EghtesadOnline: If anyone is benefiting from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s gold investors. Gold prices have soared over the last several months, with the metal up 13.74% year-to-date compared with a 12% decline in the S&P 500. Some analysts believe the price could hit $3,000 in as little as 18 months.
EghtesadOnline: The global stock rally marched ahead to reverse more of this month’s correction as investors took in stride a jump in benchmark Treasury yields. S&P 500 equity-index futures rose, the dollar fell for a fifth day and the yen advanced.
EghtesadOnline: To the naked eye, it was just another up week for stocks. The S&P 500 Index rose 7 points, the eighth time in a row it’s been up. Beneath the surface a barrage of headlines on everything from earnings to the Federal Reserve and taxes were drawing brighter lines between winners and losers.
EghtesadOnline: The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Friday as investors braced for potential damage from Hurricane Irma as it drove toward Florida, while a decline in big tech names like Apple and Facebook pushed the Nasdaq down more sharply.
EghtesadOnline: Futures on American equity indexes slipped, paring gains from the biggest weekly advance of August, as investors waited to gauge consequences for stocks and industries from the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004.
EghtesadOnline: Donald Trump grabbed investors’ attention in an otherwise listless Asian trading session, with the yen rising and S&P 500 Index futures slipping with the Mexican peso as the U.S. president said he may end the North American Free-Trade Agreement.
EghtesadOnline: U.S. equity traders grown accustomed to docile markets were shaken awake as tension over North Korea escalated, sending the S&P 500 to the largest weekly drop since March.
EghtesadOnline: Even as the S&P 500 Index clawed its way to a fresh record and squeezed out a third consecutive weekly gain, signs of fading enthusiasm in U.S. stocks have become increasingly difficult to ignore.
EghtesadOnline: U.S. stocks and bonds rallied Friday, with both the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching new highs, as U.S. inflation data came in short of Federal Reserve expectations, spotlighting the concerns of some central bankers about additional interest rate hikes.
EghtesadOnline: U.S. stocks limped into the weekend on a sluggish final day of trading, while the dollar fluctuated with oil as investors assessed data showing the U.S. economy on firm footing.