• Financial Times2 days ago

    Global Payments nears $20bn deal to buy Total System Services

    p Global Payments, a US financial technology company, is nearing a $20bn deal to acquire rival Total System Services, adding to the record-breaking pace of blockbuster consolidations in the payments industry. p Atlanta-based Global Payments is set to announce on Tuesday a combination with Total System in an all-stock transaction, said two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

  • Russia’s Dirty Oil Crisis Is Worse Than Almost Anyone Predicted
    Bloombergyesterday

    Russia’s Dirty Oil Crisis Is Worse Than Almost Anyone Predicted

    After any normal voyage the tanker would quickly deliver its 700,000 barrels of Russian crude into a refinery for processing into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products. Back in April, unusually high levels of the chemicals known as organic chlorides were discovered in Russian crude flowing through the giant Druzhba pipeline, built in the 1960s to carry crude from the U.S.S.R. to allied countries in Eastern Europe. The chlorides can severely damage oil refineries and on April 24 Russia's state pipeline operator, Transneft PJSC, halted shipments.

  • Fox Businessyesterday

    Average 401(k) balance by age group: See how your retirement savings compare

    This could, in part, be due to a noticeable bump in employer contributions — which are continuing to increase in 2019. "The average 401(k) employee contribution amount, in dollars, reached a record level of $2,370 in Q1, a 15% increase over one year earlier. In addition, the average 401(k) employer contribution, or company match, reached $1,780 in Q1, a record high and a 6% increase from one year earlier," Fidelity stated in a May report.

  • Avoid Paying Taxes on Social Security Income
    Investopedia8 hours ago

    Avoid Paying Taxes on Social Security Income

    Some people have to pay federal income taxes on the Social Security benefits they receive. Typically, this occurs only when individuals receive benefits and have other substantial sources of income from wages, self-employed earnings, interest, dividends, required minimum distributions from qualified retirement accounts, and other taxable income that must be reported on their tax returns. Taxable Social Security Income In accordance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, you won't pay federal income tax on more than 85% of your Social Security benefits.

  • Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped from leaving India - airport official
    Reuters3 hours ago

    Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped from leaving India - airport official

    The couple were taken into custody by immigration officers, the Indian Express reported, citing sources. Local media, citing sources, reported earlier this month that the ministry of corporate affairs had been looking into Jet's books and had asked for a corporate fraud investigation into the airline, suspecting that its promoters siphoned off funds. Once one of India's largest carriers, Jet was forced to ground all flights last month after running out of money and failing to secure funds, crippled by mounting losses as it attempted to compete with low-cost rivals.

  • 25 Stocks to Avoid After Memorial Day
    Schaeffer's Investment Researchyesterday

    25 Stocks to Avoid After Memorial Day

    Below, we take a look at the 25 worst stocks to own the week of Memorial Day. Looking at S&P 500 Index stocks over the past 10 years -- and considering only stocks with at least eight years' worth of returns -- a handful of bank names made the list. STI and FITB have ended the week lower 80% of the time, averaging losses of 2.49% and 2.07%, respectively, per data from Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White.

  • How China could use its massive US debt holdings as a trade war weapon
    CNBC Videos18 hours ago

    How China could use its massive US debt holdings as a trade war weapon

    China is currently the largest holder of U.S. government debt. It now owns $1.12 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds. If China decided to sell off its U.S. government debt holdings as a form of retaliation in the ongoing trade war with the U.S. and President Donald Trump, it could upend global financial markets and drive U.S. interest rates higher.

  • Fox Business2 days ago

    American flag won't come down under any circumstance: Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis

    Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis responded to the American flag controversy at his store in Statesville, North Carolina, telling FOX Business he is in the lawsuit battle for the long haul. The city of Statesville filed a lawsuit against Gander RV and its parent company, Camping World, for violating a city ordinance by flying a 3,200-square-foot American flag.  In a statement, the city said the company had previously applied for and received a permit for a compliant 1,000-square-foot flag.

  • Tesla's bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith
    Associated Pressyesterday

    Tesla's bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith

    But around the middle of December, investors started having doubts about the former Wall Street darling's prospects for continued growth, and the stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history. For the year, the share price is down around 40%, largely on concerns Tesla is running out of buyers for its vehicles, which range in price from a base $35,400 Model 3 to a larger Model X SUV that can run well over $130,000. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, on a private call with investors this week, raised the possibility that Tesla would have to be restructured due to rising debt and falling sales.

  • 5 Cheap Stocks to Buy That Are $6 or Less
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    5 Cheap Stocks to Buy That Are $6 or Less

    Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer With that in mind, here is a list of five of the best penny stocks to buy that I think have more upside potential to ride the market's bullishness. Pier 1 (PIR) PIR stock price: 64 cents Year-to-date gain: 100% Furniture retailer Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) has had a tough time getting its act together for several years. PIR stock has collapsed over the past year.

  • The Dip in Best Buy Stock Is Not An Endless Abyss
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    The Dip in Best Buy Stock Is Not An Endless Abyss

    However, this week it's starting to feel like December again. But this time it's different. So let's start with the macroeconomic picture.

  • CNBCyesterday

    Buy these 2 stocks that pay you more than the 10-year yield, says expert

    But while the sector plays might look tempting, one expert recommends being more selective. "Typically, if a company wants to pay a dividend, you need to have a solid balance sheet and strong cash flow, and those are the kinds of companies that do well when times get tough," Mark Tepper, president and CEO of wealth management firm Strategic Wealth Partners, said Thursday on CNBC's "Trading Nation." "So, of all the sectors, we like financials, but I still think you need to pick the winners, not the sector," he said.

  • InvestorPlaceyesterday

    AT&T Stock Could Be a Great Bet

    The Vision To get on board with bulls' contentions on T stock, you have to understand Stephenson's vision for the future of AT&T. The telecom sector is slogging through uncertain times right now, and both AT&T and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) knew something would have to change. However the two took diverging paths, with VZ doubling down on its wireless business and T entering more sectors. Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer Verizon has certainly taken the safer option, but in the long-term will it be better?

  • Huawei's 'fake demand' distorted global semiconductor growth
    Yahoo Finance23 hours ago

    Huawei's 'fake demand' distorted global semiconductor growth

    In the months leading up to Washington's decision to ban Huawei from doing business with US suppliers, the Chinese company stockpiled nearly a years worth of components in anticipation of coming headwinds. Now, the global semiconductor sector may have to pay for it. In all, analyst Sebastian Hou says the Chinese company's inventory buildup added 8% to the chip sector's global revenue growth in the 1st quarter, or $35 to $40 billion.

  • Kushner Cos. Gets $800 Million Federally Backed Apartment Loan
    Bloomberg2 days ago

    Kushner Cos. Gets $800 Million Federally Backed Apartment Loan

    The loan was issued by Berkadia, a lender co-owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Jefferies Financial Group Inc., in a deal that's backed by government-owned Freddie Mac, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named discussing the private transaction. The arrangement increases the government's exposure to Kushner Cos. at the same time that its former chief executive officer is one of the most powerful people in the White House.

  • Why Bull Market Could Rise Over 25% In 2019 Despite Trade War
    Investopediayesterday

    Why Bull Market Could Rise Over 25% In 2019 Despite Trade War

    The escalating U.S.-China trade war has raised bearish sentiment, but several respected investment strategists remain bullish, predicting the S&P 500 Index (SPX) will be up by 25% to 30% in 2019. Through the close on May 23, the S&P 500 gained 12.6% year-to-date. Binky Chadha, head of asset allocation and chief equity strategist at Deutche Bank, projects that the S&P 500 will end 2019 at 3,250, up by 29.7% for the year, and the most bullish call among 17 firms surveyed by CNBC.

  • InvestorPlaceyesterday

    7 Utility Stocks to Trust for Retirement

    Utility stocks include companies that provide essential services — electricity, energy and water — to communities across the U.S. Because doing this in a country as big as the U.S. is no mean feat, most states have one or two exclusive providers. In return for reining in their operations, the state provides a healthy annual growth target for the utilities and also allows them to operate unregulated businesses that can sell power to customers in the open market. What investors get are rock-solid companies that have no trade war drama attached to them, only growing demand for electricity and reliable dividends to add to their capital gains.

  • Josh Brown: How to double your money
    CNBC Videosyesterday

    Josh Brown: How to double your money

    Ritholtz Wealth Management CEO and Fast Money Halftime Report Trader Josh Brown on the power of compounding your money and the rule of 72.

  • The Race Is On to Build a Better Battery
    Fortuneyesterday

    The Race Is On to Build a Better Battery

    At first glance, all seems serene on a spring morning at the research-and-development campus of SK Innovation, one of Korea's biggest industrial conglomerates. The campus sits in Daejeon, a tidy, planned city an hour's high-speed-train ride south of Seoul that the national government has built up as a technology hub. Dotting SK's rolling acres are tastefully modern glass-and-steel buildings that wouldn't be out of place in a glossy architecture magazine.

  • TheStreet.comyesterday

    Water Company Dividend Kings That Quench the Thirst for Income

    When we talk of companies with an extensive track record of increasing their dividend payments to shareholders, something that tends to drive a step function higher in the share price over time, we tend to think of the Dividend Aristocrats. This is a set of companies that have boosted their quarterly dividends for more than 25 consecutive years. For those investors that focus on dividend income, these are great companies to own, but there is another group of stocks with an even longer track record of dividend hikes investors should consider.

  • TheStreet.com5 hours ago

    Buy Alibaba Shares on the Dip, Says Stifel, Adding It to Select List

    The recent decline in Alibaba shares represents a good buying opportunity, wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt on Friday, adding the Chinese e-commerce giant to the company's Select List of top investments. The stock has fallen 20% to $156 a share since the close on May 3, the last trading day before President Trump imposed higher tariffs on Chinese goods just as the market was pricing in optimism a trade deal would be agreed on. Devitt noted the stock is down 12% since May 15 when Alibaba reported a stellar earnings report in which it beat earnings per share estimates by 33% on the back of explosive revenue growth in cloud computing and strong performance in its core e-commerce business.

  • Can Aurora Cannabis Stock Breakout Over $10?
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    Can Aurora Cannabis Stock Breakout Over $10?

    Shares like Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) go through periods of volatility as well as quiet lulls that catch investors off-guard. ACB stock is flat since the report while the 39-stock ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEArca:MJ) is off less than 1%. Aurora stock is the fund's second-largest holding, behind Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON).

  • The Real Reason Microsoft Stock Stands Out Among Other Big Tech Names
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    The Real Reason Microsoft Stock Stands Out Among Other Big Tech Names

    In 2015, a year after Satya Nadella became its CEO and committed his company to the cloud, I put some Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares in my retirement account and forgot about them. With a market cap of $972 billion, Microsoft is now the world's most valuable company, and despite his earnest philanthropy, co-founder Bill Gates is worth over $100 billion.

  • African swine fever creates an opportunity for U.S. farmers
    Yahoo Financeyesterday

    African swine fever creates an opportunity for U.S. farmers

    Pork prices have surged this year as an outbreak of African swine fever sweeps across Asia, with up to 200 million hogs expected to die. Ted Seifried, Zaner Ag Hedge's chief market strategist, estimates that China has lost 35% of its herd, which is larger than the U.S. hog herd population. Despite a 62% tariff on U.S. pork products because of the U.S.-China trade war, export sales of pork to China was 37,000 metric tons — “a surprise,” Seifried told Yahoo Finance's On the Move.

  • 3 Oil Stocks to Drop Now
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    3 Oil Stocks to Drop Now

    To keep production high, the Administration is giving the oil companies everything they always wanted. It's possible because oil and gas no longer represent cheap energy. The lifetime cost of solar and wind installations, $63.20 per Megawatt-hour, is now below that of coal, and approaching that of natural gas. The solar power expansion that began early this decade in the Far West, spurred by favorable tax laws, has now spread to the heart of the U.S. oilpatch.