NewsWatch: The last time Wall Street’s ‘fear index’ and stocks traded this closely it didn’t end well

NewsWatch: The last time Wall Street’s ‘fear index’ and stocks traded this closely it didn’t end well
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE U.S. stocks and one popular measure of volatility on Wall Street have been moving in lockstep lately, and some market experts think that is a bad sign. See full story. Trump says ‘off the record’ trade comments made to Bloomberg about Canada were ‘blatantly violated’ President Donald Trump on Thursday via a late-Thursday afternoon tweet acknowledged that... Read More

Market Snapshot: Stocks end mostly higher; S&P 500 and Dow book best August gains since 2014

Market Snapshot: Stocks end mostly higher; S&P 500 and Dow book best August gains since 2014
U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Friday, with the major benchmarks posting strong weekly gains and a strong finish in August. The day’s action comes ahead of a three-day weekend for U.S. investors with equity gauges hovering in record territory. U.S. markets will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. Where are the major benchmarks trading? The Dow Jones Industrial Average... Read More

This timeline charts Elon Musk’s dramatic rise to internet fame (or descent into internet infamy)

This timeline charts Elon Musk’s dramatic rise to internet fame (or descent into internet infamy)
Since his early days as a billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk has excelled at living large in the public imagination — espousing big ideas for tackling big problems, and unafraid to engage with his fans and detractors alike in the public sphere, especially on social media. But the events of 2018 have catapulted him into a new realm of stardom —... Read More

Trump Today: Trump Today: President tells Congress he’s moving ahead with Mexico trade deal, leaves door open for Canada

Trump Today: Trump Today: President tells Congress he’s moving ahead with Mexico trade deal, leaves door open for Canada
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, en route to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday. President Donald Trump on Friday told Congress he intends to sign a trade agreement with Mexico, but left the door open for Canada to join, after talks between U.S. and Canadian officials wound down for the... Read More

Outside the Box: Investing markets are on high alert over Italy’s budget and debt load

Outside the Box: Investing markets are on high alert over Italy’s budget and debt load
Italy on Thursday sold 7.75 billion euros ($9.03 billion) of debt at the highest yield since 2013, reflecting increased investor concern over the country’s finances. Other indicators point to heightened alert in financial markets. Take the spread of the Italian 10-year bond over the German counterpart — a measure of perceived risk — which had widened to 285 basis points... Read More

The Margin: This company turned its earnings call into a skit that involved ‘port-a-potties’

The Margin: This company turned its earnings call into a skit that involved ‘port-a-potties’
Zuora Chief Executive Tien Tzuo has at least one thing in common with Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk: the opinion that earnings conference calls can be “boring” and “dry.” So Zuora ZUO, -18.91%  opted to try something different this quarter, holding a “dialogue” instead of the traditional recitation of prepared statements. The basic format was “interviews” between the CEO and CFO... Read More

Elon Musk is more famous than ever, and maybe more dangerous

Elon Musk is more famous than ever, and maybe more dangerous
Elon Musk has become the most talkative and talked-about CEO on the internet. It’s made him more famous — and dangerous, to himself and to Tesla. TSLA, -0.49% His active, sometimes frenzied, social-media commentary is unlike that of his fellow corporate titans, particularly his willingness to engage with fans and detractors alike. While his engagement with the public helped cultivate... Read More

Project Syndicate: Joseph Stiglitz debunks the myth of secular stagnation

Project Syndicate: Joseph Stiglitz debunks the myth of secular stagnation
NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) — In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, some economists argued that the United States, and perhaps the global economy, was suffering from “secular stagnation,” an idea first conceived in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Economies had always recovered from downturns. But the Great Depression had lasted an unprecedented length of time. Many believed... Read More