MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - As OPEC's efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits - and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude. Russia paired with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate benchmark Brent prices close to four-year highs. Now, the relatively high prices brought about by that pact, coupled with surging U.S. output, are making it harder to sell Russian, Nigerian and other oil grades in Europe, traders said.
According to some market pundits, issues like Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) woes, China trade war concerns and today’s much more volatile and erratic cryptocurrency market can all be fingered as reasons why investors should stay away from Nvidia stock. If you’re a buyer of those markets, Nvidia — whose chips are leaders in all those areas — should sound attractive. This appears to be the case for Nvidia stock right now–and that’s good news for bulls.
Tax returns using mortgage interest deduction Already, the deduction was not used by most taxpayers. Of the 150 million or so tax returns the IRS has received annually in recent years, just 20 percent claimed the deduction, according to research from the Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center. The anticipated drop is largely due to the near-doubling of the standard deduction that took effect Jan. 1 under the new tax law. Fewer taxpayers are expected to itemize their deductions, which is the only way to take advantage of the tax break for interest paid on mortgages. The new report estimates that 18 million households will itemize deductions this year, down from 46.5 million last year. Taxpayers would
Bitcoin Cash is up 17% against the dollar on Monday. The cryptocurrency has risen 80% over the last seven days. An upcoming 'fork' of the currency — a change to its underlying code — appears to be supporting the price rally. Follow the live Bitcoin Cash
It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba's Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant's massive reach. The company refused to sign an exclusive contract with Alibaba, and instead participated in a big sale promotion with its archrival, JD.com Inc. Tmall punished them by taking steps to cut traffic to their storefront, two executives told The Associated Press.
AT&T Inc. attacked the U.S. government expert who disputes the company’s claim that its takeover of Time Warner Inc. would lead to $2.5 billion in cost savings. Rob Walters, a lawyer for AT&T, tried Monday to undermine the Justice Department’s expert, Ronald Quintero, saying he ignored AT&T’s history of successfully integrating companies and achieving projected savings. Walters also said that in a separate case in which he testified as an expert, Quintero’s testimony was "utterly discredited" by a judge.
The usually reliable Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) is off to a horrific start this year, with MO stock shedding 18%. For technical analysts, the recent break below $60 was highly discouraging. In short, MO stock must regain its footing quickly due to the significant technical damage.
ESL Investments, the hedge fund led by the CEO of Sears Holdings, Eddie Lampert, has made a proposal to buy some of the retailer's assets.
Pipelines were supposed to be safe tollways that produced plenty of cash flows. Kinder Morgan stock has pretty much languished since that fateful day. Moves to right the ship at Kinder Morgan have begun to work and KMI has finally given long-suffering shareholders what they wanted all the time — a big return to dividend growth.
It took a few months after I wrote my piece, but Bank of America stock eventually rocketed past its doldrums. On a year-to-date basis, Bank of America stock is up 2%. About two weeks ago, Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane stated that “it’s not our intent to underwrite or finance military-style firearms.” BAC’s firearms-related clients include Vista Outdoor Inc (NYSE:VSTO), Remington, and Sturm Ruger & Company Inc (NYSE:RGR).
Reagan's stock market gives clues for the Dow's next move: Acampora 2:27 PM ET Fri, 20 April 2018 | 01:53 Donald Trump, like Ronald Reagan before him, is an outside-the-beltway president. That recently prompted longtime market watcher Ralph Acampora to investigate whether the two had anything else in common. What he found could be a warning to the stock market. "Ronald Reagan had a six-month honeymoon," Acampora, director of technical research at Altaira Capital Partners, told CNBC's "Futures Now" last week. "The percentage gain was roughly about 10 percent." When Reagan was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 1981, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading at around 950. The index, which at
A month has gone by since the last earnings report for Micron Technology, Inc. MU. Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers. Micron reported outstanding quarterly results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018.
Just as lawyers for AT&T Inc. wrap up what most have considered to be a strong defense of the Time Warner Inc. megamerger, information has trickled out that may test the company’s credibility. AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the U.S., and its larger rival Verizon Communications Inc. are reportedly under investigation by U.S. antitrust officials over whether the companies colluded to make it harder for customers to switch carriers. The probe has to do with new electronic SIM, or eSIM, technology that allows consumers to make the switch by changing settings on their phone or tablet, rather than having to physically swap out a SIM card chip or go through their carrier. The Justice Department
The 2017 pay for the CEO of United Airlines was nearly half that of the year before, as the airline faced a number of public relations disasters, including the violent dragging of a passenger off one of its flights last April. Oscar Munoz took home $9.56 million last year, nearly half of compensation in 2016, the company said in a filing on Monday. Munoz told employees that he suggested that the company's compensation committee not give him a bonus. In the letter to employees, which was seen by CNBC, Munoz said: "I felt it was important to send a message about the culture of accountability and integrity that we are building here as a United team." "We had some incredible successes in 2017, but
United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS is scheduled to report first-quarter 2018 results on Apr 26, before the market opens. Revenues improved 11.2% to $18,829 million from the year-ago quarter, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $18,190.5 million.
Iran's financial businesses should not deal in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, according to the country's central bank and one of its principal market regulators. Fearing the possible illicit use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering and terrorist financing, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sent out a circular on Sunday to prohibit the use of the technology within financial institutions, the country's national news agency reports.Â The announcement, made public yesterday, wasÂ passed by Iran's anti-money laundering body in December, 2017.
Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer. The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression. The private equity firm ESL Investment, headed by Sears chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, said it might buy the assets — Kenmore, Sears Home Services' home improvement business and the company's Parts Direct business — if the company is willing to sell.
Saudi Arabia is rumored to want oil prices at $100 per barrel, but if prices rise that high, it could sow the seeds of the next downturn. Saudi officials want more revenues for their budget and a higher oil price to bolster the valuation of the Aramco IPO. As Liam Denning of Bloomberg Gadfly points out, in the past decade, while oil prices have surpassed $100 per barrel for periods of time, they didn’t stay there for very long.
Like Procter, on the surface, you could make a strong case to own Kimberly-Clark given its release where the company talked about 2% growth and some very strong numbers in consumer tissue -- think Kleenex -- and personal care. Tissue sales in North America increased 6% and developing and emerging markets increased 7%. Kimberly's professional segment increased 5%.
Shares of Texas Instruments TXN dipped into the red during early afternoon trading Monday, just one day before the chip behemoth is scheduled to release its latest quarterly earnings report. With concerns emerging that the dominant run for semiconductor stocks could be over soon, investors will want to key a close eye on the recent results of an industry bellwether like TXN. Increased demand for its chips—thanks to a variety of new applications throughout the tech landscape—has helped Texas Instruments surge considerably over the past few years.
Goldman Sachs upgraded shares of Merck to buy from neutral and named it to its Americas Conviction List of favorite stocks on Monday because of potential booming sales from the drugmaker's blockbuster lung cancer treatment Keytruda. Merck shares rose 2.4 percent in premarket trading on the Goldman call. "We believe the narrative for this company is quickly changing with the success of Keytruda (a potential $16bn asset by 2025E) driving a significant shift in product mix from a large primary care evolving into a specialty biopharma," Jami Rubin wrote in a note to clients. Rubin's 12-month price target of $73 calls for a 24 percent increase for the shares from Friday's close. Earlier this month,
Very few make it to the top of Corporate America's highest mountain, known as the C-Suite. Those that do often have a story to tell. The Coca-Cola Company (KO) Chief Financial Officer Kathy Waller has come a long way in her career since joining the beverage giant as a senior accountant in 1987. Through tireless efforts and an unyielding dedication to her company, Waller has ascended to one of the most elite positions at Coke ... if not Corporate America. TheStreet talks with Waller about her rise through the corporate ranks and how she thinks more woman could follow her path. Here are two excerpts below from the podcast interview, which could be listened to below. Coke beat on earnings estimates
Workplace discrimination in China often begins with help-wanted ads. Job recruitment websites routinely feature advertisements from prominent technology employers such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. for positions that are open only to men, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch on Monday. With the three big internet companies boasting they have “beautiful girls” or “goddesses,” those ads contribute to widespread gender discrimination in the workplace, Human Rights Watch said.
(Note: The author of this fundamental analysis is a financial writer and portfolio manager.) Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) options traders are betting on a surge in volatility after the company reports first-quarter results on April 25 after the close of trading. Options are currently pricing in a rise or fall of nearly 14% by expiration on May 18. It is a massive price swing and is a far more substantial range of volatility than even Amazon, which is known to have a history of delivering results that miss or beat analysts estimates by a wide margin. (See also: Amazon's Stock Faces Giant 10% Swings on Earnings.) Analysts are looking for revenue to climb by over 59% to $1.57 billion, while