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Global Economy Week Ahead: Fed Policy Statement, GDP Estimate and Other Data

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:56:08 EDT

In the week ahead, the Federal Reserve releases its policy statement, while the U.S. Commerce Department releases gross-domestic product revisions, personal-income and durable-goods data.


Trade Tensions Spell Trouble for Eurozone Economy

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:57:28 EDT

The eurozone’s economy continued its slow-motion slowdown in September, as exports suffered from a drop off in global demand and uncertainty about future trade relations between the U.S. and other countries.


Your Browser Is the Most Important App You Have---Make Sure You Use the Right One

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:19:05 EDT

New web browsers present the perfect reason to test what a modern browser can do and even consider making a change.


Comcast's Next Test on Sky: Convincing Investors

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:37:43 EDT

Having secured control of European pay-TV giant Sky PLC, Comcast now must persuade investors that it didn’t overpay and that the deal will accelerate its growth.


Policy Makers Rethink a 2% Inflation Target

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:25:04 EDT

That number has long been the Holy Grail for central banks. The big debate now: What’s a better target?


Oil Producers Debate Best Way to Contain Crude Prices

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:05:55 EDT

OPEC producers largely agree that oil prices above $80 a barrel would be too high. But there is widespread disagreement on how the cartel and its allies should contain crude prices once U.S. sanctions banning Iranian oil sales take effect in November.


Wall Street's Marijuana Madness: 'It's Like the Internet in 1997'

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:00:03 EDT

Entrepreneurs and investors are rushing headlong into the nascent legal marijuana industry, fueling a stock craze reminiscent of the late 1990s dot-com bubble and the recent bitcoin mania.


Vox Media On Pace to Miss Revenue Target as Digital Advertising Disappoints

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:17:22 EDT

Digital publisher Vox Media is expected to miss its revenue goal for this year by more than 15%, adding to the list of new-media companies struggling to live up to lofty growth expectations.


Venmo Looks to New Leader to Overcome 'Growing Pains'

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:00:08 EDT

PayPal Holdings is replacing the executive in charge of its popular Venmo service for the second time in two years, putting its leadership in flux at a time when the company is looking to transform it into a moneymaker.


While Trump Grumbles About Fed, His Picks Exude Pragmatism

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:28:22 EDT

President Trump’s pique over the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate increases this summer stoked fears about a looming blowup between the White House and the central bank. But his nominees to the Fed’s board show his administration isn’t spoiling for a fight.


Used-Car Sales Boom as New Cars Get Too Pricey for Many

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:59:54 EDT

Rising new-car prices are pushing more buyers to the used-car lot, where they are finding a growing selection of low-mileage vehicles that are only a few years old.


WPP Considers Merger of Young & Rubicam and Digital Ad Firm VML

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:40:44 EDT

WPP’s Chief Executive Mark Read is preparing to consolidate some of the advertising giant’s major properties, as traditional agencies struggle to keep pace with the industry’s digital shift.


Porsche Drops Diesel Engines in Wake of Emissions Scandal

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:44:42 EDT

German luxury car maker Porsche will no longer offer diesel versions of its cars, the Volkswagen unit said, becoming the first German auto maker to drop the engines in the wake of the emissions-cheating scandal.


Turkey's Economic Woes Raise Tensions in Egypt

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:04:23 EDT

Turkey’s economic crisis has heightened concerns in Egypt about whether the Arab world’s largest country is positioned to withstand falling confidence in emerging markets world-wide.


Struggling U.S. Farmers Have a New Worry: A Resurgent Russia

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:26:55 EDT

Russian wheat exports are booming despite a crushing price slump, as the country’s farmers finally emerge from decades of neglect. They’re positioned to extend their gains at the expense of American outfits, who are threatened by tariffs.


Low Unemployment, Slow Wage Growth Bring Renewed Labor Strife

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:03:32 EDT

The humming economy is bringing more labor strife. In recent weeks, unionized hotel housekeepers in Chicago, distillery workers in Kentucky and crane operators in Seattle have all walked off the job to pressure employers for better pay and benefits.


Companies Buy Earnings Gains by Buying Back Stock

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 20:58:29 EDT

Companies’ record stock repurchases this year are causing profits to appear stronger and fueling the stock market’s record run.


Dell to Interview Banks for IPO in Lieu of Tracking-Stock Acquisition

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:16:37 EDT

Dell Technologies Inc. is exploring the possibility of launching a traditional IPO instead of going public through a proposed acquisition that has met resistance from several investors.