The three main U.S. stock indexes hit record intraday highs today (SPY +0.6%) with the S&P 500's market capitalization topping $20 trillion for the first time ever, as the "Trump trade" was jump-started on renewed optimism about the economy.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
North and South American markets are mixed today. The Bovespa is up 1.09% while the S&P 500 gains 0.59%. The IPC is off 0.65%.
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(Reuters) - The main U.S. stock indexes hit record intraday highs on Monday, with the S&P 500's market capitalization topping $20 trillion for the first time ever, as the "Trump trade" was jump-started on renewed optimism about the economy.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A measure of U.S. inflation expectations rose for a second straight month in January to its highest level since mid-2015, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York survey released on Monday that reinforced the view that interest rates would keep climbing.
(Reuters) - Botox maker Allergan Plc agreed to pay $2.48 billion in cash for Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc , adding a system that it says helps people slim down by freezing fat away to the company's line-up of aesthetic products.
NEW YORK/NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Boeing Co faces its first union vote on Wednesday at its aircraft factory in South Carolina, a high-profile test for organized labor in the nation's most strongly anti-union state.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp officials will tell a U.S. House panel on Tuesday that automakers need changes to automotive safety rules to allow the deployment of self-driving cars on American roads.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor are expected on Monday to face trial in a case stemming from an investigation into a bitcoin exchange and a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co .
While tensions between President Trump and CNN dying down, a new scandal has erupted for the cable news network after Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, accusing it of spreading fake news, misrepresenting the truth and meddling in issues that are not of its concern.
"CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans. I want CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela," said Maduro during a political statement. Quoted by Fox News, Maduro made the comment after blaming the U.S. network of distorting the facts when reporting on irregularities at a Caracas public high school.
"Some media like CNN tried to manipulate. They cannot manipulate! That is our business, of the Venezuelans," he said.
Last week PanAmPost reported that a student demanded on national television that the president improve the conditions of his school, asking for security, infrastructure and food so his classmates wouldn't faint from hunger anymore. CNN en Español visited the high school and talked with the staff about the student, and whether Maduro had made any improvements since that incident only to discover he had not.
Maduro said the young woman "uncovered a situation that had to be spoken about" adding that ...
The game is afoot: call it the "Mystery of the Teleporting Commuter". Starting in October 2016, the amount of gasoline supplied to the US market started to decline on a year over year basis. This negative trend accelerated in January, leaving both energy analysts and macroeconomic pundits to wonder if the US has entered a stealth recession.
We regularly look at US gasoline production in relation to the Department of Transportation's "Miles Driven" data, and when you add that variable to the mix the mystery starts to clear. Even though gasoline supplied was down 1.6% in October and -0.3% in November, the DOT data (November last month available) shows miles driven up 1.6% and 4.3%, respectively. By this math, imputed fuel efficiency for the US fleet is improving noticeably compared to historical trends that date back to the 1970s - a trend that is worth watching in 2017.
Two weeks after Germany reported a spike in consumer prices, which jumped 1.9% from a year ago, the biggest annual increased since July 2013...
... overnight Germans got another price shock when the Federal Statistics Office reported that Wholesale Prices rose a China-like 0.8% MOM in January, and advancing 4% year-on-year in January, up from the "mere" 2.8 percent increase in December, and the fastest growth since October 2011, when prices gained 4.1%.
The biggest culprit: prices of solid fuels and mineral oils surged 16.4% from a year ago, although many core products also saw a substantial increase.
The surge in German inflation, at both the consumer and wholesale level since the end of last year is fast becoming a political flashpoint in the country, which faces elections in September, as savers remain burdened with near-zero deposit rates. Calls are mounting for the ECB to start talks over winding down its bond-buying program, which is scheduled to run until at least the end of this year. Last week, ECB policy makers have said they would likely not bring up the topic of further tightening or tapering until at least the middle of 2017, which means that regardless of how high prices rise, Germans willhave to bear with it.
At the end of January, the ECB further antagonized German shoppers when Ewald Nowotny, ...
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