Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

Recession is challenging inflation as top fear among stock and bond investors

It’s easy to want to duck for cover given the carnage seen this year in stocks and bonds, particularly with the Federal Reserve vowing to wage an unconditional battle against high inflation. While inflation running at a 40-year high still sits near the top of the list of worries for many investors, another potential bugaboo … Read more

Analysts see lowest grades for Bank of America and JPMorgan in Fed’s stress test

Analysts see lowest grades for Bank of America and JPMorgan in Fed’s stress test

Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. emerged with the lowest marks among the overall passing grade for banks in the Fed’s annual stress test, analysts at Jefferies and Citigroup said Friday. Also weighing in on the stress test, Morgan Stanley analyst Betsy Graseck cut her price targets for Bank of America Corp. … Read more

Should the Fed start selling its mortgage holdings at a loss to fortify its inflation fight?

Should the Fed start selling its mortgage holdings at a loss to fortify its inflation fight?

Yet a big question still facing investors, lenders and anyone trying to navigate the still-hot housing market is whether the Federal Reserve will start selling its trove of mortgage holdings to fortify its inflation fight. The central bank is so far trying to counter inflation by more traditional means: raising benchmark interest rates. No doubt, … Read more

Here’s how much S&P 500 companies that make most of their money in the US have outperformed their global-faced rivals

Here’s how much S&P 500 companies that make most of their money in the US have outperformed their global-faced rivals

Multinational is one thing, but 2022 hasn’t been the year for stocks to have a truly international presence. According to analysis from Goldman Sachs, S&P 500 companies with high domestic sales exposure have been outperforming stocks with a high international sales by 9 percentage points. Granted, it isn’t a great performance, with the domestic basket … Read more

Fed says banks could withstand 10% unemployment, 55% stock price drop in annual stress test

Fed says banks could withstand 10% unemployment, 55% stock price drop in annual stress test

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday projected the potential for a rockier road ahead for banks than it did a year ago, but said the 33 financial institutions it reviewed passed its annual stress test of capital reserves. The Fed estimated $ 612 billion in potential losses for banks in its most severe economic scenario, … Read more

Hundreds of Southwest pilots picket in Dallas amid summer travel crunch

Hundreds of Southwest pilots picket in Dallas amid summer travel crunch

DALLAS – Hundreds of uniformed Southwest Airlines pilots stood in perfect lines in the scorching Texas sun at Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, holding signs that blamed Southwest management for delays and cancellations that have upset passengers. Every once in a while, a motorist would honk or yell encouragement. Most passengers made a beeline for … Read more

Elon Musk joins the growing chorus fearing a US recession. But there are stocks for that.

Elon Musk joins the growing chorus fearing a US recession.  But there are stocks for that.

Look out above, the dip buyers are back in town. Stocks are soaring – for now – as Wall Street returns from a long holiday weekend, with Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifying in front of Congress this week. The buying mood comes after the S&P 500’s worst week since March 2020, including its fall … Read more

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

What the Fed’s biggest rate hike in decades means for the bear market in bonds

Historically bad. That’s how the mammoth $ 53 trillion US fixed-income market has performed this year as the Federal Reserve works to curtail high inflation threatening to wreck the economy. To turbo charge the effort, the Fed on Wednesday fired off its biggest benchmark interest rate increase in nearly thirty years. But what does that … Read more

FDA panel gives go-ahead for children under 5 to be vaccinated, but experts fret that not all parents will get on board

FDA panel gives go-ahead for children under 5 to be vaccinated, but experts fret that not all parents will get on board

A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its endorsement to both the Modern and Pfizer vaccines for children below the age of 5, the last group to be added to the vaccine program. The panel voted 21-0 that the benefits of Moderna’s MRNA, + 4.51% two-dose vaccine for children … Read more