If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential fallout from a Washington health care debate that's becoming even more complicated and volatile. It's because another subsidy that's part of the health law would go up for people with low-to-moderate incomes, offsetting Trump's move.
As the race heats up and cities state their cases to house Amazon.com's (AMZN) second headquarters, Moody's Analytics has some suggestions for the e-commerce giant. The firm presented Amazon with 10 cities where the new headquarters, which has the potential for 50,000 well-paying jobs and a $5 billion investment, should be located. The results were based on five "broad" categories; business environment, human capital, cost, quality of life, and transportation. A sixth criterion, geography, was also considered to "rank cities based on regional and geographic factors that Amazon might be taking into account," Moody's Analytics noted. The bidding for Amazon's second headquarters closes on Thursday,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the latest Wall Street firm to issue a warning about a stock-market correction. BAML joins Morgan Stanley in the ranks of big firms that have sounded the alarm this week. The most recent firm to sound the alarm is Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which forecasts a pullback of at least 10% — the historical definition of a correction — by Valentine's Day.
Is retirement dead? Before you start worrying too much, the fact that we think retirement as we know it is a thing of the past isn’t necessarily a bad thing. To understand that, just consider where the traditional idea of retirement came from in the first place.
Strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch warned in a note late Wednesday that a hiccup in corporate profits would be enough to push the S&P 500 Index down by more than 10 percent before Valentine’s Day, although they remain bullish on equities over the longer-term.
Stocks dropped on Thursday, with both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 on pace for their biggest losses since late September. At the root of the selling was weakness in Apple, which dropped as much as 2.8% on a report that orders for the recently-launched iPhone 8 have been cut for the rest of the year amid lukewarm interest. Since Apple is the most heavily weighted component in the benchmark index, any sharp fluctuation in the company's stock can have an outsized impact.
Critical information for the U.S. trading dayBloomberg NewsKyle Bass says this market resembles the 1987 debacle on steriods. The stock market may never go down again. To mark the occasion, Pension Partner’s Charlie Bilello, the originator of that opening comment, went on a bit of a tweetstorm.
The Internal Revenue Service, in a new policy, says it will block or suspend processing of 2017 income tax returns that do not comply with Obamacare rules requiring filers to disclose their health insurance status. The IRS' move to tighten Americans' compliance with the Affordable Care Act comes even as the Trump administration remains hostile to that health law and takes steps to undercut it. "Taxpayers remain obligated to follow the law and pay what they may owe at the point of filing," the IRS said in a description of the new policy. The ACA requires most people to have some form of health insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty — a requirement known as Obamacare's individual mandate. That
Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached a new all-time high of $1.4 trillion. Student loans constitute the fastest-growing type of debt. Just about the only good news from Experian’s findings is that late payments have decreased by 10.1 percent since 2009, the year the Great Recession officially ended.
Boeing Co said on Thursday it invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based firm that develops technologies enabling autonomous flight such as drones. In addition to the undisclosed investment, Boeing said the two companies will also explore products and applications for emerging markets such as urban mobility. It was the first investment in autonomous technologies by Boeing's venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, since it was established in April of this year, Boeing said.
Novartis AG NVS announced encouraging results on Revolade from the EXTEND study. The open-label extension study from four trials (TRA100773A, TRA100773B, TRA102537/RAISE and TRA108057/REPEAT) showed long-term disease control in chronic/persistent immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) patients. Patients suffering from ITP have a low number of platelets which in turn does not let the blood to clot resulting in bruising and bleeding. The study results showed that nearly 70% of patients maintain platelet counts without rescue therapy for prolonged periods, reducing the overall risk of bleeding. In addition, more than one-third of patients permanently stopped one or more concomitant ITP medications (including corticosteroids, danazol, azathioprine).
Philip Morris Inc. shares PM, -0.12% fell 1.3% in premarket trade Thursday, after the cigarette distributor missed profit and revenue estimates for the third quarter. The company said it had net income of $1.97 billion, or $1.27 a share, in the third quarter, up from $1.94 billion, or $1.25 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings also came to $1.27, below the FactSet consensus of $1.38. Revenue excluding excise taxes rose 7% to $7.5 billion, also below the FactSet consensus of $7.7 billion. For the full-year, the company said it expects EPS of $4.75 to $4.80, compared with a FactSet consensus of $4.84. Shares have gained 23% in 2017, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.07% has
United CEO: We're beginning to set stage for long-term strategy 5 Hours Ago | 03:12 Shares of United Continental Holdings plunged more than 12 percent on Thursday, following a tense earnings call, in which CEO Oscar Munoz said the airline dug itself "in a hole" in regard to competition. It was the biggest one-day percentage decline for the company's stock since October 2009, a year before United and Continental closed their merger. The airline beat analysts' earnings expectations for the quarter ended in September, but executives said United has struggled to fend off competition from low-cost carriers and faced higher fuel and other costs. Cost pressure could eat into the company's bottom
Experts say that workplace bullying is disturbingly common. A big part of the problem is that there are very few places bullied and harassed employees can turn to for help. Bullying bosses and toxic workplaces have dominated the headlines recently. Along with allegations of sexual assault and harassment perpetrated by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, members of the entertainment industry have described how his brother Bob Weinstein would bully and verbally abuse staff. In a written statement to The Wall Street Journal, Weinstein said: “At times I have a temper, but I would not describe it as volatile, and I’m definitely not a bully.” The Weinstein company did not immediately return a request for
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. forecast 11 to 12 percent growth in revenue in the holiday quarter, when Apple Inc.’s much-anticipated iPhone X goes on sale. TSMC’s technological edge and its role as the main chip supplier to Apple is helping it weather poor smartphone demand globally. The world’s largest producer of made-to-order microchips is predicting revenue of $9.1 billion to $9.2 billion in the December quarter, in line with projections for about $9.15 billion. That forecast came after TSMC posted a narrower-than-expected 7 percent decline in profit. The Taiwanese giant, which had reported three consecutive months of sales declines, is one of the industry’s most cost-effective
Sales per square foot at Target Corp's 44 small-format stores are "easily double" that at traditional stores, Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell said on Thursday, after the retailer announced 11 new small-format stores opening this week. Target said it recorded an average of $300 in sales per square foot across its stores, compared with at least $600 in sales per square foot from its small-format stores. Target's more than 70 newly remodeled stores have seen an average 2-4 percent increase in sales since being renovated, Cornell said at a news briefing on Thursday to launch the latest small-format store opposite the Macy's Inc headquarters in Manhattan, New York.
More than 20% of Meredith Corporation's shares are owned by ETFs, with much of that being held in dividend-focused funds. This is among the highest percentages in the US market, and serves as a microcosm for the debate around the effect rapidly-growing ETF investment is having on the stock market. You may not have heard of Meredith Corporation, but its shareholder list highlights a tug-of-war in the stock market.
Did you miss "Mad Money" on CNBC? If so, here are some of Jim Cramer's top takeaways. In an "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer sat down with JJ Bienaime, CEO of orphan drugmaker BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) , shares of which declined today by 5.6% after the company's analyst day. Bienaime said they offered an exciting update on their drug portfolio, which now includes six drugs on the market and another three in development. Each of the development drugs could represent a billion dollar opportunity for the company. Cramer noted that BioMarin is also a terrific drug manufacturer and Bienaime added that they now have four facilities around the world to manufacture their products. Despite all
Wednesday, October 18, 2017The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 12 major stocks, including IBM Corp (IBM), Celgene (CELG) and Procter & Gamble (PG). These
Apple (APPL) is scheduled to report earnings on Nov. 2, and analysts are already out making their predictions of what its announcement will hold. And with the stock trading near its 52-week high, I'm guessing it better be good. But don't go looking to Mizuho's Abhey Lamba and Parthiv Varadarajan for good news. Sure, they expect Apple's earnings and to come in in-line with consensus expectations, but warn that guidance could be underwhelming, and see no reason to change their Neutral rating: Our thesis remains unchanged – we acknowledge the upgrade cycle opportunity, but we continue to see near-term volatility to shipment estimates as the X ramp is delayed, thereby contributing to supply shortages.
How do you control risk in the stock market when central banks flood the financial system with fabricated dollars? The U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB) have artificially pushed down interest rates and prompted demand for equities, as bond yields in recent years sunk to record lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.02% the S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.03% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.29% are all at record highs. On Wednesday, the Dow closed at a record high for the 51st time this year. The first thing you need to know is that you can control risk better than any billion-dollar mutual fund, money manager or hedge fund could ever hope to. We as individual investors
More than 66 million Americans will see a 2% increase in their monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2018. But many will see their take-home pay stay about the same as it was in 2017. In dollars and cents, the average retired worker's monthly benefit will rise $27 to $1,404 in 2018 from $1,377 in 2017. But depending on what happens with Medicare premiums, many people could see little or nothing of that 2% COLA, said Elaine Floyd, director of retirement and life planning at Horsesmouth. By way of background, the SSA deducts the Medicare Part B premium, which helps pay for physician, outpatient hospital, home health, and other services for the aged and disabled
If you think that the FAANGs -- Facebook (FB) , Apple (AAPL) , Amazon (AMZN) , Netflix (NFLX) and Google (aka Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL) ) -- are where all the tech sector action has been in 2017, you're sorely mistaken. That's because one gigantic tech stock has eclipsed the performance from all of those other tech sector stalwarts year-to-date. I'm talking about Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) . While China hasn't been grabbing U.S. investors' attention in a meaningful way this year, BABA should be. That's because this gigantic e-commerce platform has been expanding its reach into the big data and cloud-computing space in the People's Republic, a market that's rife with opportunities right