• MarketWatch

    Chevron taking a $10 billion charge after it sours on natural-gas bets

    Chevron Corp. said late Tuesday it expects after-tax charges between $10 billion and $11 billion in its fourth-quarter results, more than half related to natural-gas bets in Appalachia. The company held its 2020 capital spending plan at $20 billion for the third year, highlighting its "world-class" oil holdings in West Texas's Permian Basin, deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and in Kazakhstan. The impairment charge is a result of the company's "disciplined approach to capital allocation" and a cut in its commodity prices outlook, Chevron said. As a result, the company will cut funding to several natural-gas projects, including those in Appalachia and international projects such as a liquified natural gas project in Canada. "We believe the best use of our capital is investing in our most advantaged assets," Chief Executive Michael Wirth said in a statement. "With capital discipline and a conservative outlook comes the responsibility to make the tough choices necessary to deliver higher cash returns to our shareholders over the long term." Chevron is evaluating "strategic alternatives" for the natural-gas assets, including selling them, it said. Shares of Chevron fell 0.5% in the extended session after ending the regular trading day up 0.5%. The oil and gas company is expected to post fourth-quarter results in late January.

  • Financial Times

    Opening Quote: Turnround Thursday: Dixons Carphone and Superdry give updates

    The main action is at the polling stations rather than the corporate earnings calendar on Thursday. Dixons Carphone’s recent results have been hit by troubles in its UK mobile business, as consumers left underwhelmed by the latest handset upgrades replace their phones less often. Dixons has promised better performance in UK mobile after this year; in the six months to October, like-for-like revenues in the division were down 10 per cent, it said on Thursday.

  • China Suffers Biggest Dollar Bond Default By State-Owned Company in Two Decades

    China Suffers Biggest Dollar Bond Default By State-Owned Company in Two Decades

    (Bloomberg) -- A major Chinese commodities trader became the biggest dollar bond defaulter among the nation’s state-owned companies in two decades, in a moment of reckoning for Beijing as it struggles to contain credit risk in a weakening economy.Tewoo Group Corp. announced results of its unprecedented debt restructuring, which saw a majority of its investors accepting heavy losses. This is expected to reshape investors’ perceptions about government-owned borrowers whose identity has for years offered a relatively strong sense of security.It’s also seen offering a road-map for resolving similar debt crises in the future as the prospect of more failures by state-backed firms looms.The one-time Fortune Global 500 company from the northern port city of Tianjin said dollar bond investors representing 57% of the the total $1.25 billion have agreed to be paid just 37 to 67 cents on the dollar, depending on the maturity of the debt. Bondholders representing 22.6% of these bonds voted to exchange their debt for new bonds with sharply lower coupons to be issued by Tewoo’s offshore debt manager, a state asset manager from Tianjin.“This is one form of default based on our definition,” said Ivan Chung, a Hong Kong-based analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, noting that the debt revamp has resulted in losses for investors.The debt restructuring plan, first of its kind for a Chinese state-run enterprise in the dollar bond market, came ahead of $300 million dollar bond maturity on Dec. 16, one of the four notes covered by Tewoo’s debt restructuring plan. Tianjin State-owned Capital Investment and Management, its offshore debt manager, said on an investor call late last month that Tewoo is very likely to default on this paper.For investors who turned down the offers, their dollar bonds will be grouped into a comprehensive debt plan involving Tewoo’s onshore debt, according to Tianjin State-owned Capital.Tewoo said settlement of the debt restructuring offers are expected to be on or about Dec. 17.Tewoo’s failure in the dollar bond market, the biggest for a Chinese SOE since the collapse of Guangdong International Trust and Investment Corp. in 1998, is a sign that the worst economic slowdown in three decades is limiting Beijing’s capacity to bail out its weaker state firms. As a result, the authorities appear increasingly willing to use a more market-oriented approach to clean up the mess.“Tewoo’s default is a landmark case, and demonstrates a growing tolerance for defaults by distressed SOEs,” Cindy Huang, an S&P Global Ratings credit analyst said in a note.Tianjin “is not an exception” and other local governments with deteriorating fiscal conditions might also see eroding support for their less competitive SOEs, it said.Setting PrecedentTewoo’s crisis came as a wake-up call for investors.“This is a poor outcome for investors that bought the bonds at par. That said, there is now some track record as to the severity of loss for an SOE-related entity,” said Charles Macgregor, head of Asia at Lucror Analytics.“Hopefully, these types of restructures will bring more discipline to the market and result in investors properly pricing for the apparent risk,” he added.Tewoo is owned by the Tianjin government and operates in a number of industries including infrastructure, logistics, mining, autos and ports, according to its website. It also has footprints in countries including the U.S., Germany, Japan and Singapore.The trader ranked 132 in 2018’s Fortune Global 500 list, higher than many other conglomerates including service carrier China Telecommunications Corp. and financial titan Citic Group Corp. It had an annual revenue of $66.6 billion, profits of about $122 million, assets worth $38.3 billion, and more than 17,000 employees as of 2017, according to Fortune’s website.(Updates with chart on China SOE bond defaults)\--With assistance from Denise Wee.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Shen Hong in Singapore at hshen87@bloomberg.net;Ina Zhou in Hong Kong at hzhou179@bloomberg.net;Tongjian Dong in Shanghai at tdong28@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Richard Frost at rfrost4@bloomberg.net, Shen Hong, Neha D'silvaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Reuters

    GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares climb on dovish Fed, but Brexit hurdle looms

    Asian stocks rose on Thursday to the highest in a month after the Federal Reserve signalled rate settings were likely to remain accommodative, but the imminent UK election and a deadline for Sino-U.S. trade talks kept investors cautious. The Fed kept interest rates unchanged, as expected, at its policy meeting on Wednesday but indicated interest rates would remain on hold, which nudged Wall Street stocks higher. Japan's Nikkei stock index rose 0.22% and U.S. stock futures edged up 0.1%.

  • This is how dangerous ‘dollar-cost ravaging’ can be for your retirement

    This is how dangerous ‘dollar-cost ravaging’ can be for your retirement

    Dollar-cost averaging is a popular strategy in which an investor purchases an asset at regularly timed intervals to mitigate the risk of buying high. But what about “dollar-cost ravaging?”

  • Explainer: Just Eat caught up in 5 billion pound festive food fight

    Explainer: Just Eat caught up in 5 billion pound festive food fight

    AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - The battle for Britain's Just Eat, which pits investment giant Prosus against Dutch food ordering service Takeaway.com, is set to roll on through the Christmas holidays. Both suitors are seeking to woo shareholders in the British company and secure a deal that will be pivotal for the future of the fast expanding food delivery industry. Prosus, a Dutch-listed business spun out of South Africa's Naspers, raised its cash bid on Monday to 740 pence per share, from 710 pence per share, valuing Just Eat at 5.05 billion pounds ($6.5 billion).

  • Bloomberg

    Apollo Bids $4.3 Billion for Tenneco Powertrain Unit

    (Bloomberg) -- Apollo Global Management Inc. has offered to buy Tenneco Inc.’s powertrain business for $4.3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.The private equity firm’s bid, described by people who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public, represents a significant sum relative to the $7 billion enterprise value of the auto-parts maker. The Lake Forest, Illinois-based company’s stock had slumped 52% this year through Monday’s close as earnings have slumped.Tenneco shares rose 7.8% to close at $14.28 on Tuesday, the highest since Nov. 12, after the Wall Street Journal first reported Apollo’s bid. The Journal said Tenneco is likely to reject Apollo’s offer because it includes several adjustments and doesn’t assume pension and other liabilities linked to the powertrain unit.Apollo declined to comment. A spokesman for Tenneco didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Tenneco has cut its forecast for revenue three times this year and its projection for adjusted Ebitda twice. The maker of shocks, struts and mufflers has been struggling to follow through with plans to separate its powertrain unit from its aftermarket and ride-performance business, a spinoff the company announced when it acquired Carl Icahn-owned Federal-Mogul in April 2018 for $5.4 billion.(Updates with enterprise value in second paragraph and closing share price in third paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Siddharth Philip in London at sphilip3@bloomberg.net;Kiel Porter in Chicago at kporter17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net, ;Liana Baker at lbaker75@bloomberg.net, Craig Trudell, Michael HythaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Nestle Sells U.S. Ice Cream Brands

    Nestle Sells U.S. Ice Cream Brands

    Dec.12 -- Nestle SA is selling its U.S. ice cream business to a joint venture with private equity firm PAI Partners. It’s valued at $4 billion. The deal aims to create a stronger challenger to Unilever. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Duncan Fox discusses the deal on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open.”

  • Disney sued for using these three words on ‘Frozen 2’ merch
    Fox Business

    Disney sued for using these three words on ‘Frozen 2’ merch

    The company claims Disney is illegally infringing on its slogan.

  • What's the Difference Between Retirement in Canada and America?

    What's the Difference Between Retirement in Canada and America?

    American and Canadian governments provide many of the same types of services for those in retirement, but the subtle differences between the two countries are worth noting.

  • Analysts: The 11 Top Stocks You'll Want To Own In 2020
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    Analysts: The 11 Top Stocks You'll Want To Own In 2020

    Analysts are picking their favorite S&P; 500 stocks for 2020. Most are beat-up stocks. But some of these top picks for next year are true leaders.

  • Barrons.com

    Home Depot Stock Falls After Analyst Day Sales Outlook Disappoints

    (HD) stock fell Wednesday morning after the company’s 2020 sales forecast came in below expectations. Home Depot stock (ticker: HD) has gained 24% in 2019, slightly lagging behind the broader S&P 500 index. At the time, Jefferies analyst Jonathan Matuszewski called it a buying opportunity.

  • Oilprice.com

    Why Exxon’s Stock Could Hit $100 In 2020

    Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil could soon go from bleeding cash to gushing profits as its long term production plans are finally starting to pay off

  • 3 “Strong Buy” Picks from Legendary Investor Cliff Asness

    3 “Strong Buy” Picks from Legendary Investor Cliff Asness

    To say Cliff Asness is a smart guy is an understatement. He earned his PhD in finance from University of Chicago – while building up the quantitative investment team at Goldman Sachs. He built a successful quant team, even though he won’t describe himself as a fan of that investment strategy.In 1997, after leaving Goldman, Asness founded AQR Capital Management with a somewhat different approach. AQR aims to build diverse portfolios containing as many stocks as possible. Some would say this is foolhardy, but the unorthodox approach has paid off handsomely. In its last 13F filing, AQR showed $84.9 billion in managed securities – some one-third of its total assets under management. A firm that size can be many things, but foolhardy is not one of them.It’s hard to pin down any one factor as a key to Asness’ success. One of his consistent views, however, has been to avoid value stocks. These are equities that look cheap, with an oversized upside, and give the appearance of being a smart investment – but as Asness points out, they have underperformed the market in the last decade. It’s not that he won’t buy them; rather, he suggests caution on them.Last month, Asness started breaking his own rule. In comments on market conditions, he said it may be time to add “a modest extra amount” of weight to the value factor. He adds, referring to buying up value stocks, “It is indeed time to ‘sin a little."So, when Cliff Asness sins, which stocks does he sin with? We found three in his last 13F that showed major purchases. Asness and AQR went big on them, to a tune of nearly $1 billion. According to the TipRanks database, all three hold Strong Buy ratings and show solid upside potential. Let’s delve a little deeper and find out why Wall Street Agrees with Cliff Asness on these stocks.Electronic Arts (EA)Gaming is big business. Gamers – of all stripes – are notorious for their loyalty to favored games, and their quickness to upgrade, especially in the video game segment. They’re a prickly customer base, but a company that engages their loyalty will be well-rewarded. Electronic Arts has managed this and grown to be the second largest gaming company in the US and Europe, with a market cap of $30 billion and annual revenues exceeding $5 billion.For fiscal Q2 2020, the company reported earnings 78 cents per share compared to the 85-cent estimate. Year-over-year, EPS was down 6%. Despite the earnings miss, top-line revenues were up almost 5% yearly, to $1.35 billion. Investors were nervous at first about the EPS drop, but reassured by the top-line gains. EA stock is up 29% in 2019, slightly ahead of the S&P gain of 25%.The overall picture for Electronic Arts is of a company with a solid base – and room to grow. Both aspects drew in Asness, whose firm picked up more than 1.1 million shares of the stock. It was a 65% increase in AQR’s holding, boosting the total to 2,806,027 shares.Writing on EA from Credit Suisse, 5-star analyst Stephen Ju is optimistic about the stock’s mid-term horizon. After a series of investor meeting with the company’s Chief Studios Officer, Ju notes, “1) EA has implemented a more agile development process to its non-sports franchises to ensure quality and rapid adjustments throughout the development cycle; 2) this new development process is supported by a more centralized technology platform… with the aim of providing more user-friendly tool sets for developers; 3) mobile remains a key area of attention … given the potential for global audience expansion.”Shedding the industry-specific shop talk, Ju sums up the bottom line for EA’s future: “These factors in the aggregate do present a different picture of self-directed efforts to improve product quality versus what investors may have seen/concluded as creative talent drain away from the company.”Ju backs his belief in EA’s potential with a Buy rating and a $118 price target, suggesting a 15% upside to the stock. (To watch Ju’s track record, click here)The analyst consensus on EA is a Strong Buy, based on no less than 20 ratings. These include 16 Buys against 4 Holds, indicating that there is a slight caution toward this stock in an otherwise strong picture. Shares sell for $101, and the $111 average price target suggests a 9% upside. (See Electronic Arts stock analysis on TipRanks)Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH)Along with gaming, cruise lines are a leisure niche. The current rising economic tide in the US has given them a general boost recently. It’s a highly competitive industry, however, as evidenced by Norwegian’s position. The company is the world’s third largest cruise line – but controls only 9% of the market. That market share still translates to a lot of money, as the company saw over $6 billion in revenue in calendar year 2018.In the recent third quarter, Norwegian beat the forecast with total revenues of $1.91 billion. EPS also beat the estimates, coming in a $2.23 against a forecast of $2.15. Year-over-year saw an EPS drop of 4 cents. That hasn’t phased investors -- like EA above, Norwegian has posted 29% share appreciation this year.It's clear that Asness saw value in Norwegian as he purchased 2,585,517 shares in Q3. His firm spent over $132 million on the buy-up, and increased the holding by 111% to over 4.9 million shares.A pair of 4-star analysts have given Norwegian positive reviews recently. Tim Conder of Wells Fargo stated, “We reiterate our Outperform rating as NCLH should benefit from ongoing rotation into value names. NCLH should continue to aggressively, but opportunistically, repurchase shares in Q419, but could also initiative a token quarterly dividend in early 2020 to broaden its investor base.” Along with his Buy stance, Conder gives NCLH a $70 price target, suggesting a 28% upside. (To watch Conder’s track record, click here)Barclays analyst Felicia Hendrix is even more bullish on NCLH. Reviewing the stock last week, she wrote, “We believe shares of NCLH are undervalued and do not reflect the company's strong positioning for 2019 and beyond. Our upside case is based on a 100bps upside to our current net yield assumptions for each 2019 and 2020…” That upside case includes and Buy rating and a price target of $73, implying an upside of 33%. (To watch Hendrix’ track record, click here)Norwegian’s Strong Buy consensus rating is unanimous – 12 analysts have given the stock positive reviews in the past few weeks. It’s a clear sign of confidence in the company and the stock. NCLH currently trades for $54, and the $65 average price target implies room for 18% growth on the upside. (See Norwegian Cruise Line stock analysis on TipRanks)United Airlines (UAL)Airlines frequently get a bad rap, with (admittedly, frequently justified) accusations of poor service, crowded flights, and price gouging clouding the industry’s reputation. That said, the airlines also operate in a difficult niche, with enormous overhead and thin margins. For the successful companies, however, the air travel industry can bring in great profits, too. United, the world’s largest airline company, demonstrated that in October, when it beat Q3 earnings estimates and revised full-year guidance upward.By the numbers, UAL showed a 23% gain in net income for the quarter, to $1.02 billion, with revenues of $11.38 billion. EPS, at $4.07, was 10 cents higher than the $3.97 forecast. The gains came even as the airline continues to feel pressure from the long-term grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.Shares in UAL have been volatile this year, ranging from $78 to $95, and the stock has recorded a year-to-date gain of only 3.3%, but that hasn’t stopped Asness from making it the largest purchase of the stocks in this list. AQR bought more than 3.53 million shares of the stock. On a percentage basis, it was a 249% gain in the firm’s holding of UAL. AQR’s total holding in UAL is 4,957,369 shares, worth $428.9 million.Asness must have seen the same upside to UAL that Wall Street sees. 5-star analyst Myles Walton of UBS has recently initiated coverage of UAL, noting “We view improving op performance with load factor growth, on-time performance, and cancellation rates converging to and/or eclipsing industry averages as a positive…”Looking ahead, Walton sees up to 20% upside over the next five years. Backing up his Buy rating, Walton gives UAL a $110 price target, implying a robust 26% upside potential in the next 12 months. (To watch Walton’s track record, click here.)Overall, UAL has inspired faith from Wall Street analysts. The stock has a consensus rating of Strong Buy, based on 5 Buys and 1 Hold. The average price target of $111 implies a 29% premium from the current share price of $86. (See United Airlines stock analysis on TipRanks)

  • TheStreet.com

    General Electric, Lululemon, Adobe, Boeing and China Trade - 5 Things You Must Know Thursday

    U.S. stock futures rise modestly after the Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged, and as investors await results from the U.K. election and stalled U.S.-China trade negotiations; Adobe, Oracle and Broadcom report earnings; Lululemon slumps on soft fourth-quarter guidance; General Electric is rated a buy at UBS.

  • Saxo Bank's ‘Outrageous’ Predictions for 2020

    Saxo Bank's ‘Outrageous’ Predictions for 2020

    Dec.12 -- Steen Jakobsen, chief economist and chief investment officer at Saxo Bank A/S, talks about his "outrageous" predictions for 2020. He also discusses the market implications of the U.K. election. He speaks with Juliette Saly and Rishaad Salamat on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia."

  • Gold is going to $2,500, $3,000 an ounce: investment expert
    Yahoo Finance

    Gold is going to $2,500, $3,000 an ounce: investment expert

    Demand for physical gold is peaking sending prices.

  • Refinery29

    15 Women Share How Much Money They Have In The Bank

    Okay, so it isn't the most polite question to ask. But boy is it natural to be curious about your peers' finances — and to feel comfort in knowing you're in the same boat as everyone else. (Any else have retirement-oriented fever dreams?) At R29, we're interested in erasing the taboo nature of money talk — so we thought we'd ask just about the most vulnerable question we could think of: How much money do you have in your bank account right now at this very moment? And speaking of, how much debt do you have? Oh and while you're at it, how do you feel about all of that information as it relates to the grand scheme of your life? We asked, and over 100 of you answered. Ahead, you'll find responses from a wide range of incomes, ages, and industries. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Share Your Instagram Top Nine 2019These Are The Best Memes Of 2019 So FarAre You Embarrassed By Your Spotify Wrapped Music?

  • Silver Miners Pinpoint the Precious Metals’ Outlook
    FX Empire

    Silver Miners Pinpoint the Precious Metals’ Outlook

    Very little happened in the precious metals market both yesterday and in today’s pre-market trading – at least so far. We will take this opportunity to discuss something that we haven’t done in a while – silver stocks.

  • Benzinga

    Cramer Advises His Viewers On GW Pharma, Enphase And More

    On CNBC's "Mad Money Lightning Round," Jim Cramer said GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH ) is a long-term hold. Zuora Inc (NYSE: ZUO ) is in the penalty box for Cramer because it hasn't ...

  • Aramco Surges 10% in Trading Debut

    Aramco Surges 10% in Trading Debut

    Dec.11 -- The world’s biggest company gets even bigger. Saudi Aramco had surged by the limit of 10% in its trading debut. Bloomberg’s Yousef Gamal El Din reports on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open.”

  • ‘He took my jewelry and never saved a penny’ — how can I stop my husband from getting his hands on my IRA and bank accounts in our divorce?

    ‘He took my jewelry and never saved a penny’ — how can I stop my husband from getting his hands on my IRA and bank accounts in our divorce?

    While living in Indiana before ever marriage, I set up a 401(k) and put a good amount of money into it. After leaving that job, it was rolled over into a traditional IRA. Would the courts look at my IRA money and bank accounts more as mine given that my husband never contributed to them?

  • Why this Berkshire Hathaway shareholder isn't frustrated Warren Buffett won't spend nearly $130 billion in cash
    Yahoo Finance

    Why this Berkshire Hathaway shareholder isn't frustrated Warren Buffett won't spend nearly $130 billion in cash

    Long-time Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Bill Smead is just fine with Warren Buffett sitting on billions in cash. Here's why.

  • Millionaires sour on US economy; their views at lowest level since before recession

    Millionaires sour on US economy; their views at lowest level since before recession

    Millionaires grow more cautious about the direction of the U.S. economy and their finances.

  • New Age Beverages (NBEV): A Beaten-Up Pot Stock Worth Considering

    New Age Beverages (NBEV): A Beaten-Up Pot Stock Worth Considering

    It’s safe to say things aren’t so rosy for New Age Beverages (NBEV) stock. Shares have plummeted around 65% year-to-date in line with the trajectory of the cannabis industry in general.The company’s latest earnings report was a mixed affair. Q3 revenue increased from $13.2 million in the same period last year to $69.8 million, though the figure came in slightly below the Street’s $69.95 million estimate. The net loss, though, of $10.7 million, or $0.14 per share was bigger than the Street’s estimate of -$0.04 per share.The pertinent question right now is: Has NBEV stock bottomed out?Compass Point’s Rommel Dionisio remains bullish on NBEV’s prospects. The 4-star analyst notes that a combination of an expanding distribution platform in both the traditional retail and direct-to-consumer channels, new product introductions driving organic sales growth, and successful acquisitions such as the recent Morinda transaction, have all contributed to NBEV’s status as “one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the US in recent years.”The analyst also notes the company’s growing offerings of CBD related products as “a major near-term growth opportunity.” Dionisio concluded, “By leveraging the company's traditional retail channels in North America as well as Morinda's direct sales force in Asia, and with rapidly growing consumer acceptance around the world of the potential benefits of CBD, New Age Beverages appears well positioned to generate significant top and bottom line growth in upcoming quarters, especially once the FDA provides guidelines permitting the sale of CBD beverages and edibles.”Fittingly, Dionisio reiterates a Buy rating on NBEV alongside a bullish price target of $9.00 which could provide enormous gains of 390% from current levles. (To watch Dionisio’s track record, click here)On the other hand, Northland’s Mike Grondahl sounds a more cautious note, saying, “Morinda acquisition integration sounds fine, however, Morinda sales in China continue to be down significantly y/y due to government restrictions on MLM industry and this will probably take China from ~$80M in 2018 to ~ $50M in 2019 but September y/y were up 5% for first month of growth this year.” Furthermore, "NBEV noted WMT and 7-11 were performing below expectations. It sounds like while both retailers have blessed NBEV products, but getting products on the shelf has been challenging and that will remain a work-in-progress. It sounds like this is not a catalyst for NBEV."The 5-star analyst reiterated a Market Perform rating on NBEV, alongside a price target of $3.50. Interestingly, due to the stock’s horror of a year, the target represents a substantial upside potential of about 90%. (To watch Grondahl’s track record, click here)There is only one other analyst (from Roth Capital) currently chipping in with a view on the beverage company’s prospects, adding a further Buy rating. The consensus marks the stock as a Moderate Buy, with an average price target of $6.83, providing the risk tolerant investor massive potential gains of 272%. (See NBEV price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks)To find good ideas for cannabis stocks trading at fair value or better, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.