Tag: Columns

This blockbuster chip merger may take a while to pay off

The design of analog semiconductors has been called an art in which chip designers translate the fuzzy signals from the real world — not the...

Why silver is trading at a nearly 4-year high

Silver futures on Monday marked their highest settlement in nearly four years, buoyed by a sharp climb in investment demand as the metal continues to...

Coronavirus spike in the dog days of summer saps economy of momentum

Summer doldrums are taking on a whole new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. The momentum in the U.S. economy appears to have melted away. It’s...

Why gold has become a ‘weapon of choice’ for investors

Gold prices have climbed to their highest levels in nearly nine years, with the precious metal seen as a ‘weapon of choice’ for gold investors...

The office isn’t dead yet, even if remote work keeps rising, says Moody’s

Office space in big cities might face a reckoning from the coronavirus, but it won’t happen overnight. That’s because while U.S. urban areas were particularly...

Stock-market risks for remainder of 2020 ‘are completely to the downside,’ says BofA analyst

Many analysts have spent the past few weeks advising investors to buy the dips and pointing to unprecedented levels of fiscal and monetary stimulus, among...

How negative interest rates help gold act like a ‘risk-on’ asset as it pushes toward all-time high

Gold is traditionally thought of as a haven asset — a safe port in a storm. But that hasn’t stopped it from rising to a...

Trump threatens federal funding for schools, says he disagrees with CDC over reopening guidelines

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened federal funding for schools and said he disagreed with CDC guidelines for reopening them, increasing pressure on educational institutions...

Confused by all those COVID-19 relief programs for consumers? Here’s a chart to break down what’s happening

There’s been a torrent of debt-relief programs aimed at U.S. consumers since March, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Payments on auto loans, credit...

Is the stock market closed Friday? For 4th of July, here’s everything investors need to know about trading hours and closures

Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, meaning that U.S. financial markets will be closed on Friday. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will...

‘Hamilton,’ ‘Baby-Sitters Cub’ and more: Here’s what’s worth streaming in July 2020

With a few notable exceptions (cough cough “Hamilton”), most streaming services are taking a summer programming vacation in July, making it a perfect time for...

Treasury yields edge lower as doubts of U.S. recovery creep up as coronavirus cases spike

Treasury yields retreated from their session highs Thursday, amid haven buying driven by concerns that recent U.S. labor-market gains seen in June’s job report could...

Most Fed officials at June meeting agreed on need to clarify what could cause them to move interest rates off zero

Most Federal Reserve officials at their meeting last month agreed that the central bank should provide more clarity to financial markets about the path of...

Goldman Sachs has done the math and a national mask mandate to halt the spread of coronavirus would have a big impact on the U.S. economy

Wearing a mask has become a uniquely hot-button issue in the U.S., which finds itself in the throes of a coronavirus crisis that appears to...

Micron shows how the cloud is saving chip makers

Memory-chip maker Micron Technology Inc. was saved by a boom in data centers, adding to chip makers’ growth as the pandemic forces more companies to...

7 reasons the stock market may face a severe bout of turbulence next week and beyond—only one is rising coronavirus cases

The ride from here could get a lot bumpier after the Dow registered its worst one-day loss since June 11 on Friday, knocking the blue-chip...

‘Black Swan’ author says if investors don’t use a ‘tail hedge,’ he recommends ‘not being in the market’—‘We’re facing a huge amount of uncertainty’

“ ‘If you don’t have a tail hedge, I suggest not being in the market we’re facing a huge amount of uncertainty.’  ” That’s “Black Swan: The...

A broken uptrend in a key government bond yield is a bad omen for stocks

So much for the V-shaped recovery. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 0.647% just broke below a rising trend line, to suggest...

‘All I hear is old-timers say that the retail bros are going to get crushed,’ the ‘supreme leader’ of stock-market day traders says—but ‘I’m beating them like a drum’

“ All I hear is old-timers say that the retail bros are going to get crushed. That they’ve lived through this before. That the pride...

Here’s why stock-market distress over spiking coronavirus cases is intensifying

Flare-ups of COVID-19 in the U.S. have delivered a fresh gut check to bulls on Wall Street, following an unprecedented market rebound from the coronavirus-ignited...

Stock-market traders brace for ‘dogfight’ as S&P 500 lingers below its 200-day moving average

A move above or below a 200-day moving average — a proxy for changes in an asset’s long-term trend — is always closely watched by...

Are stock investors too complacent about a full-scale blowup between China and the U.S.? Here’s what Wall Street experts say

China and the U.S. are back in the headlines — but are investors paying sufficient attention to the risks of a geopolitical clash? Indeed, caustic...

Three post-coronacrisis scenarios, and how to invest for each, according to UBS

Will we have a “second wave” — or catch a “second wind”? asks Mark Haefele, chief investment officer of UBS Global Wealth Management, in a...

Alibaba sees China retail volume growing near pre-pandemic levels but stock falls amid U.S.-China tensions

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said that volume on its China retail marketplaces was back to growing at near pre-pandemic rates, but its shares dropped about...

U.S. and China need to figure out way to work together even as tensions heat up, says former Treasury trade expert

As tensions heat up between U.S. and China on several fronts, some say Washington needs to figure out to find ways to collaborate with Beijing...