2018 is just about over, in the minds of some investors. "We expect investors will soon look past 2018 and focus on 2019 growth," says Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin. "For many years, beginning in July investors would start to value stocks
Last April, I pondered whether Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) could afford to buy Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). For the sake of Ford stock, here’s why I think Ford absolutely should buy Tesla. First, I should probably revisit some of my thoughts regarding the viability of Ford buying Tesla and what’s changed over 13 months.
Applied Materials Inc. led semiconductor-related stocks to losses Friday and to a weekly decline after the chip-maker materials supplier’s outlook indicated a possible slowing in the recently hot sector. Applied Materials (AMAT) shares fell 8.3% to close at $49.51, after hitting an intraday low of $48.53, as analysts were split on target price moves after the company’s sales outlook was lighter than Wall Street expected. For the week, shares of Applied Materials are down 9.7%, the SOX index swung to a weekly loss of 0.4%, and the S&P 500 (^GSPC) finished down 0.5%.
"Alexa, order me my Lipitor" are five words that could prove financially devastating to pharmacies such as Walgreens Boots Alliance , CVS Health and Rite Aid . With Wall Street waiting on pins and needles to see how Amazon will enter the healthcare
Harvey Lippman, Genesis 10, discusses the difficulties companies are having filling tech jobs due to issues with visas.
Starbucks today announced that it is now official policy to allow all guests in its stores to use its facilities, including restrooms, whether they buy anything or not. The coffee chain had previously lacked a clear policy on the question. That ambiguity
Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg has cut his holdings in Swiss companies OC Oerlikon and Schmolz + Bickenbach after a deal with minority shareholders and managers at his holding group, one of his companies said on Friday. The arrangement was made after Vekselberg was placed under sanctions in a crackdown by the United States on President Vladimir Putin's inner circle as retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Vekselberg has reduced his stake in engineering firm Oerlikon to 19.9 percent, a spokesman for the billionaire's Renova Holding said, down from 43 percent previously held by various entities connected to him.
Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect a week from Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes. Years in the making, the rules are prompting companies to rewrite their privacy policies and in some cases, apply the European Union's tougher standards even in the U.S. and other regions where privacy laws are weak. Although they take effect as Facebook faces an enormous privacy crisis , that timing is largely coincidental.
The largest proxy advisory firm is recommending that investors reject two of Tesla Inc.’s board members, while also supporting a proposal to split the role of chairman and chief executive officer -- jobs now held by Elon Musk, the public face of the electric-car maker. By opposing directors Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, and seeking to install an independent chairman, Institutional Shareholder Services is ratcheting up the pressure on Tesla to reform its nine-member board in the wake of production delays on its mass-market Model 3. "Shareholders would benefit from the strongest form of independent board oversight in the form of an independent chair," ISS wrote in a report to clients.
One can dream, right? There has been a whopping $1.85 trillion in global M&A so far in 2018, according to Dealogic, from 12,659 total deals. But there are three deals that would make some serious headlines. Amazon Buys Sears This seems unorthodox
It took a couple of years, but Apple has started to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government. Apple has to pay $15 billion in total (€13 billion). In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.
is the older sister (159 years) to J.C. Penney Co. (116), yet there was more than age at play in this week's earnings reports of each. Macy's reported a strong first quarter, which shone all the more brightly because of its past weaknesses.
By Stephen Culp NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 ended lower on Friday after a choppy trading session as bank and chipmaker stocks weighed on the index and investors grappled with U.S.-China trade talks. All three major U.S. stock indexes posted a weekly
Dubbed Erica, the virtual assistant is now ready to roll out to the bank's 25 million mobile clients across the US, from now through June of this year. Bank of America customers can use Erica to search for past transactions across all their accounts, navigate the mobile app to find routing numbers or the closest ATM, view bills and schedule payments, lock (and then unlock) debit cards and transfer money between accounts (or send money to others with Zelle).
Rising oil prices were seen last year as a positive result of growing global growth and recovery, but a combination of factors is turning this benign view into a more sinister scenario. As a result, oil prices have gradually risen during the period. It’s a trend most observers have been sanguine about, believing the U.S.’s tight oil producers, encouraged by rising prices, will increase output to ensure ample supply and keep a lid on oil prices getting ahead of themselves.
Sometimes you forget how hard technology investing is. Given the long lead times of the business, you can't expect the orders to bounce back soon, especially because they are connected to cellphone which are very weak. , but these stocks all trade together, particularly Lam and Applied Materials so you will have to suffer for incorrect sins.
Theranos Inc.’s 15-year quest to revolutionize the blood-testing industry met with the latest in a series of crippling blows in March when the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the Silicon Valley diagnostics firm with conducting an “elaborate, years-long fraud.” The SEC accused the firm of deceiving investors into believing that its portable device could perform a broad range of laboratory tests on drops of blood pricked from a finger, when in fact it was doing most of its tests on commercial analyzers made by others. Much of the attention has focused on Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. Mr. Balwani, who met Ms. Holmes when she was a teenager, jointly ran the company with her for seven years as president and chief operating officer and enforced a corporate culture of secrecy and fear until his departure in the spring of 2016, the former employees say.
Three weeks ago, heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) reported the strongest quarter in its history and raised full year 2018 guidance by a full $2/share and the shares were punished by the market.
Sears Holdings SHLD CEO Eddie Lampert admits his retail empire isn't what he imagined it would become when he brought Sears and Kmart together 13 years ago. He had his eyes set then on being "the next Warren Buffett ," and Sears Holdings was supposed to be his Berkshire Hathaway, says one former top Sears executive. Sears and Kmart were already lacking so many resources, namely investment capital to fend off online upstarts like Amazon AMZN , and an experienced bench of retail executives, so these early cuts took an enormous toll.
Since Google revealed a robo-caller that sounds eerily human earlier this month, the company has faced plenty of questions about how it works. At Google’s weekly TGIF staff meeting on Thursday, executives gave employees their first full Duplex demo and told them the bot would identify itself as the Google assistant. Google introduced Duplex earlier this month at its I/O developer conference, playing several clips of its assistant booking a hair cut and a restaurant table with impressively casual speech.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is teaming up with former Honeywell International Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote to raise as much as $690 million to buy industrial companies. GS Acquisition Holdings Corp. has registered to sell as many as 69 million units at a maximum offering price of $10, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “We believe Mr. Cote’s industry experience and operating capabilities, paired with Goldman Sachs’ unique sourcing, infrastructure and experience investing in public and private markets, will make us a partner of choice for potential business combination targets,” according to the filing.
ISS also backed two shareholder proposals to be voted on at the company's annual meeting set for June 5, including one that would require it to separate the current chairman and CEO roles of founder Elon Musk. "The complexity of large-scale manufacturing and the challenges of successfully commercializing new technologies and new manufacturing and marketing techniques suggest that shareholders would be better served by having Musk focus on running the company, and allowing an independent director to run the board," according to a copy of ISS' recommendations seen by Reuters.
The S&P 500, the market's benchmark index, notched its 10th day in a row without a gain or drop of 1 percent or more. Since then, the market has returned to quieter trading, even as U.S. companies report fatter profits and investors grow anxious about rising interest rates and the threat of a trade war between the U.S. and China. "Now it feels like investors are paralyzed trying to choose between a pretty solid economic picture and great earnings growth, and rising rates and ongoing geopolitical drama day to day," said Craig Birk, executive vice president of portfolio management at Personal Capital.
Shares of Tesla TSLA had sunk roughly 2.7% through late afternoon trading on Friday one day after Goldman Sachs GS analysts said the company will likely have to raise billions of dollars over the next couple of years to continue funding the electric car giant’s operations. On top of that, investors have seemingly become more and more frustrated with CEO Elon Musk and all of his side projects. Goldman’s claim comes after Musk repeatedly stated that the company won’t need to raise more money this year.