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5:14 a.m. May 8, 2021 - By William Watts
Here's why the Dow and S&P 500 hit records despite a weak April jobs reportIt may take more than a much-weaker-than-expected April jobs report to kill the stock market rally, though the popular reflation trade is seeing a modest setback.
11:46 a.m. April 8, 2021 - Barrons.com
Here’s What the IMF Worries Could Derail Global Recovery Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is still focused on the pandemic, telling the group that another outbreak, even one less disruptive, could slow the recovery.
3:17 a.m. March 29, 2021 - Barrons.com
What to Buy for a Manic Bull Market The idea that the U.S. and China will dominate geopolitics is rooted in outmoded Cold War thinking, says strategist Marko Papic. The reality will be far more complicated and, in some ways, more dangerous.
12:24 p.m. March 24, 2021 - MarketWatch
Shoe Carnival more than doubles Q4 profitShoe Carnival Inc. on Wednesday reported profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter, benefiting from higher revenue in the period. The retailer of family footwear said earnings per share were 52 cents, up from 24 cents in the comparable quarter a year ago. Net income was $7.5 million, compared with $3.5 million a year ago.
12:29 p.m. March 19, 2021 - By William Watts
U.S. stocks close mostly lower as bank shares get hit by Fed decision on capital requirements U.S. stocks closed mostly lower Friday afternoon, after a morning slump after the Federal Reserve said it would not extend temporary relief from capital-requirement rules for banks.
5:00 p.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - Barrons.com
Scorched Stock Bulls Learn That Bonds Aren’t So Boring, After All Rise in yields clobbers equity market and bond prices. Why one bond fan nonetheless views the swoon as a “gift from the gods.”
8:14 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - Barrons.com
Bond Yields’ Jump Could Be a Big Problem for Stocks Continued rise boosts risks of inflation and higher borrowing costs, while making debt securities more alluring than stocks to income investors.
7:00 a.m. Dec. 24, 2020 - Barrons.com
Municipal Budget Crunch Puts Pressure on Payrolls State and local governments won’t receive direct aid if the latest version of the $910 billion stimulus package is signed into law—and when it comes to employment at municipalities, there is a lot of lost ground to recover.
4:14 p.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - Barrons.com
All the Good News Is Baked Into Stocks. How to Stay Safe. Surveys show rampant bullishness, born of the belief that vaccines will stifle Covid-19 and boost the markets.
2:52 a.m. Nov. 29, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
5 ways Joe Biden can advance his tax agenda (without a Senate majority) With two Senate seats up for grabs, what does this mean for families thinking about their tax bill in a Biden era? With two Senate seats up for grabs, what does this mean for families thinking about their tax bill in a Biden era?
12:53 p.m. Nov. 27, 2020 - Barrons.com
Pandemic or Not, a House Needs a Deck. That’s Good News for Azek. Azek is the No. 2 maker of composite wood decking, and is growing fast after its June initial public offering. As recycling rises and composite costs fall, Azek anticipates steady growth by taking share from its real rival: wood.
11:41 a.m. Nov. 6, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
Biden's dilemma: picking nominees he wants without looking too partisanIf Joe Biden is officially called the 2020 U.S. presidential election winner, he'll have to decide on his cabinet. One piece of advise from both sides of the aisle: don't go too far left.
3:00 p.m. Oct. 23, 2020 - Barrons.com
A Promising Prognosis for Tenet Healthcare Company appears to be handling Covid-19 challenges well. Also, Wall Street views on Sirius XM, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and WesBanco.
9:25 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks have 5% more upside this year, according to this measure, which has been right since MarchStock-market moves this year have faithfully tracked those after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which means another 5% move higher, if the correlation continues
7:46 a.m. Oct. 17, 2020 - By Rex Nutting
'The 25-cent solution' would have prevented the COVID recession, says the most accurate forecasterThe U.S. economy cratered because some of us have been resistant to the proven measures: masks, social distancing, testing, tracking and isolation.
4:54 a.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
Why the U.S. economy could approach 'stall speed' after stimulus talks collapseWhy one economist says a lack of a stimulus deal could bring the U.S. economy to a perilous state.
7:06 a.m. Sept. 24, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
Economists and businesses react as U.K. Chancellor Sunak unveils emergency jobs programThe U.K. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled an emergency jobs program on Thursday as part of a wider ‘winter economy plan’ to stave off mass unemployment.
3:53 a.m. Sept. 21, 2020 - Barrons.com
Snowflake IPO Shows Investors’ Hunger for a Rarity: True Growth Software seller’s $88 billion first-day valuation exceeds estimated size of its entire addressable market. Why “growth stock” often is a misnomer.
1:23 p.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
The COVID-19 pandemic is about to enter its most treacherous phaseThe assumption that we're past the worst of the pandemic could be dangerously wrong. In fact, the more dangerous phase of the crisis may actually be coming this fall.
3:52 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - Barrons.com
Barron’s Daily: Stocks Are Rising—but the Wild Swings Just Won’t Stop Republicans’ “skinny bill” fails in Senate vote, Citigroup names Jane Fraser as its next CEO, LVMH claims Tiffany’s poor pandemic performance invalidates merger, and other news to start your day.
10:25 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Therese Poletti
The pandemic has brought the personal computer back to life, with help from Zoom The personal computer, given up for dead by many consumers when smartphones became the device of choice at home, has had a huge revival, thanks to the pandemic, and to Zoom Video.
11:01 a.m. Aug. 21, 2020 - Barrons.com
The Fed May Have to Do More to Keep the Economy on Track. Here’s What Could Come Next. The longer Congress and the White House go without reaching a deal to extend income support, the likelier it becomes that the economy will require additional help from the central bank. Here are three ways the Fed can do more, writes economics commentator Matthew C. Klein.
9:59 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
How will the U.S. ever repay all this debt?Assuming that America eventually defeats COVID-19 and does not devolve into a dystopia, how will it avoid the approaching fiscal cliff and national bankruptcy?
11:21 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - Barrons.com
The Next Stimulus Bill Still Hasn’t Arrived. The Market Doesn’t Care. Why the disconnect between the stock market and the economy is stark.
3:10 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Stock market looks like 'hapless Wile E. Coyote, running off the edge of a cliff,' says behavioral economist Although the rally by arguably the most important stock-market benchmark in the world has stalled out, its proximity to an all-time closing peak has made a number of investors uneasy to say the least.
10:17 a.m. Aug. 15, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Americans worry the economy will suffer for a long time—but it hasn’t stopped them from spending Federal aid gave the economy a boost. Now what? If we go by what Americans think, the economy stinks. If we go by what they do, an ailing economy is getting better.
8:06 p.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - MarketWatch
Australia's central bank lays out grim scenarioSYDNEY--Australia's central bank said the country's unemployment rate could stay near its peak throughout next year if Australia is roiled by a series of regional coronavirus outbreaks and rolling lockdowns to slow the pathogen's spread.
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.
2:26 p.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - Barrons.com
A Stimulus Plan Seems Far Away. Stocks Rose Anyway. “So maybe, just maybe, Mr. Market is looking at the ‘fiscal cliff’ as an unnecessary cause for worry,” one strategist writes.
4:00 p.m. July 31, 2020 - Barrons.com
Trane Stock Looks Like a Very Cool Pick A new emphasis on air quality, spawned by the Covid-19 pandemic, is boosting the HVAC company’s outlook. Also, Wall Street opinions on Texas Instruments, Horizon Technology Finance, Boeing, Amedisys, and Kadant.
3:26 a.m. July 31, 2020 - By Rex Nutting
The government kept the economy afloat in the second quarter, so why are Republicans in a rush to pull the support away right before the election? A fiscal cliff looms as the coronavirus pandemic worsens and Election Day approachesGovernment relief checks are the only thing that’s kept tens millions of families from starving or from losing their homes. Why wouldn’t Republicans want to continue that support through the election?
12:17 p.m. July 30, 2020 - By William Watts
Dow, S&P 500 finish lower but Nasdaq books a gain ahead of parade of earnings from megacap tech-related firms Quarterly results from dozens of high-profile companies were due after Thursday’s close, including Alphabet, Amazon.com, Apple and Facebook U.S. stocks finish off their worst levels of the day, with the Nasdaq eking out a positive finish as investors braced for a litany of quarterly results from behemoths of the technology and e-commerce world, which could influence trade to end a choppy week.
9:02 a.m. July 25, 2020 - Barrons.com
If Big Five Falter, Rest of the Market Could Be Deep-Sixed Tech giants’ gains have propped up the S&P 500. But some money managers are approaching the limits of how much of these stocks they can own.
3:00 a.m. July 22, 2020 - Barrons.com
What to Look for in Next Round of Stimulus: More Direct Aid, No Payroll-Tax Cut As lawmakers negotiate the terms of a potential new round of fiscal stimulus amid the coronavirus pandemic, the fast-approaching income cliff threatens a tenuous economic recovery that has been under way since states began to reopen in May.
1:00 p.m. July 17, 2020 - Barrons.com
Forget the Income Cliff for a Moment. The U.S. Is About to Go Over a Child-Care Cliff. What happens in the fall—whether and how schools reopen—is crucial to the economic recovery that is under way and will affect American households and the broader economy for generations.
3:30 a.m. July 13, 2020 - Barrons.com
Get Ready for the Market’s Day of Reckoning It’s certain to be an earnings season full of surprises, violent reactions, and challenged assumptions. How to prepare.
5:29 a.m. July 10, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
Forget earnings season. What’s the rest of 2020 going to look like? ‘In 2020, anything is possible’, one analyst saidThere will be very little useful guidance from U.S. corporations in the earnings reporting season starting mid-July on what the rest of 2020 will look like for the stock market and analysts are very divided on the outlook
11:17 a.m. July 9, 2020 - Barrons.com
Federal Unemployment Checks May Soon Run Out. 11 Stocks That Should Hold Up. Consumer spending could take a hit this summer as federal unemployment benefits run out for millions of Americans.
2:56 p.m. June 26, 2020 - Barrons.com
Stocks Tumbled Friday — and Banks Weren’t Even the Biggest Problem Bank stocks got pounded after the release of the Federal Reserve’s stress-test results. Financials weren’t the worst-performing sector, however.
2:00 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
Shoe Carnival stock up 7% after company reports online sales jumpShares of Shoe Carnival Inc. jumped 7% on Monday after the retailer said its online sales have risen more than 400% so far in the company's fiscal second quarter. Shoe Carnival also warned that margins likely will suffer due to shipping and other costs. As of Monday, the company has re-opened all but one of its 390 stores across the U.S., it said. Same-store sales are up 28.1% compared with the prior year, including a rise around 470% for e-commerce, the company said. "While the company is encouraged by the strong sales performance quarter-to-date, it does anticipate gross margin headwinds for the fiscal second quarter 2020" thanks to the increased shipping charges associated with the higher e-commerce sales, it said. As did other non-essential businesses, Shoe Carnival closed its brick-and-mortar stores in March on health orders designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It had been reopening its stores since late April. "As we have slowly re-emerged with heightened safety procedures, we have welcomed back our customers to stores, and as a result, fiscal second quarter-to-date sales have exceeded our expectations. While there are still many unknowns, we are encouraged by these more than positive sales trends," Chief Executive Cliff Sifford said in the statement. Shoe Carnival is expected to report fiscal second-quarter results in August. The stock ended the regular trading day up 3.6%.
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