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What's Keeping GM Going Strong Probably Won't Last

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:16:11 EDT

Most multinationals performed better outside the U.S. in the first quarter. Not so the Detroit car makers, which barely made any money outside North America. Their home bias will eventually become a problem.

Put a Kitten in Your Tank: Big Oil Gets Less Bold

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:03:38 EDT

Exxon Mobil and Chevron quarterly results show a shifting emphasis that will affect big oil’s results in future commodity cycles.

Qualcomm Gets Pelted by Apple

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:57:18 EDT

Qualcomm said it was informed by Apple that it effectively would withhold payments by not paying its manufacturers for Qualcomm’s royalties. Having formally recognized its worst-case scenario, Qualcomm’s main challenge now will be convincing investors there is nowhere to go but up.

Economy Needs Consumers to Shop Again

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:44:42 EDT

First-quarter slowdowns have become such a regular feature of the U.S. economy that investors will be tempted to brush off this last one. They shouldn’t.

Europe's Surprising Inflation Could Catch Markets Off Guard

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:39 EDT

Europe isn’t following the script many had for it this year. April’s inflation numbers are a challenge to perceptions of the eurozone.

Pressure Mounts on Barclays in More Ways Than One

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:36:19 EDT

UBS appears to grab more of U.S. investment banking recovery than its U.K. rival.

Sony Finds Success in All the Right Places

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:15:03 EDT

Sony reported strong results Friday but what should excite investors are the rosy forecasts for the future.

Shining a Bright Light on Dodgy Chinese Data

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:16:33 EDT

Chinese GDP data is widely considered to be unreliable. But new estimates of growth from a surprising source hint that the recent uptick isn’t pure fiction.

Tech's Titans Go From Big to Bigger

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:15:49 EDT

The newfound prominence of big tech companies now can be chalked up to a few factors.

PayPal Does More for Less, but for How Long?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:18:35 EDT

PayPal is earning less per transaction, but usage is growing fast.

What Can Stop the World's Best Selling Drug?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:57:30 EDT

AbbVie rides its blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug, Humira, to another strong quarter, but the question remains: How long can this juggernaut can last?

ECB Keeps Extreme Measures Despite More Ordinary Times

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:19:22 EDT

Mario Draghi drew a sharp contrast between the ECB’s views on growth and inflation. The tipping point away from ultra-loose policy remains some way off.

Deutsche Bank Slogs While Investment Banking Rivals Soar

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:53:30 EDT

If Deutsche Bank has found the right balance in investment banking, it is hard to spot the benefits. The German group failed to catch the same market recovery that boosted bond trading at U.S. rivals.

Samsung Needs to End Its Old-Fashioned Ways

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:46:36 EDT

Samsung Electronics’ decision against converting to a holding-company structure is disappointing.

On Taxes, Don't Forget the Deficit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:37:15 EDT

President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be paying much mind to what his tax plan could do to the budget deficit, but investors should.

There's Trouble in Capital One's Wallet

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:28:02 EDT

Worries over credit-card indebtedness rise as Capital One Financial raises its estimate for loan losses this year.

How Good Can Europe's Recovery Get?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:35:32 EDT

With politics pushed aside, investors may need to price in a more durable European economic recovery.

Credit Suisse's Smarter Plan to Raise Capital

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:29:35 EDT

Credit Suisse capital raise is a better alternative to its now abandoned spinoff plan. But claims that the bank has money to invest in growth and to pay better cash dividends from this year onward should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Google's Costs Don't Always Click

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:15:02 EDT

How Google generates advertising revenue that now totals nearly $80 billion a year is no easy feat—especially at the double-digit rates the company has been reliably pulling off for years.

Netflix's China Deal May Prove a House of Cards

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:36:26 EDT

Netflix has gained an entry into China, but its gains may be diluted since it had to partner with a local player for access to the vast market.

An Excess of Faith at Indian Banks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:38:22 EDT

Indian banks have high valuations, but their outlook is getting cloudier.

A Good Deal for LVMH at a High Price for Bernard Arnault

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:39:23 EDT

Having long shared a boss, Christian Dior and LVMH are set to be united under the same corporate umbrella.

Nasdaq 6000: Betting on Big Tech Getting Bigger

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:00:52 EDT

Nasdaq’s record run doesn’t feed the appetite for richly valued tech startups.

The Great Divide on Stocks and the Economy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:00:43 EDT

Deep disagreements on America’s outlook could mean one thing for the stock market, another for the economy.

Corporate Feud Exposes Big Profits on Drug Sales

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:39 EDT

A dispute between the largest pharmacy benefit manager and a health insurance giant has shown how profitable some relationships have become—giving more ammunition to critics of the health-care system.

Another Bubble Bursts in Hong Kong

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:41:13 EDT

The plunge in property developer Fullshare’s stock is another example of murky trading practices in one of Asia’s biggest equity markets.

The U.S. Economy's Full-Tank Conundrum

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:51:02 EDT

As in other areas of the U.S. economy, hard energy data is lagging behind buoyant consumer confidence.

T-Mobile Is the Envy of the Wireless World

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:29:37 EDT

First-quarter earnings for Verizon and T-Mobile highlighted the vast differences in their strategic options.

Don't Succumb to Sticker Shock on Becton Dickinson Deal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:44:20 EDT

Becton Dickinson’s acquisition of C.R. Bard is worth the high price.

What Credit Suisse Needs to Get Investors Back on Side

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:27:43 EDT

Europe’s investment banks need a big first quarter, none more so than Credit Suisse, where tensions have grown over bonuses and performance.

French Election Result Helps Euro Slip Political Shackles

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:19:18 EDT

When it comes to the euro, what doesn’t kill it should make it stronger. The existential threat posed to the single currency by the French elections has faded. The focus should move to the economy and the European Central Bank.

Bleak Outlook for Big Drug Makers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:01:27 EDT

Without price increases or deals to boost earnings, the pharmaceuticals sector faces a weak earnings season.

Akzo Running Out of Reasons to Snub PPG

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:56:32 EDT

U.S. paint giant PPG has sensibly combined its latest offer for European rival Akzo Nobel with a raft of commitments to staff and other local interest groups.

A Chinese Property Stock Surge That Is Set to Crumble

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:59:49 EDT

The 40%-plus rise in China Evergrande stock over the past month has been built on a share buyback program it can’t afford.

French Election Results Let Markets Breathe---For Now

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:57:32 EDT

With political risk receding, Europe will look more attractive for investors than it has for some time. How much markets rally in response will be a measure not just of how scared investors were about France, but could reveal what deeper worries remain on the horizon.

Semiconductor Gear: Still Some Chips to Play

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:02:18 EDT

A big shift in flash memory production will drive further gains for Lam Research and Applied Materials.

The Economy's Confidence Game

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:58:28 EDT

High levels of consumer and business confidence don’t jibe with a slow-growing U.S. economy. That can’t last.

Too Many Questions on Too Big to Fail

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:03:38 EDT

The Trump administration is reviewing Dodd-Frank’s provisions regarding how to wind down failing financial institutions. It may struggle to come up with an alternative.

Investors Unmoved by Auto Results

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:32:40 EDT

Auto makers have had much to cheer about lately, but investors don’t seem to care. The U.S. market remains a cloud on everyone’s horizon.

Trump's Steel Battle Looks Unwinnable

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:29:55 EDT

A big steel tariff is unlikely do much to boost U.S. growth or employment, given China’s advantages.

Are Markets Prepared for a French Election Surprise?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:46:46 EDT

Political surprises in 2016 mean investors have taken greater precautions ahead of the French presidential vote—but there could still be fireworks on Monday.

Banks and Borrowers Are Waiting on Washington

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:04:35 EDT

Regional banks are seeing both optimism and angst in the American heartland, reporting that their customers are waiting for clues from Washington before taking action.