Bank of America warns negative U.S. rates could hurt operations

Bank of America Corp cited the possibility of negative interest rates in the United States as a business risk for the first time in a filing on Wednesday. The unconventional policy measure has been a talking point for President Donald Trump, who has critiqued the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates earlier in his presidency. […]

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Tesla Resume Production In Shanghai

◊ Tesla Production In Shanghai ◊ ⇑⇓ StockMarketNews.Today ⇓⇑ U.S. electric carmaker Tesla‘s factory in China’s financial hub of Shanghai will resume production on Feb. 10 with assistance to help it cope with a spreading epidemic of coronavirus, a Shanghai government official said on Saturday. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic […]

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Wall Street Slips After Jobs Report

◊ Stock Market News Jobs Report ◊ StockMarketNews.Today Wall Street pulled back from record levels on Friday, as investors assessed the U.S. employment report that showed jobs growth accelerated in January but included a downward revision to some previous numbers. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 225,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department’s data showed, much higher […]

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Amazon Says It Will Create 15,000 Jobs In Bellevue

StockMarketNews.Today — Amazon said it expects to bring the 15,000 jobs to Bellevue over the next few years. More than 2,000 employees currently work in Bellevue, and the company has about 700 job openings in the city. The company opened its first office building in Bellevue in 2017. The city is also where Amazon got […]

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German Industry Output Suffers Biggest Slump Since 2009

Stock Market News — German industrial output registered its biggest drop in more than a decade in December, highlighting the weakness of the manufacturing sector that is dragging on overall growth in Europe‘s largest economy. Industrial production tumbled by 3.5% on the month, undershooting expectations for a 0.2% fall, figures released by the Statistics Office […]

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China Cuts U.S. Import Tariffs

Global stocks extended their recovery on Thursday, cheered by record closes in Wall Street benchmarks following encouraging economic data, and after China announced a cut in tariffs on some imported goods from the United States. The tariff relief added to hopes the global economy may be able to avoid a major shock from China’s rapidly-spreading […]

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Financial Markets – Top 5 Things to Watch This Week

Stock Market News — Financial markets in mainland China are set to reopen on Monday, after the holiday for the Lunar New Year was extended by the government amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Investors will continue to monitor the global economic fallout from the virus’s progression, which has largely overshadowed earnings season so far. Disney , […]

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Today’s Stock Market News { 1 February, 2020 }

Today’s Stock Market News — U.S. equity markets wiped out their gains for the year on Friday, following European and Asian shares lower as concern escalated about the impact of the coronavirus on global growth. The death toll from the epidemic had risen to 213, Beijing said, with another 9,811 confirmed cases worldwide and a […]

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Traders Pay Up For Protection Against Sharp Falls In US Stocks

Stock Market News Today— Traders have been scrambling to protect themselves from a collapse in US stocks, spooked by the coronavirus outbreak, the looming presidential race and the sheer strength of last year’s rally. The US equity market climbed 29 per cent in 2019 and started this year strongly, but the spreading nervousness has sent […]

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Trading News: 3 Things Under the Radar This Week

Trading News — There’s an ominous technical indicator hovering over the U.S. dollar, which could mean a move away from the greenback. But don’t go looking for value in bitcoin, according to one fund manager speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. Meanwhile, as lower interest rates have been a boon […]

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Moody’s Cuts Hong Kong Rating

♦ Today’s Stock Market News – Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 ♦ ◊ Stock Market News Today – Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 ◊ StockMarketNews.Today — Moody’s has cut Hong Kong’s credit rating, saying the government’s “slow” and ineffective response to months of protests has prompted it to reassess the Chinese territory’s institutional strengths and governance. Hong […]

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Brussels Briefing – Europe Braces For New Fiscal Battles

♦ Brussels Briefing ♦ Stock Market News — Stock Market Today The EU’s fiscal rules are widely disliked given their impenetrable and convoluted nature — yet it is difficult to avoid setting off political landmines somewhere in the union when any change to them is mooted. In early February, the commission will tread delicately back […]

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Today’s Stock Market News – Monday, 13 January, 2020

♦ Tech Sector Leads Stocks Higher ♦ StockMarketNews.Today — U.S. equities rose, led by shares of technology companies, in a week expected to be dominated by the start of earnings season and the signing of a partial China trade deal. Apple, Tesla and Microsoft  pushed the Nasdaq Composite Index higher. The Stoxx Europe 600 swung […]

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Stock Market News: The U.S. and China Have Agreed to Restart Semi-Annual Talks Aimed at Resolving Economic Disputes

Today’s Stock Market News – Sunday, 12 January, 2020 ⇑⇓ Stock Market News Today ⇓⇑ — The United States and China have agreed to restart semi-annual talks aimed at resolving economic disputes between the two countries, a process abandoned at the start of the Trump administration as a trade conflict between the countries escalated. An official […]

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U.S. Job Growth Slows – Unemployment Rate Steady At 3.5%

Stock Market News — U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in December, but the pace of hiring remains more than enough to keep the longest economic expansion in history on track despite a deepening downturn in a manufacturing sector stung by trade disputes. The Labor Department’s closely watched monthly employment report on Friday also […]

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Today’s Stock Market News – Friday, 10 January, 2020

◊ Stock Market News Today – Friday, 10 January, 2020 ◊ StockMarketNews.Today — Stocks march higher as Middle East tensions ease… World stocks set new record highs on Friday and the prices of safe-haven assets such as gold pulled back as investors cheered an apparent de-escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions and looked instead to prospects of […]

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How To Start Investing In 2020

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — Over half of Americans (55%) say they are not participating in the stock market, according to a 2019 poll of over 8,000 U.S. adults conducted by MetLife. Gen Z (18 to 24) and millennials (defined here those 25 to 34) are opting […]

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Goldman Says Oil Rally Likely Shortlived

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — A flare-up in U.S.-Iran tension may be keeping oil elevated, but an actual disruption to global crude supplies is needed to keep prices at current levels, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc . Price risks for Brent, which has surged about 6% […]

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Stock Market News: 5 Things To Watch For In Global Markets In 2020

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — 1. No end in sight to the U.S.-China struggle for supremacy. The trade war between the U.S. and China, which hobbled the world economy almost single-handedly in 2019 is likely to leave deep marks on 2020 too. The International Monetary Fund estimated […]

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Stock Market Correction 2020

• StockMarketNews.Today • As investors celebrate the outsized gains they made in the stock market in 2019, they may be getting ready to sell some of their winners once 2020 begins. Investors Bet on Volatility Comeback in 2020 There’s little to stand in the way of the rising stock market at this point as it drifts, […]

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FedEx to End Deliveries for Amazon

◊ FedEx Financial News – Stock Market News Today ◊ FedEx Corp. said it was ending its contract to deliver Amazon.com Inc. packages through its ground network, essentially severing ties with one of the world’s biggest shippers. The delivery giant said Wednesday it decided not to renew the contract when it expires at the end […]

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U.S. Agriculture

◊ U.S. Agriculture News — Stock Market News Today ◊ China is the fourth largest market for U.S. farm exports, behind Canada, Mexico and Japan. Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge said the loss of a trading partner like China sets up a “dangerous situation.” …  With China officially pulling out of buying U.S. agricultural products, […]

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Target Corp. Beat Analysts’ Expectations For Its Earnings And Revenue

Target delivered better-than-expected earnings during the critical holiday sales period as the retailer’s in-house brands and easy delivery options drew its strongest traffic and same-store sales growth in more than a decade. The company’s adjusted earnings per share hit a new record and its digital sales surged more than 25 percent for the fifth year in a row, even as its net income slid 26.5 percent.

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Major Global Powers Ordered To Stop Trading Oil And Gold Assets With The Venezuela

In a statement published Monday, 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group called for a “peaceful transition through political and diplomatic means without the use of force.”

The group also underscored the need for an urgent delivery of humanitarian aid and insisted international governments “take measures to prevent the Maduro regime … from doing business in oil, gold and other assets.”

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Alphabet Inc. revenue grew 22% year over year to $39.3 billion, beating Wall Street’s forecasts. But, as is often the case, what Google spends sometimes overshadows what it makes

Alphabet Inc., parent company of the Internet search giant, reported mostly strong fourth-quarter results Monday afternoon. Revenue grew 22% year over year to $39.3 billion, beating Wall Street’s forecasts. That was driven by yet another quarter of 20% growth for the company’s colossal advertising business, which now generates more than $116 billion in revenue annually.

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Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. On Monday, a plane belonging to Nordwind Airlines, a company based in Moscow, landed at the international airport near Caracas

Venezuela has been trying for years to increase its gold reserves by encouraging mining, putting the military in charge of vast territories that yield the precious metal.

With strongman President Nicolas Maduro losing control of the country’s already-scant finances and reserves thanks to U.S. sanctions, who can put his hands on the nation’s estimated 200 tons of gold at home and abroad has become a key question.

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The Government Shutdown Cost The Economy $11 Billion

The federal government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Although most of the damage to the economy will be reversed as the government re-opens and workers return to their jobs, the CBO estimated $3 billion in economic activity is permanently lost.

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Vodafone Group, which is based in London, said it would temporarily stop buying Huawei equipment for core parts of its next-generation wireless networks, known as 5G.

Europe has become a key battleground for Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications equipment. The region is the company’s second-largest market after China, largely because of lucrative partnerships with carriers that, in addition to Vodafone, include BT Group, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica.

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Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services

In a statement, Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.” It added: “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”

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Walt Disney’s outlook is bright, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley who have a higher-than-average overweight rating on the stock, compared to an in-line rating for the rest of the industry

“2019 is likely a transformational year for Disney. Stepping back from the complexity, it will exit the year in a different place than it begins. Significant investments in content, theme parks, and M&A weigh on near-term earnings, but should set up the business for long-term growth,” Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne wrote Thursday.

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Snap Inc. in recent weeks pushed out two senior executives after an investigation found that one of them had allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an outside contractor

The departures are part of an exodus from Snap’s executive team that has shaken investor confidence and put renewed pressure on Mr. Spiegel to stabilize the firm’s leadership. Earlier this week, Tim Stone, the company’s chief financial officer, stepped down after less than a year on the job and weeks before the company is set to report 2018 earnings

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Activision’s Date With Destiny. Activision once considered “Destiny” its next “Activision’s goals,” but Sci-fi shooter never lived up to Activision’s goals

Analysts believe “Destiny” generated about $370 million in total revenues in 2018, according to consensus estimates from Visible Alpha. That would rank the game fifth on Activision’s slate—well below its other big properties such as “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch.”

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U.S. Recession Risk Hits Six-Year High. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg over the past week see a median 25 percent chance of a slump in the next 12 months

Analysts generally expect the partial government shutdown — which President Donald Trump said could last for months if not years, and is now in its third week. The shutdown has also delayed government data releases, such as retail sales and inventories, that investors and analysts use to assess the state of the economy.

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Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October

Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.

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Drugmakers Raise Prices on Hundreds of Medicines. New analysis shows Allergan setting the pace with increases of nearly 10% on more than two dozen products

More than three dozen drugmakers raised the prices on hundreds of medicines in the U.S. on Tuesday, according to an analysis from Rx Savings Solutions, which sells software to help employers and health plans choose the least-expensive medicines. The average increase was 6.3%, according to the analysis, including increases on different doses for the same drug.

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Impacts of climate change in Antarctica. What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?… Businesses and investors are keenly interested

“The biggest question when it comes to sea-level rise is: How will the Antarctic ice sheets react to ongoing climate change?” says Ricarda Winkelmann, an ice-sheet modeler in Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

When Dr. Winkelmann talks to policy makers and business people, they want to know what is the worst-case scenario, and how fast will climate-related changes occur, she says.

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Airlines Dump the Boeing 747, Transforming International Travel. The newer planes, which include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, are redrawing the map for global air travel

Smaller, ultraefficient long-range airliners are overtaking the once celebrated giant of the sky; crammed seats and fewer perks. Delta has replaced its fleet of jumbo jets with Airbus A350s, one of a new breed of smaller, ultraefficient long-range airliners. Nearly every other airline in the world is doing a version of the same thing, replacing huge jets with smaller ones.

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