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What to watch during Facebook's Q4 earnings report
Capital Markets
Here's what's on our radar as Facebook reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday.  On Wednesday, Facebook will update investors on its latest quarterly earnings. During the company's last report in November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook was clocking over a billion users per day and 1.55 billion monthly active users, the majority of whom access Facebook through smartphones and
China, oil and the S&P 500 – The Connection
Capital Markets
In an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, Alan Blinder asks a question that has puzzled many – why does the U.S stock market seem to drop on bad news from China or when oil prices slide?  As Prof. Blinder rightly observes, exports to China make up less than 1% of U.S GDP.  Furthermore, because the U.S. remains
Buckle up: More volatility ahead
Capital Markets
Last week took investors on a wild roller-coaster ride. Stocks and oil sold off earlier in the week, with the S&P 500 Index plunging dangerously close to the 1800 level and oil falling below $30 a barrel. It was an alarming experience for many investors, with some market pundits arguing that 2016 is going to be another 2008. By mid-week,
Daily Scan: US stocks slump as oil slides
Capital Markets
Updated throughout the day January 25, 2016 4:30 p.m. ET/January 26, 2016 5:30 a.m. HKT Wall Street is under a more than two feet of snow, and the major U.S. indexes seem to be too. Oil continued its decline, again slipping below $30/barrel. The Dow followed, losing 1.3% Monday. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq dropped 1.6%. Earnings reports are happening left
5 simple exercises to fix the damage your desk job does
Capital Markets
It's been said that sitting is the new smoking, but chances are you're not giving up your desk job, so here's how to undo the damage. We go to work hoping our days spent at the office will challenge us professionally, but in reality, living the 9-to-5 (or 6 or 7) desk jockey life can be demanding on the health
Market volatility isn't over, expert warns
Capital Markets
A late-week rally may have tempered tensions, but according to JJ Kinahan, the market volatility is not over. Speaking Friday morning on Benzinga's PreMarket Prep, Kinahan said he was hopeful we could return to more normalized trading in a couple of weeks. "I don't think the volatility has ended," he said. "It usually doesn't end on a dime." Read more at
Weekend Scan: US digs out of the snow; Changes coming to Twitter
Capital Markets
Updated throughout the day January 24, 2016 6:30 p.m. EST/ January 25, 2016 7:30 a.m. HKT Asian markets are ready for a positive week, despite the cold weather rocking major financial markets around the world. The New Zealand share market rose 0.3% in early Monday trading. The U.S. had its first positive week for stocks this year last week, and
Maybe China actually can build railroads and defend the value of the yuan
Capital Markets
According to the official Chinese news agency, China will invest 800 billion yuan ($123 billion) on railways in 2016, especially in the less developed central and western regions. China invested 823.8 billion yuan on railways in 2015, beating the full-year goal of 800 billion yuan, and put 9,531 km of new lines into operation, while the annual target was 8,000
The week ahead: The Fed, the BOJ, and the UK take center stage
Capital Markets
With major Chinese data out of the way, all eyes return to the developed world this week as the Fed and the Bank of Japan let loose their newest policy decisions while Europe fires off a raft of heavy economic reports. The chances of the Fed hiking rates this early in the game is pretty much nil, while the odds
Video: Mario Draghi on the European economy
Mario Draghi’s defiant ECB-speak was in full-form in Davos on Friday as the eminent central banker reiterated that not only does the ECB have enough firepower to a handle a downturn, it’s not afraid to use it when the need arises. While one would say that this is fairly typical of him, as the pseudonymous Macro Man has noted, Draghi