Nasdaq boosted by Tesla, rate hike worries linger

Tesla gains on plans to raise production Major indexes set for third straight quarterly decline Nike slumps on margin warning, drags athletic gear makers Dow down 0.36%, S&P flat, Nasdaq up 0.32% Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Nasdaq index rose on Friday as Tesla gained on its plans to sharply increase production, even though resilient … Read more

US consumer spending rebounds, but high inflation eroding demand

Consumer spending increases 0.4% in August Personal income rises 0.3%; saving rate steady at 3.5% Core PCE price index jumps 0.6%; up 4.9% year-on-year WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – US consumer spending increased more than expected in August, but aggressive interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve as it battles stubbornly high inflation are slowing … Read more

Challenging ‘orthodoxy,’ Kwarteng clings on after UK market route

Weeks into job, UK finance minister under fire over tax cuts Truss stands by key ally but some question his future Kwarteng fired key official, went without fiscal forecasts LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – As new British finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng hoped to take down finance ministry groupthink that he and new Prime Minister Liz … Read more

Pakistan finance minister known for propping up rupee in earlier stints

ISLAMABAD, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Ishaq Dar, Pakistan’s new finance minister, has strongly favored intervention in currency markets in three previous stints in the job, but faces a nation in economic crisis this time and the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF ) programme. Dar, a seasoned politician and chartered accountant, was sworn in … Read more

Door slams on Fed ‘put’ as market pain takes back seat to inflation fight

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – In the month since Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell laid down a hard line on inflation, stocks have suffered double-digit losses, chasms have opened in global currency markets, and yields on the safest US government debt have surged to their highest levels since the dark days of the financial crisis … Read more

IMF and Moody’s censor UK policy that sparked market turmoil

IMF does ‘not recommend’ policies like UK growth plan Moody’s: economic plan is ‘growth negative’ Pound trading down 0.5% to $1.0681 Bond strategists warn market almost untradeable LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and ratings agency Moody’s ramped up pressure on Britain to reverse a new economic strategy that was roiling financial … Read more

Morning Bid: Eye of the storm

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register A look at the day ahead in US and global markets from Mike Dolan. As Hurricane Ian raged and set its sights on Cuba and Florida, a global financial storm in bond and currency markets calmed moderately – though likely only temporarily. Ian strengthened into a … Read more

Reversing UK confidence crash requires policy U-turn: economists

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Rock-bottom investor confidence in Britain will only recover if finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng scraps the economic plan that unleashed such turmoil in financial markets, leading economists, investors and banks warned on Tuesday. The pound touched an all-time low of $1.0327 on Monday and British government bonds sold off at a … Read more

Fed officials stare down market volatility, say inflation remains paramount focus

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – US Federal Reserve officials on Monday sloughed off rising volatility in global markets, from slumping US stocks to currency turbulence abroad, and said their priority remained controlling domestic inflation. Asked at a Washington Post event whether he felt US investors had … Read more

Sterling sinks to new low as ‘mini budget’ shatters investor faith in UK markets

Pound briefly touched a record low against dollar Gilts continue to collapse LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The pound plunged to a record low against the dollar early on Monday and British bond prices collapsed as fears mounted over the new government’s fiscal plan, unleashing calls for an emergency Bank of England rate hike to … Read more