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Xilinx: A Cloudier Chip Play

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:47:35 EDT

Xilinx chips are in demand among cloud-service providers, but the outlook is still subdued.



Nokia Uses Lawsuit to Make Apple Its Friend

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:44:32 EDT

The Finnish technology group has signed a novel legal settlement with Apple that involves business collaboration as well as royalties.



Europe's Economy Keeps Running With the Bulls

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:24:50 EDT

A rush of eurozone survey data points to continued growth momentum. Europe is still beating expectations



Noble Has One Option Left

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:29:23 EDT

The battered commodities trader may soon have no choice but to restructure its debts.



Why European Companies Could Really Miss London

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:22:43 EDT

Most industries need access to raw materials: In finance and markets that raw material is savings.



Why Donald Trump Doesn't Scare the Market

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:25:23 EDT

The VIX has stayed low not because the market isn’t worried, but because the market doesn’t know exactly what to worry about.



Another Gloomy Day for Amgen

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:26:44 EDT

Nothing is going right for Amgen these days. It now says its experimental osteoporosis treatment, Evenity, is unlikely to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration this year.



Ford's New Boss Won't Bring Quick Fixes

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:58:26 EDT

Ford’s new boss comes from the future side of the business. That implies more long-term investment, not a quick profit fix for suffering shareholders.



Huntsman-Clariant: A Chemical Experiment Worth Pursuing

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:54:58 EDT

Huntsman and Clariant think they offer the perfect mix: a $14 billion merger of equals without overlapping businesses or rivalries but with hugely valuable cost savings.



Baidu Falls Behind in Race to Be China's Netflix

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:49:06 EDT

Baidu could miss out as Chinese tech majors try to build up their online video content.



Reform Can't Come Soon Enough for China's Oil Giants

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:19:08 EDT

China’s state oil firms have long labored under high labor costs and price controls that depress returns. A new reform plan could change that—but only if China makes some tough choices, and quickly.



Why a U.S. Lending Bounce Isn't Easing Worries

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:50:43 EDT

Despite a slight rebound in loan growth, political and economic uncertainty still seem to be holding back lending by U.S. banks.



Big Tech's Not-So-Easy Money

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:54:18 EDT

Repatriating huge stockpiles of offshore cash looks less likely, given tumult in Washington. But investors in Big Tech shouldn’t need to bank on it.



VR Headsets Get Stuck on Shelves

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:38:26 EDT

Virtual reality was supposed to be the next big thing, but headsets haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves. The question is, why?



Better Late Than Never for Oil-Service Providers

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:18:50 EDT

Analysts and investors got ahead of themselves when translating a drilling boom to oil-field-services companies’ profits, but the bonanza is merely delayed, with executives are sounding more bullish, especially when it comes to red-hot U.S. shale plays.



Don't Count on the Fed if the Market Tumbles

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:57:51 EDT

A healthy economy and high stock valuations mean the central bank won’t be quick to step in to calm volatile markets.



U.S. vs Europe: The Political Risk Reverses in Markets

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:55:30 EDT

U.S. political turmoil, set against relative eurozone calm, is steadily narrowing the gap between U.S. and German bond yields.



Do China's Iron-Ore Futures Mean Anything?

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:57:44 EDT

In recent weeks, global investors have been fixated on the extreme gyrations in China’s commodity markets, especially iron ore. That attention would be better invested elsewhere—at least for iron futures traded on the ultraspeculative Dalian exchange.



Brazil Should Jolt Investors Out of Emerging-Market Complacency

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:31:03 EDT

The country’s latest political scandal should serve as a warning after a rush into emerging-market bonds the past year.



Applied Materials: Plenty of Flash Left in the Pan

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:15:03 EDT

Applied Materials, a maker of semiconductor-manufacturing gear, posted another strong quarterly report, along with a forecast that easily topped Wall Street’s expectations.



Choppy Markets Underscore Why ECB Will Take It Slow

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:01:34 EDT

The ECB remains worried about external risks to the outlook. This week is proving they haven’t gone away.



How Alibaba Uses Videos to Keep Shoppers Clicking

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:04:36 EDT

China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba has found a way to leverage celebrity videos to boost sales on its shopping sites.



Car Makers Should Hitch Up at the Technological Frontier

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:59:29 EDT

With growth stalling, car makers like Ford and GM could save money by sharing the costs of developing driverless cars and mobility apps.



China's Housing Market Springs a Leak

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:05:28 EDT

First and second tier house prices lost momentum in April after a surprisingly strong first quarter – signs that weaker consumer lending may be starting to bite.



Google: The Android Everyone's Looking For

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:06:14 EDT

More than two billion people now use Google’s Android mobile operating system, which is remarkable considering how long it takes for the company’s latest innovations to get into most of their hands. Speeding up Android’s annual update process should pay off for Google.



How Far Can the Trump Selloff Go?

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:45 EDT

The stock market has been banking on President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress delivering on tax overhaul and deregulation. What happens if trouble at the White House sends those hopes crashing?



Tencent Faces Rising Costs to Grab Audience

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:07:12 EDT

Chinese internet giant Tencent is doing a great job keeping its users glued to their smartphones, but to meet increased investor expectations, that screen time has to turn into more money.



Salvation Won't Come Cheap for Spain's Problem Bank

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:09:41 EDT

There may be buyers for Banco Popular Español, but valuation will be very low.



Move Over Dollar, the Euro Is in the Driver's Seat

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:53:00 EDT

U.S. political turbulence and economic disappointment, combined with unrealized election fears in Europe, mean the euro could gain further against the dollar.



Banks Can Go Higher Even Without Trump's Help

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:38:02 EDT

Fundamental trends still argue in favor of owning bank shares, even if the Trump presidency disappoints.



TJX Is Dinged by Department Store Crash

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:17:36 EDT

The market’s reaction to TJX’s first-quarter results reflects worries that retailer woes will crimp the off-price business model.



Dividend Hunters Should Look Out for Vodafone

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:48:02 EDT

Income-hungry investors worried about upheaval in the U.S. telecom market should cast their eyes across the Atlantic. The fat dividends paid by European mobile leader Vodafone look secure, and could even grow.



When to Worry About China Again

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:57:22 EDT

China’s debt-market selloff is driven mostly by a regulatory crackdown—growth is decent and corporate profits are healthy—but risks are poised to rise again, meaning things could shortly get hairier.



How Nvidia Invaded Intel's Turf

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:47:15 EDT

Nvidia’s new success in chips for data centers puts the videogame chip maker in competition with Intel as data centers embrace artificial intelligence.



Nintendo Needs to Be More Upwardly Mobile

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:51:12 EDT

People love Nintendo games. The pity for shareholders is that the company hasn’t worked out how to make more money from them.