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5:02 p.m. May 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
The April jobs report reveals two very different Americas The figures show a stark divide among workers, both in their ability to get jobs and hang onto them during the pandemicThe figures show a stark divide among workers, both in their ability to get jobs and hang onto them during the pandemic.
2:54 p.m. May 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Why are ‘Karens’ so angry? Such incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern lifeSuch incidents have not gone away. Instead, they’ve become another depressingly ubiquitous feature of modern life.
12:06 p.m. May 7, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
S&P 500 and Dow Jones finish at records to book weekly gainsU.S. stocks climbed on Friday to clinch weekly gains for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average following a weaker-than-expected jobs report in April. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% to around 4,232, a closing record. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.9% to end around 34,549, a new all-time high, based on preliminary numbers. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.9% to finish near 13,752. For the week, the S&P rose 1.2%, the Dow gained 2%, and the Nasdaq fell 1.5%. The U.S. economy added 266,000 in jobs, falling short of MarketWatch-polled estimates for a million gains. Investors suggested the bullish response to disappointing economic data reflected hopes that it may push back the timing for tapering the Federal Reserve's asset purchases and plan for rate hikes, moves that could weigh on the buoyant mood on Wall Street. In company news, shares of Cigna Corp. gained 1.6% Friday after the health services company reported first-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations.
9:53 a.m. May 7, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures mark highest finish in almost 3 monthsGold futures to mark their highest finish in almost three months. Following data showing weaker-than-expected U.S. nonfarm jobs growth in April, Chintan Karnani, director of research at Insignia Consultants, said he does not expect U.S. interest rates to be raised at the Federal Reserve's June meeting, and the U.S. dollar index is "on the defensive." The ICE U.S. Dollar Index fell 0.7% Friday, on track for a weekly loss of over 1%, providing support for dollar-denominated gold. The June gold contract rose $15.60, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,831.30 an ounce. That was the highest most-active contract settlement since Feb. 10, FactSet data show. For the week, prices based on the most-active contract climbed about 3.6%.
4:36 a.m. May 7, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield slides below 1.50% after weaker-than-expected jobs reportLong-dated U.S. Treasury yields fell sharply on Friday after the Labor Department reported the economy had added 266,000 jobs in April, falling well short of the 1 million gains forecast by MarketWatch-polled economists. The 10-year Treasury note yield was down 6.6 basis points to 1.495%, while the 30-year bond yield tumbled 5.5 basis points to 2.181%. Prior to the report, investors were expecting that a strong jobs report would add to the case for faster pace of liftoff from the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies.
1:00 p.m. May 6, 2021 - By MarketWatch
A $25 billion dogecoin whale lurks, but Robinhood CEO says ‘we don’t have significant positions in any of the coins we keep’Vlad Tenev, CEO of Robinhood Markets, speaking at a “fireside chat” on Thursday, attempts to dispel any lingering speculation that the brokerage may be a so-called dogecoin whale, maintaining a massive stockpile of the crypto for its own benefit.
11:01 a.m. May 6, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Bostic says too soon to be tapering asset purchases or for FOMC debate on issueAtlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic on Thursday said it was too soon to be scaling back asset purchases or having the Fed's interest-rate committee formally discuss the issue at their next meeting in mid-June. In recent days, Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan has called for a formal discussion of tapering of the Fed's $120 billion of asset purchases, but many other Fed officials have said such a conversation would be premature. "There is a lot of healing that would need to happen before I would want to start to be thinking about us having made substantial progress," which is the benchmark the Fed set for tapering, Bostic said, in comments to reporters after a speech at a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau conference. Bostic said each of the 18 top Fed officials are still making up their own minds about when to taper. "Right now, I'm not sure I am at a place where I would be wanting to force that conversation at a committee level," he said.
12:20 p.m. May 5, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed Vice Chairman Clarida says it is not time yet to talk about taperingFederal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida on Wednesday said it was not time yet to begin conversations about possibly scaling back the central bank's asset purchases. The Fed is buying $120 billion per month of Treasurys and mortgage-related securities as well as keeping interest rates close to zero in order to stimulate the economy. The Fed has said it wants to see "substantial further progress" on its goals of full employment and stable inflation before tapering. Asked when the Fed should start "talking about talking about" tapering, Clarida replied: "We don't think so right now." Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said earlier this week it was time to start the discussion about tapering. Several Fed officials speaking on Wednesday have all disagreed with Kaplan. "We'll get more data -and as we move through the year- we will be able to make a judgement on 'substantial further progress,' but we're not there yet," Clarida said.
9:45 a.m. May 5, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices end higher as Yellen clarifies recent comments on interest ratesGold futures to recoup only part of what they lost a day earlier as U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and said she was neither predicting nor recommending that the Federal Reserve raise interest rates to keep the economy from overheating. The $1,800 mark for gold is a "very strong resistance level" and further comments from Yellen "clarifying that she was not predicting anything in particular did nothing to help gold break through," said David Russell, director of marketing at GoldCore. June gold rose $8.30, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,784.30 an ounce.
5:38 a.m. May 5, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open higher after ADP jobs reportU.S. stocks opened higher at the start of Wednesday as investors sifted through a private-sector payrolls report showing significant job gains last month. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 4,183. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 40 points, or 0.1%, to 34,173. The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.8% to 13,741. Automatic Data Processing reported the U.S. economy added 742,000 jobs in April, ahead of the more widely watched nonfarm employment report at the end of the week. The continued job gains affirmed the U.S. recovery, and could put pressure on the Federal Reserve to start discussions on pulling back from its easy-money policies. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. shares slid after the hotel chain's earnings fell short of estimates.
5:30 a.m. May 5, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Evans says chances of persistently higher inflation are 'remote'The chances that the $2.8 trillion stimulus measures passed by Congress since December will overheat the economy and generate higher inflation are remote, said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Wednesday. Inflation is likely to pick up in coming months as people resume normal activities and some bottlenecks emerge but simulations performed by economists at the Chicago Fed see inflation topping out at less than a full percentage point and dissipating in two or three years, Evans said in a speech to the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. "We still have some ways to go before we meet our goals" of full employment and stable 2% average inflation, Evans said. As a result, Fed policy "is likely on hold for some time," he added. Labor market conditions required to move interest rates off zero or to start to taper the $120 billion in monthly asset purchases "will not be met for a while," he said.
9:48 a.m. May 4, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices finish lower after Yellen hints at a possible U.S. interest-rate hikeGold futures , giving back much of what they gained a day earlier, as hinted that an interest-rate increase may be forthcoming from the Federal Reserve to keep the economy from overheating. Yellen does not set interest-rate policy at the Treasury, but she formerly led the Fed. Until last week, current Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had "dashed all interest-rate hike expectations," said Chintan Karnani, director of research at Insignia Consultants. Yellen may be preparing the markets for a June interest rate hike if U.S. economic growth continues to perform well in May, he said. June gold fell $15.80, or 0.9%, to settle at $1,776 an ounce.
8:41 a.m. May 3, 2021 - By Chris Matthews
Yellen to name Michael Hsu acting comptroller of the currency: reportTreasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to name a Federal Reserve bank regulator, Michael Hsu, as acting comptroller of the currency, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Hsu currently serves as associate director of the Fed's bank supervision and regulation division. Yellen will appoint him to the role of first deputy comptroller, after which he will assume the role of acting comptroller of the currency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency oversees federally chartered banks, including Goldman Sachs Group. Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. .
11:38 a.m. May 1, 2021 - By MarketWatch
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8:00 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By MarketWatch
The resurgent U.S. economy grew 6.4% in first quarter and even faster growth lies aheadThe U.S. economy charged back in the first three months of the year thanks to more Americans getting vaccinated, fewer people catching the coronavirus, and Washington approving another gargantuan $1.9 trillion stimulus.
5:38 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks sharply higher Thursday after tech earnings bounce and Fed guidanceStocks roared higher at the open Thursday one day after a set of blowout tech earnings and a pledge from the Federal Reserve to leave monetary policy easy for some time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 172 points or 0.5% to open near 33,992, while the S&P 500 added 0.8%, roughly 33 points, to start trading near 4.216. The Nasdaq Composite index jumped 153 points or 1.1%, trading near 14.204. Apple Inc. shares gained after the bell after the company beat expectations and upped its share buyback program, scoring it a round of price-target increases from Wall Street analysts. Jobless claims also continued to trend downward, falling to 553,000 in the most recent week.
5:53 p.m. April 28, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Biden pitches families plan, infrastructure and calls on wealthy to pay ‘fair share’ in first speech to Congress: live blog and video State-of-the-Union-style speech will also focus on policing, immigrationPresident Joe Biden gives his first big speech to Congress on Wednesday night, in a State-of-the-Union-style address in which he’ll make the case to voters for his newly unveiled safety-net and education proposals.
12:02 p.m. April 28, 2021 - By William Watts
Stocks end slightly lower after Fed meetingMajor stock-market benchmarks ended with small losses Wednesday after the Federal Reserve, as expected, left interest rates near zero and indicated it was in no rush to begin thinking about withdrawing monetary support to the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell around 162 points, or 0.5%, to end near 33,823, according to preliminary figures. The S&P 500 fell around 3 points, or 0.1%, to close near 4,183 after hitting an all-time intraday high of 4,201.53 during Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's news conference. The Nasdaq Composite lost around 39 points, or 0.3%, to finish near 14,051.
5:37 a.m. April 28, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Stocks open mostly lower before end of Fed policy meetingU.S. stocks traded mostly lower at the opening bell on Wednesday as investors looked forward to the Federal Reserve's policy update, where the central bank may acknowledge the improvement in economic data. The S&P 500 was up less than 0.1% to 4,188. The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 134 points, or 0.4%, to 33,851. The Nasdaq Composite slid 0.3% to 14,053. Still, investors expect the U.S. central bank to emphasize its commitment to its accommodative policies. Shares of Dow component Microsoft Corp. were down even after delivering earnings late Tuesday that easily topped Wall Street forecasts.
12:05 p.m. April 27, 2021 - By William Watts
Stocks end flat to slightly lower ahead of deluge of tech earningsStocks largely held their ground Tuesday ahead of a flood of earnings from tech heavyweights, including results due after the bell from Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , as well as the conclusion of a Federal Reserve policy meeting on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a gain of around 1 point to finish near 33,983, according to preliminary data, while the S&P 500 lost around 1 point to close near 4,187. The Nasdaq Composite gave up around 49 points, or 0.3%, to finish near 14,090.
9:40 a.m. April 27, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures end with a modest loss a day ahead of the Fed policy announcementGold futures , with prices holding to a tight trading range ahead of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy announcement due Wednesday. "Right now, gold prices only care about the Fed" and they're "stuck despite U.S. consumer confidence hitting a pandemic high, home prices jumping the most since 2006, and as other commodity prices surge," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda. Gold's next move could be higher, with prices breaking above the $1,800 level if Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's upgraded outlook does not trigger a bond market selloff, he said. June gold fell $1.30, or nearly 0.1%, to settle at $1,778.80 an ounce.
12:05 p.m. April 26, 2021 - By William Watts
S&P 500, Nasdaq see record finish as investors brace for heavy earnings weekStocks ended mostly higher Monday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite each finishing at records as investors kicked off one of the busiest weeks of earnings season and awaited a midweek Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow Jones Industrial Average bucked the trend, slipping around 62 points, or 0.2%, to finish near 33,982, according to preliminary figures. The S&P 500 rose around 8 points, or 0.2%, to close near 4,188, eclipsing its previous record close of 4,185.47 set on April 16. The Nasdaq Composite advanced around 122 points, or 0.9%, to around 14,139, topping its previous all-time high finish of 14,095.47 from Feb. 12.
9:48 a.m. April 26, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures settle higher ahead of this week's Fed meetingGold futures to recoup just over half of what they lost during Friday's trading session. Investors await the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day monetary policy meeting which ends Wednesday, as well as President Joe Biden's speech to Congress and data on first quarter U.S. GDP also due this week to provide guidance for gold's next price move, according to Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management. June gold rose $2.30, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,780.10 an ounce after losing 0.2% on Friday.
5:31 a.m. April 26, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks mostly higher Monday ahead of busy earnings weekU.S. stocks opened mostly higher Monday as corporate earnings reports continued to roll in and ahead of a Wednesday meeting of the Federal Reserve. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 64 points, 0.2%, to open near 34,107, while the S&P 500 gained 8 points, 0.2%, to start trading near 4,189. The Nasdaq Composite jumped 0.3%, or about 35 points, and traded near 14,0152. Stocks notched a weekly decline Friday as the suggestion of higher taxes bit at already pricey valuations. Still, most analysts think there are more tailwinds than obstacles ahead for equities. Earnings continue to surprise to the upside, including those from elevator maker Otis Worldwide in the premarket session Monday, and deals are getting done: on Monday, shares of Flagstar Bancorp Inc. were higher after the Michigan-based bank announced an agreement to be acquired by New York Community Bancorp. Inc. .
5:00 a.m. April 26, 2021 - By MarketWatch
A ‘monster beat’ for Tesla and 6 other predictions for a bumper earnings weekStocks are struggling for direction at the start of the busiest week of earnings season.
4:08 a.m. April 26, 2021 - Barrons.com
Low Rates, Rising Yields & Your MoneyAhead of this week's Fed meeting, Dana Peterson, chief economist with The Conference Board, unpacks the central bank's role amid the ongoing economic recovery. Plus, Lee Ferridge of State Street Global Markets discusses his firm's bull case for gold and big tech.
4:06 a.m. April 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
Beware of BubblesBarry Bannister, Stifel's chief equity strategist, delivers a macro warning for investors. Plus, Invesco's Alessio de Longis makes the case for value stocks and Barron's Carleton English discusses earnings expectations for American Express.
7:19 a.m. April 15, 2021 - By rbisdale
What a Fed-backed digital dollar means for the crypto revolutionChamber of Digital Commerce's Perianne Boring and Neha Narula of MIT Media Lab explain central-bank digital currencies and what their emergence means for crypto and fiat money.
12:01 p.m. April 14, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow gains but misses out on record as Fed's Beige Book points to U.S. growthU.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Thursday as the Federal Reserve's Beige Book showed growth and inflation was picking up in the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% to 4,125. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 55 points, or 0.2%, to 33,732, based on preliminary numbers. The blue-chip benchmark hit an intraday record earlier in the session but ended below the record close of 33,800.60 set last Friday. The Nasdaq Composite slid 1% to 13,858. Investors parsed through better-than-expected earnings from banks including Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. The strong results showed the broadening benefits of the recovery, Shares of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global rose over 30%.
10:09 a.m. April 14, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures settle with a loss, move lower after Beige Book releaseGold futures settled with , with strength in U.S. Treasury yields helping prices to lose most of what they gained in the previous session. Prices showed little reaction to to the Economic Club of Washington. Powell said the Fed would taper asset purchases well before any interest rate increase, but offered no date for a shift in policy. Gold prices then moved lower in electronic trading after the Fed Beige Book reported a moderate acceleration in the economy. June gold was at $1,734.60 an ounce in electronic dealings, after losing $11.30, or nearly 0.7%, to settle at $1,736.30 an ounce on Comex.
5:37 a.m. April 12, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow retreats slightly as stock-market investors ready for first-quarter earnings; Microsoft to buy Nuance in $16 billion deal U.S. stock benchmarks fell slightly early Monday as investors positioned for the start of earnings season, and braced for inflation data that could signal whether a surge in rising prices is in the works or set to be transitory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1% to around 33,754, the S&P 500 index retreated 0.1% at 4,123, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was trading 0.3% lower at 13,861. In corporate news, shares of Nuance Communications jumped in early trading after Microsoft Corp announced it will buy the speech-recognition company in a $16 billion deal. Markets also were parsing comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell who said the economy "seems to be at an inflection point," with strong growth coming "right now" and the weakness caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the rearview mirror. His comments were from a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday.
6:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
12:03 p.m. April 9, 2021 - By Sunny Oh
Dow, S&P 500 close at records to book solid weekly gainsU.S. stocks finished higher on Friday, capping a week of gains for major equity benchmarks as investors took comfort in dovish comments from senior Federal Reserve officials throughout this week. The S&P 500 gained 0.8% to finish near 4,129. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.9% to end around 33,803, based on preliminary numbers. The S&P 500 and Dow set an intraday record and finished at an all-time high on Friday. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.5% to end at 13,900. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 2.7%, the Dow rose 2%, and the Nasdaq added 3.1%. Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said on Friday any rise in inflationary was unlikely to last, adding to the impression that the Fed was likely to look past the expected surge in price pressures this year. Amazon.com Inc. shares rose after the e-commerce giant defeated a unionization effort by workers at one of its warehouses in Alabama.
12:03 p.m. April 8, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks close up, Nasdaq gains 1% as Powell stays dovishU.S. stocks closed higher Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell calmed investor fears about higher inflation leading to central-bank tightening. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 56 points, 0.2%, to close near 33,502. The S&P 500 added 17 points, 0.4%, to close near 4,097, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite surged 1%, 140 points, to touch 13,829. 10-year Treasury yields have stopped climbing higher, despite signs of a strengthening economy, Arone said. "That's given investors a bit of relief," he added and helped to boost technology stocks again. On Thursday, Powell repeated his belief that a rise in inflation this year would be temporary, keeping the Fed's easy-money policies in place for the near term.
9:37 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold futures log highest finish since late FebruaryGold futures to mark their biggest daily gain of the month so far, and highest finish since late February. Prices for the precious metal extended their gains after said the central bank wanted to see actual evidence of a strong economy before it would even consider pulling back from its loose policy stance. June gold rose $16.60, or nearly 1%, to settle at $1,758.20 an ounce on Comex. That was the highest most-active contract settlement since Feb. 25, FactSet data show.
8:12 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish momentum persists: S&P 500 (slightly) extends April breakout Focus: Communications services sector tags record highs, Apple’s stealth trendline breakout, XLC, AAPL, IBM, ON, NUANU.S. stocks are mixed early Thursday, vacillating ahead of scheduled remarks from the Federal Reserve Chairman. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged its latest record high, though narrowly, while the Nasdaq Composite has extended an already-aggressive trendline breakout.
5:31 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks open mostly higher, tech in the lead, Powell on deckU.S. stock benchmarks started the Thursday session mostly higher, with the S&P 500 eyeing another record, one day after minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting did little to move markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped by 6 points to open near 33,442, while the broader S&P 500 added 12 points, 0.3%, to start near 4,092. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 108 points, 0.8%, to trade near 13,797. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is set to speak midday at an International Monetary Fund conference, but the focus on the central bank this week comes as bond yields have settled into a range that investors seem comfortable with. The headline figure for new filings for unemployment insurance ticked up slightly in the most recent week, the Labor Department said Thursday, but the measure of ongoing claims fell to its lowest in over a year.
5:00 a.m. April 8, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Why the S&P 500 is now overbought and looks ready to drop in the short term, according to this strategistThe S&P 500 eked out yet another record close on Wednesday, as the Federal Reserve reassured investors that it is in no rush to tighten fiscal policy — and some of that momentum is set to continue into Thursday. But it may not last for long.
12:09 p.m. April 7, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
S&P 500 books 18th record close of 2021 in listless trading day after Fed signals commitment to lower ratesThe S&P 500 on Wednesday eked out a record, its 18th of the year, but trading action was otherwise lackluster as minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting appeared to reaffirm a commitment to a lower-rate regime as the COVID-stricken labor market recovers. The S&P 500 index closed up 0.2% at around 4,079, on a preliminary basis. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up less than 0.1% at about 33,446, to mark its third gain in four sessions, while the Nasdaq Composite Index edged less than 0.1% lower to around 13,669. "While generally acknowledging that the medium-term outlook for real GDP growth and employment had improved, participants continued to see the uncertainty surrounding that outlook as elevated," minutes from the Fed's March 16-17 meeting read. The central bank said that its "current guidance for the federal funds rate and asset purchases was serving the economy well." Projections from Fed members indicate that policy makers won't look to normalize rates until at 2023 at the earliest but segments of the market have pushed back against that notion, amid fears that inflation will pick up as the economy improves.
10:14 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices mark first loss in 5 sessionsGold futures , easing back after posting gains in each of the past four trading sessions. Prices for the metal showed little reaction after . The minutes showed that members of the Federal Open Market Committee agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic was "causing tremendous human and economic hardship" across the U.S. and the world, and noted that "indicators of economic activity and employment had turned up recently, although the sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic remained weak." June gold was at $1,741.90 an ounce in electronic trading. It had ended the session down $1.40, or nearly 0.1%, at $1,741.60 an ounce.
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