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MarketWatch 08/22/2019 12:20
Controversial Founder and Chief Executive Patrick Byrne has resigned from discount e-commerce site Thursday, effectively immediately, saying he was "far to controversial" to serve as CEO. The stock, which was halted for news, was up 0.2% in midday trading prior to the halt. The resignation comes after Byrne said last week that he had assisted in the Clinton and Russian investigations, and was actually the notorious missing "Chapter 1" of the Russian investigation. He also said he was romantically involved with jailed Russian agent Maria Butina. In a letter to shareholders Thursday, Byrne said he was concerned that his going public about "certain government matters" may affect and complicate strategic discussions regarding the
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 11:50
Plus-size women's retailer Avenue said Thursday that it will close all of its retail locations after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 16. Store closing sales, with markdowns of 40% to 60%, have begun. Discounts do not apply to the company's e-commerce site. Avenue began as Sizes Unlimited in 1983 and carries items sized 14 to 32. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF has sunk nearly 24% over the past year while the S&P 500 index has gained almost 2% for the period. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 11:05
The Nasdaq Composite's sharp swing lower Thursday came as it rose just shy of the widely followed 50-day moving average (DMA), which many chart watchers use as a guide to the short-term trend. The Nasdaq was up as much as 0.4% at an intraday high of 8,048.58 within 15 minutes after the open, while the 50-DMA line extended to 8,051.62 according to FactSet, but the index was last down 1.0%. The last time the Nasdaq was above the 50-DMA intraday was Aug. 13, but it pulled back to close below the line. The last close above it was Aug. 8. In comparison, the S&P 500's intraday high 2,939.08 was below the 50-DMA of 2,947.51 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average's high of 26,388.78 was well below the 50-DMA of 26,615.13. The S&P 500 was last down 0.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:55
U.S. stocks stumbled to session lows late-morning Thursday, relinquishing earlier gains on the day amid a pair of central bank speakers at a closely watched symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and weak manufacturing data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 85 points, or 0.3%, lower at 26,120, after the blue-chip index had gained by as many as 187 points at the session peak. The S&P 500 index declined 0.6% at 2,907 and the Nasdaq Composite Index retreated 0.9%, suffering the most severe reversal of the major indexes, to reach 7,948. A fresh inversion of the so-called yield curve, where the spread between the 2-year Treasury note rise above the 10-year Treasury note , a condition that has preceded the past seven economic recessions, also rattl.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:37
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 59 billion cubic feet for the week ended Aug. 16. The average forecast of analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had called for an increase of 61 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 2.797 trillion cubic feet, up 369 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 103 billion below the five-year average, the government said. September natural gas traded at $2.181 per million British thermal units, up 1.1 cents, or 0.5%, from Wednesday's settlement. It was trading at $2.168 before the data. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:29
Shares of Inc. sank 11.6% in Thursday trading after the retailer reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss. The company had a net loss of $8.3 million, or 13 cents per share, after a loss of $8.2 million, or 13 cents per share, the previous year. Revenue of $259.4 million was up from $229.9 last year. The FactSet consensus was for a 14-cent loss and sales of $259.0 million. For fiscal 2020, 1-800-Flowers is forecasting revenue growth of 8% to 9%. The FactSet guidance is for revenue of $1.32 billion, which implies about 5.7% growth from the previous year. 1-800-Flowers stock is up 40% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index is up 16.5% for the period. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and mar.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:26
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The leading economic index rose 0.5% in July after two straight declines, but all signs still point to moderate growth in the second half of 2019, the Conference Board said Thursday. "While the LEI suggests the US economy will continue to expand in the second half of 2019, it is likely to do so at a moderate pace," said Ataman Ozyildirim, director of economic research at the privately run board. Stronger building permits, lower jobless claims and higher stock prices in July spurred the increase in the leading index. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:16
TOP Ships Inc. shares fell 5.3% to $6.59, but this was after the price was adjusted following another reverse stock split. The Greece-based ship-owning company effected a one-for-20 reverse stock split Tuesday, which in effect lifted the stock's Wednesday closing price to $6.96 from about 35 cents. The reverse split follows a 1-for-10 split in March 2018 and four reverse splits in 2017 that increased the stock price by a multiple of 18,000 that year, according to data provided by FactSet. In total, there have been 10 reverse splits since March 2008 that have increased the stock price by a multiple of 7.56 billion. After adjusting for the splits, the price of the stock's record close on Nov. 26, 2004 has increased to $173,502,005,200. The st.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 10:01
Treasury yields pulled back from their intraday highs on Thursday after the Markit manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.9 in August. Any reading below 50 reflects a slowdown in economic activity. The 10-year Treasury note yield was flat at 1.579%, after trading as high as 1.625% earlier. Analysts remain concerned that the slowdown in U.S. factories will spill over into the broader economy. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 09:50
Levi Strauss & Co. said Thursday that it is implementing a program that uses water science, expertise and its own experience to expand its water conservation efforts. The goal is to reduce water use in depleted areas by 2025. The company would also like to aid in the effort to bring clean water to communities. Levi Strauss stock has fallen 24.6% over the last three months while the S&P 500 index is up 2.7% for the period. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 09:50
All of the S&P 500's major sectors were trading in positive territory early Thursday as markets climbed as a key gathering of central bankers in Wyoming got under way. Gains for S&P 500's 11 sectors were led by 0.7% rise in the financials sector as yields on government debt gained some altitude off multiyear lows. Higher yields tend to be supportive of banking business models. The S&P 500 index overall was gaining 0.4% at 2,935. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 140 points, or 0.5%, to 26,338, while the Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 0.2% to 8,037. The 10-year Treasury rate was up slightly higher at 1.58% from 1.577% late Wednesday. Central bankers and academics are gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to discuss the health of.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 09:33
U.S. stocks climbed modestly higher on Thursday morning as investors watched an annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where central bank leaders will discuss global monetary policy and economic health. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4%, to 26,314, the S&P 500 index climbed 0.3% to 2,934, while the Nasdaq Composite Index picked 16 points to reach 8,037, a gain of 0.2%. The Jackson Hole gathering comes after the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's July 30-31 policy gathering, which suggested that central bank policy makers wanted to be flexible in implementing policy. In other economic policy, the European Central Bank, meanwhile, hinted at a significant new stimulus package after the release of minutes fr.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 09:27
Shares of Etsy Inc. are up 3% in Thursday morning trading after Stifel analyst Scott Devitt upgraded the stock to buy from hold following a drop of about 20% since the company reported results at the beginning of the month. "We think concerns are transitory and would take advantage of the pullback in this emerging leader in third-party e-commerce," he wrote. " While we had been surprised at the strength and speed of the turnaround, we have been fans of the strategy throughout and feel now is a good time to put the appropriate rating on the business for the extensive improvements that have been built into the model to deliver over the long term." Shares are still up 14% so far this year, as the S&P 500 has added 17%. Market Pulse Stories are.
MarketWatch 08/22/2019 09:08
Shares of Tesla Inc. rallied 2.5% in premarket trading, after a report that some German automobile manufacturers are interested in buying a stake in the Silicon Valley electric-car maker. A report in Germany's Manager Magazin said Volkswagen was interested, as were Daimler and BMW. The report comes after Walmart Inc. sued Tesla, alleging "gross negligence" as the retailer claimed roof fires at several stores were caused by Tesla solar panels. Tesla's stock has lost 33.6% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained $16.7%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.

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