• UK stocks shrug off May's exit, but Brexit risk lurks
    Reuters2 days ago

    UK stocks shrug off May's exit, but Brexit risk lurks

    Britain's FTSE 100 held its gains on Friday after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation date as head of her party in a widely expected move that nevertheless raises the prospect of a successor likely to seek a more hardline Brexit deal. The FTSE 100 added 0.7% and the midcap index rose 0.5%, slightly off its opening levels, as traders and investors said the market had already priced in May's move when rumours first started circulating. Housebuilders, considered prone to any hit to the economy from a chaotic "no-deal" departure from the European Union, barely budged after May's speech.

  • Russia’s Dirty Oil Crisis Is Worse Than Almost Anyone Predicted
    Bloomberg2 days ago

    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 Business2 days ago

    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.

  • China's largest chipmaker is delisting from the Nasdaq
    TechCrunchyesterday

    China's largest chipmaker is delisting from the Nasdaq

    SMIC, which is backed by the Chinese government and state-owned shareholders, will focus on its existing Hong Kong listing going forward but there will be trading options for those holding U.S-based ADRs. In its announcement, SMIC said it plans to delist for reasons that include limited trading volumes and "significant administrative burden and costs" around the listing and compliance with reporting. What it doesn't say is that this is linked to the frosty relationship between the U.S. and China, and already the company has played that rationale.

  • 25 Stocks to Avoid After Memorial Day
    Schaeffer's Investment Research2 days ago

    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.

  • Microsoft Stock Takes Aim at $150
    InvestorPlace2 days ago

    Microsoft Stock Takes Aim at $150

    Then look no further than Nasdaq heavyweight Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and get ready to buy MSFT stock. For more than a few years, if investors wanted above-average market returns and growth leadership from one of the market's mega-capitalization stocks, there was no better bet than Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). There was a time when Microsoft felt like the slow, out-of-shape kid waiting to get picked in a schoolyard game — the one that nobody really wanted on their team.

  • Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped from leaving India - airport official
    Reuters14 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.

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

    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.

  • Avoid Paying Taxes on Social Security Income
    Investopedia18 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.

  • Markets Show They're Finally Waking Up to Global Wall of Worry
    Bloombergyesterday

    Markets Show They're Finally Waking Up to Global Wall of Worry

    President Donald Trump lit the touchpaper days before, signing an order effectively curbing Huawei Technologies Co.'s access to the American market. The move against Huawei -- a metaphorical hand grenade in the heart of global tech -- has forced market participants to ditch the rose-tinted glasses. “The market needed an excuse to correct and the trade-war headlines were the trigger, but the underlying weakness is much more complex than that,” said Alberto Tocchio, the chief of Heron Asset Management, a Switzerland-based family office with 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.5 billion) under management.

  • China ramps up war of rhetoric in trade standoff with US
    Associated Press2 days ago

    China ramps up war of rhetoric in trade standoff with US

    Stepping up Beijing's propaganda offensive in the tariffs standoff with Washington, Chinese state media on Friday accused the U.S. of seeking to "colonize global business" with moves against Huawei and other Chinese technology companies. There was no word from either side on progress toward resuming talks between the world's two largest economies, though President Donald Trump said he expected to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, next month at a G-20 meeting in Japan. Negotiations over how to cut the huge, longstanding U.S. trade deficit with China and resolve complaints over Beijing's methods for acquiring advanced foreign technologies foundered earlier this month after Trump raised tariffs on billions of dollars of imports from China.

  • Could Ford Buy Tesla? Here's How Likely A "Doomsday" Scenario Is
    Fortune2 days ago

    Could Ford Buy Tesla? Here's How Likely A "Doomsday" Scenario Is

    The auto maker is burning through $1 billion in cash a quarter, the cash from the latest $2.7 billion funding round will be gone within ten months, and demand is falling off. One of the classic business solutions would be an acquisition. Maybe a white knight with the cash and managerial and operational wherewithal to come in, buy the company, fix the broken parts, and let Tesla become what it had the potential to be.

  • Huawei's 'fake demand' distorted global semiconductor growth
    Yahoo Financeyesterday

    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.

  • TheStreet.com2 days ago

    These 3 Biotech Stocks Are Attracting Insider Buying

    So what are insiders buying as the market sells off in recent trading sessions? Today, we look at several names in the high beta small cap biotech sector drawing considerable insider purchases in recent days. Let's start with The Medicines Group .

  • Here's how the world's billionaires make their money
    Yahoo Finance19 hours ago

    Here's how the world's billionaires make their money

    Most billionaires in the world didn't inherit their wealth. Most billionaires put their money into public holdings — 36.4% of their portfolios were allocated to this asset class — followed by private holdings at 35%, liquid assets such as cash at 26.4%, and real estate and luxury assets at around 2.2%. Breaking the group down, those with $1 to $2 billion in assets generally invested mostly in liquid assets, while those with over $50 billion invested mostly in public holdings.

  • Reuters2 days ago

    U.S. startup accuses Huawei executive of involvement in trade-secrets theft: Wall Street Journal

    A Silicon Valley chip startup has accused a top executive of China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Deputy Chairman Eric Xu, of participating in a conspiracy to steal its trade secrets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing court documents. Huawei had filed a lawsuit in 2017, accusing CNEX Labs Inc and its co-founder Ronnie Huang, a former employee of a Huawei unit, of poaching Huawei employees and stealing Huawei's trade secrets and intellectual property to build CNEX. CNEX has said in counterclaims that Huawei misappropriated its technology.

  • Josh Brown: How to double your money
    CNBC Videos2 days ago

    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.

  • CNBC2 days ago

    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.

  • PayPal Stock Will Move Higher, but There Are Way Better Choices
    InvestorPlace2 days ago

    PayPal Stock Will Move Higher, but There Are Way Better Choices

    Given the growth in the payments industry, PYPL will continue its rise long term. However, the question is not whether to buy PYPL stock, but if investors should choose it over its closest peers. PayPal stock continues to register impressive growth, even as it seeks to address the competitive threat posed by Square (NYSE:SQ).

  • Yield-Curve Inversion Deepens, Traders Brace For Trade-Driven Recession
    FX Empire2 days ago

    Yield-Curve Inversion Deepens, Traders Brace For Trade-Driven Recession

    The recent escalation in tensions, the hiking of retaliatory tariffs, and the threat of an all-out tech-war have raised the odds of a global economic recession. With Thursday's drop in ten-year rates the U.S. yield-curve inversion deepened. The inversion, when the ten-year note yield is lower than the three-year bill, is a closely watched indicator of future recession and has been flashing its warning signal for months.

  • Benzinga13 hours ago

    Barron's Picks And Pans: Boston Beer, MGM, Target, Visa And More

    This weekend's Barron's cover story takes a look at digital payments giants. Other featured articles review the top dividend payers of the first quarter; placing bets on the future of tech; tariffs and the price of beer. Also in the issue: the prospects for a lagging hospitality giant, an agriculture spinoff and two very different retailers.

  • 3 Oil Stocks to Drop Now
    InvestorPlace2 days ago

    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.

  • TheStreet.com16 hours ago

    Apple Has a More Pressing Risk Than U.S.-China Tariffs, Analyst Says

    faces a bigger risk in China than the direct impact of any tariffs, according to WedBush Securities analyst Dan Ives. Nationalistic sentiment in China -- and specifically anti-American sentiment -- could pressure its significant sales in the region. "We believe the more concerning issue is around any hit in demand if Apple feels the noise in China and any pro Huawei sentiment/Chinese nationalism negatively impacting sales in the near term which we believe is a contained situation (3%-5% of Chinese iPhones) for Cupertino the way things stand today," Ives said in a note.

  • Reutersyesterday

    US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher after Trump sparks U.S.-China trade hopes

    Wall Street's major stock indexes edged higher on Friday after falling in the previous session, as hopeful comments from U.S. President Donald Trump regarding trade relations with China assuaged concerns among some investors. Trump said late on Thursday that he saw a resolution to the trade war with China "happening fast." He added that Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, which the White House has blacklisted, could also be included in a trade deal.

  • China's top banking regulator says yuan bears will suffer 'heavy losses'
    Reuters22 hours ago

    China's top banking regulator says yuan bears will suffer 'heavy losses'

    China's banking and insurance regulator said on Saturday it did not expect a persistent decline in the yuan and warned speculative short sellers they would suffer "heavy losses" if they bet against the currency. The yuan has lost more than 2.5% against the dollar since the festering China-U.S. trade dispute intensified earlier this month. It is now less than a tenth of a yuan away from the 7-per-dollar level authorities have in the past indicated as a floor.