Warning Signs Point to a Global Slowdown
Signs pointing to a deepening global economic slowdown-and the risk of recession-are flashing more brightly as China and Germany, the world's second- and fourth-largest economies, post figures showing sluggishness and U.S. stocks tumble.
Dow Sheds 800 in Biggest Drop of Year
U.S. stocks tumbled and Treasury markets sent a new recession signal after weak German and Chinese economic data stoked fears of an impending global slowdown.
Bond Rally Drives 30-Year Treasury Yield to Record Low
Another wave of buying in the U.S. government-bond market pushed the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond to a record low, the latest sign of mounting economic anxiety.
Poor Chinese and German Economic Data Fan Fears of Global Slowdown
Fears rose of a spiraling economic slowdown in Europe and Asia after two industrial powerhouses, Germany and China, reported weak data.
Safety in the Stock Market Is Getting Expensive
Investors flocked toward safe-haven stocks amid a market selloff, including utilities, real-estate and consumer-staple shares. But gains across those sectors have pushed price-to-earnings ratios higher.
The S&P 500 Tends to Rise After an Inverted Yield Curve
An inverted yield curve in the Treasury market is scaring investors. Yet the S&P 500 actually tends to gain following such a signal.
Oil Tumbles on Renewed Demand Worries
Oil prices slid, falling alongside stocks and other risky assets, after downbeat economic news from China and Germany fueled fresh worries about a slowdown in global growth.
Ethanol Hits Five-Year Low as Stocks Rise
Ethanol futures prices are trading at five-year lows, adding the corn-based fuel to the roster of agricultural commodities piling up in storage across the U.S.
Repo Rates Fuel Concern Over Mounting U.S. Debt
The elevated cost of borrowing cash overnight using Treasurys as collateral highlights the expense of widening budget deficits, even as U.S. 10- and 30-year yields are near record lows.
U.S. Import Prices Rose 0.2% in July
Prices for foreign-made goods imported to the U.S. rose 0.2% in July from June, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a 0.1% decline.