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Last Build Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:33:21 EST

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Don't Hold Your Breath on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:49:21 EST

Comments by Steven Mnuchin have excited holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares, but the two companies’ fates are far from decided.

Inventory Check: We Went to the Stores

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:41:05 EST

Heard on the Street is conducting an experiment to see how retailers’ claim that low inventory will mean less discounting is playing out.

Chips Need a Nick, Not a Cut

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:11:38 EST

Semiconductor stocks are vulnerable after big run-up, but strong fundamentals remain.

Europe's Forgotten Election: Spare a Thought for Austria

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:27:09 EST

Investors will be watching out for the result of Italy’s constitutional referendum Sunday. They shouldn’t forget Austria’s presidential vote.

Global Bond Markets: Into the Maelstrom

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:17:57 EST

The storm that battered bond markets in November doesn’t seem likely to abate just yet.

Little Slack But Not Much Heat in Labor Market

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:01:30 EST

Unemployment hits nine-year low but modest wage growth shows there is still some slack in labor market.

Banks Need Firmer Footing to Keep Mortgages Safe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15:54 EST

The huge variety of capital requirements for mortgages is the heart of the fight over global rules

Passive Investors Get Sucked Into Hong Kong Market Failures

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:03:25 EST

Multibillion-dollar bubbles like Fullshare may end up fitting a pattern: stocks with small floats that get added to major benchmarks and then plunge.

OPEC Windfall Shows Talk Isn't Cheap

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:01:18 EST

Oil producers in the 14-member group have earned billions from the anticipation of Wednesday’s cut and now will earn billions more even if the deal fails to reduce supply.

Glencore Moving Too Quickly on Dividend

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:45:43 EST

Glencore is healthier thanks to China, but uncertainty in demand and heavy debt means calls for caution.

Patent Feud Is Underappreciated Risk at Biogen

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:07:35 EST

Biogen’s big patent dispute puts blockbuster drug revenues at risk.

India's Cash Dash Stuffs Banks With Problems

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:29:01 EST

India’s demonetization has ended up squeezing banks, eroding their role as agents of monetary policy.

Numbers Don't Add Up for Trump's Trillion-Dollar Building Plan

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:26:33 EST

Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan has sent construction stocks soaring, but the proposed funding plan has glaring flaws.

Altice Chooses Spending Over Saving

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:47:28 EST

Altice’s planned fiber-to-the-home project could eat up the cost savings it promised to wring from its purchase of Cablevision.

The Trump Traders Show Up Late to Stocks

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:07:36 EST

Stocks have been the place to be for a long time. It’s odd that investors are only now realizing it.

GoPro's Hero Shot Comes at a Price

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:04:47 EST

Hero5 camera is selling, but failed expansion leaves company too reliant on a single market.

Trump Treasury Pick Could Boost Small Banks

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:59:27 EST

Not much is known about Steven Mnuchin’s policy positions, but his background suggests he could be an ally to small and midsize lenders.

Stress Shows How Far Fates of Lloyds and RBS Have Diverged

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:29:36 EST

U.K. bank stress test showed one big failure and one clear winner.

Europe: A Tale of Two Inflation Rates

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:07:50 EST

Headline inflation is rising in Europe, albeit slowly. But core inflation just isn’t budging.

Why Italian Stability Is in the Hands of One Bank's Bondholders

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:33:47 EST

Monte dei Paschi’s debt-for-equity swap to be concluded by Friday is key to the future of Italian banking.

China Has to Get Creative to Buy Assets Abroad

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:10:37 EST

Even as China cracks down on outflows, its state companies find novel ways to fund far-flung deals for natural resources.

Two Stock Bubbles, One Ready to Prick

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:34:58 EST

The remarkable rise of Hong Kong’s Zall Group and Fullshare Holdings will run out of air eventually.

Auto Loans Get Even Dicier

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:30:52 EST

Record numbers of shoppers are trading in cars while still underwater on their loans.

Fed Won't Stand in Workers' Way on Wages

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:24:20 EST

One argument for the Federal Reserve to stay cautious on rates: Workers are only starting to gain back the ground they lost.

Amazon's Cloud Growth Unlikely to Dissipate

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:42:36 EST

AWS makes biggest price cuts in more than two years from a position of strength.

AT&T Blinks on Price War ​

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:32:06 EST

DirecTV Now, which AT&T unveiled Monday, won’t threaten cable as much as initially feared.

Luxury Industry Can't Count on China's Reverse Silk Road

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:38:23 EST

What will be the luxury industry’s new China? Today’s standard answer has a familiar ring: new parts of China.

Samsung Keeps Investors Waiting for Big Move

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:20:41 EST

Samsung is moving at a snail’s pace in improving shareholders’ returns. It’s worth it to keep prodding.

Rising Rates Could Be a Chinese Phenomenon, Too

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:34:04 EST

With inflation reviving in China, authorities may have no choice but to stand aside in the face of rising bond yields

A Double-Digit Return Is Hiding in Plain Sight at Under Armour

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:01:36 EST

The yawning gap between Under Armour’s voting and nonvoting shares offers an opportunity for investors.

Costly Biotech Bet Still Worth It for J&J

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:38:33 EST

A deal for Actelion Pharmaceuticals would help Johnson & Johnson generate growth.

Politics and Markets: Won't Get Fooled Again?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:28:39 EST

Shocked both by June’s Brexit vote and November’s victory for Donald Trump, investors appear to have realized that paying lip service to political risk isn’t good enough.

Emerging Market Fund Managers Trampled by Trump

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:29:12 EST

Aberdeen Asset Management shows how a tough year isn’t getting easier for the sector.

China's Debt-Laden Firms Take a Load Off---for Now

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:53:54 EST

If Chinese companies don’t take advantage of rising prices to rapidly pay down debt, more problems will be just around the corner.

Mom's Big Oil Bet Bites the Dust

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:09:07 EST

The demise of two hugely popular ETNs shows the peculiarities and risks of such investments.