The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) announced a combined fine of $1 billion against Wells Fargo (WFC) on Friday. The consent orders from the two agencies described how the bank unfairly disregarded its advertised process of locking-in interest rates for mortgages, as well as unfairly foisting insurance on customers taking out auto loans. If a closing of a mortgage dragged on due to Wells Fargo and not the customer, the bank still charged customers to keep the rates locked — despite this being contrary to policy, the consent order notes.
WASHINGTON/JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump accused OPEC on Friday of "artificially" boosting oil prices after a year-plus pact that has slashed global crude inventories, drawing rebukes from oil-producing countries as prices dipped following his remarks. "Looks like OPEC is at it again. Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD is scheduled to report first-quarter 2018 earnings on Apr 25.Notably, the stock has delivered an average four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 35%. In the last reported quarter, the company came up with a positive
“First-level” investors – those who buy and sell on headlines – mistakenly believe that real estate investment trust (REIT) profits will suffer if rates continue to rise. Overall, rising rates are actually good for the best REITs because it signals a rolling economy. Take the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEARCA:VNQ), which is now paying its highest current yield since 2009.
Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) shares fell off a cliff on April 19 after the company reported disappointing earnings. The fall was bigger than the disappointment, but it seemed to portend trouble for tobacco generally and took the whole consumer staples sector of the market down with it. The company — which sells exclusively outside the U.S. and spun-out from Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) in 2008 — had net income of $1.65 billion, $1.00 per share, on revenue of $6.9 billion.
Walmart is testing new dress codes in a small number of U.S. stores with the hopes that this more relaxed environment will help to reel in and retain staff in an increasingly tighter labor market. This means that workers will be allowed to wear shirts of any solid color, which marks a shift from its previous option of only having blue or white shirts, according to an employee manual obtained by Bloomberg News. Walmart adds that visible facial tattoos will be forbidden for those hired after April 14, according to the manual.
On paper, most analysts will agree that Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) is enjoying a solid start to this year. Against the January opener, ATVI stock has gained nearly 9%. Despite Activision’s immense reputation in delivering the most compelling first-person shooter games, another company has unexpectedly taken its throne.
Kraken co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell says the cryptocurrency exchange will not comply with the New York attorney general's request for information.
The Bitcoin bulls didn’t get the memo on Wednesday, with Bitcoin only managing a 3.56% rise on day, partially reversing Monday and Tuesday’s losses, to end the day at $8,169.5. A morning rally saw Bitcoin break out from the 23.6% FIB Retracement Level of $7,996.57 to hit a morning $8,168.8 high, breaking through the first major support level of $8,098.87 before seeing a pullback to an early afternoon $7,907.4 to call on buyer support at the 23.6% FIB Retracement Level of $7,996.57. A late afternoon rally saw Bitcoin hit an intraday high $8,237.2, testing the day’s 1st major resistance level for a 2nd time and this time managing to hold on through to the day’s end.
Unsanitary conditions were found during multiple inspections of a Rose Acre Farms facility in Hyde County, N.C., that allowed for the “proliferation and spread of filth and pathogens throughout the facility that could cause the contamination of egg processing equipment and eggs,” according to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detailing inspections. A review of the farm’s pest control records flagged an ongoing rodent infestation, with rodents, dead carcasses and baby mice observed, along with workers who weren’t following proper sanitary practices.
Former Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is starting a technology business incubator, Lumi Labs, with longtime colleague Enrique Muñoz Torres. The venture will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence, according to the company’
Caught between obligations to shareholders and employees, IBM (NYSE:IBM) was unable to commit to the $1 billion per quarter needed to compete in cloud early in this decade. IBM was not the only company to make this historic mistake.
Ford is using exoskeleton suits created by Ekso Bionics to help its line workers work safer. EksoVest provides a 15 pound assist on each arm, helping people work overhead longer.
The same day Linn Energy Inc. exited bankruptcy, it awarded Chief Executive Officer Mark Ellis a $60 million compensation package, more than three times the amount Exxon Mobil Corp. paid its CEO.Ellis’s pay included an equity grant worth $58 million,
Germany's supreme court has rejected a legal case that sought to stop people using the popular Adblock Plus program that removes ads from websites. The lawsuit was started three years ago by German publishing giant Axel Springer. It alleged that the way Adblock Plus stopped people seeing adverts on its sites amounted to unfair competition. Axel Springer said it would continue its legal challenge by taking the issue to Germany's Constitutional Court. Free speech Adblock Plus is widely used to stop intrusive pop-up adverts and limit tracking by websites of where people go online. Adblock Plus creator Eyeo, which is based in Cologne, claims the PC version of its software has been downloaded more
The first contract secured by Transocean is for its semi-submersible rig, GSF Development Driller I in Australia. The contract is an extension of the rig’s current work, which is scheduled to terminate in September 2018. Quadrant Energy intends to extend the contract, which will now deploy the rig for two more months — November and December.
Other industry players are falling today as well on the news as investors ruminate on an uncertain future for tobacco. U.S. Marlboro producer Altria (MO) is down over 7% and British American Tobacco (BTI) – owner of R.J Reynolds – is down almost 6%. Philip Morris has missed the Zacks Composite Earnings estimate in each of the last 4 quarters due to regulation, increased taxation and an overall decline in demand for tobacco products.
GlaxoSmithKline plc GSK is scheduled to report first-quarter 2018 results on Apr 25 before market open. Last quarter, the company delivered a positive surprise of 4.35%. Shares of Glaxo shares have outperformed the industry so far this year.
Shares of AT&T (T) are higher on news it may soon launch a low-cost streaming service. A report from The Wall Street Journal details the telecom's plans to launch a $15 a month "skinny bundle" service without sports, according to testimony from its CEO during the antitrust case for its proposed acquisition of Time Warner (TWX). That would make AT&T Watch, expected to hit the market in the coming weeks, one of the lowest prices for a nationwide streaming live TV plan. Wells Fargo's Jennifer Fritzsche writes that the move shows AT&T is already making post-court plans. The service would be available to any customer--so a Verizon Communications (VZ) wireless subscriber can sign up--but it's free
Semiconductor stocks as a group had a difficult day on Thursday as a broad-based sell-off in this space pushed many of these stocks lower. In my eye however the next major catalyst are the upcoming earnings reports. For Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) the earnings report will hit on April 25 after the close of trading for the day.
Weatherford International Ltd. WFT is expected to report first-quarter 2018 earnings on Apr 24, after the closing bell.In the last reported quarter, the leading oilfield services company delivered a negative earnings surprise of 57.1%. Weatherford posted
Since the February stock market correction started, Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) stock has had a turbulent period of trading. Compare that with a flat stock market — both Philip Morris and Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) stocks have been decimated. Meanwhile, cannabis stocks like GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) have fared much better and are in line with the stock market in general.
Ford Motor Co. F is set to report first-quarter 2018 results on Apr 25, after market closes. Last quarter, Ford missed estimates by 7.1%. In the past six months, shares of Ford have outperformed the industry it belongs to.
AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson made his grandest pitch yet for the company’s planned takeover of Time Warner Inc., describing the $85 billion deal as a crucial step to the judge who holds the deal’s fate in his hands. Stephenson, who honed his defense of the acquisition by selling it first to his board of directors and then to shareholders, testified Thursday in federal court in Washington that the merger will help the combined company compete with streaming rivals such as Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. The AT&T CEO began his testimony by describing his 35-year history at the company.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. SWK is a leading global manufacturer of branded tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial and consumer applications. Also, the company provides integrated access and security solutions to commercial, institutional