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Micron's Memory Isn't Fading Just Yet

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:11:43 EDT

The memory-chip maker’s strong results and outlook cool fears of a peak.

A Tax Cut's Unintended Consequences

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:22:12 EDT

What a tax cut could give the economy the Federal Reserve could take away. Republican leaders on Wednesday are expected to release a tax plan that would lower tax rates on individuals and corporations and allow companies to repatriate earnings held overseas at a low rate.

Why Biotech's Retreat Won't Be as Dramatic This Time

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:07:56 EDT

The failure of a high-profile clinical trial to treat Alzheimer’s disease means that the biotech market is about to get a big test. But Axovant’s stock meltdown is unlikely to spread.

Nestlé's Tame Target Doesn't Justify Lofty Stock

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:42:24 EDT

Nestlé has published a margin target, but not the aggressive one demanded by activist investor Dan Loeb of Third Point. And it doesn’t make the company’s shares look much less expensive.

Alibaba's Latest Deal Finally Takes Deliveries Into Account

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:51:52 EDT

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s decision to consolidate earnings from its logistics subsidiary Cainiao may improve delivery—but at a cost.

Oil's Move Higher Now Rests Squarely on U.S. Shoulders

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:55:51 EDT

Oil is back in a bull market, but China is slowing down. Oftentimes, those two things aren’t compatible.

Why Emerging Markets Aren't Too Hot to Handle

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:57:40 EDT

The Fed’s apparent desire to push on with tightening policy may give emerging markets a pause. But if global growth continues, then a pause is all it should be.

Funeral Stock Is Not Dead Yet

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:58:37 EDT

The death care business has boomed lately and is in a demographic groove, but consider recent loser StoneMor instead of industry leader Service Corp.

AIG's Delicate Dance With Regulators

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:10:39 EDT

While the debate goes on about how AIG should be treated by regulators, more significant changes are happening behind the scenes at the company

Unilever's Most Expensive Deal in Years Is a Risk Worth Taking

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:58:28 EDT

Unilever’s purchase of Carver Korea is the company’s biggest acquisition in seven years and among its most expensive, but the Seoul-based skin-care company give the Anglo-Dutch giant the kind of exposure it needs.

Still Time to Ride the Payments Deal Wave

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:32:29 EDT

Sometimes the public just doesn’t appreciate a good thing. That anyway is the view of Danish payments company, Nets, which is recommending a $5.3 billion private-equity buyout offer barely a year after it listed.

Natural Gas Poised to Light Up in China

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:54:35 EDT

Gas usage by the world’s largest energy consumer has lagged the U.S. and other big economies for years. That is about to change.

Ignore the Fed's Yield Sign at Your Peril

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:00:03 EDT

The Federal Reserve is telling investors it will flatten the yield curve. They should listen.

China's Banks Don't Share Investors' Enthusiasm for Steel

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:00:04 EDT

The stock market has fallen in love again with China’s beleaguered state-owned steel titans, which are up roughly 60% since the dark days of early 2016 due to higher steel prices. But China’s banks don’t share investors’ enthusiasm.

The Global Stock Market's Hidden Juice

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:05:10 EDT

Investors should be worried that stocks are being supported by record amounts of margin debt. These kinds of loans secured against stocks have often proved dangerous in a downturn because when share prices fall borrowers are forced to sell.

Tesla's SolarCity Hangover

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:29:31 EDT

Car maker’s investors should be concerned after solar-panel unit’s Justice Department settlement over allegations of False Claims Act violations.

Death of World's Richest Woman Sets Stock Scramble in Motion

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:32:52 EDT

L’Oréal billionaire Liliane Bettencourt’s passing opens the door to shareholder-friendly maneuvers at some of Europe’s most storied companies.

What If Apple's Supercycle Isn't So Super

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:56:30 EDT

Early concerns about Apple’s iPhone 8 and cell-connected watch provide a rough start to what needs to be a big year.

Nintendo Switches on the Growth

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:32 EDT

Japanese videogame maker Nintendo is having another renaissance, but execution remains an obstacle to realizing investors’ lofty expectations.

Americans Are Richer; Why Are They Still Cautious?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:47:43 EDT

U.S. household net worth reached a record $96.2 trillion in the second quarter, the Fed reported, but, if households are feeling flush, they aren’t acting like it.

Fed Paves the Way for the ECB to Follow

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:36:09 EDT

The Federal Reserve’s persistence in signaling rising interest rates may help the European Central Bank by tempering the euro’s strength.

What China's Downgrade Signals to Investors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:28:59 EDT

A global rating agency has once again downgraded China, and there is little new information for investors to digest. It may however be worth reading between the lines.

Why the Auto Industry Is Betting Big on an Uncertain Future

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:25:13 EDT

Johnson Matthey is investing heavily in battery parts despite an extremely wide range of predictions for the future of electric cars.

Why It's So Hard for Europe's Big Banks to Do Big Deals

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:37:15 EDT

Everyone wants bank deals in Europe—the problem is finding one acceptable to investors, executives, regulators and politicians. Commerzbank is a case in point.

What Google Wants With HTC's Smartphone Business

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:05:23 EDT

Google’s $1.1 billion deal with HTC carries risks, but the internet giant needs more scale if it is to maintain its influence in the smartphone business.

How the Fed's Unwind Will Ripple Through Banks

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:40:31 EDT

The gradual wind down of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet will have far-reaching effects throughout the banking system. For the most part, major banks stand to benefit.

Murky World of Drug Rebates Gets Airing in Lawsuit

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:44:59 EDT

The closely guarded world of drug pricing is getting a public airing in a feud between two of the industry’s biggest companies. The attention drawn to rebates could hurt the profits of some very successful drugs.

Adobe's Cloud Hits First Headwind

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:34:21 EDT

Larger deals have been taking longer to close, but software maker’s cloud transition still packs a lot of growth ahead.

Thyssenkrupp: A Success Story for European Activism

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:17:48 EDT

Thyssenkrupp’s move to join its European steel operations with those of Tata Steel paves the way for a more investor-friendly structure but investors shouldn’t bank on speedy results.

German Election: For Markets, Wages Are What Matter Most

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:52 EDT

Angela Merkel appears on course to win a fourth term as Germany’s leader. For markets, the political stability allows a focus on more fundamental changes going on in Europe’s most important economy.

A Surprise Bump in Bad Card Loans

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:57:55 EDT

Credit card lenders are seeing some of the highest delinquency rates in years.

Call It 'Fintech' and Watch the Valuation Soar

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:47:10 EDT

China’s ZhongAn insurance company wants to be seen as tech play, rather than a boring old insurer.

Nvidia's Gains Are Real, Not Virtual

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:08:13 EDT

Virtual money got real enough for Nvidia of late. But investors are right to focus on the chip maker’s more tangible opportunities.

The Hidden Obamacare Detail That Could Cost Hospitals Billions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:38:46 EDT

A seemingly arcane detail of Obamacare could put significant cost pressure on hospital companies and eventually drug and medical device makers.