Compulsive used-book buyer. Trying to communicate w/ animal spirits in US markets & the opinionators who watch them (analysts, etc.) alexandra.scaggs@wsj.com

Stocks Extend Losses Along With Oil Prices

Finra Fines 10 Banks Over Their Pursuit of an IPO''s Business -- 4th Update

nasdaq.com — By Telis Demos And Alexandra Scaggs Ten Wall Street banks were fined Thursday over how they hustled for business on an initial public offering, in a settlement that could reshape the role of banks' stock analysts in pitches for IPO work.

Goldman Unveils Backup Stock-Market Forecast If Rates Stay This Low

blogs.wsj.com — Wall Street strategists were caught off-guard by this year's low interest rates. So for next year, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s David Kostin has a contingency plan. Mr. Kostin, the bank's U.S. stock-market strategist, has introduced an alternate forecast for the S&P 500 in 2015, in case interest rates remain lower than expected.

REITs to Depart the Financial Sector

online.barrons.com — Real estate investment trusts are leaving the financial sector in 2016. And they will be taking a chunk of the sector's dividend yield with them. In order to qualify as a REIT, a company must earn at least 75% of its income from real estate properties through rents or interest paid on mortgages.

U.S. Stocks Trade Lower

online.wsj.com — U.S. stock futures inched higher Thursday as the European Central Bank left interest rates on hold at record lows. The euro held near a two-year low against the dollar and the Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.2% in the wake of the ECB decision, which was widely expected.

Apple plunge catches market off-guard

theaustralian.com.au — Before the cookie settings change will take effect, Safari must restart. To restart Safari press and hold the Home button (for around five seconds) until the iPhone/iPad display goes blank and the home screen appears.

U.S. Stocks Trade Higher

online.wsj.com — U.S. stock futures rose Tuesday, pointing to a rebound for the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 from their largest one-day declines since late October. The moves were in line with stock-market gains in Europe and Asia. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 47 points, or 0.3%, to 17802.

Apple Crash Catches Wall Street Off-Guard

blogs.wsj.com — Wall Streeters are scratching their heads over a brief crash in shares of Apple Inc. earlier Monday. The stock briefly dove as much as 6.4% to $111.27 in the first 30 minutes of trading Monday. Trading volume was heavy during the decline, as 6.2 million shares of the stock were traded between 9:49:59 a.m.

Food Companies Are Serving Up Higher Dividends

online.barrons.com — While consumers sprinted to nab retailers' Black Friday deals, yield-hungry investors piled into the shares of staid consumer-staples companies. The sector was the best performer Friday. Consumer-staples companies sell food, beverages, and other items seen as essentials. They are expected to provide stable earnings growth, as they aren't subject...

Citigroup fined $15 million over equity research

efinancialnews.com — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority fined Citigroup $15 million for failing to prevent its equity-research staff from breaches including the sharing of ideas at meetings in conflict with the firm's published research.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @LauricellaTom: Yellen's presser - everything you need to know without actually having to listen to it - live blog right here: on.wsj.com/1BZIo9i

Dec 16, 2014

RT @WSJmarkets: U.S. stocks end a volatile day lower; DJIA Falls 111.97 to 17068.87. on.wsj.com/1DG8YJ4 via @WSJ

Dec 16, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Recalling that Greenspan thought his tenure at the Fed was “The Age of Turbulence"

Dec 12, 2014

RT @minzengwsj: US bond yields fell even as US was downgraded in 2011. Today, France's rating was cut but French 10-year yield hit record low. c'est la vie.

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