Archive for the ‘FINANCE’ Category

The Dollar’s Decline Has a Flipside for Markets

Monday, January 15th, 2018

It isn’t a happy new year for dollar bulls, with the currency starting 2018 by falling to a three-year low. The weak dollar has consequences elsewhere for central banks and markets—but isn’t necessarily something to be feared.

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Trouble Ahead for the Treasury Market

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Inflation, less central bank bond buying, an increase in supply—there are plenty of reasons for Treasury yields to go a lot higher this year.

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Watch Where the Money Goes After SoftBank Telco IPO

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The Japanese tech conglomerate is considering listing its cash-cow domestic telecoms unit. That should help boost its valuation, but investors should watch it doesn’t waste the money raised

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Don’t Fear a Biotech Correction

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Patience from biotechnology investors may be needed this year, but it will be rewarded in the long run.

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Finally, a Clearer Picture on Inflation

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Janet Yellen can take a victory lap about inflation on her way out as Federal Reserve chairwoman. She has been saying the weakness in last year’s inflation readings was transitory, and she was right.

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Bank on JPMorgan, Not Wells

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Fourth-quarter results for two of America’s largest banks highlight JPMorgan Chase’s resilience and Wells Fargo’s continued befuddlement..

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Why Nvidia Shares Can’t Rise Forever

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Chipmaker’s business should keep growing strong, but its expensive stock may be in for a breather.

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Chinese Tech Giant Tencent Issues Billions in Bonds

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Despite recent fear-mongering about overpricing, it and tech peers—hello, Alibaba—are turning to the roaring bond market.

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Why Gucci Owner Wants to Kick Off Its Pumas

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Luxury group Kering is seizing the chance to offload Puma at a price that just about covers its purchase cost 11 years ago.

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A Place Where Stocks Still Have Reason to Rally

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The breadth of the global economic growth pickup is lifting even longstanding laggards. European stocks are a case in point—but the potential for catch-up remains appealing.

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How to Punish Auditors Behaving Badly

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

A two-year ban in India for PwC makes a good headline, but the impact may be light. Auditors of public companies often fall short of investor expectations—as do their punishments.

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Will Airlines Blow Their Tax Windfall?

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

U.S. airlines are among the biggest beneficiaries of the tax plan. But investors worry that they also may be at the greatest danger of competing their tax gains away.

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Bond Markets Have Picked Up the Wrong Signal From Japan

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Investors should revisit the theory behind the Bank of Japan’s yield-curve-control policy before assuming it has changed track.

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Chinese Dragon Still Needs U.S. Treasurys for Its Hoard

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Conflicting media reports over the past 24 hours imply China may be considering buying fewer U.S. Treasurys. That matters less than the bond market seems to think.

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Xerox Should Look to Copy Fujifilm’s Success

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The venerable U.S. company could find a tie-up with Fujifilm helps it reinvent itself.

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A Bright Christmas Reignites Nordstrom Buyout Hopes

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Nordstrom family tried to do a $10 billion buyout in the fall but pessimism on retailers killed the deal. Now they would have to pay more to take the namesake department store chain private.

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Earnings May Temper the Bank Rally

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Bank shares have been riding high, seen by investors as among the biggest beneficiaries of tax reform and a strengthening economy. But this enthusiasm could soon collide with just mediocre fundamentals.

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Why the U.S. Smartphone Market Is Hard to Crack

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

It may be of little comfort to Huawei now, but history shows that cracking the U.S. smartphone market takes more than money and friends.

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Is the Great Bond Blowout Finally Happening?

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The bond market has had an early alarm call in 2018. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield has risen to its highest since March; bond guru Bill Gross says the move confirms a bear market. Bonds still have support, but that could erode quickly.

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Real News on Fake Data in China

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Another big Chinese province has admitted to falsifying economic data. That doesn’t mean all Chinese economic data is useless. It does mean investors need to educate themselves on where to look, or risk missing big the boat on key shifts in global markets as China’s heft grows.

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Retail Apocalypse Delayed

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Retailers’ cheery holiday reports don’t eliminate their serious challenges.

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The Business Cycle Is Different This Time—Thank China

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The business cycle hasn’t evaporated—it’s just at different points in the world’s two largest economies. That explains the mixed signals on global growth which are befuddling investors.

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Trump Gets a Reality Check on Deregulation

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The impetus behind the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s move to quash a move that would have kept some struggling coal and nuclear plants running may have been the opposition from the coalition of natural gas, oil and alternative-energy producers

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Altice Gives Investors Clever Deals but No Control

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The latest shake-up at cable giant Altice lays bare the problem with investing alongside founding shareholder Patrick Drahi: Minority investors have no real voice.

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GoPro: Too Focused

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Struggling camera maker’s failed efforts at diversification leave investors with little to hang on.

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Why Everything Is Still Awesome in Global Markets

Monday, January 8th, 2018

The calendar has rolled over but global markets are still thriving on the 2017 playbook. That means that big questions over why growth and inflation are so out of whack with each other remain unanswered.

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The High Stakes in the Looming Fannie and Freddie Overhaul

Monday, January 8th, 2018

A decade after the collapsing housing market led to a dramatic bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Congress is gearing up to tackle the politically thorny issue of housing finance reform in 2018.

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China’s Electric Car Market Has Grown Up

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Beijing has offered the electric car market plenty of support, but there now appears to be solid demand from consumers to go green. That should give confidence to investors in the sector.

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Cooling Ardor for Flashy Smartphones Spells Trouble for Suppliers

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Consumers seem less willing to shell out for pricey phones. That means bad weather ahead for Asian companies who make their components.

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Now Italy Is Growing, Can It Lighten Its Huge Debt Load?

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Italy, Europe’s most indebted large economy, is at the crossroads again. Growth has picked up finally, and the country’s bank cleanup is in progress. But the national election due in early March puts the country’s debt back in focus.

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