by upbeat manufacturing data, even as talks appeared stalled over another round of coronavirus stimulus.
10:49 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Gold prices eke out record high, but pull back from intraday peak near $2,010 as U.S. dollar firms Gold futures logged a slight gain after touching an intraday record around $2,010/oz.Gold prices books a slight gain but enough to finish at a fresh record Monday, with a bounce higher in the U.S. dollar muting some of the rally that had taken bullion near a psychologically significant level near $2,000.
10:41 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
The stock market could be facing ‘multiple decades’ of ‘deleterious’ economic after-effects, analyst warnsThe stock market’s ability to shrug off the economic destruction and gloomy coronavirus headlines continues to enrich emboldened bulls and baffle even some of the savviest Wall Street pros. A big dose of reality, however, looms large, if Solomon Tadesse, the global head of quantitative research at Societe Generale, has it right with his recent outlook.
8:01 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting an August breakout attempt, Nasdaq rallies to record territory Focus: Utilities press key resistance amid easing yields, Apple and Facebook sustain breaks to uncharted territory, XLU, AAPL, FB, SCCO, JBLU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising to start August amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has tagged its latest record high early Monday, while the S&P 500 has reached five-month highs, breaking from a jagged July range.
6:55 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 hits highest level in 5 1/2 months as technology and health-care stocks rally--but other sectors slumpThe S&P 500 index early Monday was climbing, pushing the broad-market benchmark to around its highest trading level since Feb. 21 at its intraday peak. The gains in the index were being powered by a rally in information technology shares and those for health care but the S&P 500's other nine sectors were trading in negative territory. Most recently, the S&P 500 was up 0.5% at 3,286 and had hit a peak at 3,292, which would mark its highest close since Feb. 21, according to FactSet data. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index was trading in record territory, and hit an intraday peak, as a trend of gains in tech-related stocks continued. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. were powering the Dow Jones Industrial Average to gains after the tech giant said it was considering the purchase of the U.S. operations of TikTok, a Chinese-owned company.
8:14 p.m. Aug. 2, 2020 - Associated Press
Asian markets mixed as growth data offsets fears Stocks jump in Tokyo, mainland China after economic dataAsian shares were mixed on Monday as investors eyeballed surging coronavirus cases in the region.
7:28 a.m. Aug. 2, 2020 - By MarketWatch
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5:33 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By William Watts
Stocks stage a late-day comeback to end higher one day after a Big Tech earnings blowout No progress on Capitol Hill toward coronavirus relief package, thoughU.S. equities rebounded late in the day Friday despite a mixed batch of earnings results, disappointing economic data and a lack of progress on Capitol Hill toward another coronavirus aid package.
4:52 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Here’s the best way to hedge the weakening U.S. dollar and buying gold isn’t the move Build exposure to international stocks when the dollar loses groundBuild exposure to international stocks when the dollar loses ground, writes Mark Hulbert.
4:11 a.m. Aug. 1, 2020 - By Myra P. Saefong
Silver: poor man’s gold no more? Prices for the metal trade 25% higher for July Investors have focused on a rise in record prices for gold, but silver’s up nearly 25% in July—the metal’s second-biggest monthly gain on record—and it’s still undervalued compared with the yellow metal.
12:15 p.m. July 31, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
2-year Treasury yield plumbs record low after July rally as economic mood stays gloomyU.S. Treasury yields ended lower on Friday, capping a weekly and monthly decline as concerns around the economic hit to the global economy from the coronavirus, bolstered trading for government bonds.
11:08 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Gold reclaims perch at record, notches best monthly gain in 8 yearsGold prices settle sharply higher Friday, shaking off its first losing day in 10 sessions on Thursday as investors, wary of growing economic troubles around the globe, seek exposure to the perceived safe-haven asset.
8:04 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market re-rotation, Nasdaq turns higher amid Apple’s breakout Focus: 10-year yield reaches major technical test, TNX, SHOP, CYBR, AGCO, AMAGU.S. stocks are mixed early Friday, vacillating amid a rotation back toward large-cap technology after Apple’s blowout earnings report. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite remain range-bound to conclude July against a still comfortably bullish bigger-picture backdrop.
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