All four of these names have very strong cash flows that allow them to not only pay better than 3% dividends, but also to buy back stock. Two are consumer staples, a sector that's been the S&P 500's second-best performer over the past month (up 3.83%). The others are in health care, which has been the S&P 500's No. 3 best sector (+3%) during the past month.
European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager coolly hit Google with a 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) fine last week, the biggest penalty in the history of antitrust enforcement. A year earlier, when the company -- already reeling from a 2.4 billion-euro fine in another EU case -- made quiet attempts to settle the probe into deals it has with Android phone makers, the response was equally chilly. The Silicon Valley search giant had waited at least a year too long to broach the subject of a settlement, the 50-year-old Vestager said in an interview.
This year hasn’t been a great one for AT&T (NYSE:T) shareholders. T stock is down 19% since the end of December, as investors grapple with the impact of rising interest rates on dividend stocks, the uncertainty regarding the union of Time Warner and AT&T, and the fact that most of its key markets are not only quite competitive, but highly saturated. A reversal of fortune for struggling AT&T shares may be right around the corner.
JPMorgan Chase Co.’s (JPM)chief executive, Jamie Dimon, was the highest-paid CEO in the U.S. banking sector last year, snagging a tidy $28.3 million in total compensation, up 3.9% from the previous year, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Bank of America Corp. (BAC)CEO Brian Moynihan came in second place with total compensation of $21.3 million, according to the data company, followed by Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup Inc. (C) , who took home $17.8 million. The surprise: Fourth place went to Timothy Sloan of Wells Fargo & Co. Inc. (WFC) , who took home $17.5 million, even as his bank continued to slowly recover from a series of scandals involving the creation of unauthorized accounts and imposition of other products and fees on unsuspecting customers.
The stakes are unusually high as Tesla Inc.’s second-quarter earnings day approaches. Chief Executive Elon Musk has created several new controversies in recent weeks via his Twitter account, sending shares down more than 7% in July. The question for Tesla investors may not be asked during the post-results call but it’s increasingly pertinent: Are Musk’s outbursts against analysts, the media, critics and others mere distractions for Tesla, or are they signs of more serious problems at the Silicon Valley auto maker?
There's an investment account that can help. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax-exempt trust accounts that pay or reimburse medical expenses for you or your family if you have a healthcare plan with an annual deductible of $1,350 or $2,700 or more, respectively. The accounts, which you can open through your employer or financial institution, allow you to fund your account with pre-tax income from your paycheck.
The stock market’s strong run over the past few years brought attention to high-flying growth stocks, usually from the technology sector, that were consistently outpacing the market. However, fresh volatility within the last few months has shifted the
For almost any investing strategy, growth stocks provide your portfolio with the extra lift necessary for robust success. If growth stocks go sideways, investors usually have no recourse other than to hope shares turn back up. Most growth stocks have already skyrocketed in the markets, leaving little room for capital appreciation.
General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported earnings and reacted in very different ways. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) could be gearing up for a big move, too. Not long ago, General Electric (NYSE:GE) got the boot from the Dow Jones.
Toyota Motor Corp. may stop importing some models into the U.S. if President Donald Trump raises vehicle tariffs, while other cars and trucks in showrooms will get more expensive, according to the automaker’s North American chief. The Japanese carmaker is busy analyzing scenarios about how tariff schemes could affect each of its car and truck lines, said Jim Lentz, chief executive officer for Toyota’s North American operations. Trump’s Commerce Department held a hearing Thursday on its probe into whether imports of passenger vehicles compromise U.S. national security.
Is there life beyond the iPhone? On Friday, Goldman Sachs sent a note to investors projecting a 12-month downside risk of 14.5% and reiterating its $164 price target for Apple, well below its closing share price Friday of $191.44. The analysts forecasted 47 million iPhone unit shipments, which is in line with Wall Street projections -- but given that Apple rakes in the majority of its revenue from iPhone sales, representing 62% of its total revenue last quarter, the analysts suggested that weaknesses in iPhone sales could bring the pain.
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Both Facebook FB and Amazon AMZN report their quarterly financial results during the week of July 23. The question is should investors consider buying shares of either Facebook or Amazon? And is either tech giant a clear winner at the moment?Business
Money is to be made in marijuana stocks in the long run. There may be sympathy plays in other cannabis stocks for a short-term trade. • Canopy Growth stock ran up on excitement about the legalization of marijuana in Canada, and many gurus are urging investors to buy this stock as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobile after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following surgery, the company announced Saturday. Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company's merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler. Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015 and has been with the company since 2000.
Giri Devulapally is the sort of stock picker who makes many individual shareholders prefer active managers. In charge of now-$14.9 billion JPMorgan Large Cap Growth Fund (SEEGX) for almost exactly 14 years, Devulapally has guided the growth stock portfolio to an 11.24% average annual gain in that span going into Thursday.
Tech stocks have been unpredictable at times recently, but the sector has rebounded from volatility strongly, and there is no question that tech has been the leader of the market’s strong multiyear run. Finding a strong dividend-yielding tech stock might feel like searching for a golden goose, but investors should not feel too intimidated. In fact, dividend-focused investors can search for the best tech stocks by using the Zacks Stock Screener, the perfect one-stop screening tool for investors of all kinds.
THE RATINGS GAME Skechers USA Inc. shares took a 23% nosedive in Friday trading after the shoe brand reported an earnings miss and was downgraded at least twice by analysts concerned about the company’s spending. Shares closed down
Two of the hottest and best performing sectors of the last few years happen to be healthcare and technology stocks. Thanks to a hefty amount of growth, high demand, fat margins and plenty of cash flow generation, both tech and healthcare stocks have surged since the end of the recession. Dubbed MedTech stocks, these firms feature plenty of innovative muscle.
In early February, the stock market was in sell-off mode because inflation and rate hikes were pushing up fixed income yields, which was increasing borrowing costs and pressuring equity valuations. Such inflation concerns have largely moved into the rear-view mirror. History suggests that despite an inverted yield curve, the stock market should do just fine for the next 12-plus months.
No one can say millennials aren't optimistic. It won't be easy, but retirement planning experts weighed in on how they can reach that lofty goal. Millennials who are just beginning to earn an income or who still might be in college probably don't think saving for retirement should be a big priority when they're just starting out.
The Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board of New York State has ruled that Uber is liable for unemployment benefits for three drivers, along with others who are “similarly situated.” Uber has said it disagrees with the ruling, and seems likely to appeal it. The decision cites Uber’s extensive recruitment, training, and supervision practices as evidence that drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors.
Microsoft Corp. became even more deserving of its $800 billion-plus valuation Thursday by showing strong growth and projections for more, but the 43-year-old software giant can’t rest now if it wants to maintain its seat at the table with other tech giants. Microsoft (MSFT) reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations Thursday, and surpassed the $100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time, topping $110 billion to boot. At an age when growth is hard to come by for most tech companies, Microsoft reported double-digit revenue growth across all its businesses except for Office consumer products, which was up 8%.
Rarely does a day go by in the U.S. stock market without someone decrying its addiction to gains in the FANG bloc of tech megacaps. Now, in the middle of earnings season, their support has gone missing, and the result has been something less than a catastrophe. The S&P 500 Index ended where it started, and the Nasdaq 100 -- home of Facebook Inc., Amazon.com, Netflix Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. -- slipped from a record.
General Electric Company GE reported better-than-expected results in second-quarter 2018, delivering a positive earnings surprise of 5.6%. This was the company’s second consecutive quarter of recording an earnings beat. The first-quarter earnings surprise