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3M hits back at Trump, says ceasing exports of N95 masks will have ‘opposite’ effect, humanitarian consequences

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:04pm
3M Co. responded Friday to criticism from President Donald Trump, saying the request to cease exports of much-needed N95 masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic will not only have the ‘opposite’ effect of what is needed, but also ‘significant humanitarian’ consequences.

A record number of Americans are losing their jobs — but Amazon, Walmart, Ace Hardware and others are hiring to fill 474,000 openings amid coronavirus demand

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:54pm
Jobless claims jumped to 6.6 million last week, but several sectors are ramping up hiring.

Futures Movers: Oil rallies on hopes OPEC+ can achieve output cuts

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:49pm
Oil prices surge again Friday after a report that OPEC+ members will discuss production cuts at a virtual meeting early next week.

In One Chart: Stock-market bottom or ‘very tough times ahead’? Here’s what one chart watcher is keeping his eye on

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:44pm
Investors say there’s no one chart that will signal when the stock-market bottom is in. But technical analyst Chris Kimble is keeping his eye on a commodity index that is testing a very important level of support.

Jonathan Burton's Life Savings: How a World Marathon Day would bring us miles closer to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:42pm
Cities and communities would see economic benefit while hundreds of millions of dollars are raised for charity.

The Margin: HBO is streaming ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ for free during the coronavirus outbreak

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:41pm
HBO and AMC Networks are making hundreds of hours of programming available for free online to help people want to stay at home.

Key Words: I’m not doing this to ‘get the price of oil up’— ‘what I’m trying to do is keep it from crashing into the single digits,’ says Texas oil regulator

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:40pm
Ryan Sitton, the commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission, on CNBC Friday afternoon explained his efforts to help do his part to stabilize crude-oil prices, which have plunged since February.

Commodities Corner: Why a Saudi Arabia-Russia deal to cut oil output would mean nothing without U.S. cooperation

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:33pm
Oil prices posted their largest weekly gain on record Friday, buoyed by expectations that Saudi Arabia and Russia will work together to cut global crude production, but analysts say any agreement to stave off a market surplus would need help from the United States, the world’s largest oil producer.

Vanguard blew away the competition in Q1, fund flow data show

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:30pm
When it comes to ETFs, there are three big players, and then there’s everyone else, but in the first quarter, there was one asset manager to rule them all.

Dispatches from a Pandemic: I went to the grocery store in a balaclava — turns out, de Blasio now says ALL New Yorkers should wear improvised face masks

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:28pm
‘It could be a bandana, something you create yourself,’ Mayor De Blasio said. You know what’s better than a bandana? A balaclava.

The Ratings Game: Time to buy Bank of America stock to get ‘defensive,’ D.A. Davidson says

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 1:06pm
Shares of Bank of America Corp. got a lift Thursday, after analyst David Konrad at D.A. Davidson turned bullish, saying he believed the bank will outperform its peers during the economic weakness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus update: 1 million global cases, 51,485 deaths and U.S. workers file for benefits in record numbers

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 1:04pm
The number of cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 topped 1 million on Thursday as U.S. jobless claims soared to record levels, offering a grim look at how the illness is hurting businesses, individuals and the economy.

In One Chart: The ‘red’ states on this map are putting the rest of the country at risk amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:36pm
While much of America was grounded under stay-at-home orders, several states continued business as usual, in terms of travel. The lack of action on their part could pose big problems:

Outside the Box: This hard truth about the mortgage markets isn’t being told

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:35pm
Real estate industry sees no problem, hears no problem, speaks no problem, writes Keith Jurow.

The Moneyist: ‘Coronavirus has ruined everything. My IRA is a shambles and my husband refuses to work’: Is it too much to ask him to find a job when millions of people are out of work?

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:34pm
‘I see him every day relaxing and taking it easy while I’m working. I’ve suggested jobs with car services and food-delivery services, but to no avail.’

The Tell: He nailed the March coronavirus selloff — now he says there’s another 30% to go before the stock market hits bottom

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:28pm
Hedge-fund manager Dan Niles, in a note cited by Yahoo Finance this week, warned his clients way back in February that he was getting “increasingly worried” investors weren’t ready for the impact the spread of the coronavirus could have on the U.S. economy. He’s not any more optimistic now then he was back then.

Their Stories: Curator and art critic Maurice Berger kept race at the forefront of American consciousness

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:22pm
The author of many books and essays died of heart failure on March 22 after exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus.

The Tell: Fitch sees ‘deep global recession’ just 10 days after predicting slow economic growth

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:17pm
In a chilling reminder of how fast the novel coronavirus has spread around the world, Fitch Ratings changed its 2020 view on the global economy to “deep global recession” from slow growth in just 10 days.

Outside the Box: What to know about how the coronavirus crisis will impact your money market fund

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:15pm
Government intervention should be enough to keep your money market fund safe, writes Robert C. Pozen.

Online dating amid coronavirus: Longer conversations and a ‘pivot’ to video dates

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:59pm
As COVID-19 has spread across the globe, online daters are having longer conversations and adopting an option that has previously not been popular: video dates.