New York Empire State factory gauge plunges in August deep into contraction territory

New York Empire State factory gauge plunges in August deep into contraction territory

The numbers: The New York Fed’s Empire State business conditions index, a gauge of manufacturing activity in the state, plummeted 42.4 points to negative 31.3 in August, the regional Fed bank said Monday. This is the second largest monthly decline on record and among the lowest levels in the survey’s history, the regional Fed bank … Read more

US consumer price inflation surprises to downside in July

US consumer price inflation surprises to downside in July

The numbers: The US consumer price index was unchanged in July, the Labor Department said Wednesday, compared with the 1.3% gain in the prior month. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had estimated a 0.2% advance in July. The rate of inflation in the 12 months ended in July retired to 8.5% from a … Read more

Veteran strategist Dennis Gartman says it’s still a bear market with no Fed pivot in sight

Veteran strategist Dennis Gartman says it’s still a bear market with no Fed pivot in sight

As the market heads into the new week, the attention is still very much on Friday’s jobs report showing an unexpectedly strong 528,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls. “It was quite a surprise to me,” said Dennis Gartman, the retired publisher of the Gartman Letter and now the chairman of the University of Akron’s endowment and … Read more

Why China-Taiwan tensions moved to the forefront of financial market worries

Why China-Taiwan tensions moved to the forefront of financial market worries

It’s an island off the coast of China, with a land area comparable to Maryland and Delaware combined. Its population is about 1 million higher than that of Florida. Often overlooked in world headlines, Taiwan is grabbing the financial market’s attention as the biggest macro risk of the day, prompting many traders and investors to … Read more

JP Morgan quant who called summer rebound in stocks says rally could continue even if corporate profits decline

JP Morgan quant who called summer rebound in stocks says rally could continue even if corporate profits decline

Investors worried about the next pullback for stocks might want to pause and consider this: the decline in equity valuations since the start of the year already has exceeded the average pullback of other recessionary periods since the early 1990s, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.’ s equity as to Marko Kolanovic. While more Wall … Read more

FAANGs ain’t what they used to be, so beware the bear-market bounce says this hedge fund manager

FAANGs ain’t what they used to be, so beware the bear-market bounce says this hedge fund manager

It’s been some rally. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.20% is starting the week at a seven-week high, bolstered by hopes for a less hawkish Fed and a sense that earnings pessimism was overdone. The benchmark stock index is up 12.6% from the recent low hit md-June, having delivered its best July performance since 1939, according … Read more

Opinion: Is Mark Zuckerberg taking the first step toward turning Facebook into Yahoo 2.0?

Opinion: Is Mark Zuckerberg taking the first step toward turning Facebook into Yahoo 2.0?

Yahoo was once the most popular website on the planet, the only place that everyone on the internet seemed to touch at least once an online session. After an ignominious slide, however, Yahoo is just another site that has some fans in certain parts of Asia and offers some niche products. Has Mark Zuckerberg launched … Read more

US inflation surges again and stays at 40-year high, key price gauge shows

US inflation surges again and stays at 40-year high, key price gauge shows

The numbers: A key gauge of US inflation rose a sharp 1% in June, led by higher fuel prices, in a sign that price pressures in the economy are still intense and unlikely to relent quickly. The increase in the so-called personal-consumption price index exceeded Wall Street’s forecast. Economists had predicted a 0.9% advance. A … Read more

Tilray expected to post a quarterly loss with market share losses in Canada and forex headwinds

Tilray expected to post a quarterly loss with market share losses in Canada and forex headwinds

Tilray Inc. is not expected to turn a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter when it delivers its latest results on Thursday, but analysts have at least held steady on their projected loss for the cannabis company. Wall Street analysts that follow Tilray TLRY, -3.55% TLRY, -4.13% expect the company to lose 8 cents a … Read more

Celsius customers write pleas to bankruptcy court to get crypto back: ‘This is an emergency situation, simply to keep a roof over my family and food on their table.’

Celsius customers write pleas to bankruptcy court to get crypto back: ‘This is an emergency situation, simply to keep a roof over my family and food on their table.’

Some customers of crypto lender Celsius Network, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, have written to the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, with a hope of getting their funds back. As digital assets crashed, Celsius, which said it had more than 1.7 million users as of June, halted withdrawals since … Read more