A strengthening labor market and lower gasoline prices mean Americans have extra cash for the holidays. Some economists are forecasting the money will keep flowing into, and out of, consumers’ pockets next year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average capped the worst week since 2011, finishing with a 100-point lurch in the final half-hour of trading, as equities tumbled around the world after crude extended declines below $58 a barrel.
With valuations at a decade low, oil executives such as Rochford and Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Archie Dunham are driving the biggest wave of insider buying since 2012, data compiled by the Washington Service and Bloomberg show. They’re snapping up stocks after more than $300 billion was erased from share values as crude slipped below $70 for the first time since 2010.