In This Economy, Getting Fired Takes Hard Work

To hold down a job these days, a worker seemingly needs one essential trait: a pulse. Some jobs have always required little more than the ability to stay awake. In the tightest labor market in a half-century, people in higher functions may get by just going through the motions, too. “You’d have to be incredibly … Read more

Dollar General and Dollar Tree Earnings Are the Next Big Test for Retailers

Text size Dollar General and Dollar Tree report earnings next Thursday. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Dollar General and Dollar Tree report earnings next week, but the stocks got crushed well in advance of their releases. That’s because investors are pricing in bad news that’s almost certain to come — and may create a buying … Read more

Stock Selloff Crunches SPAC Creators as They Race to Find Deals

An investor stampede out of risky trades is squeezing SPACs that are running out of time to find companies to take public, potentially leaving their architects without deals and saddled with sizable losses. Firms that have gone public through mergers with special-purpose acquisition companies have tumbled lately alongside the technology sector and cryptocurrencies. Supply-chain disruptions … Read more

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

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

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 the Russian state gas giant Gazprom PJSC in the European Union and the Polish owner of a … 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 one side, concerns that inflation will necessitate aggressive central-bank tightening have sapped the desire to hold assets perceived as … Read more

Elon Musk’s Belated Disclosure of Twitter Stake Triggers Regulators’ Probes

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are investigating Elon Musk’s late disclosure last month of his sizable stake on Twitter Inc., TWTR -2.48% according to people familiar with the matter, a lag that allowed him to buy more stock without alerting other shareholders to his ownership. The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing Mr. Musk’s tardy submission … Read more

Elon Musk’s Belated Disclosure of Twitter Stake Triggers Regulators’ Probes

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are investigating Elon Musk’s late disclosure last month of his sizable stake on Twitter Inc., TWTR -2.48% according to people familiar with the matter, a lag that allowed him to buy more stock without alerting other shareholders to his ownership. The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing Mr. Musk’s tardy submission … 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