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BlackBerry's Valuation Got Disconnected

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:54:44 EDT

BlackBerry’s share price surged in the months since it was awarded millions in an arbitration dispute with Qualcomm. Disappointing quarterly results wiped out a chunk of those gains.



Weibo Gets in Beijing's Way

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:01:14 EDT

Investors need to consider the political risk faced by China’s version of Twitter.



For Consumers, Less Debt but Lots of Bills

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:52:17 EDT

As a group, U.S. households’ debt-to-income and debt-to-asset ratios in the first quarter fell to their lowest levels since the early 2000s. But financial obligations beyond debt payments, such as rents and auto leases, are taking a bigger bite out of pay.



Brexit One Year Later: Markets Might Get It Wrong Again

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:15:31 EDT

The Brexit vote sank the pound but buoyed the FTSE 100. That relationship might be changing.



China's Debt Crackdown Could Get Out of Hand

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:53:08 EDT

High flying Anbang and HNA are the latest victims of a broad crackdown on risk in China. The well-worn thesis that China would have a boring year ahead of its leadership summit has proven false.



A New Risk for Goldman, Morgan Stanley in Stress Tests

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30:44 EDT

This year’s bank stress tests turned up an unpleasant surprise for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. The banks scored low on a metric introduced for the first time this year, the supplementary leverage ratio, meant to measure banks’ total leverage.



'Immaterial' Revision or Not, Hain Still has Problems

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:23:12 EDT

An internal investigation at Hain Celestial Group found past errors in its accounting were immaterial. Investors care more about the company’s future, which still looks troubled



A Risky Bet By Investors---That the Health-Care Bill Fails

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:10:10 EDT

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is here, and investors aren’t remotely concerned.



Uber: Too Big to Flail

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:21:21 EDT

The investors who have sunk many billions into Uber can take at least some comfort in the reality that scale still matters—by a lot.



Goodbye for Now to China's Biggest Deal Makers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:14:38 EDT

China’s crackdown on lending to its biggest deal makers means the “China bid,” which has kept global deal making humming, will take an even longer breather than previously thought.



Why Diageo Is Paying $500 a Bottle for George Clooney's Tequila

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:09:40 EDT

Unfortunately for big liquor groups, craft distilling is following the trail blazed by craft brewing



A Sweetheart Deal to Bailout Italy's Banks

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:34:13 EDT

Intesa Sanpaolo has proposed a takeover of two small banks’ good assets, but the deal is almost too good to be true



What Could Go Wrong in the Fed's Stress Tests

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:10:21 EDT

The Federal Reserve will reveal on Thursday which of the 34 banks it tests have passed hypothetical negative scenarios while maintaining required capital levels.



Adobe Is a Bright Spot in the Cloud

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:02:06 EDT

Adobe has proven that the cloud can have a silver lining. The cloud software company has grown per-share earnings on a year-over-year basis every quarter for the last three years -- and that’s based on generally accepted accounting principles.



One Almost-Certain Risk for Investors in the Health-Care Bill

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:52:28 EDT

As investors struggle to understand the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, one area to watch is insurance deductibles, which are likely to rise and could increase pressure on the health-care industry to control costs.



Quitting Tobacco Stocks Is Easier at These Prices

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:17:43 EDT

Another big investor is giving up cigarettes. Regret has stalked similar decisions in the past, but the timing looks better this time.



Rampaging Oil Bears Are Missing Half the Picture

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:28 EDT

Oil has a U.S. supply problem, but unlike in previous downturns, demand still looks firm—for now.



MSCI Inclusion Should Intensify Scrutiny of Chinese Shares

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:24:28 EDT

China has won a longed-for trophy with admission of its domestically-listed stocks to MSCI’s global benchmarks. Don’t hold your breath that it will lead to a more open market.



Trump Plan a Potential Bonanza for Trust Banks

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:11:18 EDT

Custody banks like Bank of New York Mellon and State Street would benefit from Trump’s deregulation plans.



Barclays's Criminal Conundrum: Plead or Fight?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:19:26 EDT

U.K. authorities filed charges against Barclays and former top executives for fraud related to fee payments to Qatari backers when it received capital infusions in the teeth of the financial crisis. It is the first criminal case against a crisis-era bank chief.



Avocado Toast Looks a Better Bet Than Australian Housing

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:25:21 EDT

Australia’s housing market is particularly vulnerable as Chinese buyers are stymied by capital controls.



What Virtual Reality Needs to Get Real

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:21:45 EDT

High-end VR hasn’t created a large enough installed base of customers for game publishers to commit major development dollars. And without must-have games, virtual reality just won’t break out of its niche.



The Fed's Poor Record on Soft Landings

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:26:51 EDT

There are two things investors should keep in mind about the Federal Reserve: One, it is in a tightening cycle. Two, tightening cycles almost always end badly.



The Dark Side of Good News in Biotech

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:29:36 EDT

Deal making is a staple of the biotech industry, but betting on mergers and acquisitions is much harder than it looks for investors.



Amazon Shops Locally, But Spreads Fear Globally

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:19:56 EDT

The tech giant’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods has set alarm bells ringing around the world—perhaps prematurely.



Amazon and Alibaba Use Same Means to Different Ends

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:06:35 EDT

In buying Whole Foods, Amazon is following a trail blazed by Alibaba for some time.



China's Ghost Cities Keep Up Property-Market Spirits

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:04:20 EDT

Top-tier cities are feeling the chill from tighter consumer credit, but smaller property markets are on a roll.



Legg Mason: A Survivor in the Active-Manager Massacre

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:08:35 EDT

Legg Mason is capturing decent inflows as other active managers suffer, but its shares are up and future growth is uncertain.



The Amazon Juggernaut Is Coming to the Neighborhood

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:10:02 EDT

Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Market fills an important distribution gap for Amazon’s food ambitions.



Grab the 30% Off Coupon on Kroger

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:49:37 EDT

It is clearance season in the stock market’s grocery aisle, but investors should take another look at Kroger before leaving it on the shelf.



Amazon's Margin-Crusher Invades the Grocery Store

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:48:22 EDT

Amazon.com’s purchase of Whole Foods is a rounding error for the giant online retailer. For the struggling grocery industry, it is the biggest shift in a century.



Who Might Eat Up Nestlé's Baby Ruth and Butterfinger?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:48:01 EDT

Ulf Mark Schneider’s first strategic move as chief executive of Nestlé is sweet but small. It supports heady expectations for now—but before long investors may need something meatier.



Investors Ignore Easy Money in Huntsman-Clariant Deal

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:49:42 EDT

U.S. chemicals company is persistently trading at a puzzling discount to its value in the merger.



How Anbang Could Clog China's Financial Plumbing

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:50:46 EDT

Financial stress at Anbang, a key lender to other Chinese financial institutions, could quickly ripple through China’s banking system.



MacKenzie's Special Sauce Could Make BHP Taste Better

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:48:50 EDT

BHP’S new chairman has proven turnaround chops and the support of activist investor Elliott. But replicating his stellar performance at Amcor in the mining sector could prove challenging.