Tag: commodity

Prominent chef tells Fed that worker shortages are due to ‘life changes’ in wake of pandemic

The reason that there is a worker shortage in the U.S. restaurant industry is that employees decided to make “life changes” as they went through...

Dow’s 400-point rally puts it on track for best day in 2 months as investors await Fed decision

U.S. stock benchmarks on Wednesday rose sharply, with investors fixated on the outcome of the Federal Reserve meeting, which concludes later in the session as...

Opinion: In 2017 I wrote that U.S. stocks were not overpriced. That’s still true.

On August 21, 2017, with the S&P 500 SPX, -0.08% at 2,428, I wrote a MarketWatch column that pushed back against gloom-and-doom pundits who were...

JPMorgan says buy that S&P 500 dip, but you might want to look at this chart first

For those out there still licking their wounds from a selloff that probably even your teenager saw coming (via TikTok), here’s a comforting chart from...

Will Evergrande be China’s ‘Lehman moment’? Wall Street says no

Problems at Evergrande, China’s teetering property giant, are stirring unwelcome memories of the market chaos that followed the implosion of Lehman Brothers roughly 13 years...

Investors are in an historically rotten mood. Their three biggest fears are overblown, strategist says.

The American Association of Individual Investors has been tracking retail sentiment since 1987, and this week, wow has that mood been rotten. The spread between...

European stocks push back toward record highs; aluminum producers surge after coup

European stocks jumped out of the gates on Monday, tracking gains out of Asia as investors took the view that weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data last...

Crude prices fall after Saudi Arabia cuts Asian prices

Oil prices came under renewed pressure on Monday, after Saudi Arabia cut prices for its Asian customers and demand worries lingered following last week’s weaker-than-expected...

Is the U.S. stock market open on Labor Day?

It is unofficially summer’s last hurrah for Wall Street investors. U.S. financial markets will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 6, marking a...

Opinion: Do spouses have special rules when it comes to inheriting an IRA?

Q. I understand surviving spouses have options that no one else does when they inherit their deceased spouse’s IRA. What are those options? -Sherry in...

These are the most important things to check on a stock’s quote page before deciding whether to buy or sell

There’s a lot more investors can glean from a MarketWatch stock quote page than just the price and the change from the previous session. In...

Opinion: This chart says we’re partying like it’s 1999

We Americans invest more of our 401(k) plans in stocks than in any other asset class. In total we hold 39% of the money in...

Opinion: America’s toxic ‘us vs. them’ politics is now spilling into the stock market and polarizing investors

Why do columns criticizing meme stock investing in such names as GameStop GME, -2.74% and AMC Entertainment Holdings AMC, -1.44% attract scores of comments deriding the author...

Here’s the chart that shows what’s about to happen in the jobs market

The payrolls report about to be released Friday could show total employment is back to within 5 million jobs of where it stood before the...

U.S. jobless claims fall to new pandemic low of 340,000 despite delta surge

The numbers: The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits at the end of August fell to a new pandemic low, suggesting the delta...

U.S. oil prices finish with a slight gain as OPEC+ keeps plan to boost output in place

U.S. oil futures on Wednesday finished with a slight gain, but global prices posted a modest loss, after major oil producers made no changes to...

Robert Shiller’s two stock-market indexes are telling wildly different valuation stories. Here’s why.

When making the argument that stocks are overvalued, one index often is trotted out — the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio popularized by Robert Shiller, the...

U.S. stocks drift lower as investors prepare to close out a winning August

U.S. stocks were drifting lower Tuesday afternoon, with investor attention settling on employment data coming at the end of the week as major benchmarks remained...

Treasury yields steady as investors await this week’s jobs data

Treasury yields were little changed early Tuesday, with investors weighing signs of a slowdown in China’s service sector as they await U.S. data on the...

The S&P 500 hasn’t seen a year-to-date rally this strong since 1997. What’s next?

The S&P 500 continued chugging into record territory Monday, on track to end August with its best performance over the first eight months of a...

Why a debt-ceiling stalemate could push reverse repo demand to $1.4 trillion in next 3 months

Record demand for the Federal Reserve’s overnight reverse repo program could touch a new milestone of $1.4 trillion by year’s end, says Barclays rates strategist...

Stock futures steady as Wall Street gets ready to test records, while oil prices stumble

U.S. stock futures were inching higher on Monday, with major indexes set to hold on to records set late last week after a dovish message...

Nearly 95% of Gulf Coast oil and gas production offline as Hurricane Ida buffets Louisiana

Natural-gas futures were on the rise, extending a climb to a three-year high, and crude-oil prices were mixed in electronic trading late Sunday as Hurricane...

My husband and I live in his late father’s house. He threatens divorce — and says I’ll end up homeless

Dear Quentin, I have been married to my husband for four years. Unfortunately, five months after our wedding, my father-in-law passed away. We were/are both...

Why Robinhood may be more than a ‘meme stock phenomenon’

Shares of Robinhood Markets Inc. are rising Monday after picking up a handful of new fans on Wall Street who praised the company’s unique positioning....