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  • At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant
    Associated Press 6 hours ago

    At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

    The rivalry is so notorious it's been called the "great cat-and-dog war." On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China's e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. Brands now caught in the cross-fire say they were punished by Alibaba after refusing exclusive deals as the e-commerce giant tried to muscle out the competition — a charge Alibaba denies. Executives from five major consumer brands told The Associated Press that after rebuffing Alibaba, traffic to their Tmall storefronts fell, hurting sales.

  • The Trump stock market looks a lot like Reagan's, and that may not be a good thing
    CNBC.com 12 hours ago

    The Trump stock market looks a lot like Reagan's, and that may not be a good thing

    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

  • Oilprice.com 11 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia’s $100 Oil Dilemma

    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.

  • Here’s what Wells Fargo did to trigger a $1 billion fine
    MarketWatch 12 hours ago

    Here’s what Wells Fargo did to trigger a $1 billion fine

    Unlike many of the scandals that have triggered billion-dollar penalties for banks, the problems that led to a 10-figure federal government settlement for Wells Fargo & Co. don’t appear to have colorful emails or trader messages describing bad behavior. Wells Fargo’s WFC, +1.98%  risk management already resulted in an unprecedented Federal Reserve sanction of having its growth limited. Wells Fargo, keep in mind, was fined by the CFPB and other regulators after opening millions of customer accounts without permission. To hear the OCC tell it, Wells Fargo did not establish “effective first and second lines of defense,” execute on a comprehensive plan to address compliance risk management deficiencies, fill mission-critical staffing positions, implement a reliable risk assessment and testing program and report compliance concerns adequately to the board.

  • Mobius says there’s a 30% correction coming for U.S. stocks
    MarketWatch 2 days ago

    Mobius says there’s a 30% correction coming for U.S. stocks

    Mark Mobius, the 81-year-old investment guru, believes the U.S. stock market is set for a 30% correction that would essentially wipe out the gains of the last two years. The renowned fund manager, who left Franklin Templeton, the American investment house, after more than 30 years in January, said “all the indicators” point to a large fall in the S&P 500 SPX, -0.85%  and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.82%  . “I can see a 30% drop,” said Mobius, who launched one of the world’s first emerging market funds. “When consumer confidence is at an all time high, as it is in the U.S., that is not a good sign. “The market looks to me to be waiting for a trigger that will cause it to tumble. You

  • InvestorPlace 2 days ago

    Southern Company Leads 6 Dividend Stocks Boosting Payouts

    A strong start to earnings season helped the S&P 500 Index inch higher over the last week. Several major businesses added to the positive sentiment with announcements of higher dividends. 6 notable dividend stocks increased their payouts over the last

  • Natural Gas Price Fundamental Weekly Forecast – Bullish Over $2.806, Bearish Under $2.762
    FX Empire yesterday

    Natural Gas Price Fundamental Weekly Forecast – Bullish Over $2.806, Bearish Under $2.762

    Natural gas futures finished nearly flat last week, highlighted by a sharp break on Thursday and an even greater rally on Friday. Fundamental traders are having a difficult time trying to forecast near-term demand because of the erratic weather pattern in the United States. June Natural Gas futures settled the week at $2.767, up $0.003 or +-.11%.

  • How the new tax law creates a ‘perfect storm’ for Roth IRA conversions
    MarketWatch yesterday

    How the new tax law creates a ‘perfect storm’ for Roth IRA conversions

    For years I’ve lectured about the wonderfulness of Roth IRAs. While the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes one negative change for Roth IRAs, they are still pretty wonderful. Here’s what you need to know about Roth IRAs and especially Roth IRA conversions in the post-TCJA world. Roth IRAs have two big tax advantages The two most-important Roth IRA tax advantages are: Tax-Free withdrawals Unlike traditional IRA withdrawals, qualified Roth IRA withdrawals are federal-income-tax-free and usually state-income-tax-free too. What is a qualified withdrawal? It’s one that is taken after you, as the Roth account owner, have met both of the following requirements: 1. You’ve had at least one Roth

  • Oil steady as U.S. drilling tempers bullish sentiment
    Reuters 4 hours ago

    Oil steady as U.S. drilling tempers bullish sentiment

    Oil prices were steady on Monday as a rising U.S. rig count pointed to further increases in American output, marking one of the few factors tamping back crude in an otherwise bullish environment. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 3 cents at $68.37 a barrel. U.S. drillers added five oil rigs drilling for new production in the week ended April 20, bringing the total count to 820, highest since March 2015, according to General Electric's Baker Hughes energy services firm.

  • Stock-market investors are freaking out about the bond market—but should they be?
    MarketWatch 25 minutes ago

    Stock-market investors are freaking out about the bond market—but should they be?

    Government bond yields climbing and a shrinking gap between short-term and long-term Treasury rates have prompted some consternation on Wall Street, driving equity prices lower as investors fret about what these dynamics mean for U.S. economic growth as it enters its ninth year of expansion. Fears about a so-called flattening yield curve have taken center stage, with investors fixated on the gap between the 2-year Treasury notes TMUBMUSD02Y, +1.90%  and the 10-year benchmark TMUBMUSD10Y, +1.20% which on Tuesday touched the narrowest point—41 percentage points—in more than a decade. The yield curve is often tracked as a measure of sentiment about the economy’s overall health. In a normal environment,