MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Retreat From Record Highs

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--U.S. stocks retreated from record highs on Friday, with falls in tech companies weighing on the Nasdaq Composite. Stocks were earlier supported by favorable outcomes in two 'risk events' this week. ...

BOND REPORT: Treasury Yields Sink As Investors Reassess Fed

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Ben Eisen and William Watts, MarketWatch U.S. Treasury prices gained ground on Friday, pulling down yields as investors stepped back into the market after a Federal Reserve-inspired selloff. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury (10_YEAR) fell 5 basis ...

New York City Jobless Rate Falls to 7.3%

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Keiko Morris The unemployment rate in New York City fell to its lowest level in more than five years in August as the city added jobs in industries that usually pay healthy salaries, such as financial services and manufacturing. ...

China Loan Demand Declined in 3Q

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

BEIJING--Demand for new loans from China's businesses softened in the third quarter, suggesting that entrepreneurs remain pessimistic about growth in the world's second largest economy, a central bank survey showed on Friday. An index measuring bankers" assessment of loan demand ...

Japan Downgrades Assessment of Economy

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

TOKYO--Japan downgraded its overall assessment of the economy in September for the first time in five months, as poor summer weather weighed on consumption, raising further questions over the viability of pushing ahead with a second sales-tax increase after the ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Higher As Fed Rate View Holds

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Friday, ahead of one of the world's biggest initial public offerings ever, and as two major risk factors this week -- Scotland and the Federal Open MarketCommittee ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Rise; S&P 500, Dow Hit Records

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market moved higher on Friday, sending the S&P; 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to a fresh intraday record. Stocks were supported by favorable outcomes intwo ...

Reshuffle Russian Government, Says Former Finance Minister

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Andrey Ostroukh SOCHI, Russia--Russia can improve the climate for investing in the country but it will require a government reshuffle, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Friday. Russia is on track to record its highest capital flight in ...

Brazil Mid-September IPCA Inflation Up 0.39% Versus 0.14% Rise in Mid-August

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazilian consumer prices picked up through mid-September above economists' forecasts, mainly due to increases in food costs, providing no room for reductions in the benchmark interest rate in the near term. Brazil's mid-month consumer-price index, the ...

Eurozone's Current Account Surplus Widened Slightly in July

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Todd Buell FRANKFURT--The eurozone's current account surplus widened slightly in July, continuing to signal some strength in the currency bloc's export economy, data from the European Central Bank showed Friday. The current account balance, a broad measure of an ...

Canada Wholesale Sales Decline 0.3% in July

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Paul Vieira OTTAWA--Wholesale sales in Canada unexpectedly dropped in July on weak demand for agricultural supplies and food products, Statistics Canada said Friday. Month-over-month wholesale trade declined 0.3% to 52.89 billion Canadian dollars ($48.31billion), or a big miss based ...

Moscow Considers Moves to Secure and Defend Internet in Russia

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Olga Razumovskaya And Paul Sonne MOSCOW--Russia's isolation in the wake of Western sanctions imposed over its intervention in Ukraine has reaffirmed the Kremlin's anxiety about U.S. control over the Internet. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russia ...

Fitch Affirms Triple-A Rating for U.S.

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

Fitch Ratings Inc. affirmed its Triple-A rating for the U.S., citing the nation's "unparalleled financing flexibility as the issuer of the world's pre-eminent reserve currency and benchmark fixed-income asset, and as home to the world's deepest and most liquid capital ...

Scotland Rejects Independence

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

EDINBURGH--Voters in Scotland rejected a heated bid for independence, providing a narrow escape for a British government that scrambled to dole out promises of new local powers for Edinburgh to head off the breakup of a 307-year-old union. Scottish First ...

Scotland 'No' Vote Opens Path to Further Devolution

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Jason Douglas and Jenny Gross EDINBURGH--Now that it appears Scotland won't be leaving the U.K., the real work begins. Prime Minister David Cameron and senior politicians from the U.K.'s main political parties have pledged to transfer more tax and ...

Brazil General Price Index Rises 0.31% in Aug 21-Sept 10 Period

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazil's general price index, known as the IGP-M, increased 0.31% during the Aug. 21-to-Sept. 10 period, reversing a decline of 0.35% during the July 21-to-Aug. 10 period, according to figures published Friday by the private Getulio ...

Ford Cuts Production at Cologne Plant as Demand Slides

TODAY: Sept. 22, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Ilka Kopplin and Monica Houston-Waesch Ford Werke GmbH, the German arm of Ford Motor Co. is cutting production at its Cologne factory on the back of lower demand in the second half of the year, the company said in ...