U.S. Government Bond Yields Fall

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Min Zeng Yields on benchmark 10-year U.S. government debt fell to a two-month low on Monday as a disappointing manufacturing report cast further doubt on the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates as soon as September. Monday's decline ...

U.S. Stocks Lower as Oil Prices Drop

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Corrie Driebusch U.S. stocks were dragged lower Monday by a continued fall in the price of oil. Stocks traded only slightly lower in the morning, as investors scoured economic reports for clues on the pace of growth. But in ...

U.K. Treasury Begins RBS Privatization -- Update

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Max Colchester And Juliet Samuel The U.K. Treasury on Monday started the long-awaited privatization of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC, announcing it would sell a 5.2% stake in the lender. The government, which owns a 78% stake in ...

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Ends Lower As Miners Fall

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Carla Mozee and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch Rolls-Royce, HSBC gain; trader convicted in Libor scandal U.K. stocks edged lower Monday, hurt by a selloff in miners after data showed factory activity fell in China, a key market for the group. ...

In Big Data Deal, Advance/Newhouse Acquires 1010data for $500 Million

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

Advance/Newhouse has acquired 1010data Inc. for $500 million, VentureWire has learned, indicating the growing interest in technologies that can process large amounts of data. Advance/Newhouse is an affiliate of the media group Advance Publications, which operates the cable company Bright ...

Fed to Continue Testing Term Deposit Facility Operations in August

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

WASHINGTON?The Federal Reserve plans additional tests for one of the tools it intends to eventually use to raise short-term interest rates, the U.S. central bank said Monday. The Fed said test operations of its Term Deposit Facility, which aims to ...

AIG Raises Dividend as Operating Profit Rises -- Update

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Leslie Scism American International Group Inc. boosted its common-stock dividend by 124% and raised its share-repurchase target by $5 billion, signs of health that seemed unfathomable seven years ago when it nearly collapsed into bankruptcy. The moves came as ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stocks Finish Lower, Weighed Down By Oil Slump

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Wallace Witkowski and William Watts, MarketWatch Energy shares hit as crude slides; ISM weaker than forecast U.S. stocks finished lower Monday following weak economic data and a further slump in crude-oil prices, but managed to pare early losses. Stocks ...

U.S. Construction Spending-Historical-Aug 3 -2-

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

Jun 05 1,087.4 0.9 10.8: 850.5 0.9 12.1: 218.4 0.4 6.6: 236.9 1.2 6.3 May 05 1,077.5 2.0 10.6: 843.3 1.9 11.6: 217.5 2.6 8.9: 234.2 2.5 7.0 Apr 05 1,056.5 -0.8 9.0: 827.9 -1.1 10.8: 212.0 0.8 4.7: 228.5 ...

Tenet Healthcare's Loss Widens

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

Tenet Healthcare Corp. said its second-quarter loss widened as the hospital operator was hit by $136 million in write-downs, restructuring charges, acquisition-related costs and other one-time items. However, excluding such items, per-share earnings beat expectations, while revenue topped Wall Street ...

Canada's Leader Triggers Start of Election Campaign

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

OTTAWA?Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper ordered the country's Parliament to be dissolved, kicking off an extended election campaign in which the Conservative leader will vie for a fourth term amid a deteriorating economy. The move, announced Sunday, doesn't alter the ...

Shire Gains New Pinkeye Treatment With Deal For Eye-Drug Firm

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 8/3/15) By Jonathan D. Rockoff Shire PLC has agreed to buy a privately held eye-drug company for $300 million in a deal that would add another promising ophthalmology treatment to a new line of business. ...

Sydney House Prices Gain by Fastest in Over a Decade

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By James Glynn SYDNEY--Sydney house prices grew at their fastest annual pace in nearly 13 years in July, highlighting the huge task ahead for Australia's bank regulator to rein in the boom that threatens to destabilize the country's already-fragile economy ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks On Pace For Lower Open

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch Tyson, Clorox likely to see active trade on earnings U.S. stocks looked on track to edge lower at the open Monday, as sentiment was hurt by another drop by Chinese stocks, offsetting mostly positive action by ...

Eurozone Survey Shows Collapse in Greek Output

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

Uncertainty over the country's future relationship with the eurozone sent Greek manufacturing into a tailspin in July, but that had little impact on other parts of the currency area's economy, as Italian factories had their best month in more than ...

Brokerage China Merchants Securities Seeks Hong Kong IPO

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

HONG KONG?China Merchants Securities Co. plans to submit an application to Hong Kong's stock exchange seeking approval for a multibillion-dollar Hong Kong initial public offering in the coming weeks, two people with direct knowledge of the deal said. The Shanghai-listed ...

Swiss Manufacturing Output Declines In July

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Neil MacLucas ZURICH--Switzerland's manufacturing output fell in July, suggesting companies are still battling to cope with the strong franc and that weaker demand for Swiss industrial goods is likely to persist for some time. The Swiss Purchasing Managers' Index ...

LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Starts Week With Modest Gains

TODAY: Aug. 4, 2015 PUB DATE: Aug. 3, 2015

By Carla Mozee, MarketWatch HSBC rises on Brazil deal U.K. stocks were making modest gains Monday, ahead of the release of monthly manufacturing data. The FTSE 100 rose 0.1% to 6,701.92, but the increase was limited by losses in mining ...