Market Extra: Portuguese bonds climb in anticipation of ratings upgrade out of ‘junk’ territory

Market Extra: Portuguese bonds climb in anticipation of ratings upgrade out of ‘junk’ territory

Investors piled into Portuguese debt on Friday on expectation that one of the major ratings agencies would raise its sovereign-debt rating to investment-grade status, and therefore making it eligible for… Read more »

NewsWatch: Here’s what’s in the Republican tax deal

NewsWatch: Here’s what’s in the Republican tax deal

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE A last-minute increase to the child tax credit in the GOP tax bill has persuaded Sen. Marco Rubio to vote for the measure, after the Florida Republican… Read more »

CryptoWatch: TD Ameritrade to open trading on bitcoin futures

CryptoWatch: TD Ameritrade to open trading on bitcoin futures

TD Ameritrade on Friday said it would open trading for the recently launched bitcoin futures contract on Cboe Group Inc., following what it said was “standard protocol” for granting access… Read more »

Earnings Outlook: Micron earnings: Bullish sentiment remains on horizon for memory chips

Earnings Outlook: Micron earnings: Bullish sentiment remains on horizon for memory chips

Micron Technology Inc. is expected to remain a big beneficiary of commodity memory chip pricing, which has surged in the past year, and investors will be focused on supply and… Read more »

Market Extra: Bitcoin futures settle above $18,000; spot prices rise

Market Extra: Bitcoin futures settle above $18,000; spot prices rise

U.S. bitcoin futures rebounded to above $18,000 on Friday, booking a solid 20% gain over the contract’s first week of trading. The spot price for the cryptocurrency BTCUSD, -0.25%  up… Read more »

Market Snapshot: Stock market logs another round of records on tax-cut optimism

Market Snapshot: Stock market logs another round of records on tax-cut optimism

All three main U.S. stock-market benchmarks closed at records on Friday and booked weekly gains, as investor expectations grew for passage of Republican-backed tax-cut legislation. What are stock indexes are… Read more »

ETF Investing: Despite Wall Street records, ETF investors favor foreign funds

ETF Investing: Despite Wall Street records, ETF investors favor foreign funds

Exchange-traded funds saw record-breaking growth in 2017, but despite the dozens of records set by the U.S. stock market—along with a near-total absence of volatility or pullbacks—investors showed more interest… Read more »

The Fed: Fed vice chairman recuses himself on Wells Fargo matters

The Fed: Fed vice chairman recuses himself on Wells Fargo matters

Randal K. Quarles The Federal Reserve’s top official on regulatory matters on Friday voluntarily recused himself from any matters specific to Wells Fargo, the bank embroiled in a number of… Read more »

Market Extra: Under Armour stock soars, triggers new bull market after analyst upgrade

Market Extra: Under Armour stock soars, triggers new bull market after analyst upgrade

Shares of Under Armour Inc. soared Friday, enough to kick off a new bull market, after the athletic-gear company was upgraded at Stifel Nicolaus, which cited signs that gross margins… Read more »

Market Extra: Why betting on risk can be—well—risky business

Market Extra: Why betting on risk can be—well—risky business

When stock-market volatility is already near record lows, valuations high, monetary policy on a tightening path and geopolitical uncertainty present, it is only logical to expect more pullbacks ahead. After… Read more »

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