General Electric Co. will finish shrinking its finance business by 2015 after spinning off the North American consumer lending unit, capping Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt’s effort to reduce credit risks.
The pitch was enticing. At a time when the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index had suffered a decline of 41 percent in the previous three years, Morgan Stanley was offering its clients the possibility of some relief.
Institutional investors’ allocations to dollar-denominated bonds have dropped to the lowest level since 2007 as strategists at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. see a shift away from the debt that may fuel higher borrowing costs.
U.S. stocks are in the early stages of a “multi-year bull market,” with the largest companies priced “like Rembrandts laying on the driveway in a tag sale,” according to David Darst , the chief investment strategist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Treasuries rose, pushing 30-year bond yields to a one-week low, as a $16 billion auction of the securities drew above-average demand from an investor class that includes foreign central banks. U.S. benchmark 10-year notes advanced for a second day as the third and final coupon security sale this week found demand with auction yields at almost the highest level in two years. Treasuries briefly pared gains after Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher told Germany’s business paper Handelsblatt in an interview that the Fed should start reducing bond purchases in September if “economic data doesn’t significantly deteriorate.”
U.S. stocks fell, a day after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index failed to hold at an almost four- year high, as sales of previously owned houses missed estimates and data from Europe and China spurred economic concern.
U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posting its biggest three-day slump since July, and oil dropped after American jobless claims unexpectedly rose, adding to evidence the economic recovery is weakening. Cisco Systems Inc. tumbled after forecasting sales that missed analysts’ estimates. The Swiss franc and gold prices advanced.