U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Wednesday, even after records of the Federal Reserve's January meeting showed policymakers discussed the slowing or stopping of Fed bond purchases that are aimed at reducing unemployment.
Commodities tumbled on Wednesday as investors worried about global supply and demand issues amid an uneven economic recovery.
Gold fell below $1,600 an ounce to a seven-month low, as rumors of a troubled hedge fund forced to liquidate positions triggered a sell-off of commodities.
With the White House and the Speaker's Office publicly throwing barbs at each other, Wall Street increasingly believes the federal budget cuts known as the sequester are likely to take effect March 1.
Gold is flashing the "death cross" but the bearish chart pattern is not the only thing scaring investors.
Most of the conditions needed for a retreat are in place: Overbought stocks, a protracted period of low volatility and the presence of multiple downside catalysts.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday following varied earning reports. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index moved in-and-out of the red in a choppy day of trading.
U.S. stock index futures briefly dipped Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected housing starts report, but rebounded into positive territory ahead of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting and a day after all three major averages closed at fresh multi-year highs,
At the end of the day, the doves rule the roost at the Fed, but expect to hear more hawkishness in Wednesday's release of the Fed meeting minutes.
Gas prices aren't likely to continue their upward trajectory, Dennis Gartman says.
The yen rose Tuesday as disagreement between Japanese officials raised doubts over how aggressively Japan will ease its monetary policy.
Stocks finished modestly higher across the board Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing at their best levels since October 2007, lifted by optimism for more M&A deals and after positive economic data from Europe.
U.S. government debt prices fell on Tuesday as gains in the stock market reduced the appeal of safer but low-yielding bonds, but worries over the possible federal spending cuts and outcome of the upcoming Italian election limited bond losses.
Gold reversed earlier gains on Tuesday, as physical buying from Asia that drove a recovery from six-month lows eventually gave way to selling.
Oil prices rose as traders grew bullish amid a rally in U.S. stock markets, even as U.S. pipeline bottlenecks and European economic concerns threatened to weigh on oil markets.
While going long the stock market has been a great trade so far, betting that the bond market would suffer as a result could be the worst.
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CNBC's Jim Cramer sees an important divergence between high end retailers and the rest of the sector.
European shares rallied on Tuesday, with stronger than expected German sentiment data prompting investors to return to economically sensitive sectors like autos and technology.
If we accept that the renmimbi is on its way, banks should set up an ability to trade and settle the currency itself, as well as handle bonds and equity denominated in it, writes Moorad Choudhry.