Millions of Americans remain unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, many are struggling to pay their bills, according to reports at CNN. But despite the devastation, American consumerism has staged a rapid comeback. US retail sales rose 1.2% in July from the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Initially, Wall Street wasn't impressed with the data. Stocks fell in morning trading after the number fell short of economists' forecasts.
A prominent Wall Street strategist told CNBC the stock market may see a "wartime boom" next year following the US economy's "depression-like collapse." Jim Paulsen is one of a hand full of economists who have predicted US GDP could rebound strongly in the first quarter next year. Paulson said companies have cut down on costs and increase efficiencies to survive the collapse. "A lot of that boom will fall to the bottom line in a bigger way than people currently expect," Paulsen said.
Business Insider reports that banks' and tech giants' earnings largely impressed Wall Street. Bank of America says discount stores are set to post similarly positive results, according to Bank of America. BoA analysts expect the sector's second-quarter figures to hold strong thanks to rising food sales and improvement in general merchandise revenue. Thanks to momentum in higher-profit categories and successful online operations Walmart, Target, and Dollar Tree are in good positions.
Wall Street ended higher after a choppy session on Tuesday, but they were capped by declines in AIG and Microsoft. As Fred Katayama reports, Disney shares shot higher after its adjusted profit handily beat expectations.
Wall Street analysts on Wednesday weighed in on AMC Theatres' historic agreement with Universal Pictures that will allow the studio's movies to be made available on premium video-on-demand after just 17 days of play in cinemas.
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The Dow jumped 1%, the S&P 500 inched up and the Nasdaq closed lower Monday as investors extended a rotation into value stocks from heavyweight tech-related names while awaiting news on progress in a U.S. fiscal support bill. Fred Katayama reports.
The Nasdaq jumped more than 1% on Friday, powered by strong earnings from some of the largest U.S. companies, but the Dow and S&P finished with smaller gains as uncertainty about the government's next round of coronavirus aid kept economic worries on the radar. Fred Katayama reports.
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished slightly higher on Friday but the Dow closed with a loss as investors kept an eye on record new coronavirus cases in the U.S. Conway G. Gittens wraps up the trading action.
George Ball, now CEO of Sanders Morris Harris, says Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies could soon become sought after as a safe-haven asset. He tells Fred Katayama why he thinks many wealthy investors or traders will consider buying them after Labor Day.
U.S. retail sales in July increased less than expected as consumers cut back on purchases of motor vehicles. As Fred Katayama reports, it could slow further in the months ahead amid spiraling new COVID-19 infections and a reduction in unemployment benefit checks.
The S&P 500 ended slightly lower Thursday after briefly trading above its record closing high level for a second day, and the Dow also fell in the wake of a disappointing forecast from Cisco Systems. Fred Katayama reports.