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  • U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers' big profits during pandemic
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    Reuters

    U.S. senators scrutinize meat packers' big profits during pandemic

    U.S. senators are calling for investigations of record profit margins for beef processors like Tyson Foods and Cargill, after ranchers complained surging meat prices due to coronavirus hoarding did not translate into higher cattle prices. Futures prices for cattle have tumbled during the outbreak, worrying farmers as the U.S. economy heads into a downturn and fueling questions about whether the market run by CME Group is an effective tool for risk management. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote on Twitter that U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice and Commodity Futures Trading Commission probes may be needed to determine why ranchers did not benefit from soaring meat demand.

  • Coronavirus stock market rally triggers the dreaded 'death cross'
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    Yahoo Finance

    Coronavirus stock market rally triggers the dreaded 'death cross'

    The last thing beat-up investors want to see right now is an often dreaded technical formation in the markets. Yet, that's where we are after the S&P 500 has rallied hard off the lows achieved a week ago. For the first time in over a year, the S&P 500 is seeing its 50-day moving average cross below its 200-day moving average (see Yahoo Finance chart below) points out SunDial Capital Research.

  • Palo Alto Networks grabs San Jose-based Cisco competitor for $420M
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    American City Business Journals

    Palo Alto Networks grabs San Jose-based Cisco competitor for $420M

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. said on Tuesday it will pay $420 million in cash to buy CloudGenix Inc., a cloud-managed networking competitor of Cisco Systems Inc. Santa Clara-based Palo Alto Networks said it plans to use the San Jose company's products to accelerate use of its Prisma Access security offering by remote business branches and retail stores. Its backers include Bain Capital Ventures, CRV, Mayfield Fund, ClearSky, Wipro Ventures, and Intel Capital. Co-founder and CEO Kumar Ramachandran worked at San Jose-based networking giant Cisco for 11 years, including as head of product development in its wide area networking business, before starting CloudGenix in 2013.

  • Barrack Says Real Estate Collapse Will Take Hold in April
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    Bloomberg

    Barrack Says Real Estate Collapse Will Take Hold in April

    Real estate billionaire Tom Barrack, Colony Capital's chairman, founder and chief executive officer, talks about the state of the commercial mortgage market and if the Federal Reserve is doing enough to help it. He speaks to Erik Schatzker on "Bloomberg Markets."

  • Ready to buy back into this market? If so, forget about Apple and grab these stocks instead, strategist says
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    MarketWatch

    Ready to buy back into this market? If so, forget about Apple and grab these stocks instead, strategist says

    The market is utterly underestimating how much of a shock the coronavirus is going to be to the economy. And I think for the next 12 months, the U.S. consumer is only going to spend his money or her money on [nondiscretionary] goods. So, within that basket, I think you have to let Apple go.

  • Goldman Sachs: 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks to Snap Up Now
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    TipRanks

    Goldman Sachs: 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks to Snap Up Now

    With that in mind, Goldman Sachs analysts have been coming the markets for buy-side options, and in a series of reports on tech-related stocks have highlighted three under-the-radar choices. Tenable has been growing rapidly over the past several years, is among the fastest-growing companies in our coverage universe, and remains a critical provider for continuous monitoring, which is an important compliance-related focal point.

  • Exclusive: American Airlines to retire more jets, including vintage 737s, in coronavirus downturn
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    Reuters

    Exclusive: American Airlines to retire more jets, including vintage 737s, in coronavirus downturn

    American Airlines Group Inc is set to sharply increase the number of jets it is planning to retire beyond its announced plans as it accelerates a fleet transformation to respond to the coronavirus crisis, people familiar with the matter said. Some 4,700 jets have been parked globally as airlines slash operations due to travel restrictions, according to Ascend by Cirium fleet data, and American's decision confirms industry speculation that many of those older jets won't fly again. In addition to the retirement of 34 Boeing Co 757s and 17 Boeing 767s announced just two weeks ago, American now plans to also sunset a batch of 76 Boeing 737s it acquired between 1999 and 2001, nine Airbus SE A330-300s and 20 Embraer 190s, the people said.

  • Paying $4.79 a Gallon, California Didn’t Get the Cheap Gas Memo
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    Bloomberg

    Paying $4.79 a Gallon, California Didn’t Get the Cheap Gas Memo

    As crude oil prices have tanked, depressed by the coronavirus pandemic and the market-share war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, at least a dozen service stations in the Golden State were charging more than $4 as of Monday, according to the tracker GasBuddy. One unnamed location in Santa Clara, near the heart of Silicon Valley, was demanding the most that GasBuddy's research found in the state: $4.79. According to AAA, only Hawaii had higher average prices than California, at $3.36 versus $3.06.

  • Top Fund Manager Says These Stocks Should Soar In The Next Market Rally
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    Investor's Business Daily

    Top Fund Manager Says These Stocks Should Soar In The Next Market Rally

    Chip Reed is a mutual fund manager who winces at the widespread pain and suffering caused by the coronavirus stock market crash. But he also sees the coronavirus crash as setting the table for the sort of rally mutual fund shareholders dream of. "The pain isn't lost on anybody," said Reed, a manager of $11.7 billion Eaton Vance Atlanta Capital SMID-Cap Fund (EISMX).

  • Saudis Start to Unleash Oil Wave Despite U.S. Pressure
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    Bloomberg

    Saudis Start to Unleash Oil Wave Despite U.S. Pressure

    The kingdom has loaded several of the supertankers it hired earlier this month to boost its ability to increase exports, according to ship-tracking data. In addition, Riyadh has used the last few weeks to shuttle large amounts of crude into storage in Egypt, a stepping stone to the European market. The movements suggest that Riyadh is ramping up its oil production toward its target of supplying a record 12.3 million barrels a day in April, up from about 9.7 million in February, despite American pressure to end the price war.

  • Audacious Chinese coffee chain Luckin, not content with its quixotic battle against Starbucks, dreams of becoming Amazon, too
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    MarketWatch

    Audacious Chinese coffee chain Luckin, not content with its quixotic battle against Starbucks, dreams of becoming Amazon, too

    The Chinese startup that has reshaped the coffee sector here, wiping away Starbucks' dominance in the country, is leaping into an untraditional foray — one that is sure to perpetuate questions about its long-term strategy. Nasdaq-listed Luckin Coffee (LK) came out of nowhere in 2017 and swiftly ate into Starbucks' (SBUX) domination of China sales, with its intuitive mobile app, ubiquitous grab-and-go stores, and discounts so deep that they have frustrated some investors. One conspicuous example of Luckin's cutthroat strategy was the building of hundreds of its stores within mere meters of existing Starbucks locations, often right next door.

  • Mall Owner Taubman To Tenants: Pay Your Rent
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    Benzinga

    Mall Owner Taubman To Tenants: Pay Your Rent

    The real estate investment trust wrote in a March 25 memo obtained by CNBC that the rental income it receives from tenants is "essential" for it to meet its own financial obligations, like paying lenders on mortgages and utility expenses. The Taubman memo reportedly said "all tenants will be expected" to stay true to their original lease obligations, despite financial difficulties related to the coronavirus. So far, restaurant chain Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ: CAKE) is the most notable national mall tenant to confirm it won't pay rent in April, although the company said it is in various stages of discussions with its landlords.

  • How Much Did AGNC Investment Corp.'s (NASDAQ:AGNC) CEO Pocket Last Year?
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    Simply Wall St.

    How Much Did AGNC Investment Corp.'s (NASDAQ:AGNC) CEO Pocket Last Year?

    In 2016 Gary Kain was appointed CEO of AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. According to our data, AGNC Investment Corp. has a market capitalization of US$6.3b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$16m over the year to December 2019.

  • Here are the best bets for investors seeking income, according to Goldman Sachs
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    MarketWatch

    Here are the best bets for investors seeking income, according to Goldman Sachs

    The stimulus bill signed into law Friday keeps any companies that borrow from the government from paying dividends to shareholders for at least a year after the loan is repaid — even as bond yields have collapsed to to near all-time lows. The provisions of the CARE Act likely exacerbate a trend of companies trying to keep as much cash on hand as possible as the economic downturn worsens. The Goldman strategists estimate dividends for S&P 500 stocks will decline 25% to $44 per share in 2020, and note 12 companies, ranging from Apache Corp. (APA)  to Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL), have already reduced or suspended their shareholder payouts.

  • Cyclicals couldn't be better positioned now for economic recovery: Causeway Capital Managment CEO
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    Yahoo Finance Video

    Cyclicals couldn't be better positioned now for economic recovery: Causeway Capital Managment CEO

    Sarah Ketterer, Causeway Capital Management CEO, joins Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss how coronavirus has impacted the markets.

  • Challenging Times Ahead for Boeing Stock; 5-Star Analyst Slashes Price Target
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    SmarterAnalyst

    Challenging Times Ahead for Boeing Stock; 5-Star Analyst Slashes Price Target

    It has been a rollercoaster month for investors of beleaguered airline Boeing (BA). Despite the profit potential, the analyst can't quite see his way clear to actually recommending "buying" BA stock, assigning the shares only a "neutral" rating. Questions have been raised concerning Boeing's financial health, following a request for $60 billion in federal aid to assist its ailing ecosystem.

  • Man who called Dow 20,000 at end of 2015 says these are the 4 steps needed for a bona fide stock-market recovery
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    MarketWatch

    Man who called Dow 20,000 at end of 2015 says these are the 4 steps needed for a bona fide stock-market recovery

    That's Jeremy Siegel, a professor of finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, expressing some optimism Monday about the outlook for a stock market that may be starting to reassert a bullish stance after a punishing month. During a phone interview on CNBC, the professor said he thinks the stock market may have put in its bottom last week. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) booked a more than 690-point gain, rising by 3.2% to end the session at 22,327, while the S&P 500 index (SPX) rose 3.4% to 2,626.

  • Think very hard before you make these 6 retirement decisions
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    MarketWatch

    Think very hard before you make these 6 retirement decisions

    Here is a list of six selections that fall into the unalterable category: • Converting to a Roth IRA • Picking a retirement date • Purchasing an annuity or selecting an annuity as a retirement plan distribution option • Choosing the form of an annuity distribution (e.g., life annuity vs. joint and survivor annuity) • Picking a Social Security start date • Paying a large down payment to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) Let's take a closer look at each of these retirement planning decisions by briefly describing the choice that needs to be made, detecting if a window of escape exists or if the decision is irreversible, and deciding if there is any strategy available to mitigate th...

  • Carnival Cruise Lines Seeks to Borrow $3 Billion
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    Bloomberg

    Carnival Cruise Lines Seeks to Borrow $3 Billion

    Carnival said it also plans to raise $1.25 billion by issuing common shares and another $1.75 billion through the sale of convertible notes to improve its liquidity position. President Donald Trump asked Carnival and other major cruise line operators to stop sailing this month after a series of coronavirus outbreaks at sea raised concerns about the safety of the industry. While Carnival is still rated investment grade by Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings, its existing unsecured bonds have been trading at distressed levels in recent weeks.

  • Nightmare Haunting Euro Founders May Be a Reality With Italy
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    Bloomberg

    Nightmare Haunting Euro Founders May Be a Reality With Italy

    The longstanding suspicion that Italy's profligate borrowing could ultimately become the whole of Europe's problem was the recurring nightmare of German finance officials throughout the 1990s. Now, as the crisis forces Giuseppe Conte's government to jettison a decade of tightly capped Italian budget deficits, the country's strategy for the future is once again built on piling up debt, sending its public borrowings swelling toward or even beyond 150% of gross domestic product. The upshot is that Italy's finances now depend wholly on the European Central Bank keeping a lid on its borrowing costs.

  • Profit Will Soon Double (Or More) At 11 Companies, Analysts Say
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    Investor's Business Daily

    Profit Will Soon Double (Or More) At 11 Companies, Analysts Say

    Corporate profit is all but certain to drop in the first quarter as the coronavirus shuts America down. But analysts still think profit will double or more at some S&P 500 companies. Double profit?

  • Amazon Fires Worker Who Led Strike Over Virus
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    Bloomberg

    Amazon Fires Worker Who Led Strike Over Virus

    “Taking action cost me my job,” Smalls said Monday in a Bloomberg TV interview. A group of workers at the Staten Island fulfillment center walked off the job Monday to demand Amazon close the facility for extended cleaning, the latest in a wave of virus-related protests. In a statement Monday night, New York State Attorney General Letitia James called Smalls' firing “immoral and inhumane.”

  • Is Tesla Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Charts Show
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    Investor's Business Daily

    Is Tesla Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Charts Show

    Tesla stock has plunged as the coronavirus pandemic has led to a sharp drop in consumer spending and rising unemployment as factories are shut down worldwide. Tesla announced on March 19 that it would also close its car manufacturing plant in California. The disruption to Tesla caused by the Covid-19 pandemic could be revealed later this week if the electric-car company reports data on first quarter vehicle deliveries as expected.

  • The Consensus EPS Estimates For Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) Just Fell A Lot
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    Simply Wall St.

    The Consensus EPS Estimates For Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) Just Fell A Lot

    Market forces rained on the parade of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) shareholders today, when the analysts downgraded their forecasts for this year. There was a fairly draconian cut to their revenue estimates, perhaps an implicit admission that previous forecasts were much too optimistic. Following the latest downgrade, the current consensus, from the 16 analysts covering Delta Air Lines, is for revenues of US$36b in 2020, which would reflect a stressful 24% reduction in Delta Air Lines' sales over the past 12 months.

  • Is Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:INO) CEO Pay Fair?
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    Simply Wall St.

    Is Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:INO) CEO Pay Fair?

    J. Kim became the CEO of Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INO) in 2009. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.