Markets brace for July sales figures

Aug 12, 2013
Checking in with the summer consumer
Posted In: retail sales, online sales, markets

Slew of economic data gives mixed signals

Aug 5, 2013
A lot of new data point to a steady, but unclear future for the economy.
Posted In: markets, economic indicators

Markets react to fiscal cliff talks

Nov 30, 2012
Markets fell yesterday just moments after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said no substantive progress had been made in the latest fiscal cliff negotiations.
Posted In: markets, fiscal cliff, Hurricane Sandy

25 years after Black Monday, what lessons are learned

Oct 19, 2012
The markets tumbled Friday, but the declines were nothing compared to the Black Monday crash of Oct. 19, 1987. The Dow Jones shed 22 percent -- the equivalent of a 3,000-point drop today.
Posted In: markets, Black Monday, Wall Street, flash crash

Moody's downgrade 'for the banks' own good'

Jun 22, 2012
The credit rating agency Moody's slashed the ratings of 15 of the world's biggest banks, including most of the big guys here in the U.S.
Posted In: markets, banking, downgrades

Markets feeling the ripples from Europe and earthquake

Apr 11, 2012
There were several massive earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia today, triggering tsunami warnings across the Indian Ocean. Those warnings have been cancelled and no serious damage has been reported so far.
Posted In: markets, tsunami, Europe, bonds

A bedside vigil for the S&P 500?

Dec 28, 2011
For a quiet week on the markets, there was still enough going on the global headlines to bring things down.
Posted In: Wall Street, markets, S&P 500 index

The feel good factor

Dec 20, 2011
A surprisingly successful Spanish bond sale and news of an increase in new home construction spurred markets to rally today.
Posted In: spain, markets, bonds

The economy, then and now

Dec 9, 2011
Long-time L.A. Times financial columnist Tom Petruno shares what he has learned about economics and personal finance in his 30-plus years covering the markets.
Posted In: markets

Strong central government in Europe could force spending cuts

Nov 28, 2011
'Germans first and Europeans second' might no longer fly as tensions increase in the European debt crisis.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, markets