Ethereum could ‘take over everything’, and there won’t be a multi-chain future, says EY’s blockchain leader

Ethereum could ‘take over everything’, and there won’t be a multi-chain future, says EY’s blockchain leader

Hello! Welcome back to Distributed Ledger, our weekly crypto newsletter that reaches your inbox every Thursday. I’m Frances Yue, crypto reporter at MarketWatch, and I’ll walk you through the latest and greatest in digital assets this week so far. Find me on Twitter at @FrancesYue_ to send feedback, or tell us what you think we … Read more

Crypto in 2022: is there any hope of a comeback?

Crypto in 2022: is there any hope of a comeback?

The crypto market is in mayhem this year, consistent with other risk assets, as investors are concerned about soaring inflationsigns of a softening economy and the Federal Reserve’s tightening of its monetary policy. BitcoinBTCUSD, -0.01% is down more than 55% from its all-time high in November and continues to trade in consolidation, while ether ETHUSD, … Read more

Elon Musk called ESG a scam — did the Tesla chief do investors a favor?

Elon Musk called ESG a scam — did the Tesla chief do investors a favor?

Investing usually uses a combination of head, heart and gut even if it’s not supposed to. And perhaps no market theme stirs “all the feels” quite like ESG. This week, a major move to cut Tesla from a closely followed environmental, social and governance (ESG) index brought anger and relief in nearly equal measure. Defiance … Read more

Nvidia’s data-center sales likely to eclipse gaming — that might not be a good thing

Nvidia’s data-center sales likely to eclipse gaming — that might not be a good thing

Nvidia Corp.’s data-center sales are expected to edge out its gaming sales in fiscal first-quarter results, as demand from server farms remains high and gaming interest has subsided from rabid levels earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic. Nvidia NVDA, -2.51% is scheduled to report financial results after the closing bell on Wednesday. Analysts surveyed by FactSet … Read more

The technician who called the 2020 market bottom says a ‘shocking rally’ is in store

The technician who called the 2020 market bottom says a ‘shocking rally’ is in store

It’s been a terrible week in an awful year for the stock market. Walmart WMT, -2.74%, Target TGT, -5.06%, and Tencent 700, +3.53% each reported disappointing results to add fuel to the worries about interest-rate hikes and quantitative tightening. Goal, Melvin Capital asidethere haven’t been signs of surrender. Over the last six weeks, equity redemptions … Read more

Selloff puts Dow, S&P 500 on cusp of bear market. History says more pain may lie ahead.

Selloff puts Dow, S&P 500 on cusp of bear market.  History says more pain may lie ahead.

History shows that when the S&P 500 enters a bear market, it tends to stay awhile. Back-to-back drops left the large-cap SPX benchmark, -0.58% down 18.7% from its Jan. 3 record finish on Thursday, closing at 3,900.97. A fall of 20% from a recent peak is the traditional definition of a bear market. That would … Read more

‘Nowhere to hide?’ Why stagflation fears put stocks on verge of a bear market

‘Nowhere to hide?’  Why stagflation fears put stocks on verge of a bear market

It will take more than Friday’s big bounce to put to rest the fear of a bear market in stocks as uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s ability to get a grip on inflation without sinking the economy stokes fears of stagflation — a pernicious combination of slow economic growth and persistent inflation. Stagflation is “an … Read more

‘It’s pure panic’: Florida parents of twins spent more than 4 hours driving to find baby formula

‘It’s pure panic’: Florida parents of twins spent more than 4 hours driving to find baby formula

When Erik and Kelly Schmidt, both 35, went into a Central Florida Target store this week to buy their usual baby formula, Up & Up Gentle, for their five-month-old twins, they found an empty shelf. The pair then embarked on a half-day journey in search of formula, any formula, and their quest didn’t end there. … Read more

4 economists and real estate pros on what to expect from home prices

4 economists and real estate pros on what to expect from home prices

What will home prices do this season, and into 2023? Getty Images Home prices have been on a rapid rise: Depending on which gauge you look at, US home prices have been rising at a pace of 15% to 20% a year. But pros say that rapid ascent is likely to slow through the next … Read more

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

A rough 4 months for stocks: S&P 500 books the worst start to a year since 1939. Here’s what pros say you should do now.

To say that it has been a perilous stretch for bullish stock investors on Wall Street lately is a bit of an understatement. Marked by stomach-churning volatility and bruising losses in once-popular technology trades, the S&P500 booked its worst start to a year, through the first four months of 2022, in over 80 years, with … Read more