The major U.S. stock indices gave back the previous week's gains and then some last week, due in part to tepid March new home sales and weaker-than-expected Q1 GDP. They were led lower by the
This past weekend, Berkshire Hathaway held the 51st edition of its annual meeting. Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett and vice chairman Charlie Munger held court for six hours, fielding questions from journalists, analysts, and Berkshire shareholders. What...Show More Summary
Alaska Air has recently announced its plans to acquire Virgin America for $57 per share in cash. The Seattle-based airline will also assume Virgin America’s long-term debt and capitalized aircraft operating leases worth $1.4 billion, making the aggregate transaction value $4 billion. The primary objective of the deal is to expand Alaska Air’s footprint in […]
A sideways market is like a violent roller-coaster to nowhere, with intense climbs and stomach-turning drops. Unlike a real roller-coaster, however, most investors don’t find themselves at the end of a several-year sideways market and think, “Gee, that was fun.” While traditional asset classes can do the bulk of the heavy lifting in a portfolio […]
In what may be the biggest "self-outing" in years, overnight Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, revealing his identity to three media organizations - the BBC, the Economist and GQ. Show More Summary
Markets Know Rate Deferrals Cannot Last Forever As noted on April 20, under the “economy continues to grow” scenario, the Fed cannot indefinitely postpone the next rate hike. From Bloomberg: When does treading carefully lead to falling behind? Federal Reserve officials signaled last week that they expect to raise interest rates twice this year, while investors see [...]
One of the hottest and laziest ideas in the investing world right now is that more money flowing into passive investment strategies will ruin the market. We recently highlighted commentary from CLSA's Chris Wood, for example, who said...Show More Summary
Gold climbed above $1,300 a troy ounce on Monday, a move that was helped along by a weak dollar and investment inflows. Gold moved up 0.7% from its previous close to end up at $1,302.13 a troy ounce. The price of gold hovered close to $1,300 earlier in the year, but failed to keep its […] The post Gold just climbed above $1,300 an ounce appeared first on Business Pundit.
Here is what you need to know. Puerto Rico will default on Monday. During a televised address, Puerto Rican governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's Government Development Bank (GDB) won't make a $422 million payment due on Monday. Show More Summary
Halliburton has canceled its mega-merger with Baker Hughes. The second and third-largest companies in the oil and gas industry announced on Sunday that they have decided to walk away from the deal they reached in November 2014. Baker Hughes originally agreed to be acquired by Halliburton for $34.6 billion. Show More Summary
Tesla is an auto brand founded in California by the notorious Elon Musk. Elon co-founded PayPal and also owns SpaceX – the company with a mission to colonize Mars. While Elon is dreaming of Mars, he builds electric cars. Tesla current makes two models of cars – the Model S and the Model X. The […]
Puerto Rico is going to default. In a television address made Sunday, Puerto Rico's governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's Government Development Bank (GDB) will not make a $422 million payment due to its creditors by the...Show More Summary
Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette) in 'Friday the 13th Part 2', courtesy of Paramount If John Carpenter’s Halloween was the warning shot in 1978, then Sean S. Cunningham’s 1980 low budget hit, Friday the 13th, was most certainly the grenade that set off the slasher wars of the early ‘80s. Not only [...]
By Jim Madsen Star Wars: The Force Awakens has recently seen home release. This means I’ve watched the film more times than I care to admit. In honor of May the fourth — Star Wars Day — here are some key lessons in leadership we can learn from a galaxy far, [...]
When it comes to meeting a planned divestiture goal, it's one down and 13 to go with only seven months left.
Ever have a resolution to start going to the gym, eat healthy, spend more time with your family, or begin a home renovation project? If you have, chances are those resolutions remained resolutions; that is, things you considered doing, intended on doing, or perhaps even committed to do, but didn’t.
If anyone had wondered if Stanley Druckenmiller's recent bearishness had dissipated, or transformed into at least modest bullishness as a result of the market meltup, we have bad news. Moments ago at the Sohn Conference, Druckenmiller...Show More Summary
At the early age of 11, Warwick Davis was cast as a young Ewok named Wicket in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” The furry little creature, who helped Princess Leia find shelter in the forest moon of Endor, would find popularity among fans and spur two Ewok-centric “Star Wars” spinoff movies. And...
Just a month after the UK's luxury housing bubble burst, it appears the nice friendly bankers at Barclays are looking for some scapegoats to flip their condos to. In London, as Bloomberg reported, demand has slumped so badly that developers are offering discounts of up to 20% for their newly constructed homes. Show More Summary
Professional investors love railroads. Warren Buffett bought Burlington Northern Santa Fe outright in 2010 and Bill Ackman still owns 9 percent of Canadian Pacific after realizing huge profits on a larger portion of the shares that he had amassed in 2011. Value Investors see these titans of the investing world succeeding [...]