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Time to Redo the Math on Tax Reform Prospects

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:17:19 EDT

Any investors who think the failure of health-care reform was somehow a positive because it cleared the way for tax reform may be about to be rapidly disabused of that notion.

China Tanked Oil Once, It Can Do It Again

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:14:44 EDT

In late 2013, oil was range trading, U.S. drillers were ramping up and China was entering a tightening cycle—much like today. Six months later, the oil market collapsed.

U.K. Banks Need to Show They Can Withstand a Pound Crisis

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:32:01 EDT

U.K. stress tests this year will measure how banks will weather a pound crisis and sharply higher interest rates. That should give a clear view of the risks in U.K. lenders’ recent rush into unsecured consumer lending, which has kept the U.K. economy humming since the Brexit vote.

Spoiled-Milk Lending Flows to a Chinese Insurance Giant

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:10:20 EDT

Bank owned by big insurer Ping An is exposed to the plunge in China Huishan Dairy’s shares.

Walking Back 'Forward Guidance' Could Leave Investors Lost

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:11:25 EDT

Forward guidance was a useful tool to reassure markets that rates would stay low for a long time. But now policy is tightening, the potential for market confusion has risen.

When Rate Increases Get Less Sweet for Banks

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:03:12 EDT

Banks haven’t felt pressure to raise deposit rates in response to Federal Reserve interest-rate increases, but that will eventually change.

Oil Exporters Nearly Back to Square One on Deal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:02 EDT

OPEC and its oil exporting ally Russia could feel pressure to extend or deepen output cuts now that most of the post-November gains have faded.

Why PTC's Revenue Still Raises Eyebrows

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:49 EDT

Software maker PTC has said its shift to a subscription model is attracting new customers, but its numbers look different from others that have undergone similar transitions.

Obamacare Lives But the Health-Care Bull Is Mortal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:12:10 EDT

The demise of the American Health Care act should please investors for now. However, the risks of changing health policy have shifted rather than evaporated.

Bank Stock Party Isn't Over After Pullback

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:29:07 EDT

Fundamental drivers can still move bank shares higher.

Nintendo Switch May Not Flip GameStop's Prospects

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:34:41 EDT

GameStop hopes new consoles will attract more people to its stores, but the retailer must grapple with an increasing shift to digital downloads and gamers buying fewer titles.

Curious Quirks in How Credit Suisse Makes Money

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:14:49 EDT

Something unusual in Credit Suisse’s earnings deserves investors’ attention.

Health-Care Investors Are Too Complacent

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:23:31 EDT

Investors should spare a thought for the conventional wisdom that dominated the market in 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was up for debate.

Investors Need to Wake Up to Europe's Surprising Good Health

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:58 EDT

Europe is still a collection of “what-if” scenarios for investors in terms of politics. But the question investors need to weigh up is: what if the eurozone economy is really motoring?

How a 'Low Volatility' Stock Plunged 85% in an Hour

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:18:28 EDT

Reading the label isn’t enough for picking funds. You may need to go into the ingredients list, too.

Why China's Latest Cash Crunch Is Scarier This Time

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:19 EDT

China’s short-term borrowing costs are surging again. This time round, the problem has become even more complex.

How to Beat Tesla? Mercedes and BMW Take Different Roads

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:51:57 EDT

Mercedes-maker Daimler has outperformed BMW in recent years, but the companies’ contrasting electric-vehicle strategies could mark a new turning point.

WH Group: The Pork Giant That May Win From Brazilian Beef Ban

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:58:18 EDT

American meat exporters such as Tyson and Cargill may be licking their chops in the face of Brazil’s meat scandal. But WH Group, the biggest seller of pork in China, looks especially well positioned.

Tencent: Raising the Bar for China's Most Valuable Company

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:18:55 EDT

Whether China’s most valuable company can keep getting bigger depends on whether it can sell advertising as effectively as Facebook. So far it is progressing well, but expectations are also rising fast.

Giant 'Bad Bank' Won't Solve Europe's Problems

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:39:55 EDT

The European Central Bank is demanding lenders deal with their bad loans. But a proposal for a continentwide bad bank seems unlikely to be the solution.

Google Needs All the Clicks It Can Get

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:27:49 EDT

Big advertisers will likely return, but growth deceleration can still sting Google.

Fewer Immigrants, Higher Prices, Lower Profits

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:19:52 EDT

President Donald Trump’s tough stance on immigration may be about to put many American companies in a pinch.

Nike's Best Defense Is a Good Offense

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:41:24 EDT

Nike’s scale gives it a long-term competitive advantage, which should help it win back market share.

Rare Discovery: A Value in the Biotech World

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:12:19 EDT

Falling hepatitis C revenue has dented giants such as AbbVie and Gilead but created a rare bargain in biotech Enanta

U.S. Stocks Overvalued? Time to Look at Europe

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:44:01 EDT

The U.S. now needs to live up to investor expectations, while Europe needs to avoid political pitfalls.

As Trump Trade Withers, China's Markets March On

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:50:43 EDT

Faltering expectations for Trump hurt U.S. markets but have helped ignite simultaneous rallies in Chinese equities, real estate and debt—for now.

Apple Pads Its Future Business

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:34:42 EDT

Culling its iPad line speaks to Apple’s need to boost memory and drive service revenue.

Why Trump's Tax Cut May Disappoint Investors

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:55:33 EDT

With Republicans’ health-care overhaul threatening to chew up the legislative calendar, their tax-reform plans risk getting pushed back.

Two Cheers for Biogen's Court Victory

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:18:43 EDT

Biogen avoids a hit to best selling drug but growth issues persist.

Auto Lenders Are on a Bad Trip

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:16:58 EDT

Warning signs continue to accumulate in the auto-finance industry.

What It Takes for Banks to Nab a Criminal

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:26:58 EDT

Fresh allegations regarding international money laundering show how difficult it is for banks to catch suspicious transactions in their midst.

What Makes the French Elections Different---and More Dangerous---for Markets

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:53:58 EDT

The sky didn’t fall for markets after U.S. and U.K. political shocks in 2016, but the French elections present a more serious challenge.

Tech IPO Goes on a Wild Ride in Hong Kong

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:56 EDT

Meitu, maker of selfie apps in China, beats Snap once Chinese traders step in.

Used-Car Prices Put Auto Finance in a Pickle

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:08:39 EDT

Car lease volumes in the U.S. have risen rapidly over the past two years for Japan’s big three car makers. That could spell danger.

Plenty of Cash Lies Buried on Canada's Oil Sands

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:40:20 EDT

Canada’s oil sands are being shunned in favor of shale by investors but present bargains for companies and investors with patience.

Sunlight Is the Best Medicine for Pharma

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:15:19 EDT

Eli Lilly’s disclosure on net drug prices should help reduce public and political pressure on the industry.

Nvidia's Life in the Fast Lane Is Worth the Toll

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:15:11 EDT

The chip maker’s high multiple is nerve-racking, but Nvidia’s business is firing on all cylinders.

Vodafone-Idea: Will India's Biggest Telecom Disrupt the Disrupter

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:41:02 EDT

Vodafone in India faces a classic disrupter problem: What do you do when your competitor gives your product away for free?