Posts Tagged ‘Markets’

The Great Transatlantic Bond Divergence Unwind

Friday, July 28th, 2017

For more than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. and German bonds were like soldiers marching in step. That changed a few years ago, but signs are for this important trade to reassert itself.

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Europe’s Investment Banks Suffer American Envy

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Across the board, most European banks’ revenues are falling further behind.

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Twitter Results Disappoint Again

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Twitter has found a way to moderate its revenue declines, but it told investors not to get too excited about it.

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AstraZeneca Shocker Reminds Investors Miracle Drugs Are No Remedy for Risk

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Chasing exciting new developments in medicine can be a very expensive endeavor. Such is the takeaway from AstraZeneca’s announcement that a hotly anticipated clinical trial didn’t meet expectations.

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The Bull Market’s Growth Problem

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Under the hood of the stock market rally, signs the 8-year bull market may be nearing its end.

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Nestlé’s Slow Growth Plays Into Dan Loeb’s Hands

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The activist investor is agitating for higher margins at the world’s largest food company. Disappointing growth lends weight to his arguments.

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Noble’s Shriveled Asian Roots Won’t Catch Much Rain

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Noble’s share price fell nearly 50% after it warned of another big loss and said it planned to sell of most of its global oil-and-gas assets. What’s left may have trouble surviving on its own.

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Deutsche Bank No Longer Reeling, but Recovery Out of Sight

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Deutsche Bank is finding firmer ground, but first-half revenues disappointed and there was little to suggest investors have anything other than a long wait for better returns.

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Toshiba Bankruptcy a Nice Idea, But Hard to Execute

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The nuclear option of bankruptcy could give Toshiba a fresh start. It’s a nice idea, but the embattled Japanese giant is more likely to choose to muddle through.

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GM and PSA Geared Up for Auto Industry Tougher Times

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The car makers’ unwavering focus on costs and margins will offer protection in the coming downturn.

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U.S. Shale Threatens Chemical Element of Aramco’s IPO

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

An expected surge in U.S. petrochemicals output challenges one of the main pillars of the energy giant’s plans to list.

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A Hot Investment Too Popular for Its Own Good

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

It has proved startlingly easy for companies to cut the rates on their leveraged loans. Loan investors have little choice but to go along.

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AMD’s New Chips Are Stacking Up

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Strong results from the heavily shorted chip maker should calm some nerves.

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How Blockbuster Drugs Fight Off Cheaper Competition

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

A lower-priced version of blockbuster Remicade hasn’t sold well; will an even cheaper drug upend the obscure pricing of the drug industry?

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SoftBank Tries to Grab the Ride-Hailing Market

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The Japanese tech giant is spreading its bets on the market. Its returns may depend on big changes in consumer behavior.

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Akzo Nobel’s Poor Results Increase Chances of a Deal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The paint giant’s shares look like a one-way bet. Weak growth makes a fresh takeover bid from U.S. peer PPG ever more probable.

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The Coming Squeeze for Shale Oil Drillers

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Oil field services firms such as Halliburton and Schlumberger see more improvement in the U.S. shale patch, but their rising margins may come at the expense of oil and gas producers’ profits.

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Traffic Costs Jam Up Google

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Google’s sharp jump in paid clicks came at a high cost. Traffic acquisition spending outpaced revenue growth for the first time in five years.

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Citigroup Sets High Bar for Itself

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Citigroup shares have been on a tear. Did executives get too giddy on their future prospects?

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Car Industry’s Diesel Woes Just Won’t Die

Monday, July 24th, 2017

This was supposed to be the year Volkswagen drew a line under its diesel-emissions scandal. Instead the scandal seems to be spreading to the other German car giants.

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Bringing In Wealth Beats Trading It for Julius Baer

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Managing money for the rich looks like a better business than trading and investment banking: That is the upshot of half-year results for Swiss bank Julius Baer and the theme of last week’s U.S. bank results.

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Good News: China Is Making Less Useless Stuff

Monday, July 24th, 2017

After years of overinvestment, which helped to sink global prices for steel, aluminum and other products, some of the worst-offending sectors in China are looking a bit better.

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How Markets Could Come Out of the Shadows

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The European Central Bank has reached the same spot the Federal Reserve reached four years ago. For financial markets on both sides of the Atlantic, it is an event that comes with consequences.

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Cloud Wars at the Right Price

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The cloud computing business is growing, and revenue is building even without the draw of price cuts.

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GE’s New Boss Should Embrace Negativity

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Quarterly earnings show that General Electric’s new chief will have a tough time meeting lofty expectations for 2018

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Blackstone and CVC Ready to Bet on Risky Side of Payments

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Private equity groups Blackstone and CVC are looking to join the payments party with a preliminary near-$4 billion offer for U.K.-listed Paysafe, the company revealed Friday. It looks like a gamble Paysafe shareholders should welcome.

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Don’t Trust Capital One’s Math

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Capital One sees default rates declining after a worrying jump, but investors should stay skeptical.

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The Euro May Be Rising, But Money Is Still Easy

Friday, July 21st, 2017

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Thursday that the euro’s gains had “received some attention” on the ECB Governing Council, but the currency isn’t the only factor that counts for financial conditions.

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BHP Sees a Hungry Planet, Elliott Sees Another Shale Disaster

Friday, July 21st, 2017

BHP has written off billions in U.S. shale investments, but it is poised to plow a substantial amount of funds into potassium fertilizer, or potash. Activist shareholder Elliott is kicking up a fuss.

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Geely’s Rally Is Running Out of Road

Friday, July 21st, 2017

One of China’s most prominent auto makers has been the gift that kept on giving for investors, but not for long.

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