"Hock Tan gets his man," TheStreet's Jim Cramer said on CNBC's "Stop Trading" segment Friday regarding Broadcom (AVGO) CEO Hock Tan, in reference to the company's attempted buyout of Qualcomm (QCOM) . He says Tan will eventually get his wish. Broadcom previously made a $70 per share offer to acquire Qualcomm, valuing the latter at roughly $103 billion. Qualcomm rejected the offer, saying it wasn't enough and even if it was, the tie-up would likely face regulatory hurdles. Interestingly enough, both companies face other M&A situations. On Friday morning, Broadcom closed its $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade. In Qualcomm's case, the company's much larger $47 billion deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors
As of Nov 8, around 77.4% of the tech sector companies on the S&P 500 index reported their Q3 earnings results. In this quarter, of the eight companies that make up the broader Zacks industry, six have already reported earnings, with five beating their Zacks Consensus Estimate. Each of the three major semiconductor chip makers, Intel Corp. INTC, NVIDIA Corp. NVDA and Texas Instruments Inc. TXN may have fundamental differences but came up with upbeat third-quarter results.
Shareholders of General Electric Co. (GE) , especially those who are retired and are (or were) relying on the stock's 24-cent quarterly dividend to fund their living expenses, should not panic -- even though the stock is down 8.8% over the last five sessions. But they might want to revisit their rationale for owning GE, which on Friday had a current yield of 4.5%. On Tuesday, John Flannery, the CEO of GE, announced plans to restructure the company and focus on healthcare, aviation and energy, and halve its quarterly dividend to 12 cents a share. Joseph Clemens, the co-founder and owner of Wisdom Wealth Strategies, as well as an instructor for the College for Financial Planning, said investors
Retirement is right around the corner for baby boomers — if they haven’t already entered it — yet so many are financially unprepared. Baby boomers, or those born between 1946 and 1964, expect they’ll need $658,000 in their defined contribution plans by the time they retire, but the average in those employer-sponsored plans is $263,000, according to a survey of 900 investors by financial services firm Legg Mason. Older boomers, who are 65 to 74, have an average of $300,000. Their asset allocation for all of their investments are also conservative, according to QS Investors, an investment management firm Legg Mason acquired in 2014, with 30% in cash, 24% in equities, 22% in fixed income, 4% in
Jim Cramer holds Nvidia (NVDA) in his charitable trust, but has cut the stock's rating because of the company's recent run-up. "Because of the speed of the last move from the $170s to the $200s, we downgraded [Nvidia] from a '1' to a '2,'" Cramer said during his latest conference call with members of his Action Alerts PLUS club for investors. "Our discipline is to keep you from buying high -- and post-earnings, this stock last time got pummeled. We didn't want to get you into that maelstrom again." Cramer said Nvidia typically has a post-earnings swoon before settling in at a new higher level, a process that repeated itself following NVDA's latest release last week. Despite what Cramer called
Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. RARE announced that the FDA has approved its genetic disorder drug, vestronidase alfa or rhGUS, for treatment of children and adults with mucopolysaccharidosis VII (MPS VII, also known as Sly syndrome). Notably, mucopolysaccharidosis VII is a progressive and debilitating rare genetic disorder. In July 2016, the company announced positive top-line data from the study.
Nov.17 -- Jim Paulsen, Leuthold Group chief investment strategist, discusses the impact of the money supply contraction on the economy with Bloomberg's Julie Hyman and Shery Ahn on "Bloomberg Markets."
Buffalo Wild Wings popped more than 24% on reports of a takeover offer from Roark Capital Group. The price of chicken wings is at historic highs and is the root of deeper problems at the company. Buffalo Wild Wings has been struggling lately, with the stock falling 5.43% in the last year.
Walmart’s (WMT) third-quarter earnings crushed expectations. And a key area of growth for the company was its food business, which had its strongest quarter in almost six years. CEO Doug McMillan said the company’s fresh meat, bakery and produce segments
The U.S. dollar was lower on Friday along with Wall Street stocks as investors pulled back from technology stocks and were skeptical President Donald Trump's Republican party would succeed in its efforts at overhauling U.S. tax law. U.S. Treasury yields edged lower, in line with declines in U.S. stock indexes and German 10-year bond yields, as risk appetite faded. The yield curve continued to flatten after strong U.S. housing starts data for October.
Katrina Lake became the first female chief executive officer to take a company public in the U.S. this year when Stitch Fix Inc. started trading on Friday. Almost more unusual is the fact she did it with a fraction of the cash of most venture-backed companies: The online subscription apparel retailer had raised just $42 million. Lake had to do more with less because female entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when raising money from mostly male venture capitalists. A Bloomberg study last year showed that women founders got about $3 for every $4 that male founders raised. Just 7 percent of founders are women. But Stitch Fix’s IPO shows that this funding shortfall can sometimes be an advantage in
There has been lot of speculation regarding Apple Inc AAPL reaching the $1 trillion mark. For a while now, analysts have been predicting that Apple will be the first company to reach the trillion dollars valuation. Per a recent report by GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives, as quoted by Investors Business Daily, iPhone X cycle could help Apple reach the milestone figure as early as next year.
Dubai Air Show 2017 witnessed some landmark deals involving renowned jet makers from across the globe, showcasing their state-of-the art aircraft both in the defense as well as commercial space. Air Shows are often held as trade events wherein aircraft manufacturers unveil their new jets alongside demonstrating upgraded avionics to promote their product lines to global customers. The Dubai Air Show is also no exception.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows what it takes to build a business worth billions and he has his grandfather to thank for part of his success.
The euro zone economy will mark its best year in a decade and maintain solid growth well into 2018, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said the risk was that their forecasts might not be optimistic enough. Inflation, last clocked at 1.4 percent, is expected to stay below the European Central Bank's target of just under 2 percent until at least the second half of 2019, according to the poll of over 80 economists taken Nov. 13-16. Euro zone economic growth has been surprisingly robust this year, outpacing both the United States and Britain simultaneously for the first time since the 2007-08 financial crisis, and also one of the most synchronous upturns across the euro zone economies.
Coinbase, the US cryptocurrency exchange, is wooing big hedge fund money with a new security platform. The impressive appreciation of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum has finally piqued the interest of big money, but some still have their reservations about whether their crypto-investments will be secure.
CEO Jeffrey Immelt became with the $10 billion power business he bought from Alstom SA, the better he felt about it. "We like what we've seen in Alstom so far," Immelt told investors in mid-2016 during an update on integration of the purchase, which was intended to give the Boston-based conglomerate access to Alstom's steam-power base, expand its offerings in gas power and services and enable both cross-selling and cost savings. GE shares have fallen 38% to $18.27 since the Alstom deal was completed, compared with a 22% gain on the S&P 500.
The Congressional tax overhaul could put a dent in home values in high-tax states and create looming credit risks for local governments. S&P Global Ratings said this week that the proposals to eliminate state and local tax deductions could be a direct blow to residents of high tax states because of the potential hit to property values. In turn, there could "be a credit impact from both the tax base reductions and resulting lower tax revenues" for local governments dependent on property taxes. Most affected are California, New York, and New Jersey, while states with lower taxes, like Florida and Texas, could see benefits, the S&P analysts said. The House approved its version of the tax bill Thursday,
Repealing the Obamacare requirement that most Americans have health insurance or pay a fine would not cut the number with insurance — or the federal budget deficit — as much as officially predicted, a new analysis says. The analysis suggests that Obamacare is such an attractive financial deal to many people that they don't have to be compelled to sign up for coverage with the threat of a fine. The S&P Global Ratings (SPGI) analysis estimates that repealing the Obamacare individual mandate — which a controversial new Senate tax bill seeks to do — will lead to about 4 million to 5 million more people becoming uninsured by 2027 than otherwise would have been.
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson has been working for more than a year on the deal, which is worth $85.4 billion, or $108.7 billion including assumed debt. Stephenson said AT&T is "prepared to litigate" at a New York Times conference on Nov. 9, though spokespeople for the telecom did not immediately respond to a query this week. The carrier could be on the hook for a $500 million termination fee if it abandons the deal.
A better-than-expected quarter from Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) drove gains in the tech sector and pushed the Nasdaq to a closing high. The rest of Wall Street also rose after the House passed a GOP tax plan, the first step towards a corporate tax cut. Time Inc. (TIME) was higher on reports the publisher is discussing a sale to Meredith Corp. (MDP) . The Koch brothers are reportedly putting up more than $500 million in equity to back a Meredith offer. T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) rose after its chief financial officer said the company would propose a significant share buyback program for the board to decide on this month. Buybacks could begin as early as December. Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS) was sharply
It commonly happens in stock investing that investors miss the chance of buying winning stocks that they knew would stand out. One such company that looks well positioned for a solid gain, but has been overlooked by investors lately, is ConocoPhillips COP. This year’s expected earnings growth over the prior year is 120.4%, which should ultimately translate into price appreciation.
The equity markets bounced back yesterday as the House of Representatives passed a historic tax bill, inching closer to a legislative tax overhaul centered on President Trump’s electoral promise. As investors employ a wait-and-see approach in a classic example of “backing and filling” in the market, they could benefit from ‘cash cow’ stocks that garner higher returns. A high ROE ensures that the company is reinvesting its cash at a high rate of return.
It started with a deal that never was and ended with the mother of all air show announcements - this week's Dubai Airshow saw little in the way of firm new business, but reminded observers the rivalry between two global giants is as fierce as ever. As stragglers placed a handful of orders, delegates said the show would be remembered for the collapse of an anticipated Airbus deal to sell A380 superjumbos to Emirates and hunger for smaller jets including a record deal for 430 Airbus A320s. A Boeing 787 deal with Emirates also shook up the battle for widebody orders.
Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN) has been killing it in e-commerce to the despair of countless brick-and-mortar retailers, so much so that it has prompted the launch of two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that bet on the demise of traditional retailers. ProShares, the provider of ETFs, announced this week the launch of the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF that it says is the first investment vehicle created to benefit specifically from the decline of physical retailers. The ETF gives investors daily short exposure to the Solactive-ProShares Bricks and Mortar Retail Store Index, which is made up of traditional retailers that are publicly traded and currently includes 56 companies that are department store operators, supermarket players, and sellers of apparel, consumer electronics, and home improvers.