In my four earlier ones, I covered why December was lousy and why stocks are on the right side of a swift V-shaped recovery. U.S. stocks have climbed more than 10 percent since the market close on Christmas Eve. Assuming December 24 remains the bottom, this correction ended later in a calendar year than any correction or bear market ever.
This weekend's Barron's cover story features the top picks from the 2019 Barron's Roundtable. Other featured articles offer bargain gold mining stocks and how to play the life sciences boom. Also, the prospects for office REITs, a retail stock on sale and a battleground stock.
Trade talk rumors are boosting an already healthy rally but the bad news may be that the markets are pricing in a favorable trade deal. The market has gone from dramatically oversold to overbought in a few weeks, making it vulnerable to downside risks. A major trade deal could have unintended effects on the U.S. economy.
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It took the worst corporate scandal in automotive history for Volkswagen to make the necessary decision to transform itself into an electric car company. The world's largest car maker will spend $50 billion over the next five years to develop 50 new electric models, an increase from six today, and produce 1 million electric cars by 2025. This radical reinvention is exactly what is needed to stave off a challenge from Tesla (TSLA) and a band of upstarts from California and China that are building for an electric future.
Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, who died this week at the age of 89, has been rightly celebrated as one of the most important innovators in the history of capitalism, upending Wall Street retail brokerage and the mutual fund industry. Bogle's winning bet that the average market return would beat most active managers includes an important, if counter-intuitive lesson about success: the path to it does not always mean you have to spend more, or stretch. If Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle, who died this week at the age of 89, represented the pinnacle of American success, his success is one that includes a counter-intuitive lesson.
But one thing he said really rattled Reddit's “FIRE” board, where half a million subscribers gather to share their thoughts on the “financial independence, retire early” strategy that's become a hot-button topic for millennials. Here's what set them off: 'Suze Orman was criticized as being elitist and out-of-touch for suggesting that you might need $5 million to $10 million to retire at 35. But she's not wrong under her framework, which is that in retirement, you want to live well, not poorly.
Then we talked about community festivals where she could show her work and sell it. Most of the festivals required an entrance fee, so she did a lot of research and entered a couple, to try it out. She sold several paintings and even got a couple of custom orders.
The IRS urged taxpayers last year to do a “paycheck checkup” to make sure they were withholding enough from their paychecks to satisfy their obligations under the new tax law. But on Wednesday, the agency acknowledged in effect that the changes to the tax code could be confusing and said it would relax the penalty for not withholding enough from paychecks or quarterly estimated payments in 2018. Last February, the IRS changed the guidance it issues employers pertaining to how much in taxes they should withhold from employees' paychecks.
In one of the tightest labor markets in decades, employee happiness may be more important than ever for companies to retain good workers. Unemployment, which has remained at a nearly 50-year low for the past few months, climbed slightly in December to 3.9 percent. However, the rise in the unemployment rate likely stemmed from a jump in the labor force participation rate -- not a shortage in new jobs -- because at 63.1 percent, it's at the highest level in more than a year, tied for the highest rate since 2013.
Lenders approved the termination of the lease for the tenant, Gulliver's Gate, at the end of last year, according to debt filings. Kushner Cos. -- owned by the family of Jared Kushner, the White House senior adviser and son-in-law of President Donald Trump -- is seeking tenants for the space, but “there have been no firm” letters of intent, according to the records. Any loss may affect Kushner Cos.' ability to keep up with debt payments on the Times Square property, one of the company's most valuable in the city.
Is a trade war truce in the offing? Trade war stocks rally. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Carter Worth, Tim Seymour, Dan Nathan and Guy Adami.
Disney's stake in Hulu and its ownership of BAMtech led to a loss of more than $1 billion in the latest fiscal year. Direct-to-consumer losses should continue to surge as Disney ramps up Disney+, its new streaming service. Disney DIS isn't launching its new streaming service until later this year, but investors are already learning the economic challenges of the business.
Because of all this, when it comes to finding artificial intelligence stocks, they are usually larger companies. Lithium Stocks to Buy Despite the Market's Irrationality OK then, which names are positioned to benefit? Well, let's take a look at five that stand out: Alphabet (GOOG) Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai refers to the company as “AI first.
ConEd's dividend growth history places it on the exclusive list of Dividend Aristocrats, a group of stocks in the S&P 500 Index with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases. ConEd offers a safe dividend and will continue to pay its dividend even during a recession. Given the recent volatility in the stock markets, ConEd's rock-solid dividend becomes that much more valuable for income investors.
CNBC's Jim Cramer looks ahead at a busy week of earnings reports that he says might drive investors crazy. Johnson & Johnson, Comcast and Starbucks will be among the companies issuing quarterly results. "I can't recall a time when the forecast will be more important, certainly much more important than the results," Cramer, host of "Mad Money," told viewers.
Last week, Barron's gave its accounting of how its nine Round Table, big-name, money managers did with their picks in 2018. Scott Black selected four losers out of five picks. Abbey Joseph Cohen didn't even manage one winner out of five -- but she did, at least, manage to show average total return losses of just (-11.86%).
New York's Consolidated Edison Inc., which owns renewable energy projects that sell power to the California utility, was downgraded Friday by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith, saying there's a “good likelihood” PG&E will reject the contracts. ConEd acquired solar, storage and wind assets in December through a $1.6 billion deal with Sempra Energy. ConEd spokesman Allan Drury said in an email the utility is aware of PG&E's potential bankruptcy and “will monitor any developments.” ConEd shares fell 0.6 percent to $76.55 at 12:51 p.m. in New York.
Investors have typically view this as a bullish signal that points to more upside — and Cornerstone Macro technician Carter Worth believes the gold bulls might just be right. Worth points out that a "wedge" has formed in the chart of gold over the past few years, and that's got the technician looking for an bounce ahead for the metal. What's more, gold is outperforming the overall commodities market, leading Worth to say that the metal is seeing "the prospect of an important breakout" — thanks to its strength.
Ford Motor Co. 's venerable horsepower-heavy F-150 pickup truck very soon will be available for purchase without an engine. After more than 40 years on the market, the company's highly popular "Built Ford Tough" pick-up will be going electric, according to Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets. "We're going to be electrifying the F-Series - battery electric and hybrid," Farley said during a presentation at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference in the MGM Grand in Detroit on Friday.
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The downturn is squeezing urban workers and entrepreneurs the ruling Communist Party is counting on to help transform China from a low-wage factory into a prosperous consumer market. Headline economic numbers still look healthy. Growth in 2019 is forecast at more than 6 percent, down only slightly from about 6.5 percent last year.
When a financial advisor says buy beta, he or she is usually referring to buying stocks and ETFs that have relatively high covariances in performance with the S&P 500. The standard deviation in returns over the given period would be equal. Meanwhile a stock with a beta of 2.0 has produced double the standard deviation in performance of the S&P 500 over a given timeframe (I use 3-year betas), while a stock with a beta of 0.50 has produced half the standard deviation of performance of the S&P 500.
Cramer used the call partly to give his latest views on the so-called FAANG stocks -- Facebook , Amazon , Apple , Netflix and Alphabet/Google , -- all of which his charitable trust owns except for Netflix. Here's his take on the four FAANGs that the trust currently holds: Facebook Cramer said his trust considered selling some Facebook shares on Thursday, but decided not to because "we think it's cheap, [and] we think that it's still getting a lot of business. But most important, we haven't had any headline risk, and this is a 'headline-risk' stock."
FedEx Corp (FDX.N) said on Friday it could take as much as $575 million in charges as it began offering voluntary cash buyouts to certain U.S-based employees in a bid to reduce costs. The parcel company announced in December that it would be offering voluntary buyouts to ease pressure on profits that have been hit by troubles in its express delivery unit and the integration of European company TNT. FedEx had said that the vast majority of its buyout offers would be made to workers at the FedEx Express unit, which has 227,000 employees, and at FedEx Services, which employs 30,000 people.