The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) announced a combined fine of $1 billion against Wells Fargo (WFC) on Friday. The consent orders from the two agencies described how the bank unfairly disregarded its advertised process of locking-in interest rates for mortgages, as well as unfairly foisting insurance on customers taking out auto loans. If a closing of a mortgage dragged on due to Wells Fargo and not the customer, the bank still charged customers to keep the rates locked — despite this being contrary to policy, the consent order notes.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD is scheduled to report first-quarter 2018 earnings on Apr 25.Notably, the stock has delivered an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 35%. In the last reported quarter, the company came up with a positive
Since the February stock market correction started, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) stock has had a turbulent period of trading. Compare that with a flat stock market — both Philip Morris and Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) stocks have been decimated. Meanwhile, cannabis stocks like GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) have fared much better and are in line with the stock market in general.
WASHINGTON/JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump accused OPEC on Friday of "artificially" boosting oil prices, drawing rebukes from some of the world's top energy exporters. "Looks like OPEC is at it again. Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Walmart is testing new dress codes in a small number of U.S. stores with the hopes that this more relaxed environment will help to reel in and retain staff in an increasingly tighter labor market. This means that workers will be allowed to wear shirts of any solid color, which marks a shift from its previous option of only having blue or white shirts, according to an employee manual obtained by Bloomberg News. Walmart adds that visible facial tattoos will be forbidden for those hired after April 14, according to the manual.
“First-level” investors – those who buy and sell on headlines – mistakenly believe that real estate investment trust (REIT) profits will suffer if rates continue to rise. Overall, rising rates are actually good for the best REITs because it signals a rolling economy. Take the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ), which is now paying its highest current yield since 2009.
Kraken co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell says the cryptocurrency exchange will not comply with the New York attorney general's request for information.
Unsanitary conditions were found during multiple inspections of a Rose Acre Farms facility in Hyde County, N.C., that allowed for the “proliferation and spread of filth and pathogens throughout the facility that could cause the contamination of egg processing equipment and eggs,” according to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detailing inspections. A review of the farm’s pest control records flagged an ongoing rodent infestation, with rodents, dead carcasses and baby mice observed, along with workers who weren’t following proper sanitary practices.
On paper, most analysts will agree that Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) is enjoying a solid start to this year. Against the January opener, ATVI stock has gained nearly 9%. Despite Activision’s immense reputation in delivering the most compelling first-person shooter games, another company has unexpectedly taken its throne.
The Bitcoin bulls didn’t get the memo on Wednesday, with Bitcoin only managing a 3.56% rise on day, partially reversing Monday and Tuesday’s losses, to end the day at $8,169.5. A morning rally saw Bitcoin break out from the 23.6% FIB Retracement Level of $7,996.57 to hit a morning $8,168.8 high, breaking through the first major support level of $8,098.87 before seeing a pullback to an early afternoon $7,907.4 to call on buyer support at the 23.6% FIB Retracement Level of $7,996.57. A late afternoon rally saw Bitcoin hit an intraday high $8,237.2, testing the day’s 1st major resistance level for a 2nd time and this time managing to hold on through to the day’s end.
AT&T Corp. was sued by a tech firm that accuses the largest U.S. provider of pay TV of stealing the startup’s technology for providing online streaming news and interfering with its launch. Dallas-based AT&T reneged on an agreement to invest $100 million in My24hournews.com, which invented a system to deliver streaming news to computers, smartphones and tablets, after making off with its technology, the tech firm said in a lawsuit. AT&T violated agreements with My24hournews.com by “refusing to fund My24’s launch’’ and “holding My24’s Broadcast Platform hostage,’’ according to the complaint filed in federal court in Atlanta this week.
As earnings season is starting to pick up pace, here’s a look at some the top stock trades in the stock market. With shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) down more than 4% Friday, it’s no wonder tech is having a tough day. Many investors are trying to figure out what to make of Apple’s 7% slide over the past three trading sessions.
Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) shares fell off a cliff on April 19 after the company reported disappointing earnings. The fall was bigger than the disappointment, but it seemed to portend trouble for tobacco generally and took the whole consumer staples sector of the market down with it. The company — which sells exclusively outside the U.S. and spun-out from Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) in 2008 — had net income of $1.65 billion, $1.00 per share, on revenue of $6.9 billion.
Caught between obligations to shareholders and employees, IBM (NYSE:IBM) was unable to commit to the $1 billion per quarter needed to compete in cloud early in this decade. IBM was not the only company to make this historic mistake.
The first contract secured by Transocean is for its semi-submersible rig, GSF Development Driller I in Australia. The contract is an extension of the rig’s current work, which is scheduled to terminate in September 2018. Quadrant Energy intends to extend the contract, which will now deploy the rig for two more months — November and December.
Former Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is starting a technology business incubator, Lumi Labs, with longtime colleague Enrique Muñoz Torres. The venture will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence, according to the company’
ZTE Corp., one of China's biggest tech companies, warned Friday a ban on access to U.S. technology threatens its survival and said the company is looking for a legal solution. State-owned ZTE "may enter a state of shock," which will hurt its employees and U.S. suppliers, its chairman said, according to Chinese news reports. The ban was imposed Monday in a case involving exports of telecoms equipment to Iran and North Korea.
Ford is using exoskeleton suits created by Ekso Bionics to help its line workers work safer. EksoVest provides a 15 pound assist on each arm, helping people work overhead longer.
Friday, April 20, 2018The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Goldman Sachs (GS), Abbott Labs (ABT) and Altria (MO). These research
Other industry players are falling today as well on the news as investors ruminate on an uncertain future for tobacco. U.S. Marlboro producer Altria (MO) is down over 7% and British American Tobacco (BTI) – owner of R.J Reynolds – is down almost 6%. Philip Morris has missed the Zacks Composite Earnings estimate in each of the last 4 quarters due to regulation, increased taxation and an overall decline in demand for tobacco products.
It was chipmakers’ turn behind the tech woodshed this week, as investors punished shares of the leading producers of computer hardware. Semiconductor stocks sank a third day Friday, with losses spilling over to Apple Inc. as concerns mounted that smartphone demand would derail earnings growth at the same time China and the U.S. skirmish on the trade front. Meanwhile, the Fang cohort of megacaps, outside of Apple, pushed higher after weeks of struggles.
Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon's digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr . At the same time, he said he's still figuring out his actual plans: "It sounds silly for the CEO to not to totally know what he’s going to do, but we haven’t built SmugMug on a master plan either.
Semiconductor stocks as a group had a difficult day on Thursday as a broad-based sell-off in this space pushed many of these stocks lower. In my eye however the next major catalyst are the upcoming earnings reports. For Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) the earnings report will hit on April 25 after the close of trading for the day.
GlaxoSmithKline plc GSK is scheduled to report first-quarter 2018 results on Apr 25 before market open. Last quarter, the company delivered a positive surprise of 4.35%. Shares of Glaxo shares have outperformed the industry so far this year.
I may buy some of Altria (MO) today. No joke. Call me evil. For one, I have no problem whatsoever with profiting from tobacco. On that day that you are wet, cold, covered in slime, and know you won't be able to seek shelter for another week, while having to remain motionless and silent... there is nothing in this world better than a good chaw. As you can see, this name fell out of bed while Phillip Morris (PM) was taken out behind the barn yesterday after that form reported. This firm Altria reports next Thursday. The chart is absolutely disgusting. The daily MACD, Relative Strength, and Money Flow would all call the investor crazy for getting involved. The Fibonacci model that needed to hold