• Trade war pause, retail sales, bank earnings – What to know in the week ahead
    Yahoo Finance

    Trade war pause, retail sales, bank earnings – What to know in the week ahead

    The coming week’s docket of economic reports and earnings releases comes just following the Trump administration’s announcement of a partial trade deal with China late last week.

  • Jaguars' Shad Khan: 'It's taken a while' for NFL owners to warm to betting
    Yahoo Finance

    Jaguars' Shad Khan: 'It's taken a while' for NFL owners to warm to betting

    “The NFL has really been obsessed with the integrity of the sport," the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars said.

  • Have Insiders Been Selling Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) Shares?
    Simply Wall St.

    Have Insiders Been Selling Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) Shares?

    We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is...

  • Worried About Retirement? Adopt These 3 Proven Habits Today!
    The Motley Fool

    Worried About Retirement? Adopt These 3 Proven Habits Today!

    Want to retire in complete comfort? Stocks like Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (TSX:FFH) can help, but only if you master these proven saving and investing habits.

  • Google’s $2.6 Billion Looker Deal Said to Get Closer DOJ Review
    Bloomberg

    Google’s $2.6 Billion Looker Deal Said to Get Closer DOJ Review

    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. antitrust enforcers have started an in-depth review of Google’s $2.6 billion planned acquisition of a data analytics company, a further sign of greater scrutiny on big technology companies, according to people familiar with the situation.The antitrust division of the Justice Department is seeking more information from Google and Looker Data Sciences Inc. related to the deal to determine whether the tie-up harms competition, said one of the people, who asked not to be named discussing private matters.Alphabet Inc.’s Google announced June 6 it planned to buy Looker for its cloud unit, which lags far behind Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. with just 4% of the cloud-computing infrastructure market as of 2018, according to the most-recent figures from analyst Gartner Inc.The deal was expected to receive added regulatory scrutiny. The in-depth Justice Department review, known as a “second request,” comes as antitrust authorities start historic probes of Google and other large tech companies. One issue for enforcers is whether tech giants have used acquisitions of smaller firms to thwart rivals and cement their dominance. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which also enforces antitrust laws, is investigating whether Facebook Inc.’s purchases of Instagram and WhatsApp were anti-competitive.Representatives from Google, Looker and the Justice Department declined to comment.The Justice Department and a coalition of attorneys general made up of most U.S. states in the country have opened antitrust cases against Google. Those probes are mostly focused on the company’s dominant search and advertising businesses.Looker, closely held and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides tools that lets companies analyze their data stored in the cloud, a service that competes with offerings from Amazon and Microsoft. When Google announced the deal, its cloud chief, Thomas Kurian, said the company would continue to let Looker customers use other cloud providers. Google doesn’t share cloud sales.Google once spent lavishly on companies, dropping billions on device makers Motorola and Nest, as well as experimental tech like satellites and robots. More recently, the company’s acquisitions have mostly been relatively small deals in the cloud sector.It’s common for antitrust authorities to open in-depth investigations for sizable mergers, but more recently have faced criticism for allowing large tech companies to buy startups as a way to gain footholds in new markets. That charge has been aimed at Google after its takeovers of Waze, DoubleClick and YouTube. The Justice Department in July announced a broad antitrust review of the big internet platforms in search, social media and online retail.To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Bergen in San Francisco at mbergen10@bloomberg.net;Sarah McBride in San Francisco at smcbride24@bloomberg.net;David McLaughlin in Washington at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, ;Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg

    Trade Deal Is ‘Game Changer’ for Tech Stocks, Wedbush Says

    (Bloomberg) -- The partial U.S.-China trade agreement is a “game changer” for technology stocks, at least according to one analyst.The deal announced by President Trump in the last hour of trading on Friday points to “brighter days” in relations between the two countries and makes it unlikely the U.S. will follow through with the more than $160 billion in tariffs slated to take effect Dec. 15, Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives said. Concerns around those tariffs have resulted in a 10% to 15% discount on U.S. technology stocks by his estimation and the removal could “unleash a ‘risk on’ scenario” into year-end.Technology stocks had rallied throughout Friday’s session on speculation that some form of trade agreement was near. The shares pared some of those gains as investors realized that several of the thorniest issues, including those related to Huawei Technologies Co., remain unresolved. Huawei, which was blacklisted earlier this year, is a major buyer of U.S. electronic components.The late pullback wasn’t enough to prevent Apple Inc. from closing at a record and overtaking Microsoft Corp. as the world’s most valuable company. Greater China accounted for about 17% of Apple’s revenue in the fiscal third quarter and is home to a key portion of its supply chain. The Philadelphia semiconductor index also notched a 2.3% gain for the session, its best performance in a month.To contact the reporter on this story: Jeran Wittenstein in San Francisco at jwittenstei1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Facebook Q3 2019 Earnings Preview: Time to Buy FB Stock?
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    Facebook Q3 2019 Earnings Preview: Time to Buy FB Stock?

    Let's take a look at what investors need to know about Facebook and some of its Q3 estimates to help us determine if FB stock might be worth buying before the social media company reports its Q3 2019 earnings results...

  • Netflix (NFLX) Earnings On Deck: Will Q3 Show Promise?
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    Netflix (NFLX) Earnings On Deck: Will Q3 Show Promise?

    Netflix (NFLX) is set to report its third quarter results on Tuesday October 15th.

  • Apple’s Record High Edges Out Microsoft Amid Trade Deal Hope
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    Apple’s Record High Edges Out Microsoft Amid Trade Deal Hope

    (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. shares closed at a record on Friday as investors looked past a year marked by turmoil from the U.S.-China trade war and uncertain demand for the iPhone, a product that Apple is moving away from, but which remains central to its business.The stock rose 2.7% to $236.21 in New York, exceeding the prior high set just over a year ago. The move made Apple the most-valuable U.S. company again, topping Microsoft Corp. Both have a market value of more than $1 trillion. Earlier, the U.S. and China agreed on the outlines of a partial trade accord.The record is the culmination of a pronounced rally throughout 2019, a year that started on a highly bearish note, as Apple cut its revenue outlook for the first time in nearly 20 years. That move, taken in response to a weak outlook for iPhones upgrades and China’s economy, took the stock to its lowest level since April 2017.Since then, however, shares have been on a nearly uninterrupted march higher, with the stock higher in seven of the past nine months, not including October’s month-to-date gain of about 4%. Apple has climbed more than 60% off its January low, returning its valuation back above $1 trillion.Just as Apple’s weakness in the fourth quarter of 2018 was largely driven by concern over iPhone demand, the 2019 recovery has come on an easing of those fears. CEO Tim Cook recently told the German newspaper Bild that he “couldn’t be happier” with the launch of Apple’s recently released iPhone 11, and it was reported in early October that Apple had told suppliers to increase production. Analysts, in turn, have been growing more positive on demand, while also anticipating that next year’s model -- expected to be the first 5G version -- will be a blockbuster.In other respects, Apple is a different company from when it was last trading at all-time highs a year ago. The Cupertino, California-based firm is reinventing itself as a services-based company, with such initiatives as streaming video, video games and a credit card. In another change, the historically high-end gadget-maker unveiled these new businesses and products at less-aggressive prices.Despite the new-found focus on services, the iPhone continues to be Apple’s keystone product. Nearly half of its third-quarter revenue came from the product, compared with the 21.3% that was derived from services.Apple is expected to report fourth-quarter results on Oct. 30. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.84 a share on revenue of $62.9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That represents a decline of 2.6% for earnings and flat sales growth.According to a Bloomberg MODL estimate, it will ship 41.9 million iPhones in the quarter, at an average selling price of $770.35. That would represent a year-over-year drop of 14.5% for shipments, and a 3.1% decline in average price.(Updates with closing shares in the second paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ryan Vlastelica in New York at rvlastelica1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Catherine Larkin at clarkin4@bloomberg.net, Brad OlesenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • What to Expect from Q3 Earnings Season with Big Banks Set to Report?
    Zacks

    What to Expect from Q3 Earnings Season with Big Banks Set to Report?

    What to Expect from Q3 Earnings Season with Big Banks Set to Report?

  • PlayStation 5: Will Sony Uphold Its Gaming Legacy?
    Market Realist

    PlayStation 5: Will Sony Uphold Its Gaming Legacy?

    The 2020 holiday season will mark the onset of the next generation of console wars. According to Sony, that's when it will launch the PlayStation 5.

  • Netflix Q3 Earnings Preview: Will NFLX Stock Make a Comeback?
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    Netflix Q3 Earnings Preview: Will NFLX Stock Make a Comeback?

    Shares of Netflix (NFLX) have fallen over 20% in the past three months. Let's dive into everything we know about Netflix heading into its Q3 earnings release to see what to expect from NFLX stock...

  • Why Microsoft Stock Could Surge after Its Earnings
    Market Realist

    Why Microsoft Stock Could Surge after Its Earnings

    Microsoft (MSFT) shares have returned 0.5% over the past month. The return shows that the company is outperforming the US software industry's loss of 2.9%.

  • Space firm founded by billionaire Paul Allen sold to new owner
    Reuters

    Space firm founded by billionaire Paul Allen sold to new owner

    Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner. The company, a unit of Allen's privately-held investment vehicle Vulcan Inc, had been developing a fleet of launch vehicles, including the world's largest aeroplane by wingspan, to send satellites and eventually humans into space. Allen, who founded Seattle-based Stratolaunch in 2011, died at age 65 in October.

  • Google Eyes Cloud Development in LATAM: Rivals on Its Radar
    Zacks

    Google Eyes Cloud Development in LATAM: Rivals on Its Radar

    Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google Cloud mobilizes its resources to increase headcount in LATAM. This augurs well for its deepened focus on solidifying footprint in the region.

  • Netflix (NFLX) to Report Q3 Earnings: What's in the Offing?
    Zacks

    Netflix (NFLX) to Report Q3 Earnings: What's in the Offing?

    Netflix's (NFLX) third-quarter 2019 results are likely to be driven by a robust content portfolio. However, intensifying competition remains a concern.

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, Microsoft, Garmin, Cirrus Logic and Synopsys
    Zacks

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, Microsoft, Garmin, Cirrus Logic and Synopsys

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, Microsoft, Garmin, Cirrus Logic and Synopsys

  • Will Q3 Earnings Drive Dow ETF Higher?
    Zacks

    Will Q3 Earnings Drive Dow ETF Higher?

    With most blue-chip companies earnings scheduled over the coming weeks and sentiments being mixed, investors should closely monitor the movement of the Dow ETF and grab an opportunity that arises from a surge in any of the 30 stocks.

  • PC Shipment Rises in Q3: LNVGY, HPQ, DELL & AAPL in Focus
    Zacks

    PC Shipment Rises in Q3: LNVGY, HPQ, DELL & AAPL in Focus

    Per Gartner and IDC, PC shipment volumes in third-quarter 2019 expand owing to the Windows 10 refresh cycle.

  • Burlington Stores & 4 Other Retail Picks for a Solid Portfolio
    Zacks

    Burlington Stores & 4 Other Retail Picks for a Solid Portfolio

    Undoubtedly, the sector's prospects are closely tied to the purchasing power of consumers. Well consumers remain in good shape as of now, courtesy of a solid job market.

  • Should Warren Buffett Walk the Talk on Buybacks?
    Market Realist

    Should Warren Buffett Walk the Talk on Buybacks?

    In April, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said that the company might repurchase $100 billion of its shares someday. What's happening now?

  • Ross Stores' Growth Strategies on Track Despite Tariff Woes
    Zacks

    Ross Stores' Growth Strategies on Track Despite Tariff Woes

    Ross Stores (ROST) gains from the off-price model, merchandising initiatives and store-expansion strategy. However, high costs and tariffs remain near-term hurdles.

  • Should Value Investors Consider Occidental Petroleum (OXY)?
    Zacks

    Should Value Investors Consider Occidental Petroleum (OXY)?

    Let's see if Occidental Petroleum (OXY) stock is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now from multiple angles.

  • Is Microsoft (MSFT) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?
    Zacks

    Is Microsoft (MSFT) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

    Is (MSFT) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

  • Investing.com

    NewsBreak: Stocks Soar as Hopes Grow for a Trade Deal

    Investing.com – Markets rallied strongly for a third-straight day Friday after President Donald Trump tweeted that he had confidence a trade deal with China was close, although the market fell back slightly in the early afternoon.