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

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

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

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

Expect the stock market to be driven ‘more by earnings than the macro,’ says Morgan Stanley’s Wilson

Expect the stock market to be driven ‘more by earnings than the macro,’ says Morgan Stanley’s Wilson

Earnings season will be a key test for the stock market after the S&P 500 last week closed out its worst half-year performance since 1970, said strategists from Morgan Stanley. The direction of stocks going forward will be mostly tied to second-quarter earnings as interest rate hikes and surging inflation reflect the growth slowdown more … Read more

Powell says no guarantee of soft landing for US economy

Powell says no guarantee of soft landing for US economy

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday said there was no guarantee that the central bank can engineer a soft landing for the US economy. “We think that there are pathways for us to achieve the path back to 2% inflation while still retaining a strong labor market. We believe we can do that,” Powell said, … Read more

Rising rents, gas and food prices push US inflation rate to 8.6%, CPI shows

Rising rents, gas and food prices push US inflation rate to 8.6%, CPI shows

The numbers: The cost of living jumped 1% in May on the back of higher rents, gas and food prices, pushing the rate of US inflation to a 40-year high of 8.6%. The increase in the consumer price index in May was more than triple the gain in the prior month. Economists polled by The … Read more

US gains 428,000 jobs in April and wages rise again — but labor force shrinks

US gains 428,000 jobs in April and wages rise again — but labor force shrinks

The numbers: The US added a solid 428,000 new jobs in April, but an acute labor shortage showed little improvement last month and threatens to add to the highest inflation in 40 years. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast 400,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6%, the government said … Read more