• Geopolitics and U.S Riots Back in Focus with the Stats on the Lighter Side
    FX Empire

    Geopolitics and U.S Riots Back in Focus with the Stats on the Lighter Side

    With the RBA holdings policy unchanged, the focus returns to the key risk drivers. Continued unrest in the U.S and tensions between the U.S and China are in focus.

  • American Express (AXP) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    American Express (AXP) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    American Express (AXP) closed at $96.75 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.77% move from the prior day.

  • Canadian dollar surges to three-month high as investors unload the greenback

    Canadian dollar surges to three-month high as investors unload the greenback

    The Canadian dollar <CAD=> was trading 1.5% higher at 1.3571 to the U.S. dollar, or 73.69 U.S. cents. "It just seems like everyone wants to sell (U.S.) dollars right now," said Bipan Rai, North America head of FX strategy at CIBC Capital Markets. "The Fed has implemented many measures to make sure that the world is awash in U.S. dollars."

  • Business Wire

    Wells Fargo Utilities and High Income Fund Announces Sources of Distribution

    The Wells Fargo Utilities and High Income Fund (NYSE American: ERH) released information about the sources of today’s distribution in a Notice provided to shareholders. The full text of the Notice is available below and on the Wells Fargo Asset Management website.

  • Interesting Bottom Reversal Technical Pattern Breakouts in the Financial Sector
    Yahoo Finance

    Interesting Bottom Reversal Technical Pattern Breakouts in the Financial Sector

    More about Trading Central Trading Central is a global leader in financial market research and investment analytics for retail online brokers and institutions. — The investment ideas presented here are for information only.

  • Top Analyst Reports for Apple, Verizon & PayPal

    Top Analyst Reports for Apple, Verizon & PayPal

    Top Analyst Reports for Apple, Verizon & PayPal

  • Will protests and looting permanently damage the economy?
    Yahoo Finance

    Will protests and looting permanently damage the economy?

    Here's how investors should be thinking through the impact of social unrest sweeping the country.

  • Auto Stock Roundup: NSANY Incurs Biggest Loss in 20 Years, AZO Beats on Q3 Earnings

    Auto Stock Roundup: NSANY Incurs Biggest Loss in 20 Years, AZO Beats on Q3 Earnings

    Nissan (NSANY) incurs fiscal 2019 loss of 671.2 billion yen, which marks the worst in two decades. Meanwhile, AutoZone (AZO) tops fiscal Q3 earnings estimates despite coronavirus woes.

  • Stock Market News for June 1, 2020

    Stock Market News for June 1, 2020

    Benchmarks finished mostly higher on Friday after President Donald Trump's press conference in response to China's new security legislation turned out not to be as disruptive to trade and finance as investors had earlier feared.

  • 5 Dogs of the Dow for the Month of June

    5 Dogs of the Dow for the Month of June

    Dogs of the Dow have large customer base, sustainable business model, a long track of profitability and strong liquidity, which allow them to offer sizable yields regardless of market conditions.

  • General Motors to Boost Production at North American Plants

    General Motors to Boost Production at North American Plants

    General Motors' (GM) plants in Michigan, Indiana and Missouri, which reopened on May 18, are expected to increase from one to three shifts.

  • Bloomberg

    FCC Chief Takes On the Pentagon...and DOT, and NOAA, and Energy

    (Bloomberg) -- In his quest to expand U.S. mobile broadband capacity, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai hasn’t been afraid to anger colleagues in government.He’s taken on the Pentagon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as the departments of Transportation and Energy. Those agencies have warned that his plans to reallocate spectrum could endanger national security, harm weather forecasts, loosen control of the electrical grid and degrade vehicle safety.So far, Pai has prevailed.“Pai is willing to get himself on the hot seat,” said Doug Brake, telecom policy director for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based policy group that works to accelerate innovation.The fights are worth billions of dollars as industries jockey for rights to airwaves, riding a boom in usage for such things as online shopping, streaming television and social media. Appetite for gadgets and the airwaves on which to run them is only growing: the U.S. will have 1.2 billion mobile connected devices by 2023, up from 560 million in 2018, according to a forecast by Cisco Systems Inc.Pai’s independence may be tested in coming months as President Donald Trump has ordered the FCC to draw up regulations to keep social media companies such as Twitter Inc. from censoring political speech.“This debate is an important one,” Pai said in a statement. “The Federal Communications Commission will carefully review any petition for rulemaking filed by the Department of Commerce.”Pai, whose office didn’t reply to requests for comment, has an insiders’ profile that doesn’t suggest a penchant for inter-agency skirmishing. He is a former FCC commissioner, agency staff lawyer and U.S. Senate aide, and before that an attorney for Verizon Communications Inc. President Donald Trump elevated him three years ago to chairman of the commission, which was created in 1934 to keep radio signals straight and now doing the same with wireless broadband.Pai, 47, presents a whimsical public face for an agency steeped in arcane technical policy making. He spices his remarks with pop-culture references, citing the TV sitcom “The Office” and the film “The Big Lebowski.” His Twitter feed branches from telecom policy into philosophy, architecture and sports teams from Kansas City, not far from his childhood home in Parsons, Kansas.As chairman, he has made priorities of pruning regulations and pushing for more mobile broadband to feed the nation’s insatiable appetite. With backing from the agency’s Republican majority, he’s compiled a series of victories for the wireless industry -- and at times setbacks for older uses of airwaves.NOAA, for example, said the FCC’s push to reallocate some spectrum would set back satellite-assisted weather forecasting decades. The Transportation Department warned about road safety when a patch of airwaves set aside for driverless cars was reassigned. The Energy Department opposed taking spectrum used by the power companies.Perhaps most memorably, the Defense Department raised alarms about the FCC’s April 20 approval of a mobile broadband network, saying the service will interfere with military and civilian GPS.Wins and losses are closely linked in airwaves policy because of the nature of spectrum -- the invisible electromagnetic waves that carry communications. Each slice of airwaves can carry one use; a second use on the same frequencies threatens interference, just as a shouted conversation in a room can drown out a quiet chat.To avoid conflicts, regulators including the FCC put different services on separate airwaves. Antennas listen for the chatter on their assigned channels, and don’t pick up signals at higher and lower frequencies, which in turn are left to other users.Assignments, including some set decades ago, have come under question as the mobile broadband revolution deepens, bringing fresh demand for airwaves to handle booming wireless traffic. Old services are being forced to move to different airwaves or share their frequencies with new arrivals.Pai’s FCC has worked to set up frequencies for more Wi-Fi and the high-speed gadgetry that will combine to form the 5G revolution of fast, ubiquitous wireless connections -- a priority for the White House and big tech and telephone companies. The changeover promises such wonders as remote surgery, autonomous cars, rich virtual reality video feeds, and factories humming with connected equipment.Pai takes credit for rearranging a dozen swaths of spectrum. The amount of airwaves affected is more those used by all U.S. mobile broadband providers, Pai said in a video posted on the agency website last year.Friction is inevitable as broadband and other wireless technologies vie for space in the crowded tableau of airwaves swaths, known as bands.“Finding new bands or new opportunities to reallocate for new purposes is more difficult than ever before,” said FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, a Republican. “There’s no greenfields to pick from. And so finding new spectrum for a new purpose means reallocating someone who already exists there.”To others, the FCC’s airwaves fights show lax management by the Trump administration, leaving cabinet officers to push their own airwaves priorities.“This is a result of running the administration as if it were an episode of ‘The Apprentice,’” said Harold Feld, senior vice president with the policy group Public Knowledge. “The federal agencies have just stopped cooperating.”Space Force Commander General John Raymond said in a May 6 congressional hearing that Ligado Networks LLC’s plans for a mobile broadband network would interfere with GPS receivers, which rely on faint signals from satellites, and harm training.The FCC shot back that it wouldn’t be moved by “baseless fear mongering.”In a May 26 letter to Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Pai defended the Ligado decision, saying it “included strict conditions to ensure that GPS operations continue to be protected from harmful interference.”In a teleconference with lawmakers on May 19, Pai said “America needs to lead in 5G and that requires us to think creatively about a variety of different spectrum bands.”Changes keep coming. The FCC in April voted to allow Wi-Fi on the 6 gigahertz airwaves, despite an expression of concern from the Energy Department. Utilities said the change risks interference to electric, water, and gas transmission and distribution systems. Chipmaker Broadcom Inc. called the action “momentous” and “a definitive moment in U.S. wireless history.”Airwaves AuctionMobile providers will get more opportunities in an auction slated to begin in July. Another, potentially larger airwaves sale is to begin Dec. 8 as the FCC offers a wide swath of prime airwaves now used by satellite providers such as Intelsat SA and SES SA. The satellite providers will move aside, keeping enough frequencies to serve current customers; new users will offer mobile broadband.Bidders may include largest U.S. providers Verizon, AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc., who all snapped up airwaves in earlier FCC auctions.“It isn’t easy to get the government to move quickly on anything,” Meredith Attwell Baker, president of CTIA, a wireless industry trade group with members including AT&T and Verizon, said in an email. Pai “deserves tremendous credit for making sure wireless providers have the spectrum they need to meet our nation’s 5G ambitions.”Not easy, and not without turmoil. The debate with NOAA concerned power levels for an airwaves swath that Verizon won in an FCC auction. The disagreement persisted for much of 2019 before agencies, working with the State Department, arrived at a unified position. The result was a lower power level than the FCC wanted, and more than NOAA preferred.Bipartisan leaders of both the House Science Committee and the Commerce Committee have asked the Government Accountability Office to probe how the NTIA and other federal agencies interact to resolve spectrum disputes.“‪Under the Trump administration, spectrum coordination efforts have repeatedly failed,” Democratic Representative Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, the Commerce Committee chairman, said in an email.Representative Greg Walden, of Oregon, the Commerce Committee’s top Republican, in an email said that “not everyone will be satisfied all of the time” as spectrum allocations are made.Others see confusion.“In this administration, instead of having everyone pull in the same direction, we have disputes that are pulling us apart,” said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency’s senior Democrat.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Visa Sees Solid Uptick In Spending As Lockdown Eases

    Visa Sees Solid Uptick In Spending As Lockdown Eases

    Visa (V) has indicated a solid uptick in consumer spending from April to May, as it continues to actively monitor the Covid-19 impact globally.Most notably, in May, total U.S. payments volume declined 5% year-over-year, a 13 percentage point (ppt) improvement over April. Meanwhile debit grew 12% and credit declined 21% year-over-year in May, a 17 ppt and 9 ppt improvement over April, respectively.“The continued distribution of Economic Impact Payments and the relaxing of shelter-in-place restrictions in a number of states are driving these trends” Visa stated.However, recovery in international markets in which Visa processes the majority of transactions lagged the U.S. in May. Across most of Europe, as well as Australia, Canada and Japan, the trajectory so far is comparable to the U.S. India and Singapore are slowly reopening, said Visa, while a few markets, such as New Zealand, Denmark and Chile, have positive year-over-year constant dollar growth in May.Global processed transactions declined 12% in May, a 12 ppt improvement over April. Since April, the mix has shifted to larger ticket transactions.Cross-border volumes excluding intra-Europe transactions declined 45% in May, a 6 ppt improvement over April. Travel related cross-border volumes declined 78% in May while cross-border eCommerce (excluding travel) continued to grow strongly, up 18%. Cross-border volumes including intra-Europe transactions declined 35% in May, an 8 ppt improvement over April.“As we have indicated before, cross-border volumes excluding intra-Europe transactions drive our international transaction revenues” Visa said.Shares in Visa are currently trading up 3.5% year-to-date, and analysts have a bullish Strong Buy consensus on the stock. In the last three months, 18 analysts have published buy ratings vs 5 hold ratings. Meanwhile the average analyst price target stands at $200 (3% upside potential). (See V stock analysis on TipRanks).RBC Capital analyst Daniel Perlin recently bumped up his price target from $195 to $212 (9% upside potential). “Overall volume trends point to a path of stabilization, while the shape of the recovery likely to be more elongated. However, new secular opportunities in ecommerce & accelerated cash to electronic conversion points to solid long-term growth.” he explained.“Our higher valuation is based on our view that V will be able to expand its constituencies, improve its competitive position, and accelerate secular trends as we emerge into a more normalized phase of growth” the analyst added.Related News: Western Union Seeks To Buy MoneyGram; MGI Spikes 32% Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Invests In UK Freight Startup Beacon Zynga Snaps Up Peak For $1.8B In Its Largest Deal To Date; Shares Up 7% More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * Snap to Stream Partner Summit on June 11 * Nordson Buys Fluortek To Offer Tubing Components For Medical Devices * Starbucks Is Said To Further Cut Worker Hours Due To Sales Demand * Adaptimmune Announces $11/ADS Pricing; Stock Now Up Over 850% YTD

  • Reuters

    Natgas flows to U.S. LNG export plants sink to 9-month low due to coronavirus

    The amount of natural gas flowing on pipelines to U.S. liquefied natural gas export plants is at its lowest levels since August, a signal of weak worldwide demand due to government lockdowns to repress the coronavirus. Consumption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has remained stronger than gasoline demand as LNG is used for power generation, but the cash crunch hitting the global economy has cut demand. The amount of gas flowing to U.S. LNG plants was on track to fall to a nine-month low of 4.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd), data provider Refinitiv said in a preliminary report Monday that may be revised on Tuesday.

  • Warning of ‘green swan’ risks, climate group Ceres and bipartisan supporters lay out 50-step plan for markets and regulators

    Warning of ‘green swan’ risks, climate group Ceres and bipartisan supporters lay out 50-step plan for markets and regulators

    A new report outlines how and why U.S. financial regulators, who are responsible for protecting the stability and competitiveness of the U.S. economy, need to recognize and act on climate change as a systemic risk

  • Stimulus checks are a mere Band-Aid for Americans — amid fears of an even bigger economic crisis than the Great Recession

    Stimulus checks are a mere Band-Aid for Americans — amid fears of an even bigger economic crisis than the Great Recession

    Economic impact payments would cover less than half of the average family’s monthly expenses, a new study found.

  • Getting people to trust big business will take much more than simply reopening the economy

    Getting people to trust big business will take much more than simply reopening the economy

    With concern about the coronavirus pandemic receding for the moment, investors are focused on reopening the global economy. More than half of people worldwide believe that capitalism does more harm than good. In the United States, fewer than one in five have a “very favorable” view of large enterprises, and only one in four say they trust corporate executives.

  • GuruFocus.com

    US Indexes Start the Month of June Slightly Higher

    S&P; 500 gains 0.38% Continue reading...

  • Investopedia

    How Investors are Behaving in 2020 Versus 2008

    Affluent investors who experienced the market crash of 2008 are applying lessons learned to the stock market of 2020.

  • 5 Companies Owned by KO

    5 Companies Owned by KO

    Minute Maid, Costa Coffee, Energy Brands (Glacéau), Honest Tea, and a minority stake in Monster Beverage Corp. are all big names owned by Coca-Cola.

  • Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Visa Inc (V)
    Insider Monkey

    Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Visa Inc (V)

    Before we spend countless hours researching a company, we like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. This is a necessary first step in our investment process because our research has shown that the elite investors' consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out […]

  • MarketWatch

    Dow jumps nearly 75 points on gains in shares of Boeing, American Express

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up Monday afternoon with shares of Boeing and American Express leading the way for the index. Shares of Boeing (BA) and American Express (AXP) are contributing to the index's intraday rally, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 70 points, or 0.3%, higher. Boeing's shares have climbed $5.50, or 3.8%, while those of American Express have risen $2.13, or 2.2%, combining for an approximately 52-point bump for the Dow.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow flat despite losses for shares of Pfizer, Cisco

    DOW UPDATE In spite of negative returns for shares of Pfizer and Cisco, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is nearly flat Monday morning. Shares of Pfizer (PFE) and Cisco (CSCO) account for -13% of the index's intraday losses, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 2 points lower (0.

  • MarketWatch

    Boeing, American Express share gains lead Dow's 66-point jump

    DOW UPDATE Behind strong returns for shares of Boeing and American Express, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading up Monday morning. Shares of Boeing (BA) and American Express (AXP) have contributed about a quarter of the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally, as the Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 66 points higher (0.