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  • Muni-Bond Investors Embrace Higher-Risk Issuers

    Investors are flocking to riskier corners of the traditionally safe municipal bond market in a search for yield. They are buying hundreds of millions of dollars of debt issues from unrated and below-investment-grade borrowers such as energy projects and upstart charter schools. It is a shift within a part of the bond market commonly considered almost as safe as Treasurys.

  • Rogue Oil Trader Racks Up Losses -- WSJ

    This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal. Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. (MSBHF) said a subsidiary has lost about $320 million on energy derivatives, after a rogue employee in Singapore entered into secret unauthorized trades and then lost money as crude prices fell. Mitsubishi (MSBHF) said on Friday it had quickly closed the positions, which it uncovered in August when the employee...

  • GRAIN HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

    Grain Traders Building Short Position in Corn-- Market Talk. 16:30 ET- Managed money traders are building a short position in corn, while closing out short positions in soybeans, according to the CFTCs' latest commitment of traders data. Managed money opened up 21,295 short contracts in corn, according to the Friday report.

  • LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

    McDonald's Boosts Dividend, Adding to Its Strong Stock Gains-- Barrons.com. McDonald's has added a little extra spice to its strong stock performance with an 8% dividend increase. The company's board declared a quarterly dividend of $1.25 a share, up from $1.16.

  • Hess, General Motors, Amazon: Stocks That Defined the Week

    Energy stocks were among the only gainers Monday after weekend attacks on Saudi oil production facilities. Shares of U.S. energy companies surged, with Hess increasing 11%, Devon Energy (DVN) adding 12% and Occidental Petroleum (OXY) gaining 6%. Energy stocks have been crushed by low commodity prices and investors wary of oversaturated commodity markets.

  • Stocks Close Lower in Final Day of a Bumpy Trading Week

    By Alexander Osipovich and Avantika Chilkoti. Major U.S. stock indexes broke a three-week winning streak, closing with a modest loss after a volatile stretch in the markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a loss of about 1% for the week, which featured turmoil in money markets and dramatic swings in crude prices following an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

  • U.S. Sanctions Iran's Central Bank as Terror-Financier After Saudi Attack

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. blacklisted the central bank of Iran and two other major state financial institutions, President Trump said Friday, severing some of Iran's last remaining ties to world markets in a move meant to punish Tehran for attacks on critical oil supplies in Saudi Arabia last week. The sanctions issued under new counterterrorism powers represent the Trump administration's plan to largely avoid a military response to the attacks. They also are meant to bolster...

  • Stocks Close Lower in Final Day of a Bumpy Trading Week

    By Alexander Osipovich and Avantika Chilkoti. U.S. stocks turned lower Friday after reports that a Chinese trade delegation would be returning home earlier than expected, souring hopes that Washington and Beijing were moving toward a trade deal. The news capped off an eventful week that featured turmoil in money markets and an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that triggered dramatic swings in crude prices.

  • Distressed Debt Trading Overshadows Corporate Bond Market -- Update

    A sharp rally in the bonds of three distressed companies-- McDermott International Inc. (MDR), California Resources Corp. (CRC) and PG&E Corp.-- dominated trading in the corporate bond market Friday. The surge marks a rebound after earlier selloffs in the debt, showing how volatile trading in riskier bonds has become amid investor uncertainty about geopolitics, interest rates and economic growth. McDermott's 10.625% bond due 2024 more than doubled in price today and was the most actively...

  • USDA Weekly By-Product Value Hog Report - Sep 20

    NW_LS446 Des Moines, IA Fri, Sep 20, 2019 USDA Market News WEEKLY USDA BY-PRODUCT DROP VALUE The offal value from a typical slaughter hog for the week ended 9/ 20/ 2019 was estimated at 3.53 per cwt live, down -0.02 when compared to last week. CALCULATIONS FOR BY-PRODUCT VALUE- Lbs Price Change Value Prv/Wk Cheek meat, trimmed 0.28 72.00- 0.20 Chitterlings 1.26 42.00- 0.53 Ears, edible export 0.19 150.00- 0.29 Tongues, grn, bnls, sml bx 0.18 64.00- 0.12 Hearts, slashed, domestic 0.28 58.00- 0.16...

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