SoftBank Loses $ 26 Billion on Tech Investments Amid Selloff

TOKYO— SoftBank Group Corp. 9984 -8.03% on Tuesday reported an enormous $ 26.2 billion loss on its big portfolio of technology companies in the first three months of the year, as the company took a record annual loss for the second time in three years. “The world is in a chaotic situation,” said Chief Executive … Read more

Bitcoin Price Falls Below $ 26,000

Bitcoin plunged and the world’s largest stablecoin, tether, briefly edged down from its $ 1 peg, adding to fears of more turbulence in the cryptocurrency market. Cryptocurrencies have been hit by two forces this week. On the one hand, concerns that inflation will necessitate aggressive central-bank tightening have sapped the desire to hold assets perceived … Read more

Natural-Gas Prices Soar in Europe After Russia Sanctions Energy Companies

Natural-gas prices in Europe shot higher Thursday, a day after Russia unveiled a set of sanctions on energy companies operating on the continent that could further threaten supply. Among the companies sanctioned by Moscow were former subsidiaries of Russian state gas giant Gazprom PJSC in the European Union and the Polish owner of a key … Read more

Ukraine Reduced Russian Gas Flowing to Europe Through Key Pipeline

Ukraine reduced flows of Russian natural gas through its territory to Europe, sending prices higher amid the continent’s still-precarious reliance on Russian fossil fuels. Within hours, though, enough gas was moving through an alternative route that prices fell back down again, ending essentially flat on the day. The continued flow suggested some gas had been … Read more

Stocks Slide to Lowest in 2022 as Rout Continues

The most punishing market selloff in years showed no signs of abating Monday, with US stock indexes sliding to new lows for 2022 and other assets, like oil and bitcoin, tumbling as well. Few believe a recession is imminent. The labor market has continued to add jobs at a rapid clip. Wages are climbing, and … Read more

Market’s 2022 Slide Has Already Changed Investor Behavior

The 2022 pullback in US stocks intensified last week, with stocks on Thursday staging their largest single-day decline since the totality of the pandemic. The plunge came just a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared to clear the way for a stock rally by casting interest-rate increases larger than a half-percentage point as … Read more

Jared Kushner’s New Fund Plans to Invest Saudi Money in Israel

Jared Kushner’s new private-equity fund plans to invest millions of dollars of Saudi Arabia’s money in Israel startups, according to people familiar with the investment plan, in a sign of warming ties between two historic rivals. Affinity Partners, which has raised more than $ 3 billion, including a $ 2 billion commitment from the kingdom’s … Read more

The Most-Hated Solar Company in America

Auxin Solar Inc., a tiny, struggling maker of solar panels, has thrown the entire American renewable-energy industry into chaos. A petition Auxin filed with the Commerce Department accusing Chinese companies of circumventing tariffs spurred a US probe in March that has effectively halted most solar-panel imports, according to utilities and industry groups, delaying solar projects … Read more

Fed, Biden Administration Float New Lending Rules for Lower-Income Areas

WASHINGTON — Top US banking regulators are poised to overhaul how banks lend hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lower-income communities, after scrapping a Trump-era revamp that had divided regulators and industry officials. The latest proposal to modernize rules for the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act is set to be announced Thursday and aims to … Read more

Stocks Slide as Investors Reassess Fed Comments

US stocks fell, with technology stocks leading the way, as investors assessed the implications of Federal Reserve’s most aggressive tightening of monetary policy in more than two decades. The S&P 500 dropped 2.1% in early trading Thursday. The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.2%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 1.6%, or 551 points. … Read more