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  • 1 Heavily Discounted Stock That Will Make You Salivate
    The Motley Fool

    1 Heavily Discounted Stock That Will Make You Salivate

    Wall Financial Corp is a highly discounted real estate stock that you may want to consider for your portfolio.The post 1 Heavily Discounted Stock That Will Make You Salivate appeared first on The Motley Fool Canada.

  • Walmart's Low-Cost Approach Wins Again
    Motley Fool

    Walmart's Low-Cost Approach Wins Again

    Walmart's (NYSE: WMT) fiscal first-quarter 2021 (ended April 30, 2020) results were strong, faring better than many other retailers that had to shut down their physical stores. Sure, management admitted that the coronavirus pandemic drove increased demand as people ran out to buy the company's goods. The Walmart U.S. business had a same-store sales (comps) increase of 10% and Sam's Club's comps rose 12%.

  • Herbalife Nutrition Announces Closing of $600 Million Senior Note Offering
    Business Wire

    Herbalife Nutrition Announces Closing of $600 Million Senior Note Offering

    Herbalife Nutrition Announces Closing of $600 Million Senior Note Offering

  • Wells Fargo reveals new risk management structure
    Reuters

    Wells Fargo reveals new risk management structure

    The company said it would also search for CROs for its commercial, consumer and small business, and investment banking arms and also for its wealth management unit. Since taking over the scandal-plagued bank late last year, Chief Executive Charlie Scharf has shaken up its leadership and overhauled the bank's business lines. The bank has had to contend with a federal investigation, a dozen consent orders and an unprecedented Federal Reserve cap on its balance sheet growth as the fallout of a 2016 sales practices scandal.

  • Wells Fargo Corporate Risk Announces Enhanced Organizational Structure and New Leaders
    Business Wire

    Wells Fargo Corporate Risk Announces Enhanced Organizational Structure and New Leaders

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced the appointment of two new Corporate Risk leaders and an enhanced organizational structure designed to provide greater oversight of all risk-taking activities and a more comprehensive view of risk across the company. The new risk model will have five line-of-business Chief Risk Officers (CROs) along with other teams aligned by risk type, each reporting to Wells Fargo CRO Mandy Norton.

  • Business Wire

    Statement Pursuant to Section 19(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940: DEX

    On May 29, 2020, Delaware Enhanced Global Dividend and Income Fund (NYSE: DEX) (the "Fund"), a closed-end fund, paid a monthly distribution on its common stock of $0.0714 per share to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 22, 2020.

  • Walmart jumps into the secondhand clothing market through partnership with ThredUp
    MarketWatch

    Walmart jumps into the secondhand clothing market through partnership with ThredUp

    Walmart will add used clothing, as well as a number of new brands, to its online clothing lineup through a partnership with ThredUp.

  • Hormel says the value of products like Spam and Skippy peanut butter rose alongside unemployment rate
    MarketWatch

    Hormel says the value of products like Spam and Skippy peanut butter rose alongside unemployment rate

    Hormel reported a rise in sales as consumers snapped up products like Spam and Skippy during coronavirus lockdowns.

  • Top 5 Most Popular Guru Buys of the 1st Quarter
    GuruFocus.com

    Top 5 Most Popular Guru Buys of the 1st Quarter

    These stocks had the most net buys among gurus Continue reading...

  • Why cable providers will survive despite rise in cord-cutting: Wells Fargo
    Yahoo Finance Video

    Why cable providers will survive despite rise in cord-cutting: Wells Fargo

    Yahoo Finance's Alexandra Canal breaks down the latest outlook for cable providers as more Americans cut the cord and opt for streaming platforms.

  • The pandemic’s impact on US discount and mega-retailers, in five charts
    Quartz

    The pandemic’s impact on US discount and mega-retailers, in five charts

    The coronavirus pandemic has ripped a hole in America’s retailers, but the country’s budget chains and mega-stores have fared much better. Chains such as Walmart and Dollar Tree have been able to keep their doors open because they sell essential items, and they’ve found that even though more than 40 million people have sought unemployment insurance since the pandemic started, many shoppers are still surprisingly flush with cash. Americans were issued $1,200 stimulus checks as part of the Cares Act, and unemployment insurance has been topped up with an additional $600-per-week supplement that lasts through the end of July.

  • Mylan Invalidates Sanofi's Lantus® SoloSTAR® Device Patents in IPR Proceedings
    PR Newswire

    Mylan Invalidates Sanofi's Lantus® SoloSTAR® Device Patents in IPR Proceedings

    Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled in favor of Mylan in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings finding all challenged claims of Sanofi's Lantus® SoloSTAR® device patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,603,044, 8,992,486, and 9,526,844 unpatentable. The PTAB found three claims of the 9,604,008 patent unpatentable, and two claims to be patentable. However, Mylan has previously obtained a covenant not to sue from Sanofi on the '008 patent and therefore this ruling does not impact Mylan's ability to launch upon final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The PTAB also found Sanofi's proposed amended claims for the '486 and '844 patents unpatentable.

  • Bloomberg

    Goldman’s Eccentric Couch-Surfing Trader Plans a Credit Fund

    (Bloomberg) -- Not many Goldman Sachs partners seek out citizenship in a tiny Caribbean island to speed through airports. Ali Meli wasn’t your typical Goldman partner.Couch-surfing inside the investment bank, an almost $10 million paycheck as a junior trader and clashing with peers are all parts of the legend of Meli, described by colleagues as an unlikely figure in Wall Street’s most elite club: Abrasive but brilliant, subversive but successful, and above all one of its most “eccentric” figures.Now, after exiting the investment bank last year, Meli is setting up his own venture in some of the most treacherous markets in generations. The 38-year-old plans to recreate a model of doing business that he learned in an especially profitable part of Goldman’s trading division, putting together complex financing deals.“Everything about Ali was unusual but he was one of the most incredible people we’ve ever hired,” said Ram Sundaram, who brought Meli into his team, which went on to become the Principal Funding & Investments group. “He could think through all aspects of a deal to a degree that was abnormal. He was in a league of his own.”Meli is now seeking the backing of many of his former mentors as he looks to raise money for a structured credit fund, ramping up at a time of severe economic disruption.As companies seek out capital amid market distress, Meli hopes he finds himself in the center of transactions, borrowing a playbook from his Goldman days.Passport ShoppingBorn in the shadow of the Iran revolution, Meli’s earliest memories of Tehran, where he spent 20 years, was the conflict with Iraq, as his family shuttled between houses to shield themselves.“To some extent it was awesome -- the night lights up,” Meli said of the artillery and warplanes that thundered over the city. “When you’re a kid and you see these things, you don’t feel fear. It feels like a movie and it’s so cool. You don’t have the right context.”Meli’s ticket to escape the mandatory deployment in Iran’s army was a world physics competition. He later left the country altogether on a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.After a delay in his security clearance, Meli landed in Boston on Sept. 10, 2001. Terrorists attacked the U.S. early the next morning, prompting unprecedented scrutiny of recent arrivals from the Middle East. Meli soon had to submit to a government registry tracking his movements. But it didn’t end there.Every time he flew, the Iranian emigre was singled out for more rigorous checks. Even years later, while jet-setting with Goldman bankers to set up billion-dollar trades, the airport ordeals continued. So he solved it in a way only the wealthy would -- he went passport shopping.Meli settled on St. Kitts and Nevis, a haven for the rich where a property investment can buy citizenship outright. When Goldman published its full list of partners last year, he was the sole member of the group professing ties to the island nation.Ali Meli’s name is itself a bureaucratic mishap. Someone in the Social Security office misspelled the fairly common Iranian name “Melli.” He chose to live on with the new identity, not wanting to get into any paperwork battle that could jeopardize his status in the U.S.Harvey’s OfficeFor Meli, the worry of being sent back to Iran was paramount. His response was insane work hours.During his early days at Goldman, after other traders went home, Meli would sneak into one of the plush partner offices to sleep. He often found refuge on the office couch belonging to Harvey Schwartz, then a senior deputy to trading co-head Gary Cohn. Both men nearly went on to become the bank’s CEO.Meli’s justification: “Harvey had an open-door policy.”“I was worried about losing my job because it would have meant deportation to Iran,” Meli said. “I didn’t want to risk that. But I wasn’t stupid -- I never slept on Gary’s couch.” Cohn, known for his hard-charging ways, eventually joined President Donald Trump’s White House.Word of Meli’s antics started making the rounds soon after his arrival.The reception he got on the trading floor in the mid-2000s wouldn’t fly today. He was branded “Smelly Ali” -- a riff on his name, Ali S Meli -- and “Chemical Ali” -- after Saddam Hussein’s trusted adviser accused of gassing Kurds and executed in 2010. Meli said he reveled in the attention.“I had a few nicknames and I enjoyed it,” he said.There were also awkward moments. At one point he copied lyrics from a love ballad into a performance review of his manager, to express adoration. He was promptly told off.Yet Meli charted quick success, becoming a pillar of Sundaram’s group. Known as PFI, it had latitude to use Goldman’s own money to take on positions that wouldn’t be easy to quickly offload. Some of its big-ticket financings around the 2008 credit crisis generated massive gains for Goldman even as the rest of Wall Street struggled.The group came to be seen as a clique inside Goldman’s trading operation. Once a loose coalition of fewer than a dozen executives, it has been at the forefront of some of the most knotty transactions that can churn out big “P&L,” jargon for profits and losses. Its deals ranged from helping Sprint raise cash backed by airwaves, to financing Mexican toll roads. The group even structured bonds for Malaysia’s 1MDB investment fund after Goldman investment bankers clinched the troubled business. Officials in the country later looted the money.Insulated from the rest of the trading division, PFI’s stature grew as it tackled outsize risks and generated eye-popping returns.Meli just happened to be its quirkiest and most outspoken member, unafraid of challenging colleagues’ views. Some senior partners came to rate others based on how they fared in confrontations with him.$10 Million PaydayJust a few years into his banking career, Meli was already eyeing big risks. He encouraged his team to pile on short positions as the housing market headed into the 2008 credit crisis.“Bottom line: housing is in free fall,” he wrote in an email in August 2006 after poring through reports. Sundaram’s crew ramped up wagers against asset-backed indexes and bond-insurance companies. Meli said he framed a printed copy of that email after the hedges paid off for Goldman.Meli also had a hand in another incident that reverberated across financial markets. He helped his team come up with the valuation for marking down positions in its swaps transaction with AIG, which forced the insurer to put up more cash as others followed suit. AIG insisted for years that Goldman’s aggressive move was what led to its failure.“It’s one of those things you wish you weren’t right,” Meli said. “But what caused the marks to go down was not because we put the marks down, but a real housing recession had started to hit.”Some of the most profitable transactions were trades Goldman designed with the likes of CIT Group and European banks. That helped Meli score his giant paycheck for 2009. But as his success mounted, so did his skirmishes. Often passionate, he wouldn’t hold back in disagreements over transactions -- incidents that sometimes left more-senior colleagues red-faced.“He was unusually bright and eccentric,” said Joe McNeila, a former colleague in the PFI group. “It was a business of natural conflict. He could be very formidable and he was a tough guy to go up against.”Meli was one of the youngest people in Goldman’s class of new partners in 2014, but looking back, he figures that his combativeness probably slowed him down.“There was a period when I would get into these arguments sometimes with people more senior than me,” he said. “I was told I needed to learn to be more humble, and it was a valuable lesson.”Days after he was named partner, he bought his first car: a second-hand Mercedes.Over the years, people familiar with the situation said, his bosses fielded grievances that ranged from the ordinary to the bizarre.For a stretch of time, Meli tried commuting daily from Toronto to New York, raising concerns among colleagues about his manic schedule. He launched a crusade to support higher pay for junior bankers, which raised hackles. He proposed transactions that, while legal, were so novel or aggressive that bosses would sometimes squirm, worried about the optics.His political views on government overreach and the impact of regulation on daily life also made some colleagues uncomfortable.He jumped on the Trump train before many on Wall Street. And since becoming a permanent resident in 2018, he’s become a prolific political operative, dispensing more than a quarter million dollars to mostly conservative and libertarian candidates.Meli gave up butting heads at Goldman and officially exited the bank last year.This year, markets are presenting a once-in-a-century opportunity for brave credit traders. Meli’s firm has already announced a transaction, a credit line to a fintech company in Colombia. He’s named his new venture Monachil Capital Partners after a Spanish village that traces its name to the word monastery -- to try to denote inner calm, he said.(Updates with detail on investment in final paragraph.)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.

  • Here is How Hedge Funds Traded Mylan N.V. (MYL) Recently
    Insider Monkey

    Here is How Hedge Funds Traded Mylan N.V. (MYL) Recently

    The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. Insider Monkey finished processing 821 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds' portfolio positions as of March 31st, 2020. […]

  • Bloomberg

    Wells Fargo CEO Says Crisis Makes Staying Under Asset Cap Harder

    (Bloomberg) -- It “hasn’t been easy” for Wells Fargo & Co. to operate under an asset cap as the bank faces a flurry of deposits and credit-line draws tied to the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf said.The San Francisco-based lender has had to take substantial actions to get below the cap, including moving some deposits outside the company, Scharf said at an AllianceBernstein Holding LP virtual conference Friday.The asset cap is “unfortunate, especially in an environment like this, but it’s a fact of life, and we’re more focused than ever on doing the work that’s necessary to get it behind us,” Scharf said. “It’s very, very clear what has to get done.”The Federal Reserve in 2018 limited Wells Fargo’s growth until it addressed lapses following a series of scandals. Scharf has declined to forecast when the asset cap would be lifted, but has cautioned that the bank still has a lot of work to do. Scharf said Friday that the cap is just one of 12 public consent orders Wells Fargo has to satisfy, with all of them being “extremely important.”Here are other takeaways from Scharf’s remarks:The timing and pace of the recovery, as well as Wells Fargo’s ability to improve its results, will determine the appropriate dividend level for the bank, Scharf said. Its capital base is strong, but earnings were weak in the first quarter and will remain so this quarter, he said.The buildup in Wells Fargo’s reserves will likely be “quite significant” in the second quarter as expectations are worse today than they were at the end of March, Scharf said, cautioning that many unknowns remain.Expenses are “way too high,” Scharf said, adding that Wells Fargo will probably have more than $500 million in unanticipated costs in the second quarter related to the pandemic.Scharf said he hopes to create a road map for the company by the end of the year. The early days of the Covid-19 crisis made his business reviews difficult, he said, but Wells Fargo remains “as committed as ever to getting the work done.”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.

  • Kontoor Brands President & CEO: Target, Walmart partnerships 'helped to accelerate expansion'
    Yahoo Finance Video

    Kontoor Brands President & CEO: Target, Walmart partnerships 'helped to accelerate expansion'

    Scott Baxter, Kontoor Brands President & CEO, joins Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to speak about the company's partnerships with major retailers, its supply chain, the retail industry overall and more.

  • How Warren Buffett Used Probability Analysis for Investment Success
    Investopedia

    How Warren Buffett Used Probability Analysis for Investment Success

    Warren Buffett considers one basic principle, elementary probability, the core of his investing philosophy, helping him to identify tremendous stock opportunities.

  • Investopedia

    Costco Shareholders Dumping Stock Despite Strong Quarter

    Costco is selling off despite beating top- and bottom-line quarterly estimates, adding to persistent selling pressure since early April.

  • Goldman Sachs Delaying Launch of Robo-Advisor
    Motley Fool

    Goldman Sachs Delaying Launch of Robo-Advisor

    For now, if you want financial advice from Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), you'll have to obtain it from a human associate of the company. In remarks made during a presentation at a financial services industry conference, the company's president and COO John Waldron said it wouldn't launch its planned robo-advisory service this year. "We have decided to slow our advisor hiring activity for this year and we will defer the launch of our digital wealth offering into 2021."

  • Goldman Mulls to Shift Launch of Its Robo Advisor to 2021
    Zacks

    Goldman Mulls to Shift Launch of Its Robo Advisor to 2021

    Goldman (GS) seeks to delay plans of bolstering its wealth management business due to the coronavirus outbreak-induced mayhem.

  • High unemployment rates will continue to drive budget-conscious consumers to Dollar General, Dollar Tree & Family Dollar
    MarketWatch

    High unemployment rates will continue to drive budget-conscious consumers to Dollar General, Dollar Tree & Family Dollar

    With unemployment soaring and consumers tightening their budgets, analysts forecast elevated sales at dollar stores like Dollar General Corp., Dollar Tree Inc. and Family Dollar. U.S. weekly jobless claims rose Thursday by more than 2.1 million, with about 48 million Americans filing for jobless benefits since mid-March, when the country began lockdowns to beat back the spread of coronavirus. Analysts forecast that the dire unemployment situation will continue for the foreseeable future.

  • Financial Times

    Details on EU’s green Covid-19 recovery; Activists make point at Chevron AGM; Sandra Lee on fighting hunger; Tax avoidance

    The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a historic plan to invest billions of euros into a greener future as part of its recovery from the coronavirus-induced economic crisis. In a budget proposal, the commission is seeking €750bn for a recovery programme that would dole out grants and loans to member states that prioritise spending for green projects.