Global Stocks Are Buoyed by Optimism Over Earnings, Trade
Stocks in Europe and Asia rallied on optimism surrounding company earnings and speculation that the U.S. and China are edging closer to an initial trade deal.
U.S. Stocks Outpacing the Rest of the World
Global stocks are lagging behind U.S. shares, illustrating how investors' faith in the domestic economy continues to drive a growing divergence in financial markets.
China's Country Banks Sing the Blues
A run on a small rural bank in Henan province last week reignited fears for China's shaky small lenders. Rural banks look less likely than their city peers to precipitate systemic problems, but they still bear close watching.
A U.S.-China Trade Deal Won't Rescue Emerging Market Stocks
What is happening in the slowing Chinese domestic economy matters far more for the MSCI EM index than the latest mood on tariffs.
Large Bitcoin Player Manipulated Price Sharply Higher, Study Says
A single large player, using the Bitfinex exchange and a cryptocurrency called tether, manipulated the price of bitcoin as it ran up to a peak of nearly $20,000 two years ago, a new study has concluded.
The Pot Industry Is Scrambling for Cash
A sharp drop in their stock-market valuations will have an outsize impact on cannabis companies.
Investors Should Watch Out for an Unbalanced Economy
When one part of the economy stumbles and another does rather well, the perfect policy would be support the laggard while holding back the rest to keep growth balanced. But the Federal Reserve doesn't have that luxury.
U.S.-Stock Funds Rose 1.7% in October
Year-to-date gain of 20% set investors up for a complete turnaround from a bad 2018.
Economy Week Ahead: Factory Orders, Trade Data from the U.S. and China, Bank of England Rate Decision
In the week ahead, the U.S. Commerce Department issues figures on factory orders and international trade, while China releases trade data of its own. The Bank of England will issue a decision on its key interest rate.
Small Caps Absent in Stocks' March to Records
While the S&P 500 has surged 22% this year, setting multiple record closes, the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks has been left behind.