Editorial Results (free)
1. Walmart's Bruising Battle With Amazon Saps Its Q4 Results
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.
The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive retail landscape.
2. How the Market's Turmoil Could Affect Fed's Rate Decisions
- Friday, February 9, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Wall Street has thrown a rather sour welcoming party for Jerome Powell.
3. Big Pay Gains for US Workers Contribute to Wall St. Sell-Off
- Monday, February 5, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Pay raises, the U.S. economy's Achilles' heel in its long recovery from the Great Recession, finally showed signs of accelerating last month – a trend that fanned inflation fears and sent bond yields rising and stocks sinking.
4. US Employers Add Modest 148,000 Jobs; Unemployment 4.1 Pct.
- Monday, January 8, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.
The unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest level since 2000, the Labor Department said Friday.
5. US Stocks Mount Milestone-Shattering Run in 2017
- Monday, January 1, 2018
Taken a look at your stock portfolio lately? It's a good bet it's racked up solid gains for the year.
Wall Street has taken stock investors on a mostly smooth, record-shattering ride in 2017. The major stock indexes made double-digit gains for the year, led by Apple, Facebook and other technology stocks.
6. Next Big Leap for Apple? – Augmented Reality
- Thursday, August 3, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iPhone may be ready for its next big act – as a springboard into "augmented reality," a technology that projects life-like images into real-world settings viewed through a screen.
7. Remember Memphis? Titans Would Rather Not
- Friday, July 28, 2017
Time flies, doesn’t it? A lot can happen in 20 years. Think about it: In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term as president. Princess Di was killed in a car crash. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 8,000 for the first time. And the Tennessee Oilers played their home games in Memphis.
8. Yellen Calls Risks of Inflation 'Two-Sided'
- Friday, July 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday said she believed the risks concerning inflation are "two-sided," stressing that price gains could both accelerate or slow down.
9. Time to Turn Down the Flame on Jones’ Hot Seat
- Friday, May 12, 2017
When it comes to Butch Jones and the recent NFL Draft, it’s a matter of perspective.
Remember, no Tennessee Vols were drafted in the previous two years, which is a reflection on the recruiting by Jones’ predecessor, Derek Dooley. The fact that Tennessee had six players picked this time around – all in the first four rounds – speaks volumes, to wit:
10. Investors See Benefits, Drawbacks In Access to Real-Time Technology
- Saturday, April 29, 2017
Twenty years ago, if John Laughlin needed data on the stock market, he logged in to a Bloomberg terminal and started doing research.
11. Newspaper Decline Continues to Weigh on AP Earnings
- Thursday, April 20, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Earnings at The Associated Press shrank substantially last year compared with 2015, when the news organization enjoyed a large tax benefit that skewed its results. Reve-nue also edged downward, reflecting continued contraction in the newspaper industry and a stronger U.S. dollar that reduced the value of overseas sales.
12. Fed Raises Rate and Sees More Hikes as US Economy Improves
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and forecast two additional hikes this year. The move reflects a consistently solid U.S. economy and will likely mean higher rates on some consumer and business loans.
13. A Robust February Jobs Report Points to Resilient US Economy
- Monday, March 13, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a brisk pace – signs that a resilient economy has given many companies the confidence to hire in anticipation of solid growth ahead.
14. Trump Inherits a Healthy Job Market, With Solid Hiring
- Monday, February 6, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has inherited a healthy-looking job market from his predecessor, with the U.S. economy registering a burst of hiring in January and an influx of Americans looking for work.
15. Last Word: Connecting Downtown, Tranquil Treasure and Gas Tax Complexities
- Thursday, January 26, 2017
Temple over the Tigers Wednesday in Philadelphia 77-66. East Carolina at the Forum is coming up Saturday. Grizz and Raptors at the Forum Wednesday evening and the Grizz win 101 – 99. The Grizz are on the road starting Friday against the Trail Blazers.
16. Dow 20,000: What Does It Mean and Where Does It Go?
- Thursday, January 26, 2017
With the Dow Jones industrials above 20,000, it's natural to ask what's going on and what, if anything, investors should do. Here are some answers to common questions that people have about the stock market.
17. Dow Jones Industrial Average Breaks Through 20,000 Milestone
- Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time Wednesday, the latest milestone in a record-setting drive for the stock market.
Strong earnings from Boeing and other big companies helped push the Dow past the threshold early on and had U.S. stocks solidly higher in late-afternoon trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite were on course for record highs of their own after each closed at all-time highs on Tuesday.
18. US Home Prices Surpass Pre-Recession Peak Amid Healthy Sales
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.
The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index , released Tuesday, is slightly above the peak it set in July 2006, after rising 5.5 percent in September from a year earlier. The milestone comes after more than four years of steady gains.
19. Mortgage Rates Keep Rising After Trump's Election Win
- Monday, November 28, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to surge last week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan shot up to 4.03 percent, the highest since July 2015 and up from 3.94 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year home loans climbed to 3.25 percent, up from 3.14 percent last week and highest since January.
20. How the Incredible Shrinking Stock Market Affects Your Fund
- Friday, September 23, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – More companies don't want you, or any other investor, to buy their stock.
Instead of listing their shares on a stock exchange, businesses are going private or never going public in the first place. Security company ADT, for example, pulled its shares off the market this spring after going private in a nearly $7 billion buyout. Uber, meanwhile, makes it simple for customers to hail a car, but investors can't easily buy a piece of the privately held company, which is valued at more than $60 billion.
21. With Economic Outlook Hazy, Fed Likely to Leave Rates Alone
- Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Again and again in recent months, the Federal Reserve has signaled that it's edging closer to resuming the interest-rate hikes it began in December.
It just doesn't seem to be there quite yet.
22. US Stocks Slump As Traders Fear Higher Interest Rates
- Monday, September 12, 2016
Investor jitters over the possibility the Federal Reserve is ready to raise interest rates this year roiled Wall Street Friday, handing the stock market its worst day in more than two months.
The Dow Jones industrial average sank nearly 400 points, its worst single-day loss since June. The broad slump wiped out two months of gradual gains, jolting the market out of a mostly flat course over the past several weeks.
23. Slower Hiring in August Signals Fed Rate Hike Less Likely
- Monday, September 5, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates when it meets this month.
24. Steady Hiring is Now Benefiting a Broader Group of Americans
- Monday, August 8, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Americans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.
A second straight month of robust hiring – 255,000 jobs added in July – pointed to employer confidence that suggested that the economy is powering through a slump that struck early this year. The unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.
25. US Gains Just 38K Jobs, Fewest in 5 Years; Rate at 4.7 Pct.
- Monday, June 6, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000 jobs, the fewest in more than five years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.
26. Will Americans Like Blendle, The iTunes for News?
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans pay to download music. They pay for TV episodes. Will they pay a few cents for news articles to escape ads and bypass subscription requirements?
The news service Blendle launches Wednesday in the U.S. with 20 news outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. You pay 9 cents to 49 cents to read a story (with a refund if you don't like it).
27. Fed Keeps Key Rates Unchanged; Foresees Fewer Hikes In 2016
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.
As a result, Fed officials are forecasting that they will raise rates more gradually this year than they had envisioned in December. The officials now foresee two, rather than four, modest increases in their benchmark short-term rate during 2016.
28. Sticky Lawsuit: $400M Dispute Lingers Over Post-It Inventor
- Monday, March 14, 2016
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, that ubiquitous sticky-back product made into a worldwide success by the 3M Company.
29. Stocks Lose More Ground as Jobs Report Disappoints
- Monday, February 8, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.
Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history.
30. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth
- Monday, February 8, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.
At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.
31. Fed Voices Concern About Global Economic Pressures
- Thursday, January 28, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.
Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.
32. A Month After Raising Rates, Fed Faces Darker Global Economy
- Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China's leaders have struggled to steer the world's second-biggest economy.
33. US Stocks Rebound a Day After Plunge, Led by Energy Sector
- Friday, January 15, 2016
The major U.S. stock indexes veered higher in afternoon trading, recovering from an early slide. Energy companies led the rally, climbing along with the price of crude oil. The gains came a day after the market had its worst drop since September. Exxon Mobil and Chevron each jumped about 5 percent, by far the largest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average.
34. Stocks Sink in Late Trading; Consumer Stocks Take a Beating
- Thursday, January 14, 2016
Stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading Wednesday as a dismal start to the new year got even worse. The selling was concentrated on some of the biggest winners from last year such as Netflix and Amazon, both of which doubled in value in 2015.
35. US Stocks Veer Lower Following Another Drop in Price of Oil
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.
36. Dividends On the Chopping Block as Profit Growth Peters Out
- Wednesday, January 6, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The dividend gravy train is slowing down, threatening an important source of income for investors at a time when stocks are going nowhere.
About 500 companies cut or halted their dividends last year, the highest tally since the economy was crawling out of the Great Recession in 2009. Not only that, other companies got more reluctant to raise their payouts to shareholders, according to numbers released Tuesday by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The number of dividend increases was the lowest in four years.
37. US Manufacturing Shrinks for 2nd Month Amid Global Slowdown
- Tuesday, January 5, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers contracted in December at the fastest pace in more than six years as factories cut jobs and new orders shrank.
The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity fell to 48.2 from 48.6 in November. Any reading under 50 signals contraction.
38. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles
- Friday, January 1, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.
It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.
39. US Home Prices Climb in October, Helped By Solid Job Market
- Wednesday, December 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in the 12 months ending in October, up from a 5.4 percent pace in September, according to a report released Tuesday.
40. Average Gas Price Soon Under $2, Lowest Since Recession
- Monday, December 14, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.
The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the coming days.
41. US Household Wealth in Q3 Fell for First Time in 4 Years
- Friday, December 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The stock market's sharp decline in August and September took its toll on Americans' finances in the third quarter. Household net worth fell for the first time in four years.
42. Another Month of Solid US Hiring Clears Way for Fed Hike
- Monday, December 7, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.
A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month.
43. Give Your Retirement A Raise
- Friday, November 13, 2015
Ray’s Take People used to not worry very much about their retirement. They tended to work for the same company all their lives, and at 65 they got a watch and a pension.
They learned how to live on their monthly check and didn’t know or care what the Dow Jones Averages were. Life expectancy was shorter then as well. But those scenarios have changed.
44. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains
- Monday, October 19, 2015
U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.
Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.
45. Root of Investor Anxiety: Uncertainty About China and Fed
- Thursday, October 1, 2015
Fears about China's slowdown and a coming U.S. interest rate hike have sent global stock markets into a fidgety freefall.
But why? China's economy has been slowing for years. And the Federal Reserve has long been expected to raise short-term interest rates from near zero, where it's kept them since 2008. So what's sowing panic now?
46. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear
- Monday, September 7, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.
47. Q&A: What Are the Signs of a 'Bear Market' for Stocks
- Thursday, September 3, 2015
The stock market's sharp downturn in recent weeks has pulled the three major U.S. stock indexes into what is known as a "correction." But when does a market correction effectively end a bull market and usher in a full-blown bear market?
48. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week
- Monday, August 31, 2015
U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.
The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.
49. Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Drops to 3.84 Percent
- Friday, August 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.
50. US Economy's Second Quarter Went From Solid to Stellar
- Friday, August 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.
51. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings
- Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.
52. China's Move to Devalue Currency Could Reverberate Globally
- Wednesday, August 12, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's surprise move Tuesday to devalue its currency has intensified concerns about the world's second-largest economy, whose growth has reached a six-year low. It may also fan political tensions with the United States and Europe, whose exports could become comparatively costlier.
53. Extended Slump in Oil Taking Toll on Industry, Economy
- Monday, August 3, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — As drivers, shippers and airlines continue to enjoy lower fuel prices, the oil industry is responding to much lower profits with sharp cuts in spending and employment that are hurting economic growth.
54. Google Shareholders Revel in Record 1-Day Windfall of $65.1 Billion
- Monday, July 20, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's stock roared out of a long slumber Friday to produce the biggest shareholder windfall in U.S. history as investors rewarded the Internet company for promising to curb its spending on risky projects.
55. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours
- Wednesday, July 8, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.
There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.
56. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets
- Monday, July 6, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.
The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?
57. US Home Prices Climbing Steadily
- Wednesday, July 1, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.9 percent in April from 12 months earlier, roughly the same annual pace as March, S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday.
58. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains
- Monday, May 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.
59. US Home Prices Rise Modestly, Weigh on Affordability
- Wednesday, April 1, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.6 percent in January compared with 12 months earlier, S&P said Tuesday. That is up from growth of 4.4 percent in December.
60. Fed: No Rate Hike Until Job Market Improves, Inflation Rises
- Thursday, March 19, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it needs to see further improvement in the job market and higher inflation before it raises interest rates from record lows.
61. Dow Reshuffle: Apple Joins Blue-Chip Index and Boots AT&T
- Monday, March 9, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is in. AT&T is out.
In another victory of sorts for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the venerable Dow Jones industrial average on March 19, the manager of the index announced Friday.
62. Solid US Jobs Report: 295,000 Positions Added
- Monday, March 9, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month.
63. Transcripts Reveal Fed Confronting Chaotic Banking System
- Thursday, March 5, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn.
64. Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates
- Wednesday, February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed is will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low.
65. Key Interest Rate Falls as Investors Seek Safety
- Thursday, January 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.
The surge in demand for Treasurys knocked a key interest rate to its lowest level since May 2013.
66. US Home Price Growth Slows for 11th Consecutive Month
- Wednesday, December 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in October at a slightly slower pace, as real estate sales have fallen and affordability has increasingly become a challenge for potential buyers.
67. US Economy Accelerates, Helps Lift Dow Above 18,000
- Wednesday, December 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.
68. Fed Promises 'Patient' Approach to a Rate Increase
- Thursday, December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.
69. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years
- Monday, December 8, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.
70. US Stocks Jump Following Strong Corporate Earnings
- Friday, October 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, both in the U.S. and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains on Thursday.
Caterpillar jumped after its third-quarter earnings report was better than Wall Street analysts had been expecting. The company also raised its profit outlook for the year. 3M, the maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics, was among other companies that gained after releasing impressive third-quarter results.
71. Slide in Energy Sector Drags US Stock Market Lower
- Thursday, October 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending lower, breaking a four-day winning streak, as a drop in the price of oil dragged energy companies lower.
The energy sector in the Standard & Poor's 500 index sank 1.7 percent, more than twice as much as the rest of the market. Small-company stocks and transportation shares also fell sharply as traders unloaded riskier assets.
72. China Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 5 Years
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.
73. Presenting Mid-October Economic Snapshot
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The heightened volatility month of October continued last week. On Wednesday alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved nearly 460 points from its high point in the day to its low point (before closing in between). Granted, a 400-point move from a 16,000 altitude translates into much milder percentage moves when compared to a similar move off of a lower base, but with the number on CNBC constantly, it gives investors pause.
74. Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.
75. Fed Officials Link Rate Increase to Economic Data
- Thursday, October 9, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials agreed last month that they would begin raising interest rates only when measures of the economy's health and inflation signaled the time was right.
76. Surge of Hiring Cuts US Jobless Rate to 5.9 Percent
- Monday, October 6, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in hiring last month helped drive the nation's unemployment rate down to a six-year low of 5.9 percent – within striking distance of what economists consider a healthy level.
77. Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable
- Friday, September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.
Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.
By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.
78. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards?
- Saturday, August 30, 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.
Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.
79. US Home Price Gains Slow in June
- Wednesday, August 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June – a cooldown that could continue for several more months.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 8.1 percent in June from 12 months earlier, according to a Tuesday report. That's down from 9.4 percent a month earlier and the smallest annual gain since December 2012.
80. US Stocks Have Their Worst Week in Two Years
- Monday, August 4, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing out its worst week in two years.
Traders moved money into investments traditionally seen as having lower risk Friday, such as U.S. government bonds, gold and utility stocks.
81. US Job Growth Eases but Tops 200,000 for a Sixth Month
- Monday, August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.
82. US Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July's Gains
- Friday, August 1, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
83. Yellen Sees Little Threat to Financial Stability
- Thursday, July 3, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to defuse the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system.
84. Economy Shrank at Steep 2.9 Percent Rate in First Quarter
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.
85. US Employers Add 217,000 Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.3 Percent
- Monday, June 9, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
86. American Economy Bounces Back From Brutal Winter
- Monday, May 5, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market's gains could endure.
87. Low Expectations Catch Up With Reality
- Wednesday, April 30, 2014
There is no better propellant for a market than low expectations. The S&P 500 has gained roughly 3.5 percent during this earnings season as expectations recalibrated with reality.
According to Factset, the the S&P 500 collectively will earn .2 percent less than they did a year ago, versus pre-earnings season expectations of a 1.5 percent decline. So, don’t confuse this rally in sentiment with a rally in fundamentals. That will come later in the year … or so it is expected.
88. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling?
- Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.
IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.
89. Minutes Show Fed Struggled to Agree on Rate Policy
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve struggled last month over how to convey to investors that it will raise short-term interest rates only slowly once it increases them from record lows.
90. Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time'
- Tuesday, April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."
91. Survey: Economists See US Growth Pickup This Year
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — With the pace of U.S. economic growth seen speeding up later this year and next, many business economists expect the Federal Reserve to end its bond purchases this fall or even earlier.
92. Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.
93. US Retail Sales Down 0.4 Percent in January
- Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cold weather across much of the nation contributed to a drop in retail sales in January. Americans spent less on autos and clothes and at restaurants – a decline that suggests that momentum from consumer spending at the end of 2013 has tailed off.
94. Yellen to Investors: Expect Continuity at the Fed
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought Tuesday to reassure investors that she will embrace the approach to interest-rate policy that her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, pursued before he stepped down as chairman last month.
95. US Employers Add 113,000 Jobs; Rate Dips to 6.6 Percent
- Monday, February 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A surprisingly weak jobs report for a second straight month has renewed concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.
Employers added 113,000 jobs in January, far fewer than the average monthly gain of 194,000 last year. Job gains have averaged just 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three.
96. Fears of Slowdown Sharpen Focus on US Jobs Report
- Friday, February 7, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fears of an economic slowdown are heightening anticipation of what Friday's U.S. jobs report for January might reveal.
Stock markets have sunk after signs of weaker growth in the United States, Europe and China. Turmoil in developing countries has further spooked investors. The upheaval has renewed doubts about the Federal Reserve's next steps.
97. US Home Prices Dip Slightly In November
- Saturday, February 1, 2014
U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains.
The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index slipped 0.1 percent from October to November, partly reversing the previous monthly increase of 0.2 percent. But the index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the monthly decline partly reflects slower buying in the late fall as temperatures drop.
98. Fed to Reduce Pace of Bond Buying by Another $10 Billion
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is pushing ahead with a plan to shrink its bond-buying program because of a strengthening U.S. economy. It's doing so even though the prospect of reduced Fed stimulus and higher U.S. interest rates has rattled global markets.
99. US Home Prices Dip Slightly in November
- Wednesday, January 29, 2014
U.S. home prices fell slightly in November as colder weather slowed buying, ending nine straight months of price gains.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index slipped 0.1 percent from October to November, partly reversing the previous monthly increase of 0.2 percent. But the index is not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the monthly decline partly reflects slower buying in the late fall as temperatures drop.
100. It Pays to Look Forward
- Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The thundering herd that carried the equity markets into the record books in 2013 seemed spooked by the first few trading days of 2014. Should we read into this?
Perhaps, but it more likely indicates portfolio rebalancing rather than a widespread repositioning of wagers. Those rebalancing their portfolios need to sell stocks to provide currency to replenish underperforming asset classes. For those that shifting wagers, what new bets might pay off in 2014?