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08/14/2019 | 01:15 pm


Stocks Set to Drop as Treasury Yields Flash Warning Sign



U.S. stock futures dropped and Treasurys sent a new recession signal as 10-year yields fell below two-year yields for the first time since 2007, and the 30-year yield touched a record low.




Trade Tension Takes Toll on Economic Growth in Germany, China



Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter and China reported a raft of weak data, sharpening fears over how far the spillover from the global trade dispute is damaging the prospects for growth.




Repo Rates Fuel Concern Over Mounting U.S. Debt



The elevated cost of borrowing cash overnight using Treasurys as collateral highlights the expense of widening budget deficits, even as U.S. 10- and 30-year yields are near record lows.




U.S. Import Prices Rose 0.2% in July



Prices for foreign-made goods imported to the U.S. rose 0.2% in July from June, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a 0.1% decline.




How Five Money Managers Are Playing Swings in the Market



U.S. stocks have been increasingly volatile lately, with the S&P 500 rising or falling by more than 1% almost every day in the past few weeks. Here's how some large money managers are playing the market.




U.S. Retreat on New Tariffs Gives Beijing Breathing Room on Trade Talks



The U.S. move to postpone imposition of tariffs on $156 billion in Chinese goods is being regarded in Beijing as a step toward detente, increasing the likelihood that China sends negotiators to attend scheduled trade talks in September.




Warren Buffett Is a Huge Backer of U.S. Banks



Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holds nearly $100 billion in financial-services stocks, underscoring the size of the billionaire investor's ongoing bet on the future of the U.S. economy.




Argentine Markets Steady, but Political Instability Drives Uncertainty



Some economists said the country is heading for prolonged financial instability amid the growing likelihood that the left-wing Peronist movement will return to power in October elections.




Fannie, Freddie to Consider Alternatives to FICO Scores



Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two mortgage-finance firms that back nearly half of U.S. mortgages, will have to consider credit-score alternatives to Fair Isaac Corp.'s FICO score when determining a mortgage applicant's creditworthiness.






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