London Markets: EasyJet, BHP Billiton propel FTSE 100 higher ahead of inflation data

London Markets: EasyJet, BHP Billiton propel FTSE 100 higher ahead of inflation data

U.K. stocks rose for a second straight day on Wednesday, lifted by strong gains for mining giant BHP Billiton and EasyJet after those companies issued well-received corporate updates. Later in the morning, attention turns to the release of June inflation data for the U.K., which could further strengthen the case for an August interest rate → Read More

Asia Markets: Asian stocks rebound, Japan’s Nikkei continues rally on weak yen

Asia Markets: Asian stocks rebound, Japan’s Nikkei continues rally on weak yen

Getty Images Japanese stocks get a boost from a weaker yen which will help exporters. Stocks in Asia recovered from their weakness to advance Wednesday while Japan’s Nikkei continued to rally as the yen remained weak against the U.S. dollar. Chinese and Hong Kong shares posted relatively robust gains following recent losses with the Shanghai → Read More

Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: With 20%+ earnings growth baked in, the drama for tech this quarter will be in the forecasts

Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: With 20%+ earnings growth baked in, the drama for tech this quarter will be in the forecasts

As tech companies continue to dominate Wall Street, with four now standing alone with valuations of more than $800 billion, gigantic growth is priced in and expected. All the drama is in the forecasts. As tech companies begin to drop their second-quarter earnings reports, analysts on average expect profit in the tech sector to grow → Read More

MarketWatch First Take: The chip industry’s Old Boys Club may be experiencing its #MeToo moment

MarketWatch First Take: The chip industry’s Old Boys Club may be experiencing its #MeToo moment

The chief executives of three semiconductor companies have stepped down in the span of one month, in what appears to be a #MeToo-inspired and long-overdue reckoning for the male-dominated industry. On Tuesday, Texas Instruments Inc. TXN, +1.08% one of the oldest semiconductor companies in the U.S., said that President and Chief Executive Brian Crutcher resigned → Read More

Earnings Outlook: What will chip makers say about the trade war?

Earnings Outlook: What will chip makers say about the trade war?

Chip-company executives will to have to address an elephant in the room on conference calls this earnings season as the industry grapples with growing trade tensions with one of its largest customers, China. Last week, the White House threatened to slap tariffs on another $200 billion in goods imported from China if the country retaliated → Read More

NewsWatch: Trump Today: President backtracks, now says he accepts Russia meddled in U.S. election

NewsWatch: Trump Today: President backtracks, now says he accepts Russia meddled in U.S. election

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE On the defensive after a European trip that drew criticism from fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted out defenses to his actions. See full story. Caterpillar ‘death cross’ snaps 566-session bullish streak Caterpillar Inc.’s stock chart has produced a ‘death cross’ on Tuesday, to snap the → Read More

The scary reasons you should make your Venmo account private

The scary reasons you should make your Venmo account private

If you haven’t made your Venmo transactions private yet, do it now. The payment app reveals a massive amount of private details about users’ lives by default, a report released Tuesday showed. The project, created by Berlin-based coder and privacy researcher Hang Do Thi Duc, examined 207,984,218 public transactions posted on Venmo in 2017. She → Read More

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