Treasury Yields Fall as Investors See Slow Pace of Fed Rate Increases

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:32:48 EST
The Dow industrials rose 1% and U.S. government-bond yields tumbled, after a soft manufacturing report renewed questions about the likely pace of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases over the next year.

Morgan Stanley Investors Pushed for Cuts

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:13:29 EST
Shareholders peppered executives with questions starting in late October on why the Wall Street bank hadn’t cut expenses despite few signs of a fixed-income revival.

SEC Steps Up Probe of Pre-IPO Share Trading

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:12:58 EST
Federal securities regulators are intensifying a broad investigation into trading of pre-IPO shares, zeroing in on companies that help technology-firm employees and others resell their shares.

Bank of England to Ease Capital Pressure on U.K. Banks

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:21:06 EST
The Bank of England said it would ease pressure on U.K. banks to hold more capital, drawing a line under years of post-crisis reforms aimed at making the banking sector safer.

Hedge Fund BlueCrest Capital to Return Outside Clients' Money

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:14:30 EST
BlueCrest Capital Management, once one of Europe’s biggest hedge funds, is to stop managing money for outside clients after a sharp drop in assets and a run of poor returns from its flagship fund.

Australian Dollar Approaches Two-Month High

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 22:31:03 EST
Australia’s currency is heading for a two-month high, even as iron ore, its biggest export commodity, hovers near decade lows.

Oil Glut: How to Tell When It's Really Time to Worry

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:29:59 EST
Record global oil inventory has sparked fears of a further sharp price drop as storage is exhausted, but futures prices suggest those fears are premature since widespread use of floating storage isn’t yet viable.

ECB to Test the Limits of Its Bond-Buying Program

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:53:58 EST
If the European Central Bank wants to ramp up its stimulus this week, it may have to get creative.

Puerto Rico Avoids Default

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:52:23 EST
Prices of some Puerto Rico bonds rallied after Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the U.S. Commonwealth would begin clawing back revenue from other debt to provide for essential public services and pay obligations backed by the government’s full faith and credit.

Why Cars Stream Off Lots, Don't Show Up at Malls

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:05:35 EST
Americans are buying cars like crazy, but that enthusiasm for spending isn’t making its way into the malls.

Why Japan's Mega Banks are Mega Cheap

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 23:41:30 EST
Japanese banks selling cross-shareholdings should give their own share prices a boost.

Why the Treasury Market Has Banks Spread Thin

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:46:31 EST
The spread between long- and short-term rates will likely renew pressure on bank-lending margins.

Sober Times at Brown-Forman

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 20:03:20 EST
Brown-Forman investors may need to sober up amid a strong dollar and difficult overseas markets.

Banks Pass U.K. Stress Tests, but Investors Shouldn't Expect Rewards

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:13:03 EST
The Bank of England has effectively told banks there will be no need to raise more equity. That doesn’t mean investors can look forward to a wave of special dividends.

BHP Billiton: More Copper at a Lower Cost

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:19:13 EST
BHP Billiton has pledged higher production of copper, adding more low-cost tons into an already-beleaguered market.

This China Cement Deal Looks Like a Good Mix

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:51:29 EST
Cement giant Anhui Conch’s consolidation play for West China Cement should reward investors.

How Manufacturing Fits in Fed's Equation

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:16:30 EST
Sluggish manufacturing activity could prompt the Fed to raise interest rates at a slower-than-expected pace in 2016.