stock markets

Flash Crash Panel to Discuss Reforms with SEC, CFTC

The May 6 "flash crash" is still somewhat of an enigma, but an advisory panel meeting on Friday to review a report into it could at least help regulators establish some new market rules to prevent similar crashes from occurring in the future, Reuters reports.

SEC: No More 'Naked' Access to Stock Market for Traders

Traders will no longer be able to make direct trades without broker supervision. As part of a series of changes after May's "flash crash," the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission decided Wednesday to bar traders from having "naked" access to stock markets.

China Hikes Rates, and the World Stumbles

China surprised international markets Tuesday by raising key interest rates for the first time in three years. The action, taken primarily for domestic reasons, caused a worldwide sell-off driven by the worry that it could cause the Chinese economy to slow down.

A Message from Middle East Stock Markets?

Should it matter to U.S. investors that Middle East stock markets are among the worst-performers this year, with many trading at or near 52-week lows? Hard to know for sure, but this is a development that bears watching.