The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a municipality for allegedly making misleading financial statements outside of the usual securities filings. The SEC faulted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania , the state’s capital, for misleading statements in the city’s budget report and the mayor’s state-of-the-city address during the 2009-2011 period. At the time, Harrisburg was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and it remains in financial straits today, with a state-appointed receiver overseeing its finances.
During the financial crisis, JP Morgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon was the golden boy of Wall Street.
Occidental Petroleum chairman Ray Irani lost his job Friday after 76% of shareholders opposed his reelection, the latest high-profile executive to be shown the doors.
By Michael Santoli The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped above 15,000 for the first time in its long history Friday morning on the strength of a thousand fears going unrealized. The employment report for April — showing a greater-than-forecast 165,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate slipping down to 7.5% — was just the latest bit of economic news that looked merely OK but was good enough to allay widespread anxiety that the U.S.
Employers added 165,000 to payrolls in April, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.5% from 7.6% -- the lowest rate since December 2008. Economists had expected the rate would remain unchanged from March and payrolls would grow by 145,000
As was widely expected, the European Central Bank cut interest rates for the first time in close to a year from 0.75% to 0.50%. The rate cut was driven by an economy in recession, with unemployment hitting a record high in April and inflation dropping the most in more than four years
Housing data out this week continues to support the case that a recovery is in the making. Home prices jumped 8.6% and 9.3% since February 2012, according to the latest reading of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index for its 10- and 20-city composites. Those are the biggest gains since 2006
Many market strategists credit the Federal Reserve with the rally that has pushed the Dow and the S&P 500 to record highs.
The Federal Reserve begins its two-day policy-making meeting today and not much news is expected, as has been the case ahead of many of the most recent meetings.
It was one week ago this Tuesday that a hacked AP account tweeted, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured” to its 1.9 million followers. Moments later, the @AP twitter handle released a statement saying they had been hacked and that President Obama was fine, but the markets had already reacted. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 150 points and lost $136 billion in value before rebounding.