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New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in December amid declining demand for machinery and primary metals, pointing to a further slowdown in business spending on equipment that could crimp economic growth.
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January meeting released Wednesday showed unanimous agreement among officials to hold off on future interest-rate rises until a clearer picture on the state of the U.S. economy could be seen, though some members acknowledged the economic outlook was more uncertain since their previous meeting.
A New Round Of Talks Between The United States And China To Resolve Their Trade War Will Take Place In Washington On Tuesday
The talks are aimed at “achieving needed structural changes in China that affect trade between the United States and China. The two sides will also discuss China’s pledge to purchase a substantial amount of goods and services from the United States,” the White House said in a statement.
HSBC Holdings Turned In A Disappointing Annual Profit. Shares Dip After Lender Says Cost Growth Outstripped Revenue At The End Of 2018
HSBC Holdings turned in a disappointing annual profit as higher costs and a stocks rout chipped away at its trading businesses, while warning that an economic slowdown in China and Britain would throw up further hurdles this year.
Spotify Is Acquiring Pair of Podcasting Companies. The Acquisition Plans Come As The Company Reports Its First-Ever Operating Profit For The Fourth Quarter
The music-streaming company, which is already the second-largest podcasting platform, said it would buy podcast publisher Anchor in a move to increase its presence in other forms of audio. It also said it is buying podcast producer Gimlet Media.
Analysts Warn Car Makers Could Be Forced To Cut Factory Production With U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Weaken In 2019
While January is typically a slower month for new-vehicle sales, analysts say the rising stock levels are becoming problematic because car companies will start this year with more unsold inventory than they had three years ago when U.S. auto sales peaked at 17.55 million for the year.
2019 Stress Test Scenario: Big Banks Must Show The Fed They Can Survive A Hypothetical Scenario With Enough Capital To Continue Lending
“The hypothetical scenario features the largest unemployment rate change to date,” said Randal Quarles, the Fed’s vice chairman for supervision, in a written statement. “We are confident this scenario will effectively test the resiliency of the nation’s largest banks.”
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.”
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.
The deepening turmoil in Venezuela is exacerbating a shortfall of crude oil. Venezuela’s oil occupies a special niche to U.S. refiners’ operations
On Monday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil giant in an attempt to prevent the proceeds of crude sales to the U.S. from reaching the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
Hershey Co. Looks to New Candy, Higher Prices to Boost Revenue. The Chocolatier Said it Expects Sales to Increase by 1% to 3% this Year
Hershey said it expects sales to increase by 1% to 3% this year, with earnings per share rising by 5% to 7%—in line with analyst estimates, according to FactSet.
U.S. homes and businesses used record amounts of natural gas for heating during the brutal freeze blanketing the eastern half of the country on Wednesday
Several utilities urged customers to cut back on power and gas use on Thursday during the brutal freeze blanketing the eastern half of the country after U.S. homes and businesses used record amounts of natural gas for heating on Wednesday
Alibaba’s fiscal third quarter revenue was 117.28 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), compared with 83.03 billion yuan the same period a year before, the company reported Wednesday. Its quarterly net income increased 37% to 33.05 billion yuan, above the 21.430 billion yuan that analysts had expected.
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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Caterpillar Inc. set lower-than-expected profit targets for 2019, as China’s slowing economy and higher material and transportation costs weighed on the machinery giant
Caterpillar said that lower demand in China is leading to declining sales in Asia and that the company expects the overall market for excavators in China to be largely flat this year.
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.
The last time many global stock indexes rose this quickly was in January 2018—when markets around the world rallied, only to tumble in February
Stocks around the world are rallying at the fastest pace in months, the latest sign that the fears investors grappled with late last year have largely subsided. But worries remain that markets still aren’t on solid ground.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google has developed artificial intelligence that can detect a condition that causes blindness in diabetic patients
Google is the latest tech firm to explore using AI in health care. Amazon.com Inc., International Business Machines Corp. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. sell software that mines patients’ records, and IBM developed AI that detects melanoma on images of skin.
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.
Brands Invent New Lines for Only Amazon to Sell. Amazon gets exclusive products, while brands receive faster customer feedback, marketing support and increased sales
The online retail giant is asking consumer-goods companies to create brands exclusively for Amazon after finding that developing them on its own is too costly and time-consuming, according to people familiar with the strategy.
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.”
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.
“Investors who were already excited about the U.S. chip sector’s earnings the day before got even more reassured after they saw how their stocks moved,” said Shogo Maekawa, a global market strategist at JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) Asset Management.