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3:46 a.m. Nov. 1, 2021 - By Steve Gelsi
Franklin Resources buying private equity investment firm Lexington PartnersFranklin Resources Inc. said Monday it agreed to pay $1.75 billion to acquire Lexington Partners L.P., a manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds. "This acquisition will bolster Franklin Templeton's alternative asset capabilities, complementing its existing strengths in real estate, private credit, and hedge fund strategies, at a time when investors are increasingly allocating capital across the full spectrum of alternative asset offerings," the company said. Founded in 1994, Lexington has raised more than $55 billion in commitments and invested in more than 4,500 secondary, co-investment and primary interests, with $34 billion of assets under management currently. Franklin Templeton is buying 100% of Lexington from its current owners, for $1 billion at close and $750 million of additional payments over the next three years. Lexington will operate as a specialist investment manager within Franklin Templeton under its current management team. The deal will be immediately accretive to adjusted earnings after it closes as expected in the second fiscal quarter of 2022. Franklin Resources stock is up 3% in pre-market trades.
9:46 a.m. Sept. 30, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Yellen throws cold water on trillion-dollar coin solution for debt ceiling stalemateTreasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday said "the only way" to avoid a default on the U.S. debt is for Congress to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling, throwing cold water on the radical idea of minting a trillion-dollar coin to get around the politically difficult vote. Rep. William Timmons, a Republican of South Carolina, asked Yellen to comment on the idea. He said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi "gave oxygen" to the proposed trillion-dollar coin when she mentioned it during a press conference on Wednesday. Timmons asked Yellen to "please tell me this is not a legitimate policy proposal." In response, Yellen said: "I believe that the only way to handle the debt ceiling is for Congress to raise it and show the world, financial markets and the public that we're a country that will pay our bills." However, in a question from Rep. Sean Casten, Democrat from Illinois, Yellen said she would support legislation to remove the requirement for a vote on the debt limit by Congress.
3:47 a.m. Sept. 27, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Rosengren, under scrutiny for 2020 trading activity, to retire on Sept. 30Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren announced Monday he will retire on Sept 30. In a statement, Rosengren said he moved up his long-planned retirement by nine months because of health concerns. Rosengren would have had to retire next June under Fed rules. Rosengren has been criticized for actively trading in real-estate investment trusts in 2020 while the Fed was taking extraordinary steps to keep financial markets stable during the pandemic. Reformers, like the group Better Markets, had called for Rosengren to resign.
1:19 a.m. Sept. 20, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
All 30 Dow stocks fall as Evergrande default fears spark selloff Shares of all 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average are trading lower in Monday's premarket, led by financials, as part of sparked by concerns over the collateral damage from the potential default by . Among the biggest early decliners, shares of American Express Co. sank 2.9%, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. gave up 2.5% and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. shed 2.5%. The most active Dow stock was Apple Inc.'s , which slid 1.2%. The best performer was Traveler Companies Inc.'s stock , which slipped just 0.1%. Meanwhile, Dow futures tumbled 540 points, or 1.6%.
3:59 a.m. Sept. 9, 2021 - By Steve Gelsi
Jefferies raises outlook for U.S. banks after shares have 'treaded water'Jefferies analyst Sean Darby on Thursday lifted the firm's outlook on U.S. banks to bullish from modestly bullish. "The environment for financials appears to be improving and the catalyst for performance from higher lending, a steeper yield curve and lower provisioning charges pushes us to raise the weighting back to bullish," Darby said in a note to clients. Wall Street investors are starting to recognize that both tapering and the rate cycle are appearing on the horizon, even as U.S. bank shares have treaded water alongside stable forward earnings revisions, he said. All told, the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF is up about 28% so far in 2021, compared to a 20% gain by the S&P 500 . With the typical loan portfolio composition of a U.S. bank comprised of about 23% commercial lending, 20% residential lending and about 15% commercial real estate loans, a jump in producer prices, home prices and stabilizing in commercial real estate prices have improved the health of the overall lending portfolio of banks. A "less heartening statistic" is that total loans (gross of reserves) have slipped since 2020, whilst total deposits have surged, he said.
9:36 a.m. Aug. 27, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Clarida, echoing Powell, backs start of taper this yearThe number two official at the Federal Reserve on Friday backed the start of a taper of bond purchases later this year, in comments that largely echoed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's Jackson Hole speech. In an interview with CNBC, Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said he expects the trend of "robust" job gains seen this summer to continue and "if that happens I would also support commencing reduction in the pace of our purchases later this year." The economy has added an average of over 800,000 per month over the last three months. Clarida said it wouldn't take the strong pace of 800,000 jobs per month for the Fed to reach its benchmark for tapering of "substantial" progress in the labor markets. "I don't think it takes 800,000 per month, but robust gains," Clarida said.
3:46 a.m. Aug. 27, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Harker backs starting taper 'sooner rather than later'Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said he wanted to move toward tapering asset purchases "sooner rather than later." In an interview with CNBC, Harker said that he didn't think the $120 billion per month of asset purchases were "doing a whole lot right now." The economy is being held back by supply issues that lower interest rates can't solve, he said. Harker said he was still supportive of "moving the taper along" despite potential damage to the economy from the coronavirus delta variant. The Philadelphia Fed president said the rapid acceleration in inflation seen this year "may not be so transitory." Contacts in his district have said supply chain disruptions facing the home-building sector "won't be solved anytime soon," he said. Harker won't be a voting member of the Fed's interest-rate committee until 2023.
6:07 a.m. Aug. 17, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
David Tepper's Appaloosa trims equity holdings, sells off Disney, PayPal stakes while adding Uber, Pulte betsDavid Tepper's Appaloosa LP disclosed late Monday that it reduced its investment in nearly all of its holdings during the second quarter, as the value of equities held by the hedge fund declined by about 31%. The value of Appaloosa's equity holdings as of June 30 was $4.83 billion, down from $6.96 billion as of March 31, even as the S&P 500 rose 8.2% during that period. Among the fund's largest holdings, the Micron Technology Inc. stake was reduced to 5.65 million shares from 7.28 million shares, the Amazon.com Inc. stake was cut to 125,000 shares from 186,000 shares and the Facebook Inc. stake was lowered to 1.21 million shares from 1.82 million shares. Among some other moves during the quarter, the fund sold off its 145,000-share stake in Adobe Inc. , its 475,000-share stake in Discovery Inc. , the 345,000-share stake in Walt Disney Co. and it's 175,000-share stake in PayPal Holdings Inc. , while adding a new 2.04 million-share stake in Uber Technologies Inc. and a new 1.51 million-share stake in PulteGroup Inc. .
8:30 a.m. Aug. 11, 2021 - By Greg Robb
Fed's Kaplan says central bank should announce taper plans in SeptemberDallas Fed President Rob Kaplan said Wednesday that he will press his colleagues at the central bank to announce a plan to taper bond purchases at its next meeting in late September. In an interview on CNBC, Kaplan said he wanted the slow down in purchases to start in October and last until June. Kaplan has been pressing his colleagues to start to pull back on its $120 billion in monthly bond and mortgage-related securities since late April. Asked if he had a lot of support from his colleagues for his position, Kaplan said there was a "range of views" but the committee is in a much better place than it was two months. Kaplan said the asset purchases don't help the economy now because the trouble is with the supply of goods and workers. Asset purchases work best to spur demand, he said. Kaplan ducked questions about whether his timetable meant that the Fed will raise interest rates as soon as next year. He said he was "divorcing" his views on tapering from his decisions on when to hike rates.
11:26 a.m. May 13, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I bought my parents’ house at below-market rate — my sister wants me to give her $50K to build my mother an annex. Is that fair? ‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor’‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor.’
1:58 a.m. May 11, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Startup mortgage lender Better to go public via merger with SPAC Aurora Acquisition in $7 billion dealStartup mortgage lender Better HoldCo is going public via a merger with special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) Auroa Acquisition Corp. in a deal with an equity value of about $6.9 billion and a post-money equity value of about $7.7 billion, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday. Softbank will invest another $1.5 billion via a PIPE, or private investment in public equity, once the deal closes. Better, a digital platform that was founded in 2016, will have $778 million of primary proceeds to fund growth, said the statement. The company has more than $24.2 billion in loan volume, has placed $7.7 billion in title insurance, $1.4 billion in homeowners insurance and $691 million in real estate transaction volume. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
11:20 a.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.
4:30 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.
4:54 p.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My financially reckless ex-husband bought a house with our son — now his business is failing. How can we be free of this mess? ‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal’‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal.’
11:08 a.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I saved $1.1M for retirement, earn $128K and have $22K in cash. Can I afford my dream car — an $80K Nissan GT-R? ‘I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big saver’‘I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big saver.’
11:45 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My coworker wants to sell her house as prices have skyrocketed. The co-signer on her mortgage demands 25%. Can she sell without his permission? ‘He is either mistaken in the leverage he holds, or else your coworker has confused co-signer with co-owner’‘He is either mistaken in the leverage he holds, or else your coworker has confused co-signer with co-owner.’
9:09 a.m. April 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My second husband, 86, and I have 12 kids between us. He wants me to leave him everything — and says he will pass on the inheritance to my 5 children ‘He wants to leave the house to his children, but says if I outlive him I can live in it or rent somewhere if I wish to move’‘He wants to leave the house to his children, but says if I outlive him I can live in it or rent somewhere if I wish to move.’
1:25 p.m. April 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m on track to retire at 58. My fiancée is in debt and drives my old car, and I support her family. How do I ensure my son inherits my wealth after I die? ‘My concern is that if I am married, the savings I have would go to her and subsequently her children, bypassing my son’‘My concern is that if I am married, the savings I have would go to her and subsequently her children, bypassing my son.’
12:59 p.m. April 20, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier A jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts TuesdayA jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
11:16 a.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents made my sister executor of their $4 million estate, and joint owner of their bank accounts. Should I be worried? ‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement’‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement.’
10:42 a.m. April 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancée’s mother asked us to raise her 2 kids, as we live in a good school district and she has a gambling addiction — then she claimed their stimulus checks ‘I advised her to leave the money as the IRS may eventually ask for it back. Her new boyfriend then quickly told her to withdraw it anyway’‘I advised her to leave the money as the IRS may eventually ask for it back. Her new boyfriend then quickly told her to withdraw it anyway.’
9:01 a.m. April 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband signed for a car for a friend — against my wishes. Now we get notices for unpaid tolls and parking tickets. What if there’s an accident? ‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident’‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident.’
5:22 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.’
5:21 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m 30. My wife is 34. We saved $350K and I have $325K saved for retirement. Should we pay cash for a home — or take out a mortgage and invest it? ‘We have been cheaply renting for the last three years, and living as if I were still a very poor graduate student. During this time, we paid off all of our debts’‘We have been cheaply renting for the last three years, and living as if I were still a very poor graduate student. During this time, we paid off all of our debts.’
3:26 a.m. April 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘What the hell!’ I’m 28, have no debt, a 401(k), Roth IRA and $45K in cash. Should I save for a house or buy a Tesla Model 3? ‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds’‘I believe I can buy the car and strap down, and save more aggressively to replenish the funds.’
7:26 a.m. April 9, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a Farewell Focus: 10-year yield asserts the range, Semiconductor sector presses record highs, TNX, SMH, KLAC, ROST, FOUR, ZENThis is the final edition of The Technical Indicator on MarketWatch. As its founder, and continuous editor since 2003, it has been a blast publishing for engaged and knowledgable readers for nearly 18 years.
7:12 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.
6:58 a.m. April 7, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bull trend confirmed: S&P 500 tags technical target (4,085) Focus: Europe digests break to 12-year highs, IEV, ASML, ADI, EMR, YUMU.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, vacillating ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials are digesting decisive breaks to record territory, while the Nasdaq Composite has sustained an aggressive trendline breakout.
5:47 p.m. April 6, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife’s father left her a home and money in a trust. This subsidizes our lifestyle. What happens to me if she dies? ‘I am concerned that if something happened, her sisters might try to claim it as family property and say I’m not entitled to it’‘I am concerned that if something happened, her sisters might try to claim it as family property and say I’m not entitled to it.’Ï
7:55 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTRTechnically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:33 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish technical tilt, S&P 500 extends break atop 4,000 mark Focus: Consumer staples sustain break to record territory, XLP, VMW, ADSK, LUV, DLTR Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have taken flight to start April, rising amid statistically unusual bullish momentum. In the process, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average have knifed to record highs, while the Nasdaq Composite has staged a potentially consequential trendline breakout.
7:13 a.m. April 5, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting bullish follow-through, S&P 500 knifes atop 4,000 mark Focus: 2021 currency trends persist, U.S. dollar retests 200-day average, Alphabet tags record high, UUP, FXE, GOOGL, QRVO, SEDG, HESU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Monday, rising after a strong batch of economic data. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has extended an April break atop the marquee 4,000 mark, while the Nasdaq Composite has reclaimed a key trendline, rising to place distance atop its 50-day moving average.
6:02 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother visited my sister, who didn’t give her breakfast or lunch. She makes $150K. Should I tell her to feed her guests? ‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as she points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no’‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as he points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no.’
5:44 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I cut his hair because he won’t pay for a haircut’: My multimillionaire husband is 90. I’ve looked after him for 41 years, but he won’t help my son ‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money’‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money.’
10:12 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My stepmother got nothing when my father died, per their prenup. She asked me to buy her a home. What should I do? ‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’
7:02 a.m. April 1, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a bullish Q2 start, S&P 500 tags the 4,000 mark Focus: Semiconductor sector reclaims key resistance, SMH, LRCX, NTAP, MSI, NOVAU.S. stocks are firmly higher early Thursday, rising amid a largely bullish April start. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has ventured atop the 4,000 mark for the first time on record, as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply reclaim its 50-day moving average, currently 13,427.
7:03 a.m. March 31, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting a stealth breakout attempt, S&P 500 tags fractional record high Focus: 10-year yield asserts higher plateau, FedEx extends earnings-fueled breakout, TNX, FDX, X, APD, VCELU.S. stocks are higher early Wednesday, rising as a largely-bullish first quarter concludes. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has tagged a fractional record high early Wednesday amid a stealth late-March breakout attempt that remains underway.
7:43 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the S&P 500 has sustained a reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark, writes Michael Ashbaugh.
7:15 a.m. March 30, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the S&P 500’s approach of the 4,000 mark Focus: Basic materials stage bull-flag breakout, Boeing digests rally to 52-week highs, XLB, BA, TGT, FFIV, TXTechnically speaking, the U.S. benchmarks’ bigger-picture backdrop remains bullish, on balance, though the prevailing market technicals are not one-size-fits-all. Amid the cross currents, the S&P 500 has sustained a bullish reversal from major support, rising to challenge record highs, and within striking distance of the marquee 4,000 mark.
7:26 a.m. March 29, 2021 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting market cross currents: S&P 500 pulls in from record close Focus: Consumer staples and real estate sectors break out, XLP, IYR, TXN, NXPI, KOU.S. stocks are lower early Monday, pressured partly amid concerns that a hedge fund’s forced liquidation may have adverse ripple effects. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 and Dow industrials have pulled in from their latest record close, even as the Nasdaq Composite vies to simply maintain major support matching the 2020 peak (12,973).
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