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Kraft Heinz Needs a Deal, but Can It Really Afford Unilever?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:17:26 EST

Even at the lowball price Kraft Heinz has offered, buying soap-to-soup giant Unilever would stretch its balance sheet to its limits. But the U.S. food group needs a deal.

Applied Materials: Storm Ahead of the Calm

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:25:23 EST

Applied Material saw a sharp jump in new equipment orders for the fiscal first quarter, its biggest surge in seven years. That has analysts worried about an inevitable slowdown, as Applied’s customers digest those purchases.

Amazon Rivals Have Big Clouds to Fill

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:47:37 EST

Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet have dropped about $52 billion combined in the past three years to unseat Amazon as king of cloud computing, but Amazon continues to gain momentum.

Why the Stock Market Doesn't Like Republicans

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:26:47 EST

A striking feature of the U.S. stock market is that it persistently does better under Democratic presidents than Republican ones. Two economists try to explain why.

Allianz: Bumper Buyback Shows Insurer's Strength

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:47:12 EST

People often complain their insurers don’t pay out what they should: Investors in Allianz can have no such gripes.

Toshiba and Japan's Struggling Banks

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:42:18 EST

Despite Toshiba’s negative shareholder equity, its creditors have reiterated their commitment to continuing support.

The Unlikely Winners of the U.S.-China Trade War, Round 1

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:46:13 EST

Many U.S. companies with big China exposure are outperforming, not underperforming.

Why Online Lenders Keep Disappointing

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:30:26 EST

Shares of two online lenders are down sharply after another rough quarter.

Who Are Snap's Real Friends?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:23:41 EST

Snap is asking a lot of its investors in its coming IPO, and that may lead them to push back.

How Saudis Cut Oil Output Without Really Cutting

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:43:45 EST

Saudi Arabia has led the way among major energy exporters in cutting oil production. At the same time, the kingdom is adding to global supply in a surprising way.

Stronger Growth Could Set Fed Against Trump

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:40:55 EST

Strong economic data Wednesday further made the case for the Federal Reserve to raise rates, but that also poses challenges to investors.

Time for Nestlé to Make Major Cosmetic Changes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:52:33 EST

Selling out of cosmetics giant L’Oréal looks like an easy win for Europe’s most valuable company

Why Bond Market Isn't Convinced About Surging Growth

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:13:04 EST

Bond markets appear to be dithering about reflation. More strong data will be a test.

Lenovo's PC Prowess No Solace for Smartphone Slide

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:05:26 EST

The world’s biggest personal computer maker is yet to find ways to make money on its smartphones.

If Car Industry Retools, Parts Makers Will Reel

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:08:28 EST

Barriers to trade are bearing down on the auto industry. Parts makers have the most to lose.

Cisco's License to Buy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:58:55 EST

The latest results at Cisco Systems are a good indicator of why investors seem eager to give the tech giant some room to roll the dice.

Why the Market's AIG Selloff Is Overdone

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:40:20 EST

American International Group took a surprisingly large charge against some insurance lines in the fourth quarter, but the risk is limited.

In Era of Big Beer, Heineken Needn't Get Drunk With Deals

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:37:13 EST

The Dutch group has turned itself into an attractive emerging-markets play, making a fresh brewery megadeal unlikely.

Retail Zombies Haunt Industry

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:05:15 EST

The lengthy list of retailers teetering on the edge of bankruptcy but not being allowed to die is holding the rest of the industry back.

SoftBank Builds Fortress for the Future

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:33:44 EST

SoftBank’s $3.3 billion purchase of Fortress Investment gives the company’s new venture fund an instant platform for investing.

Don't Ignore Politicians' Ire Over Orphan Drugs

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:09:11 EST

Biotech investors can’t look past changing drug-pricing attitudes in Washington.

This Year, Don't Fight the Fed

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:23:44 EST

Investors still doubt Janet Yellen’s resolve to boost interest rates three times, but this is the year the Federal Reserve will get the economy right.

GM's Adieu to Europe---And to Global Scale

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:01:36 EST

The possible sale of GM’s European operations, including the Opel brand, to Peugeot is a rebuke to the bigger-is-better strategy of global car makers.

Time to Log Out of Bank of the Internet

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:37:24 EST

BofI Holding has fought a mostly successful battle with short sellers, but risks loom.

China's Noble Group Gambit Latest 'Go' Signal for Commodities

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:46:32 EST

Investment talks come as Chinese chemical prices, feedstock costs and commodity futures move sharply higher.

Credit Suisse's Universally Bad Idea

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:32:02 EST

Credit Suisse’s results show its plans to spin off Swiss Universal Bank is a wasted effort.

Central Banks and the Wrong Kind of Inflation

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:18:11 EST

Headline inflation may not be the best guide to where central banks will be headed

Toshiba's Problems Go Beyond Nuclear Accounting Mess

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:49:49 EST

The iconic Japanese conglomerate Toshiba failed to release quarterly results on time. Investors are right to be losing faith.

China's Electric Vehicle Market Hits the Skids

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:17:24 EST

Aggressive scaling back of broad-based state subsidies to promote electric cars seems to be at play in the fall of China’s electric car market.

Apple Rally Marks Super-Early Start of iPhone Cycle

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:06:36 EST

Apple’s stock is already nearing the peak multiple of past iPhone supercycles.

The Suddenly Rising Cost of Making a Car

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:20:56 EST

A jump in automotive commodity prices adds to car makers’ worries in 2017.

Smartphone Cameras Flash Brightly for These Companies

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:19:49 EST

The trend of smartphones with dual-lens cameras is only getting started, good news for parts suppliers like Sunny Optical.

China's Steel Capacity Cuts Obscured by Smog

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:18:34 EST

Chinese steel capacity may—or may not—have fallen, but output is still rising. Global markets will feel the pressure again when the real-estate cycle turns down.

The Coming Drought in Corporate Bonds

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:18:28 EST

House Republicans’ plans to let companies repatriate foreign profits and deny deductions on interest could cut into bond issuance.

Trump Gets Freer Hand on Banks as Tarullo Departs

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:17:32 EST

The resignation of Daniel Tarullo, the Federal Reserve’s de facto head of bank regulation, is another step forward for the Trump administration’s plan to ease rules for Wall Street. It will also give the new administration a chance to quickly influence U.S. monetary policy.

Drug Industry Goes Boldly into New Minefield

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:57:37 EST

Marathon Pharmaceuticals boosts a drug price as the industry tries to make peace with Trump.

Activision Scores Despite 'Call of Duty' Fatigue

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:33:40 EST

Game maker Activision showed it can fight on multiple fronts, but it still needs its blockbuster shooter to re-load.