Experts believe a wider spat with Europe would be much more damaging than the current tit-for-tat with China.Traderead more
After the Fed released minutes of its last meeting, the bond market signaled it fears the Fed will not be aggressive enough with its rate cutting.Market Insiderread more
The Fed minutes also note that "a couple" members wanted a 50 basis point cut, based primarily on the weak inflation readings.The Fedread more
Markets pay particular attention to Italy's spending, given its public debt pile. This stands at above 130% of its growth rate, one of the highest in the world.Politicsread more
Flight bookings to Hong Kong have fallen 10%, hit by the unrest in the city, said Alan Joyce, the chief executive of Australian carrier Qantas Airways.Airlinesread more
South Korea will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying dispute over history and trade, South Korea's presidential office said on Thursday.Asia Politicsread more
Analysts generally doubt how effective the People Bank of China's latest interest rate announcement will be in significantly helping businesses grow.China Economyread more
These in-demand skills can command top pay packets, says Feon Ang of professional networking site LinkedIn.Get Aheadread more
Japanese manufacturing activity shrank for a fourth straight month in August as export orders fell at a sharper pace.Asia Marketsread more
The Washington governor had centered his campaign around climate change, calling it "the most urgent challenge of our time."Politicsread more
The inversion is seen by many veteran traders as an important recession omen, though the timing on the eventual downturn is less predictable.Bondsread more
Check out the companies making headlines midday Wednesday:
Mattel — Toy maker Mattel's stock jumped 5.3% on news that the company rejected a second merger offer from Bratz doll maker MGA Entertainment. MGA CEO Isaac Larian revealed the attempted merger in emails he shared with Reuters, which showed he demanded to become Mattel's chairman and CEO and that all of Mattel's board members resign "without any further compensation."
Beyond Meat — The plant-based meat products maker jumped 12.6% after the company announced that its breakfast sandwiches are now available at almost 4,000 Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada. Beyond Meat did not include the Canadian coffee chain in its revenue forecast as it was still in testing stages.
Lam Research — Lam Research, which specializes in semiconductor processing equipment, dropped more than 5% after an analyst at Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to in line from outperform, citing a slower-than-expected recovery within the chipmaker space. The analyst also downgraded and cut price targets on other semiconductor stocks, including Western Digital and Micron Technology.
Dave & Buster's Entertainment — Shares of Dave & Buster's plunged more than 22% on a disappointing quarterly report. The restaurant and entertainment company reported earnings of $1.13 per share on $364 million in revenue, both missing consensus estimates from Refinitiv. The company also lowered its full-year revenue guidance.
Chico's FAS — The retailer's stock fell 3.8% on the back of a bigger-than-expected drop in quarterly same-stores sales. Chico's reported same-store sales dropped 7% in the previous quarter, while analysts polled by Refinitv expected a slide of 6.6%. The weak sales offset stronger-than-forecast earnings.
CrowdStrike Holdings — Shares of CrowdStrike Holdings, a company that provides cloud-based security, skyrocketed more than 70% in their first day of trading. The company's IPO was priced at $34 per share. CrowdStrike shares traded around $67 a share midday.
Cisco Systems —Cisco shares fell 2.2% after an analyst at William Blair downgraded the stock from to market perform from outperfom. The analyst cited "tightening demand across the IT infrastructure universe" and increased competition, among other factors, for the downgrade.
Farfetch — Shares of the online luxury retail platform climbed 0.4% after KeyBanc initiated them with an overweight rating, citing a potential for a "secular tailwind" for the company as luxury goods gain a bigger online presence.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries — Teva shares dropped more than 4% after a judge rejected its $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma to end an opioids-related case. The news raised concern that Teva's liability in the case could be bigger than the settlement.