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recession risks, housing downturn after third rate hike

  The negative impact of interest rate rises on Australian housing prices, household spending and the volume of dwelling investments may hurt consumer confidence and fuel the likelihood of a recession in Australia, analysts and economists say. The Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates for the third time in a row on Tuesday. Joining …

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Hang Seng, Shanghai Composite, Covid, oil

SINGAPORE — Greater China stock indexes led losses as Covid concerns resurge, while Asia-Pacific markets traded lower on Wednesday. Oil futures rose after plunging overnight. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 1.37%, with heavyweights HSBC and CNOOC falling 3.93% and 5.58%, respectively. mainland China markets also declined. The Shanghai Composite shed 1.34%, and the Shenzhen …

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Ben & Jerry’s sues parent company Unilever over sale of Israeli business

A tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, manufactured by Unilever Plc. Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images Ben & Jerry’s is suing parent company Unilever to stop the sale of its Israeli business to a local licensee, a move the consumer products giant said would keep the ice cream products available in Israel …

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Jim Cramer says investors should eye these three tech names in the Nasdaq 100

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Tuesday told investors his three stock picks from the worst- and best-performing stocks in the Nasdaq 100 during the first half of this year. “Tech stocks were horrendous in the first half. … No Apples, no Googles, no semis, no software as services – just default names that show you that …

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Yum Brands says it is close to selling its Russian KFC business

A woman walks near closed KFC and McDonald’s restaurants that suspended their business in Russia due to the military invasion of Ukraine, April 16, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. Konstantin Zavrazhin | Getty Images Yum Brands is close to selling its Russian KFC business as part of its plan to exit the country’s market, the company …

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Bonds flash recession warning light as key part of the yield curve inverts again

The bond market is flashing a warning that the economy may be falling or already has fallen into recession, according to one closely watched measure. Market pros watch the spread on the Treasury yield curve, or the difference between the longer duration Treasury yields and shorter duration yields. Normally, longer duration yields, like the yield …

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Luxury car buyers pay more than ever as prices and loan costs rise

If you can even find a new car to buy, actually purchasing it is going to cost you. “It’s a really difficult time to buy a car,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for Edmunds. Limited inventory due to a persistent shortage of computer chips, along with other supply-chain challenges, helped propel new car …

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Global economic outlook has ‘deteriorated materially’

Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, has said the global economic outlook has deteriorated materially after surging commodity prices pushed up inflation around the world. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The governor of the Bank of England said Tuesday that the global economic outlook has “deteriorated materially” and alert of …

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