Trying to communicate w/ animal spirits in the government bond market for @business. If you're one of them (or even if not):

Treasuries Rise First Week This Month on Dovish Yellen Comments — (Bloomberg) -- Treasuries headed for the first weekly gain since January after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said this week she won't lock policy makers into a timetable for raising interest rates. U.S. government securities gained Friday even after a report showed the U.S.

New Rules Poised to Reshape Analyst Research Sector — Wall Street research analysts who make a living valuing companies and sending trading ideas to investment managers have a new challenge: proving their own worth. For decades, analysts' research has been financed by the commissions that clients pay each time they buy or sell shares via a bank.

Analysts Blow Calls on Oil — In late November, as collapsing oil prices pummeled energy-company shares, a Raymond James & Associates analyst told investors that energy stocks were still a good bet. With a barrel of crude having dropped nearly 30% since June, Pavel Molchanov reasoned, the worst of the selloff was likely history.

One Company’s Perk Is Another’s Slap — States and municipalities have long used financial incentives to lure new businesses. But when taxpayer-funded incentives benefit a new rival, existing local businesses can get angry. Consider the resentment stirred up in Richmond, Va. The city on the banks of the James River, with a population of about 200,000, has a burgeoning local dining and beer-brewing scene, touted as a draw for tourists.

U.S. Stock Futures Rise on Hopes in Tech Sector — U.S. stock futures rose Wednesday, with technology shares rebounding from steep losses after a strong quarterly report from Apple Inc. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 36 points, or 0.2%, to 17414. S&P 500 futures gained eight points, or 0.4%, to 2038, and Nasdaq-100 futures jumped 44 points, or 1.1%, to 4222.

U.S. Stocks Rally in Choppy Trade — U.S. stock futures rose Thursday, ahead of a decision from the European Central Bank that is expected to bring fresh stimulus in the form of a bond-buying program. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 42 points, or 0.2%, to 17533. S&P 500 futures rose four points, or 0.2%, to 2031 and Nasdaq-100 futures gained two points, or 0.1%, to 4185.

BTIG Strategist’s Corporate-Profit Forecast Gets Burned By Falling Oil — The falling price of oil has forced yet another Wall Street strategist to lower his estimate for corporate profits this year. Dan Greenhaus, BTIG's chief global strategist, today cut his forecast for earnings-per-share from S&P 500 companies by $3, to $123. He cites the near-60% slide in oil prices and a soaring greenback.

Oil Drop to Cause ‘Lost Year of EPS Growth,’ BAML Says — Falling oil prices will hurt, not help, corporate profits this year, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The bank's strategists cut their forecasts for S&P 500's earnings growth in a note Tuesday, citing the monthslong dive in oil prices and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

U.S. Stocks Edge Up — U.S. stock futures rose Tuesday, buoyed by better-than-expected quarterly earnings from Alcoa Inc. and upbeat Chinese economic data. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures advanced 83 points, or 0.5%, to 17651. S&P 500 futures gained nine points, or 0.4%, to 2031 and Nasdaq-100 futures rose 21 points, or 0.5%, to 4187.

Oil to Put Chill on U.S. Earnings Season — As fourth-quarter earnings season gets under way, investors are bracing for the softest U.S. profit growth in years, pinched by collapsing oil prices and a strong dollar. That double whammy, coupled with the highest valuations for stocks since the financial crisis, will test the market's ability to prolong its extended bull run and will likely make for continued bumpy trading in the weeks ahead.
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Feb 27, 2015

Treasury bulls got a break today. v @business (be kind! I'm new.)

Feb 24, 2015

RT @NYRgallery: A detail from the title page of Mark Twain’s copy of Plutarch’s Lives, annotated by Twain

Feb 23, 2015

Some bright new additions to my already-too-large stash of water bottles & tote bags. Excited to get started this wk!

Feb 12, 2015

RT @moorehn: Lovely @daveweigel piece on @carr2n as the fairest arbiter of all journalism kerfuffles, enemy of hypocrisy.…

Feb 12, 2015

RT @katz: David Carr's no-bullshit explanation on why getting into journalism should be hard:

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