The U.S. stock market only had a taste of the potential damage from higher bond yields earlier this year, with the biggest test yet to come, according to Morgan Stanley. “Appetizer, not the main course,” is how the bank’s strategists led by London-based Andrew Sheets described the correction of late January to early February. Although higher bond yields proved tough for equity investors to digest, the key metric of inflation-adjusted yields didn’t break out of their range for the past five years, they said in a note Monday.
Qualcomm (QCOM) tops our list. The chip maker is raising its bid for NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to $44B. The Wall Street Journal reports that Qualcomm hopes the $5B increase will boost NXP shareholder support for the deal.
Shares in Rite Aid fell 30 percent in the six months after Walgreens agreed to buy half of its stores, with investors judging the smaller pharmacy chain was in danger of being left with little scale and negotiating power to beat down drugmakers and insurers on price. Its stock initially surged by as much as 25 percent on Tuesday after the announcement of Albertsons purchase, which bring it more than 2,500 retail locations and a pharmacy benefits business. Albertsons said its buyout, which will allow it to unify its own retail pharmacy operations under the Rite Aid brand, would give it greater clout with patients and drug industry players alike.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company HPE is set to report first-quarter fiscal 2018 results on Feb 22. The question lingering in investors’ minds is whether this IT solution-providing company will be able to post a positive earnings surprise in the to-be-reported quarter. Notably, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has delivered positive earnings surprises in the last two quarters.
Venezuela will launch a pre-sale of its commodity-backed "petro" cryptocurrency on Tuesday. President Nicolas Maduro hopes the country's own digital currency will help it to make financial transactions and get around Western sanctions. Both the United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela over their opposition to its autocratic government. Last year, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index downgraded Venezuela from a "hybrid regime" to an "authoritarian regime" due to its "continued slide towards dictatorship." Venezuela's petro token will be backed by its oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves, according to the government. The country's cryptocurrency
Buffett and Munger have been critics of fees charged to investors by fund managers. Warren Buffett’s right-hand man, Charlie Munger, the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A, BRK-B), said they had an “easier world” than the young investors of today face. “I don’t think you’re going to get the kind of results we got by just doing what we did,” Munger, 94, said at the Daily Journal’s (DJCO) annual meeting in Los Angeles last week.
Go big or go home. That’s the motto of one mysterious investor who put his chips on the table, buying close to $400 million of the No.1 digital currency, bitcoin. The purchase comes as cryptocurrencies are making a comeback after a dreadful start to 2018. Major digital currencies lost as much as 50% to start the year as growing regulation and security fears crippled the market, seeing traders bail on their positions. However, the tide has turned. The price of bitcoin BTCUSD, +1.61% has increased more than 60% since trading under $6,000 on February 6, pushing back above $10,000, helped by signs of growing recognition of digital currencies from officials in Washington. “Not sure who that big buyer
Shares of Alaska Air Group, Inc. ALK have declined more than 2% ever since it released its traffic results for January 2018, last week. In the first month of 2018, the company’s consolidated traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles or RPMS) increased
For decades, Saudi Arabia was the voice of moderation within OPEC, pushing back against the urging of members like Venezuela and Iran for higher oil prices. That role seems to be shifting. Thanks to OPEC-led production cuts, crude prices are double their level two years ago and bloated oil stockpiles are almost back to normal. Yet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih wants to go further. Producers should keep cutting for the whole year, even if it causes a small supply shortage, Al-Falih said. “If we have to overbalance the market a little bit, then so be it,” he told reporters in Riyadh last week. Source: IEA Saudi Arabia faces unprecedented pressures as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman embarks
Hackers who tried to steal nearly $2 million from India's City Union Bank this month used tactics similar to those employed in the unsolved cyber heist of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank in 2016, City's CEO said on Monday. The unknown hackers disabled the City printer connected to global payments platform SWIFT on Feb. 6, preventing the bank from receiving acknowledgement messages for three fraudulent payment instruction sent that evening until the next morning. The next morning, bank officials managed to reconcile the previous day's transactions and found out "three transactions which were not originated from our bank".
Chip giant Broadcom (AVGO) a short while ago issued a statement slamming Qualcomm’s (QCOM) announcement this morning it would raise its bid for NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), saying Qualcomm is transferring value from its own shareholders to those of NXP. Broadcom stock has turned around from earlier losses, now up $4.19, or 1.7%, at $253.08, Qualcomm stock is down $2.60, or 4%, at $62.25, and NXP stock is up $7.35, or 6%, at $125.85. It’s been a busy morning for Broadcom and Qualcomm, who are locked in an M&A battle, with Qualcomm trying to buy NXP, and Broadcom conducting a hostile takeover effort to get Qualcomm. Qualcomm said this morning it agreed with NXP’s board to raise its bid to $127.50
Trading Nation: These investors are buying into the chip rip 3:10 PM ET Fri, 16 Feb 2018 | 02:43 Chip stocks are ripping higher, and one market watcher says the semiconductor space could be in for an even bigger rally. The SMH semiconductor ETF last week posted its best week in more than two years. The rally, led by Applied Materials, Lam Research and Micron, comes as the group has fallen roughly 5 percent from highs late last month. Despite that sell-off, SMH is still up about 34 percent in the last year. Applied Materials and Lam Research are the "two 800 pound gorillas in the space. They both reported and are positive on industry spending in 2018," Mike Binger, portfolio manager at Gradient
Billionaire David Tepper, the head of Appaloosa Management, recently filed his quarterly 13F report. According to the SEC filings, Appaloosa's value increase by almost 50% in the last quarter of 2017. As of the start of 2018, Appaloosa Management's largest holdings were Micron Technology Inc. (MU), Facebook Inc. (FB), and Powershares QQQ Trust (QQQ). $10.5 Billion Portfolio Stocks in Appaloosa's portfolio which were represented on the 13F filings totaled $10.5 billion as of December 31, 2017. The list value for those stocks was up an astonishing 47.5% as compared with the previous quarter, according to Value Walk. By comparison, the S&P 500 was up just over 6% over the same period. At a time
Credit card processors are mostly responsible for data transmission and security when you use your card at a store or online to make a purchase. Below, we've outlined the major players in credit card processing and described their major strengths.
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“There are allegedly 6 million jobs available,” Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry, told FOX Business.“This is the time to be proactive. “If that’s all you’re doing, you might as well go to 7-Eleven and a buy a lottery ticket, scratch it off and see if you win,” he said.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker speaks about its launch of the aircraft, as well as his company's upcoming earnings report.
Realty Income Corp. O is scheduled to report fourth-quarter and 2017 results after the market closes on Feb 21. The company’s funds from operations (FFO) per share are likely to remain stable whereas its revenues are anticipated to witness a rise year over year.
Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Boeing BA, Lockheed Martin LMT, Huntington Ingalls HII, General Dynamics GD and Raytheon RTN. On Feb 12, the Pentagon unveiled the fiscal 2019 budget proposal outlined by President Trump, intended at rebuilding the U.S. military into a more capable, lethal, and geared up Joint Force.
Hasbro (HAS) has made bank off Star Wars toys over the last few years. But, sales came under pressure during the holiday season as the latest film installment, Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi, didn't live up to some fans expectations. The rare sales miss for Hasbro from a bread and butter franchise raised some concerns on Wall Street of movie toy fatigue. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner told TheStreet he remains bullish on the franchise. Editors' Pick: Originally published on February 19, 2018.
(Note: The author of this fundamental analysis is a financial writer and portfolio manager.) Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG) rocketed higher last week after the company announced Brian Niccol would become the new CEO, replacing the former CEO and Founder Steve Ells. Brian Niccol previously served as the CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM) Taco Bell division. Shares of the company jumped by over 20% following the news. But the good times might not last, at least not according to the options market which shows a significant amount of bets that shares of the fast-casual restaurant will decline by perhaps more than 20% by year-end. (For more, see also: Chipotle: Rise and Fall of a Wall Street
For Airbus SE’s second-in-command Fabrice Bregier, the delivery of the first A350-1000 model came with a bitter-sweet tinge: his last day at the European manufacturing giant after being overlooked for the top job. Bregier, 56, at least had the satisfaction of seeing the A350 through to the end of its launch phase, with the stretched -1000 model representing the culmination of a program whose production problems took some of the gloss off its sales success during his final years at the company. “I could have stayed a bit longer, but I think I am one of the top managers who has spent the longest time running Airbus,” Bregier, Airbus’s chief operating officer and the head of its main jetliner arm, said at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, after handing the plane to Qatar Airways. Frenchman Bregier insisted that he had “only good memories” of 15 years at Airbus, before which he led the company’s MBDA missiles joint venture.
Latvia's anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation's central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him. The agency said Monday that no formal charges have so far been filed against Ilmars Rimsevics, who is also on the top policymaking council of the European Central Bank. Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after an extraordinary Cabinet meeting Monday that the central banker will face "restrictions" to be announced later.
U.S. stock futures were trading lower on Monday, reversing Friday’s mostly upbeat action, though analysts warned against reading too much into the moves, given traders are off for Presidents Day. American stock markets and the bond market are closed for the holiday, and there are no economic releases expected, as federal agencies are shuttered. Check out: Which markets are closed on Presidents Day? What are the main benchmarks doing? Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMH8, -0.52% shed 133 points, or 0.5%, to 25,103, while S&P 500 futures ESH8, -0.46% gave up 12.50 points, or 0.5%, to 2,722.50. Nasdaq-100 futures NQH8, -0.29% fell by 19.75 points, or 0.3%, to 6,767. Last week, the Dow DJIA,