Posts Tagged ‘Markets’

Smartphones: The High Price of a Screen Grab

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Upsizing screens has worked for Samsung and Apple before, but the cost of staying competitive keeps going up.

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Investors Don’t Have Too Much of a Good Thing

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

There are plenty of warning signs in today’s market, but earnings growth isn’t one of them.

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New and Improved Drug Prices May Lower Political Side Effects

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

New high-price drugs look reasonably priced compared with peers.

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Time for Lululemon to Get Off the Mat

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Lululemon’s historically rich valuation finally looks compelling enough ahead of Wednesday’s earnings results.

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RH’s Hard-to-Believe Restoration

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Shares of the home-furnishings company formerly named Restoration Hardware surged after its earnings report, but evidence of a turnaround is still in short supply.

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Trump’s Free Hand on Bank Deregulation

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Trump administration has the power to enact substantial bank deregulation on its own without legislation.

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Tencent Hits a Speed Bump With Tesla

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Chinese tech giant’s $1.8 billion stake in the U.S. electric-vehicle company looks wasteful.

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Investors Face Brexit Quiet Before the Negotiating Storm

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The U.K. has been in a curious position: in the EU but with a much weaker currency that reflects the market’s judgment of its prospects outside the single market. Now the clock is ticking on Brexit.

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Tencent Makes It Harder to Bet Against Tesla

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Tencent’s purchase of a 5% stake in Tesla makes skeptics’ case against the electric-car pioneer tougher.

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Snap Investors Don’t Like Facebook’s Latest Move

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Facebook’s ability to encroach on Snap’s turf raises questions about the depth of Snap’s competitive moat.

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If Stocks Wobble, Will Bonds Be There To Absorb the Blow?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Bonds normally provide a countervailing cushion when stocks fall. But a big bond rally faces challenges of its own.

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SoftBank’s Vision Fund Will Keep Tech Unicorns Happy

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

SoftBank’s $6 billion investment in Didi Chuxing would have been enough to buy all of the Chinese ride hailing app two years ago, around the time Softbank made its earlier investment into the company.

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Chinese Bidder for AC Milan Gets Capital Controls Assist

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Getting in early on a surge in foreign-currency financed Chinese acquisitions such as soccer club AC Milan might be a smart move for hedge fund Elliott Management.

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China’s Booming Car Market Fueled by Credit

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Auto-financing penetration numbers aren’t startling compared to the developed world. The pace of growth however, is.

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Carnival Shareholders Are Having Fun Now, Too

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Carnival shares are at records, having fully recovered from last year’s Zika-related concerns, and appear to have more upside if bookings hold up and international growth remains strong.

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Time to Redo the Math on Tax Reform Prospects

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Any investors who think the failure of health-care reform was somehow a positive because it cleared the way for tax reform may be about to be rapidly disabused of that notion.

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U.K. Banks Need to Show They Can Withstand a Pound Crisis

Monday, March 27th, 2017

U.K. stress tests this year will measure how banks will weather a pound crisis and sharply higher interest rates. That should give a clear view of the risks in U.K. lenders’ recent rush into unsecured consumer lending, which has kept the U.K. economy humming since the Brexit vote.

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Walking Back ‘Forward Guidance’ Could Leave Investors Lost

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Forward guidance was a useful tool to reassure markets that rates would stay low for a long time. But now policy is tightening, the potential for market confusion has risen.

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Spoiled-Milk Lending Flows to a Chinese Insurance Giant

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Bank owned by big insurer Ping An is exposed to the plunge in China Huishan Dairy’s shares.

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Why the ‘Trump Slump’ Still Stings for Mom-and-Pop Investors

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

In a market that has churned higher since the election without much getting in the way, investors shouldn’t be fazed by the first sign of volatility. The problem is, they usually are.

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China Tanked Oil Once, It Can Do It Again

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

In late 2013, oil was range trading, U.S. drillers were ramping up and China was entering a tightening cycle—much like today. Six months later, the oil market collapsed.

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When Rate Increases Get Less Sweet for Banks

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Banks haven’t felt pressure to raise deposit rates in response to Federal Reserve interest-rate increases, but that will eventually change.

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Obamacare Lives But the Health-Care Bull Is Mortal

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

The demise of the American Health Care act should please investors for now. However, the risks of changing health policy have shifted rather than evaporated.

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Why PTC’s Revenue Still Raises Eyebrows

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Software maker PTC has said its shift to a subscription model is attracting new customers, but its numbers look different from others that have undergone similar transitions.

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Oil Exporters Nearly Back to Square One on Deal

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

OPEC and its oil exporting ally Russia could feel pressure to extend or deepen output cuts now that most of the post-November gains have faded.

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Health-Care Investors Are Too Complacent

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Investors should spare a thought for the conventional wisdom that dominated the market in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was up for debate.

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Curious Quirks in How Credit Suisse Makes Money

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Something unusual in Credit Suisse’s earnings deserves investors’ attention.

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Nintendo Switch May Not Flip GameStop’s Prospects

Friday, March 24th, 2017

GameStop hopes new consoles will attract more people to its stores, but the retailer must grapple with an increasing shift to digital downloads and gamers buying fewer titles.

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How a ‘Low Volatility’ Stock Plunged 85% in an Hour

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Reading the label isn’t enough for picking funds. You may need to go into the ingredients list, too.

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Investors Need to Wake Up to Europe’s Surprising Good Health

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Europe is still a collection of “what-if” scenarios for investors in terms of politics. But the question investors need to weigh up is: what if the eurozone economy is really motoring?

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