Corporate debt recently passed the $1 trillion mark in a continuing sign of global financial displacement.Marketsread more
"Federal debt, which is already high by historical standards, is on an unsustainable course," CBO director Phillip Swagel said in the report.Politicsread more
Target CEO Brian Cornell still thinks the U.S. consumer is strong and spending. Target's latest quarterly results showed the big-box retailer is benefiting from that.Retailread more
"If you look at the market over the past week, stocks don't need any help. They are roaring ahead, without the Fed doing anything," says the longtime market strategist.Marketsread more
Stocks rose on Wednesday as strong quarterly results from retailers such as Target and Lowe's lifted investor sentiment.US Marketsread more
President Trump insists the economy is healthy and says the only thing holding U.S. growth back is the Federal Reserve.Marketsread more
Trading volumes this week are well below recent averages, and that means this comeback may be suspect.Marketsread more
These are the stocks posting the largest moves midday.Market Insiderread more
Shares of Tesla slid Wednesday on news of Walmart's lawsuit.Technologyread more
The rule could defy a 2015 Flores Settlement Agreement court order that says families cannot be held in detention for more than 20 days.Politicsread more
A key indicator for the commercial real estate market is showing signs of weakness, and uncertainty in the economy over the trade war and interest rates may be to blame.Real Estateread more
U.S. companies in the S&P 500 bought their own stock at a record pace the 12 months ending in March, new data show, but the buyback tidal wave did little to lift the stock market as the benchmark was actually down about 1 percent during the period.
During the March 2015 to March 2016 period, U.S. companies spent a record $589.4 billion in share repurchases, according to figures released Wednesday by S&P Dow Jones Indices. That eclipsed the previous record of $589.1 billion set during the market peak in 2007.
In the first quarter, share repurchases totaled $161.4 billion, up 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 and the second highest quarterly buyback total ever.
Companies also continued spending on dividends as total shareholder return, which counts buybacks plus dividends, was at a record level for the first quarter and the previous 12 months, according to the firm.
Cash reserves for nonbanks in the benchmark rose 1.6 percent to a record $1.35 trillion. The prior record came at the end of 2014 when S&P 500 industrial members held $1.33 trillion, according to S&P.