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Biogen Treads Tricky Path Between Politicians, Investors

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:24:25 EDT

Biogen is taking a political risk with aggressive multiple sclerosis drug pricing, but the company is under pressure to boost its share price.



Low Price Is the Only Winner in Retail

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:29:08 EDT

It might seem like the most basic retail maxim, but the second-quarter drilled it home for investors: low prices matter. The only winners in an otherwise bleak retail landscape were the ones offering the lowest ones.



Jack Ma Works His Magic With MassMutual Bid

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:50:53 EDT

For Alibaba’s Jack Ma, joining in a $1.7 billion bid for the Hong Kong and Macau businesses of MassMutual looks like a slick way to get into the insurance line.



Trapped in Tech's Unicorn Land

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:18 EDT

Money keeps swelling the ranks of large private tech companies. But a weak IPO market and picky M&A investors have narrowed the exit options.



Why It is Time to Own France's Biggest Bank

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:34:50 EDT

BNP Paribas is exploiting rivals’ weaknesses while keeping a tight rein on costs



A Pillar of Chinese Growth Starts to Show Cracks

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:15:21 EDT

Housing prices rose more slowly in China’s interior for the second time in two months—a potentially worrying sign for growth following a raft of weak data in July.



Under Armour's Self-Inflicted Wound

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:11:06 EDT

A love-hate triangle has ensnared Under Armour, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Kohl’s. The dynamic among the three companies shows how brands and retail chains are tripping over each other as they struggle to survive fierce competition.



OPEC's Sick Man, Venezuela Could Jolt Oil Market

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:42:58 EDT

Venezuela’s already falling oil production will get worse before it gets better, potentially roiling global energy markets.



Alibaba Cashes In on Data Trove

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:40:45 EDT

Alibaba earnings are strong and shares are up 90% this year as the Chinese e-commerce giant leverages its trove of data to boost growth



The ECB's Good-News Problem: the Euro

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30:06 EDT

The account of the ECB’s July meeting fired a shot across the euro’s bows, but is unlikely to upend the single-currency’s strength.



Does the World Really Want Content From Apple?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:57:06 EDT

Big money can’t guarantee Apple success in Hollywood, especially when competitors are spending more.



Cisco's Long, Slow Decline

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:23:41 EDT

Investors had low expectations for Cisco Systems ahead of its fiscal fourth-quarter results posted Wednesday.



Beijing's Heavy Hand in Chinese Business

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:14:12 EDT

China’s big internet companies are investing in its No. 2 telecom provider though the reason isn’t clear beyond the government wants it.



How Fast Can Europe Really Grow?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:15:34 EDT

The eurozone is consistently growing faster than estimates of its potential



Cleaning Up China With a Mountain of Debt

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:10:40 EDT

The IMF’s broad measure of China’s government debt is much bigger than meets the eye. Much of that goes for water treatment and conservation, projects that won’t make much money.



This Auto Lender Won't Pay Off

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:12:58 EDT

Subprime auto lender Credit Acceptance has run circles around short-sellers, but it shares are now looking expensive and vulnerable.



Seeking the Next Safe Haven

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:03:53 EDT

When the world looks stormy, investors first reaction is to flock to the safety of American assets. But what will they do when the U.S. is where the tempest is brewing?



Consumers Keep Spending, but Not in Stores

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:58:44 EDT

Solid retail sales at the national level aren’t turning into gains for store-based retailers as Amazon and other online merchants continue to grab share in most categories.



What's the Best Kind of Deal for Fiat Chrysler?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:24:30 EDT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seems more likely to be broken up than sold to a Chinese company—and even a breakup is no sure bet.



This Isn't An Advertisement: Time to Buy Shares in WPP

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:34:07 EDT

Ad agency giant WPP looks like the classic value investment: a high-quality company that has temporarily fallen on hard times.



How to Fight a Giant Like Alibaba? Lots of Friends

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:34:01 EDT

JD.com, China’s No. 2 online e-commerce player, has lined up formidable friends in its fight against bigger rival Alibaba.



Garmin's Smartwatches Tick the Right Boxes

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:03:22 EDT

Smartwatches have been a turbulent business, but Garmin has mapped out a profitable and growing niche despite strong competition from companies like Apple and Fitbit.



Too Much Gloom on Brighthouse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:10:56 EDT

Brighthouse Financial had a dim start to life as an independent company. For patient investors, this could be an opportunity.



The Market Is Right: Car Stocks Are Cheap for a Reason

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:44:43 EDT

In an expensive stock market, car makers are sensationally cheap. Sadly, though, this looks like a rational response.



China Sets Its Banks on Scramble for Funding

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:47:02 EDT

A crackdown on a key funding source for banks is bound to cause some lenders to hit regulatory limits.



The China Growth Slowdown Has Arrived

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 02:16:39 EDT

After surprisingly strong second-quarter growth, July data contained clear signals of slowing investment and weaker consumption.



Margin Pressure Ahead for U.S. Companies

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:55:30 EDT

Productivity growth is companies’ best weapon against rising costs. Unfortunately for them, it has been extraordinarily weak and is unlikely to get much better.



DryShips Stock Is Up 50%: Sell on the Surge

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:28:57 EDT

Greek carrier DryShips surged briefly after its chief executive agreed to enter into a private placement with the company and it suspended stock issuance to an offshore firm.



Nvidia's Cloud Still Has a Big Silver Lining

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:25:27 EDT

Chipmaker’s surging market value creates high expectations. But the long term opportunity in artificial intelligence is still strong.



The Price Still Isn't Right for Consumers

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:55:55 EDT

Low inflation is a gift to consumers, but not enough of one to get them to meaningfully boost their spending.



The Price of Censorship for China's Internet Giants

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:48:29 EDT

By blocking foreign competition, China’s censorship regime has groomed the country’s internet firms into some of the world’s biggest companies. Now Big Brother is turning against the behemoths.



Restoration Hardware's Wild Ride to Nowhere

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:51:59 EDT

The motto for Restoration Hardware-owner RH is: “Where less is more and minimal is magnified.” The same awkward phrase applies to RH’s stock