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MarketWatch 07/19/2019 16:08
U.S. stocks finished firmly lower Friday, capping the worst week for equities since the end of May, as doubts about the magnitude of an expected rate cut by the Federal Reserve softened the buying mood on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3% at 27,154, off 69 points, the S&P 500 index retreated 0.6% at 2,977, while the Nasdaq Composite Index pulled back 0.7% to end at 8,146. For the week, the Dow booked a 0.7% decline, the S&P 500 finished with a weekly slide of 1.2%, while the Nasdaq logged a 1.2% drop over the five-session period. For all three stock gauges it was the steepest weekly decline since the period ended May 31, according to FactSet data. Reports of Iran seizing oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz added.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 14:50
Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. surged 3.4% in afternoon trading Friday, to bounce off a 20-year closing low, as a a rebound in oil prices helped provide a boost. The oil and gas company's stock had tumbled 7.1% on Thursday, and sank 18% amid a four-session losing streak, to the lowest close ($1.58) since April 1999. On Friday, crude oil futures rose 0.7% to snap a four-session losing streak, helped by reports that Iran seized a U.K.-flagged ship in the Gulf of Oman. The correlation coefficient between Chesapeake's stock and crude oil futures, over the past two decades, has been 0.78, in which 1.00 would mean they move perfectly in sync. In comparison, Chesapeake's correlation with the S&P 500 is negative 0.28. Market Pulse Stories are Ra.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 14:48
U.S. stocks traded lower after The Wall Street Journal published a report saying "Fed officials signal quarter-point rate cut likely at July meeting." The S&P 500 lost 7 points, or 0.2%, to 2,988 after rising as many as 9.49 points at session highs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 19 points, or 0.1%, to 27,242, though it traded more than 100 points higher earlier Friday afternoon. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 26 points, or 0.3% to 8,181. The report said Fed officials "aren't prepared for bolder action by making a half-point cut, as analysts and traders have speculated in recent days," citing public remarks and interviews. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.co.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 14:40
Oil futures finished higher Friday after reports that Iran seized a U.K.-flagged ship in the Gulf of Oman. Prices still settled lower for the week, however, on worries about a slowdown in demand. The market saw an "insane downward trend in crude oil this week," said James Hatzigiannis, senior commodities associate at Long Leaf Trading Group. "I think it is a bit of an overreaction and you should see prices recover next week if there [is] any progress on the U.S./China trade front or any escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran," he said. August West Texas Intermediate oil added 33 cents, or 0.6%, to settle at $55.63 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 7.6% for the week after settling Thursday at its lowest in a mon.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 14:33
Short-term Treasury yields climbed after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Reserve was signaling a 25 basis point rate cut at its July 30-31 meeting. The 2-year Treasury note yield , sensitive to expectations for monetary policy, surged 4.6 basis points to 1.822%. The 10-year Treasury note yield rose by a more subdued 1.5 basis points to 2.055%. Debt prices move in the opposite direction of yields. Expectations for a sharp 50 basis point rate cut in July have risen and fallen after speeches by senior Federal Reserve officials. New York Fed President John Williams suggested on Thursday there was a strong case for central banks acting aggressively and swiftly to early signs of economic weakness. Since then, a New York Fed spok.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 14:25
Oil futures moved higher ahead of Friday's settlement, following a report from BBC News that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has seized a U.K.-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Worsening tensions raise the potential for disruptions to oil flow in the Strait of Hormuz. West Texas Intermediate oil prices, which had been trading little changed ahead of the news, saw its August contract rise by 65 cents, or 1.2%, to $55.95 a barrel, while September Brent crude added 63 cents, or 1%, to $62.56 a barrel. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 13:37
Gold futures lost steam to finish lower on Friday, giving up earlier gains as prices took a break from a two-session rally that lifted prices to their highest levels in more than six years. "Some of the hot money driving prices higher in futures and options has clearly closed out the week by taking profit," said Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault. "Big picture, the switch to weaker interest rates and new stimulus looks set to keep gold on the boil." August gold declined by $1.40, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,426.70 on Comex. It tallied a weekly rise of 1%. It had settled at $1,428.10 on Thursday, the highest finish for a most-active contract since mid-May 2013, according to FactSet data. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 13:22
Walmart Inc. is reorganizing some of its leadership team in the wake of the decision to absorb Jet.com into its digital business. In the memo sent to associates, which was also sent to MarketWatch, Greg Smith has been named to head the combined supply chain team, which will bring together supply chain heads for grocery, e-commerce, fleet operations, and other business functions. Nate Faust, who had been leading the e-commerce fulfillment process, will help with this transition and then leave the company. Michael Dastugue has been named Walmart U.S. chief financial officer and Steve Schmitt, who is currently the CFO for Sam's Club, has been named U.S. e-commerce CFO. Brandi Joplin, currently chief audit executive, will take on the role of Sa.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 13:12
Baker Hughes on Friday reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell by 5 to 779 this week. That followed declines in each of the last two weeks. The total active U.S. rig count, meanwhile, also fell by 4 to 954, according to Baker Hughes. August West Texas Intermediate crude saw little reaction to the oil-rig count. It was down a penny at $55.29 a barrel. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 11:32
Shares Michaels Companies Inc. tumbled 7.7% to pace the retail sector's decliners, after Bank of America Merrill Lynch turned bearish, citing potentially long-term struggles that are "unlikely to resolve" until a new CEO is named. The company had announced in February that then-CEO Chuck Rubin was agreed to step down after six years in charge. Analyst Elizabeth Suzuki cut her rating to underperform from neutral, while slashing her price target to $5, which is 35% below current levels, from $9. She said a proprietary survey of over 2,000 U.S. consumers has provided some insight into the "opaque" arts and crafts retail sector, suggesting the sector has struggled with "a lack of compelling trends" and an increase in competition. As the only pu.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 11:08
Medallia Inc. launched its life as a public company with it's shares rocketing higher on heavy volume, after its upsized initial public offering priced well above the previously expected range. The first trade for the San Francisco-based experience management enterprise software company's stock was at $34 at 10:58 a.m. Eastern for 2.95 million shares, or 62% above the $21 IPO price. The stock has extend its gains, to be up 64% in recent trading. The stock's gain helped boost its market valuation to about $4.18 billion. Medallia went public at a time the Renaissance IPO ETF has run up 40.3% year to date, more than double the S&P 500's gain of 19.6%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Vi.
MarketWatch 07/19/2019 10:55
Shares of Kansas City Southern surged 2.4% in morning trading Friday, after the railroad operator reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations. The rally was enough to pace the Dow Jones Transportation Average's gainers, as the Dow transports rose 77 points, or 0.7%. The company reported earlier net income that fell to $128.7 million, or $1.28 a share, from $148.2 million, or $1.45 a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted EPS rose 6% to $1.64, above the FactSet consensus of $1.54. Revenue increased 5% to $714.0 million, beating the FactSet consensus of $706.5 million. The company said operational efficiency helped boost its performance. " We're handling the same volume levels ove.

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