Fed Beige Book says contacts report ‘solid’ holiday sales and have ‘modestly favorable’ expectations about 2020


Getty Images People with shopping bags walk down the sidewalk during the Christmas holiday season last month. The outlook: Economic activity continued to expand “modestly” over the last six weeks of 2019, according to the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, released Wednesday. Two districts: Richmond and Dallas, reported growth at above-averageRead More →

The most boring videos on TikTok could save you thousands of dollars, and here’s what you can do to help people who are homeless this holiday season


TGIF, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal Finance Here’s what you can do to help people who are homeless this holiday season (and what NOT to do) A global ‘Sleep Out’ on Saturday will raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness. There’s been a disturbing rise in cellphone injuriesRead More →

Is holiday overeating slowly killing us?


Feeling stuffed and bloated after a blowout Thanksgiving eating marathon? Staring at mounds of desserts and other leftovers in the aftermath? It may be even worse than you think. Health researchers say the binge eating and drinking we do at this time of year may be killing us. And theyRead More →

Shortened holiday trading for U.S. markets on Friday


Getty Images U.S. financial markets will see a shortened trading session Friday, as investors dig into holiday shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers. After closing for Thanksgiving, markets will operate on a shortened schedule on Friday. Both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will close at 1 p.m. Eastern. InRead More →

10 best holiday gifts for Mom under $50


MarketWatch has highlighted these products and services because we think readers will find them useful. We may earn a commission if you buy products through our links, but our recommendations are independent of any compensation that we may receive. Show your mom you care this holiday season — by givingRead More →

Shoppers will opt for slower shipping or in-store pickup during the holiday season to fight climate change


Many consumers will take climate change into account when making their holiday purchases this year, opting for slower shipping options or in-store pickup, which have less environmental impact than expedited shipping, according to data from Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. Accenture ACN, +0.52%   and Coleman Parkes Research surveyed 1,500Read More →

All hopes for AMD now rest on the holiday season


Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is putting all its chips in one basket: The holiday season. AMD reported on-target second-quarter results Tuesday, but also gave a disappointing forecast for the third quarter, as sales of its custom chips for videogame consoles continue to decline. AMD AMD, +1.16%  shares fell more thanRead More →

Asian markets gain in muted holiday trading


TOKYO — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, +0.43%   edged up 0.6% in early trading. South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.22%   rose 0.3% and the Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.08%   gained 0.6%. SomeRead More →