Archive for the ‘FINANCE’ Category

Why Shell’s $25 Billion Buyback Program Isn’t Enough

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

As oil prices and gas demand rise, Royal Dutch Shell needs to plow surplus profits into production—not just share buybacks.

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Why Shell’s $25 Billion Buyback Program Isn’t Enough

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

As oil prices and gas demand rise, Royal Dutch Shell needs to plow surplus profits into production—not just share buybacks.

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China Stimulates Again, but Don’t Expect Fireworks

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

China analysts have spent the past three months arguing about whether Beijing will stimulate the economy as growth slows. The answer is now apparent, but what does that mean for markets?

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Google’s Costly Traffic Jam Eases

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

The internet giant’s strong results help offset growing worries about costs and political risks.

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What the Fed Is Missing, Again

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

The Federal Reserve isn’t worried about the yield curve, and it has reason why. The problem: It is pretty much the same reason it wasn’t worried about the yield curve before the financial crisis.

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GE Will Be Dead Money for a While

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

General Electric’s quarterly results left Wall Street disappointed and signs of progress in the ailing power-generation division are likely far away.

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Tariffs Threaten Retailers’ Inventory Discipline

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Proposed tariffs on Chinese goods are forcing retailers to buy early for the holidays to beat the tax but that could leave them with bloated inventories.

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Biotech IPO Boom Comes With Side Effects

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Biotech stocks are hot tickets once again on Wall Street and that is bringing a wave of initial public offerings. The risk is the high demand for these companies is offset by a wave of new supply.

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Why Tapping the U.S. Oil Reserve Is an Awful Idea

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Using the reserve to curb summer pump prices at a time the economy is booming and midterm elections loom would be a strategic blunder, leaving the country exposed in the event of an actual oil shortage.

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Netflix’s Intermission Was Long Overdue

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Streaming company’s market value got too rich even despite strong growth.

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Growth Still Trumps Politics for Markets

Monday, July 16th, 2018

For fans of high political drama, recent months have been packed with excitement. For markets, not so much. In the battle between economics and politics, faith in growth still has the upper hand for now.

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The Netflix Squeeze

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Netflix has had an astonishing year. Its shares surpassed $400, up 110% since January, and it was nominated for 112 Emmy Awards, more than any other television network, including HBO, which had held that distinction for 17 years.

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The Real Growth Numbers to Watch in China

Monday, July 16th, 2018

A sharp slowdown in investment and contracting shadow-banking credit are reliable signs of difficulties ahead for China.

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China’s Land Grab Could End Badly

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Investment in China is faltering just as trade tensions heat up. But the situation is actually even worse than it appears—a sign the long-awaited hit from China’s debt crackdown has arrived.

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Trade Tensions Help BMW Enter China’s Fast Lane

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

German company could become the first foreign car maker to majority own its operations in China.

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Fear of Missing Out Drives Stock Performance

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Fear of being left behind is a powerful force among fund managers, even if it means taking big risks.

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Disney’s $71 Billion Bid for Fox Is Now Worth $90 Billion

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

It’s official: Disney’s $71 billion offer for 21st Century Fox is actually worth more than $90 billion. Both sides of the Atlantic are now watching Comcast.

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Why the Strong Dollar Is Bad for Banks

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

It has been all downhill for international bank stocks this year. One reason why this trend will likely continue is the strengthening dollar.

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Don’t Fall for Pepsi’s Sugar High

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

PepsiCo shares had their biggest percentage increase in nearly a decade Tuesday morning on hopes that the company is arresting the decline of its core, domestic beverages business. Investors are celebrating prematurely.

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Chinese Auto Sales Run Into a Lending Roadblock

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

China’s crackdown on shadow banking has caused some high-profile blowups. Now it’s driving the country’s car makers off course.

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Winning the Fox Bidding War Is Just the Beginning

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The higher the price goes in the bidding for 21st Century Fox’s assets, the less room there is for error in managing and extracting value from the assets.

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Don’t Worry About the Earnings Slowdown Yet

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Earnings growth probably wasn’t as torrid in the second quarter as in the first, but was still plenty strong.

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A Stock Market Crash With Chinese Characteristics

Monday, July 9th, 2018

President Trump has pulled the trigger on tariffs, Chinese stocks are in a bear market and the yuan is selling off. How worried should investors be about the world’s second-largest economy?

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Sonos Can Play Its Own Tune

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Speaker maker’s Amazon partnership helped boost sales, but profits still need to recover.

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The Imperfect Science of How Much Tariffs Will Hurt

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Economists try to model the effect tariffs have on the economy but actually believe the impact could be much worse.

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Oil’s Twitter War May End Badly for Trump

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to jawbone the price of oil is in danger of backfiring and nearly did before the OPEC meeting in Vienna.

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Oil’s Twitter War May End Badly for Trump

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to jawbone the price of oil is in danger of backfiring and nearly did before the OPEC meeting in Vienna.

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The EU Has No Easy Answers to Trump’s Car Tariff Threats

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Investors should curb their enthusiasm over hopes that the European Union can sign a quick car deal with President Donald Trump. This isn’t how the EU works.

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Detroit Needn’t Fret Yet About Pump Prices

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Light truck sales, which are crucial to the profits of U.S.-based auto makers, are holding up despite pump prices nearing a psychological milestone.

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Tariff Troubles for Germany Won’t Stay in Germany

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Germany’s role as an anchor for Europe makes its export engine a risk for the continent.

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