"Dividend Aristocrats" are S&P 500 stocks that meet certain minimum size and liquidity requirements and have at least 25+years of consecutive dividend increases. Through its flagship Walgreens chain and certain joint ventures, the company has a presence in more than 25 countries and employs over 385,000 people. WBA's 42 years of consecutive dividend increases qualify it as a Dividend Aristocrat, and the company appears positioned to deliver $5.95 of adjusted earnings per share for fiscal 2018.
Housing affordability hit its worst level in nearly a decade during the first quarter, according to Attom Data Solutions. Attom measures affordability by comparing average wages to median home prices to determine the share of income people need to spend on housing. Prospective buyers needed to shell out more because mortgage rates rose.
Several tech giants still carry reasonable valuations -- at least after accounting for the impact of heavy near-term spending and/or business model transitions. Apple's revenue growth profile isn't as strong as that of some of the companies mentioned below -- the consensus is for Apple to see 14% revenue growth in fiscal 2018, but just 4% growth in fiscal 2019.
Intel Corp. ex-Chief Executive Brian Krzanich’s affair with an employee, which cost him his job this week, started before he was CEO and ended several years ago, according to people familiar with the matter. The relationship, which those people said started about a decade ago, came into public view this week when Mr. Krzanich, 58 years old, resigned after the chip maker determined he had violated company policy by having a relationship with a co-worker. The woman involved in the affair still works at Intel, the people said.
Delaying retirement for just three to six months has the same impact as saving 1 percent more of your salary over 30 years. When it comes to retirement savings, many nest eggs fall short. The power of saving continues to decrease as workers approach retirement age, according to the working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research .
Jun.24 -- David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors Inc., shares his views on emerging markets, the trade disputes and the dollar. He speaks with Haidi Lun and Yvonne Man on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia."
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China has no plan to target U.S. companies operating in the nation amid escalating trade tensions, as that would run counter to Beijing’s goal of attracting foreign investments, South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing unidentified people. The policy makers sought to reassure foreign businesses in China amid fears that the Beijing government would retaliate for U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Chinese goods by harassing American firms or depriving them of commercial opportunities, the Hong Kong-based newspaper reported, citing "two Chinese government sources." The option of targeting these business "has never been on the cards," according to one of the people. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. President David Solomon, United Parcel Service Inc. Chairman David Abney and Pfizer Inc. Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla were among top executives at the meeting, according to the newspaper.
Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) did it again. Strong earnings, and a stronger forecast from CEO Sanjay Mehotra, continued to power Micron stock upward, but bears won’t let it go past the fundamentals so the memory chip maker is still a buy. On June 20 Micron reported net income of $3.823 billion, $3.10 per share, on revenue of $7.8 billion for the quarter. This compares to earnings of $1.65 billion, $1.40 per share, and revenues of $5.56 billion a year ago.
Since its December 2016 oil production-cut deal came into effect, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has seen crude oil prices more than double, following the market rebound from the lows of early 2016. Due to the global anticipation of the Cartel’s voluntary supply withdraws – aimed at further sustaining the technical price recovery – prices have steadily continued to trend higher since the 2014 Brent Crude oil contract plunged. Brokered by Algeria, the deal to cut production volumes – following OPEC’s 2014 attempt to break the US Shale-Oil industry by permitting the global supply overhang – nears its official end in the second half of the year.
Legendary hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones became famous after predicting the market crash of October 19, 1987, known as “Black Monday” when the Dow Jones dropped more than 22%. “The crash of ’87 was really interesting just because the crash of ’87 probably never would have happened except for, again, the market infrastructure at that point in time,” Jones said in a conversation with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein as part of the firm’s “Talks at GS” series. Jones, 63, began his career at E.F. Hutton as a commodities trader in the cotton pits in 1976 before transitioning to macro trading and founding his hedge fund, Tudor Investment Corp in 1980.
Shares of Caterpillar CAT closed up marginally on Friday, ending a streak of nearly two straight weeks of losses on the back of heightened trade war tensions between the U.S. and China. With that said, now might be the time for investors to consider buying Caterpillar stock based on its currently stellar valuation picture and strong growth prospects. Caterpillar has been one of the Dow’s worst performers during its recent downbeat stretch, which stands in stark contrast to its standing over the last few years.
China's central bank said on Sunday it would cut the amount of cash that some banks must hold as reserves by 50 basis points (bps), releasing $108 billion in liquidity, to accelerate the pace of debt-for-equity swaps and spur lending to smaller firms. The reserve reduction, the third by the central bank this year, had been widely anticipated by investors amid concerns over market liquidity and a potential economic drag from a trade dispute with the United States. Expectations of a cut had risen after the State Council, or cabinet, said on Wednesday monetary policy tools including targeted cuts in banks' reserve requirement ratios will be deployed to strengthen credit flows to small firms and keep economic growth in a reasonable range.
Necto, a startup which was recently accepted into Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator, wants to make it easy for users to set up their own ISP. While the type of network Necto is using isn't anything new, the company has an different business model it hopes will set it apart. Necto provides network management resources to "operators," who invest up front for network infrastructure and recruit local customers to pay and sign up for the service.
We discuss asset growth at PIMCO Income, dividend stock picks in healthcare, and more on this week's episode.
Long-haul airline Etihad Airways will loan pilots to competing Dubai-based carrier Emirates under a new program, officials acknowledged Sunday, marking a rare cooperation between the two state-owned carriers who operate only 115 kilometers (70 miles) apart. There's always been competition between Emirates, founded by Dubai's rulers in 1985, and Etihad, begun by Abu Dhabi's rulers in 2003.
Apple Inc. has struggled to meet Wall Street’s expectations for iPhone units sales in recent quarters, but the company has surprised investors by getting consumers to pay ever more for its phones. The threat of a full-blown trade war isn’t having the impact on investor sentiment and stock prices that might be expected judging by double-digit gains for the Nasdaq and modest but positive returns for the S&P 500 so far this year.
If we sidestep the dramatic sabotage acts going on at Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) right now, we run into the company’s recent solar news. While Tesla stock has been stampeding higher, fueled by a short squeeze, many are still questioning the automaker’s underlying fundamentals. Earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will layoff approximately 9% of its workforce.
Gold markets have been sideways during the trading session on Friday, as the $1275 level above is resistive. Ultimately, I think that Gold markets will continue to be very noisy, and I think we will go higher to retest the previous uptrend line that I have marked on the chart.
Social interaction and communication skills can be a challenge for people with autism spectrum disorder, but companies looking to hire untapped talent for tech-related jobs are discovering that those with autism are unusually detail-oriented, highly analytical, and able to focus intensely on tasks, making them valuable employees. Last October, six companies—Ford Motor, DXC Technology, EY, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, and SAP—formed the Autism at Work Employer Roundtable to share best hiring and workplace practices and to help other companies see the return on investment in hiring autistic employees. One of the first companies to seek out autistic talent was SAP, a multinational software company that began hiring autistic employees to do software testing.
Opinion: Memory chip maker’s stock gains after it combats every doomsday scenario with results and forecastBloomberg News/Landov”The industry we operate within is structurally different than in the past,” Micron Chief Executive Sanjay Mehrotra said Wednesday. Micron Technology Inc. once again countered all the doubts surrounding its stock Wednesday, as executives forcefully contended that the current strength in memory markets is not just a cyclical upturn. Micron (MU) on Wednesday reported strong profit and sales gains with a forecast that showed confidence that demand for memory chips will continue, along with higher prices of those components.
The European Union will respond to any U.S. move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on all imports of EU-assembled cars, a month after his administration launched an investigation into whether auto imports posed a national security threat. "If they decide to raise their import tariffs, we'll have no choice, again, but to react," EU Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told French newspaper Le Monde.
Corporate earnings will rise and the economy will expand in the next few years, but the stock market will see only limited gains, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs. In a Thursday note, strategists led by David Kostin raised their S&P 500 earnings estimate for each of the next three years, but left the price target for the index unchanged at 2,850 for year-end 2018 and 3,000 by the end of 2019. The S&P 500 (SPX) has been unable to break out of its recent range, finishing with a loss of 0.6% on Thursday and down more than 4% from its all-time high set in late January.
Rates for home loans pulled back in line with bond yields as trade war fears sent investors piling into safe assets. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.57% during the June 21 week, down from 4.62%, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said Thursday. Mortgage rates follow the path of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note,(XTUP:TMUBMUSD10Y=X) although with a lag.
CANNES, France—News of AT&T Inc.’s talks to acquire advertising technology firm AppNexus was welcomed by marketers, who are eager to have more options in the online ad sector beyond Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., the dominant players. AT&T, which is fresh off its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., has a treasure trove of TV and digital content from brands such as CNN and TNT. Now the telecom giant is in talks to buy AppNexus for $1.6 billion, a deal that would help it monetize that content better, using data from wireless customers to serve highly targeted ads.