Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks lead Asian markets higher

Hong Kong stocks opened solidly higher Wednesday, leading a mostly up day across Asian markets. Japan’s Nikkei stock index was the region’s laggard. In Hong Kong the market was rebounding from Monday’s sharp selling following a Tuesday holiday. The Hang Seng Index HSI, +1.13%  rose 0.5%, while the China Enterprises Index is up 0.7%. The […]

Continue Reading

The Wall Street Journal: Argentina’s central-bank president resigns as the country struggles to stave off crisis

Argentina central bank President Luis Caputo resigned less than four months into his post as the government struggles to contain economic turmoil and social unrest while it renegotiates a bailout with the International Monetary Fund. Caputo on Tuesday cited personal reasons for his departure amid reports of disputes with the IMF over Argentina’s exchange-rate policy. […]

Continue Reading

Market Extra: A first-ever Fed September interest-rate hike could set stocks reeling Wednesday

With the Federal Reserve all but certain to raise interest rates on Wednesday, investors may need to brace for sudden, unexpected market volatility as stocks have been underperforming on Fed Days in recent months. Data published by Bespoke Investment Group Tuesday indicate that stocks, on average, fell 0.13% on the last 10 times the central […]

Continue Reading

The Ratings Game: Square stock heads for best day in 19 months after company is likened to the FANGs

Shares of Square Inc. are soaring Tuesday after an analyst said that the company is doing for the payments sector what Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Netflix Inc., and Alphabet Inc. did for the technology industry. “Similar to FANG stocks that have disrupted traditional markets with massive global total addressable markets, Square’s SQ, +11.01% fully cohesive […]

Continue Reading

These 3 investment products will help you build a portfolio for life

This is the first of three articles in which I will show how just about any investor can achieve outstanding long-term returns using readily available low-cost products. In this column, I describe the three most important building blocks of a portfolio. In the second, I describe some of the limitations and challenges of one of […]

Continue Reading

The Technical Indicator: Bull trend pauses: S&P 500 holds the breakout point (2,916) ahead of the Fed

Editor’s Note: This is a free edition of The Technical Indicator, a daily MarketWatch subscriber newsletter. To get this column each market day, click here. Though the bigger-picture backdrop is not one-size-fits-all, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement, due out Wednesday. Consider that the S&P 500 […]

Continue Reading

Market Snapshot: Stocks inch slightly higher; major indexes near records

U.S. stocks rose modestly on Tuesday, in a slight rebound following the previous session’s move lower as investors held off on making big bets ahead of a closely watched meeting by the Federal Reserve, and as trade uncertainty remained in focus. Where are the major benchmarks trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose […]

Continue Reading

The Fed: Here’s how the Fed’s statement, dot plot and forecast may shift

Getty ImagesFederal Reserve officials will release a policy statement, dot-plot and economic projections on Wednesday. Slide 1 of 5 Wall Street and the press will be poring through the Federal Reserve’s material for clues about the potential path of interest rates starting a 2 p.m. Eastern. The Fed may rewrite its statement to get away […]

Continue Reading

Market Extra: Why a Fed rate hike is unlikely to reignite the dollar rally

Investors are wondering whether a highly anticipated rate increase by the Federal Reserve this week will reignite a dollar rally. Some analysts are skeptical that fully anticipated monetary tightening will do the trick. “The dollar has been weakening since mid-August and the rate hikes for this week and December are pretty fully priced in. Even […]

Continue Reading

Currencies: U.S. dollar struggles for direction ahead of Fed rate hike

Major currencies were muted on Tuesday as traders were awaiting the Federal Reserve interest rate decision on Wednesday, the major event of the week. The U.S. dollar was struggling for direction, trading mostly sideways, as the Fed’s two-day monetary policy meeting was about to get under way. Investors are expecting a 25-basis-point interest rate increase […]

Continue Reading