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Tag: Stock Market


Fossil Fuels Are Now a Bad Bet, Investors Are Told

Owning a piece of the fossil fuel industry was once like having money in the bank—but not any longer, investors are being warned.

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Investors Tip Balance Toward Renewables

With investment in renewable electricity sources now outstripping polluting fossil fuels, a new study sees signs of change in global attitudes toward climate risks.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Stocks Suffer Worst First Week of a Year Since Record-Keeping Began

The Dow and S&P 500 were each down about 6 percent. The rich are still rich, however.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



Two Gun Manufacturers’ Stock Prices Doubled in 2015 Amid Intensifying Climate of Fear

The Dow Jones industrial average registered its first annual decline since 2008 as trading ended for 2015. But the stocks of the two largest market-listed gun manufacturers—Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.—doubled during the year.

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A Perfect Storm Is Headed for Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the U.N. summit in Paris.

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Valeant Pharmaceutics Raised Prices on Needed Drugs, Then Its Stock Took a Hit

Some are bound to chalk this news up to the magical equalizing powers of capitalism’s famous “invisible hand,” while others might point to the democratizing sting of actual journalism as the more potent force in this mix.

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Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

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Weekend Market Turmoil an Outcome of Nations’ Failure to Cooperate on Change in Economic Policy

Although they ended with still more losses, U.S. stock markets recovered partly Monday after a plummet to dramatic lows fueled by fears of a collapse in the Chinese economy. The shock experienced in recent days was predictable, writes Guardian economics editor Larry Elliot.

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Greece Debt Crisis: Massive Stock Plunge After Five-Week Shutdown

Ending down 16.23 percent by the end of Monday, Athens’ stock market experienced its worst daily performance since at least 1985, when modern record keeping began.

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Are We Heading for Another Stock Market Crash?

“The signs are ominous,” writes financial journalist Suzanne McGee. Ultimately, we “will need to get accustomed to higher market volatility, of the kind that we saw yesterday.”

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Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

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Wall Street’s Takeover of American Pensions: ‘A Policy Justified Entirely on Ignorance’

A key part of Wall Street’s $300 million expenditure on the recent midterm elections is the goal of moving as much of working Americans’ $3 trillion that sits in unguarded government pension funds into “privately managed, high-fee investments” as possible.

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Poll: Americans Continue to Worry About the Economy

The stock market has been soaring for the last five years, but Americans overall take a negative view of the economy.

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Noam Chomsky on Some Simple Ways to Ruin an Economy

Scholar, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky kicks off this talk filmed last month with a simple, provocative premise: “Let’s pose that for some perverse reason that we were interested in ruining an economy and a society.” Now, who would want to go and do a thing like that?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Documentary Filmmaker Marije Meerman

Through testimony from the people who built it, Dutch filmmaker Marije Meerman gives us a singular view into the dark and dangerous future of investment and trade.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE


Inside the Black Box of High Frequency Trading

A third installment in documentary filmmaker Marije Meerman’s penetrating gaze into the inky recesses of digital finance focuses on the “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010, the fastest and deepest U.S. stock market plunge in history.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Twitter Flies High in Stock Debut

Love it or hate it, but Twitter, the social-media stalwart that got everyone thinking in 140 characters or less, was the darling of the NYSE on Thursday after TWTR shares closed 73 percent higher than the preset IPO asking price of $26.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


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Juror Dismissed for Being Gay

In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

What is Washington doing to fix the economy? Worse than nothing. It has now adopted the same kind of austerity economics that’s doomed Europe—cutting federal spending and reducing total demand. And the sequester doesn’t end Sept. 30. It takes an even bigger bite out of the federal budget next fiscal year.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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New York Stock Exchange Operator to Be Sold for Billions

The owner of the “icon of American capitalism” is being sold to an Atlanta-based derivatives company for $8.2 billion as Wall Street’s trademark practice of high-energy verbal trading gives way to the digital kind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Fallout From JPMorgan Chase’s $2 Billion Loss

JPMorgan Chase & Co. weathered the 2008 financial crisis without reporting a loss. But a failed hedging strategy that recently cost the company $2 billion has called into question the ability of its leaders to manage risk and intensified the debate on banking reform.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple Set for $10B Stock Buyback

All that bad press about working conditions at Apple-affiliated factories apparently hasn’t caused the computer giant any significant economic harm; in fact, the company, bolstered by booming sales of its shiny new iPad, is planning to spread the wealth among shareholders this summer.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Dow Breaks 13,000 for First Time Since 2008

Analysts are heralding the Dow Jones’ jumps past 13,000 on two brief occasions Tuesday as a sign that all this talk of economic recovery may be more bull market than, well, bull. Here’s hoping they’re right. 

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Facebook Gets Ready to Go Public

Facebook’s rise to cyber-domination amounts to the biggest online success story of the 21st century thus far, and on Wednesday the social networking behemoth took it up another notch by filing for what could be the most massive Internet initial public offering ever.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe’s Plight Chills Year-End Market Predictions

Traditionally, the holiday season brings good tidings for the stock market, too. There’s even something called “the Santa rally,” we learned from this Wall Street Journal article. Neat! But this year, with trouble on the European front and the ongoing recession (yes, that reads “recession”) at home, there may be less to look forward to, or so market forecasters fear.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Eurozone Gets a Boost, Finally

This week’s European crisis summit in Brussels has produced an agreement in an effort to mitigate what was looking like an inevitable economic catastrophe, judging by the dire situation in Greece and elsewhere in the eurozone. By Thursday, international markets were registering the results.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Recession Fears Rattle World Markets

Stocks around the world dropped sharply Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve acknowledged a day earlier that the economy won’t improve any time soon. (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. and European Markets Drop as Volatility Rises

U.S. and European markets played follow the leader Friday, as the three main stock indexes in both regions tumbled nearly 3 percent together. Among other events, analysts pointed fingers at the euro, uncertainty over President Obama’s jobs speech and doubt over Greece’s ability to address its financial problems.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Stock Market’s Wild Ride Continues

The stock market is revisiting last week’s extreme volatility, with the Dow Jones average plummeting 471 points in the first two hours of trading Thursday. (more) Update: At the closing bell, the Dow was down about 419 points, 3.7 percent, to roughly 10,990.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Moody Markets, London’s Burning, GOP Debate

Do legislators really have economic recovery in mind? Also, what’s with the U.K. riots? Plus, eight GOP presidential candidates were in Iowa this week, so who is the front-runner?

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Retail Sales Gain Amid the Gloom

Retail sales were up in July by the most they’ve been in four months, a sign that consumers in general remain confident despite lagging employment. (more)

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Wrapping Up a Wild Week for the Market

The stock market opened with a strong start on Friday, with the major averages up more than 1 percent following a good day for world markets on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Dow Posts Second Huge Gain This Week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 423 points higher Thursday, one of the biggest gains of all time, as investors reacted to positive job numbers and economic reports. The gain comes in a roller coaster week that saw the Dow fall 634 points Monday, rise 429 on Tuesday and then drop 519 on Wednesday. Updated

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Roller Coaster Dow Closes 519 Points Down

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 519 points Wednesday, a roller coaster of a day that saw ups and downs reminiscent of woeful times in the fall of 2008.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Investors Seek Treasury Port in a Storm

U.S. stocks sank almost 6 percent Monday, as investors disposed of risky assets and bought low-yielding but more secure Treasury bills and bonds, despite Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of the U.S. government credit rating. (more)

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE


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