Gilt yields plunge after Bank of England steps in to buy at ‘whatever scale is necessary’

Gilt yields plunge after Bank of England steps in to buy at ‘whatever scale is necessary’

UK gilt yields fell back from their highest in 14 years after the Bank of England said it would buy bonds at “whatever scale is necessary” to restore orderly market conditions. The 10-year benchmark gilt yield TMBMKGB-10Y, 4.123%, which moves in the opposite direction to prices, fell 49 basis points to 4.03%, having at one … Read more

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel accuses Fed of making one of the biggest policy mistakes in its 110-year history

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel accuses Fed of making one of the biggest policy mistakes in its 110-year history

““I think we’re giving Powell too much praise. … The last two years are one of the biggest policy mistakes in the 110-year history of the Fed by staying so easy when everything was booming.”” —Jeremy Siegel Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel has a bone to pick with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The longtime market … Read more

Growling Powell causes Goldman to cut its S&P 500 price target. Again.

Growling Powell causes Goldman to cut its S&P 500 price target.  Again.

During the height of the bull market – which, boy, seems so long ago – the call-option crazy punters inhabiting the Wallstreetbets channel had a favorite meme to explain why stocks would keep going higher. “Money Printer Go Brrr” featured a Rambo-esque Jay Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve, determinedly firing out greenbacks to whoever … Read more

US stocks gain ground as investors await August inflation reading

US stocks gain ground as investors await August inflation reading

US stocks rose early Monday, on track for a fourth consecutive day of gains, as traders look ahead to inflation data later in the week. How are stocks trading The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.85% rose 127 points, gold 0.4%, to 32,278. The S&P 500 SPX, +0.96% was up 25 points, or 0.6%, at … Read more

US gains 315,000 jobs in August. Labor market still strong but shows sign of cooling.

US gains 315,000 jobs in August.  Labor market still strong but shows sign of cooling.

The numbers: The US added a robust 315,000 new jobs in August, showing that businesses still have a big appetite for labor even as the economy slows and worries about a recession grow. The increase in hiring basically matched Wall Street estimates. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast 318,000 new jobs. The … Read more

Inflation falls for the first time in more than two years, key US gauge shows, due to sinking gas prices

Inflation falls for the first time in more than two years, key US gauge shows, due to sinking gas prices

The numbers: A key gauge of US inflation fell 0.1% in July thanks to tumbling gasoline prices, marking the first decline in more than two years and giving Americans some relief from a rapidly rising cost of living. The drop in the so-called personal-consumption price index was the first since April 2020, when the US … 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

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

Stocks are still too expensive and rising rates may shock financial system, Seth Klarman warns

Stocks are still too expensive and rising rates may shock financial system, Seth Klarman warns

Investment legend Seth Klarman went back to his roots at the Harvard Business School to declare that the stock market is still too pricey even with its slide this year. “You’ve got a stock market that’s one of the most expensive ever,” said the chief executive of the value-focused Baupost Group, in an interview posted … Read more

US stock futures rise in holiday trade as Shanghai sets reopening plans

US stock futures rise in holiday trade as Shanghai sets reopening plans

US stock futures rose on Monday in light holiday volume, helped by plans from the world’s number-two economy to lift some restrictions as it fights COVID more aggressively than the rest of the world. What’s happening While US stock exchanges are closed in observance of Memorial Day, electronic futures trading continues. Futures on the Dow … Read more