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12:40 p.m. Today - By Chris Matthews
S&P 500 ends within 1% of all-time high amid Brexit draft deal, quarterly results Netflix shares rally 2.5% after third-quarter resultsStock indexes on Thursday lost steam in the final minutes but finish near records, booking slight gains as investors drew optimism from a Brexit and strong earnings.
12:27 p.m. Today - By Philip van Doorn
Bank of America may be as profitable as J.P. Morgan in two years, analyst says James Shanahan of Edward Jones argues that Bank of America’s shares are undervaluedJames Shanahan of Edward Jones argues that Bank of America’s shares are undervalued.
11:15 a.m. Today - By Ciara Linnane
One year on, Canada’s legal cannabis market is down but not out The rollout of legal weed has been rocky but analysts say the legalization train will keep trundling along Canadian cannabis companies should be celebrating the first anniversary of legalized weed on Thursday, but the party atmosphere has been tainted by a sharp three-month selloff that has seen many companies surrender half their value or more.
10:17 a.m. Today - By Tonya Garcia
Coca-Cola earnings preview: Coke Energy is coming to the U.S., and coming for Red Bull Evercore analysts say there’s been some cannibalization in EuropeAnalysts think Coca-Cola Energy has done well in Europe, though there could be some cannibalization.
8:43 a.m. Today - By Claudia Assis
Slowdown fears, trade wars hit sales at major industrial companies Q3 sales fall short at several companies, raising concerns about a weakening in industrial productionThird-quarter sales at some of the biggest manufacturing and industrial companies are coming up short.
7:44 a.m. Today - By Michael Ashbaugh
Bullish bias persists, S&P 500 nails the breakout point Focus: Currency cross currents surface amid global-market rally attempt, FXY, UUP, FXE, HD, FAST, KNXU.S. stocks are higher early Thursday, rising amid reports that a tentative Brexit agreement has been reached. Against this backdrop, the major U.S. benchmarks are acting well technically, extending the mid-month break to a higher plateau.
7:21 a.m. Today - By Lawrence G. McMillan
S&P 500 bulls are in control for now, but don’t overcommit to the upside just yet Stock market has its sights on S&P 500’s all-time highThe stock market has its sights on S&P 500’s all-time high.
7:18 a.m. Today - By Emily Bary
IBM earnings show few positives beyond Red Hat, analysts say There’s concern about margin pressure heading into 2020Even the bulls had trouble pointing to many positives in IBM’s legacy businesses as the tech giant reported revenue that fell short of expectations.
7:02 a.m. Today - By MarketWatch
6:11 a.m. Today - Barrons.com
10 Stock Picks Using Bernstein’s Quant-Aided Analysis Bernstein Research published its latest “Quant + Fundamental” stock picks. Three names are holdovers from the April picks: Philip Morris International, CVS Health and Southwest Airlines.
4:40 a.m. Today - By Ciara Linnane
Cannabis sector falls as Aphria surrenders gains, Aurora tipped to be long-term winner Aurora Cannabis could be 1 of 3 major cannabis companies in a decade if it survives its current challenges, says investor siteAphria Inc. stock fell 8% Wednesday to pace decliners in the cannabis sector, a day after it reported earnings for its fiscal first quarter that showed a profit that was mostly due to a change in its stock price and shift in its stake in another company.
4:18 a.m. Today - By Therese Poletti
Netflix finally admits the obvious: Competition from Apple and Disney will hurt After years of welcoming streaming competition by claiming that it would not ding its business, executives say that new services will do some damage — but only for a little bitNetflix Inc. has been dismissive of the anticipated impact of an onslaught of streaming competitors, but as a wave of well-financed streaming services from big-name companies is about to be unleashed, executives’ tone has changed.
4:16 a.m. Today - By Tonya Garcia
Kohl's will partner with Facebook in 2020Kohl's Corp. said Thursday that it will partner with Facebook Inc. in 2020 to select and engage with brands that will be included in its recently launched platform, Curated by Kohl's, and its platform for emerging beauty and skincare brands, The Beauty Checkout. Curated by Kohl's and The Beauty Checkout both launched in October. Curated by Kohl's features a rotating lineup of brands that will change every quarter. The first group includes women's underwear brand Adore Me, stacking bracelet brand Luca + Danni, and United by Blue, a brand that sells eco-friendly bags, drinkware and reusable straws. The beauty brands included in the first quarter of The Beauty Checkout includes Cleo & Coco, a brand of natural deodorant and Lucie & Pompette face polish. Other brands introduced in stores and online recently include ED Ellen Degeneres Pet Collection, Nine West, and the Koolaburra by Ugg home collection. For the holidays, Kohl's will launch Elizabeth & James, the fashion brand from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and JW Jason Wu, a limited edition capsule collection. Both launch in November. Kohl's stock is down 28% over the last year while the S&P 500 index is up 6.4%.
3:37 a.m. Today - By Ciara Linnane
AMC Theatres launches streaming service in latest blow to Netflix AMC is the first cinema chain to launch a streaming service, adding to a wave of new competition from Disney, Apple and othersAMC Theatres, the biggest cinema chain in the world, said Tuesday it is launching a streaming service that will allow members of its loyalty program to rent or buy films and watch them at home, the first such offering from a cinema operator.
3:24 a.m. Today - By Claudia Assis
Alcoa rings an alarm for global manufacturingAlcoa Corp. stock rallied Wednesday after the industrial giant took action to shore up profits, but the quarterly update also predicted lower aluminum demand thanks ‘weakening macroeconomic conditions, trade tensions between the U.S. and China, and contracting manufacturing activity, especially in the global automotive sector.”
3:20 a.m. Today - By Wallace Witkowski
IBM stock slips after revenue misses Street view IBM reports fifth straight quarter of revenue declines, sees ‘sustained revenue growth’ in 2020International Business Machines Inc. shares decline in the extended session Wednesday after the tech giant reports less revenue than Wall Street expected but the company says it sees sustainable revenue growth in 2020 after more than a year in declines.
4:38 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - Associated Press
Broad opioid settlement talks heat up as federal trial looms 3 major drug makers, 2 distributors working on $50 billion dealEfforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation’s opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis.
12:40 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - Associated Press
FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger in party-line vote Deal still faces opposition on antitrust grounds from coalition of statesThe Federal Communications Commission has approved the $26.5 billion combination of Sprint and T-Mobile on a 3-2 party-line vote.
12:18 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Andrea Riquier
Stocks end slightly lower after weak U.S. retail sales and tension with China offsets good corporate earnings Bank of America tops earnings expectationsStocks slipped on Wednesday after U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September, offsetting a good star to the third quarter corporate earnings reporting season.
10:40 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Jon Swartz
Ex-Cisco CEO John Chambers, star team of engineers have a startup targeting Amazon’s AWS Advances in emerging technologies such as 5G, IoT, and AI are accelerating data growth and changing not just how it is consumed but wherePensando Systems, the ultra-secretive Silicon Valley company, announced Wednesday in New York it is has developed hardware and software that lets companies run their computer servers more efficiently, particularly in the cloud.
10:12 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Wallace Witkowski
Cloud software stocks slammed amid Workday fears, Morgan Stanley doubts Workday’s ‘frank discussion of HCM deceleration was alarming to some investors,’ analyst saysWorkday Inc. shares were getting crushed Wednesday and dragging on the cloud software space Wednesday after several analysts cut price targets on the stock after the human capital management software company’s analyst day.
9:54 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Brian Livingston
Marijuana stocks, after declines of over 50%, are now only ludicrously overpriced The pot bubble has burst, but many companies’ shares are still trading at unjustified levelsThe pot bubble has burst, but many companies’ shares are still trading at unjustified levels, says Brian Livingston.
9:49 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Nigam Arora
Momentum investors are now buying shares of Apple, Amazon and Netflix Money flows can point to opportunities and risksMoney flows can point to opportunities and risks, says Nigam Arora.
7:51 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Michael Ashbaugh
Charting the Nasdaq’s belated breakout as S&P 500 approaches 3,000 mark Focus: Semiconductors reach uncharted territory, JP Morgan tags all-time high, Facebook clears key trendline, SMH, AMAT, QRVO, JPM, FB, CEU.S. stocks are flattish early Wednesday, treading water after a generally strong batch of quarterly earnings reports combined with softer-than-expected retail sales data. Against this backdrop, the bigger-picture market technicals have strengthened this week, with each big three U.S. benchmark building on last week’s breakout.
7:12 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Tomi Kilgore
Bank of America's stock rises toward 6-day win streak earnings beat, upbeat CEO comments on the economyShares of Bank of America Corp. rallied 2.3% toward a sixth straight gain in morning trading Wednesday, after and provided an upbeat outlook on the U.S. economy. That would match the 6-day win streak ending Jan. 18. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said on the post-earnings conference call with analysts that despite repeated discussions around a potential recession and concerns over the impact of the U.S.-China trade war, the bank's activities suggests the U.S. economy is in "solid shape" and the consumer continues to benefit by strong employment prospects." Moynihan said he should know, since BofA's annual customer outgoing payments of nearly $3 trillion represents about 15% of the U.S. economy. He said consumer payments are up 6% year to date from the same period a year ago. In addition, Moynihan said commercial loans grew 6%, including 6% growth in the small-business segment. "These are tangible examples that the U.S. economy is in solid shape despite the worries about trade wars, capital investment slowdowns and other global macro conditions," Moynihan said, according to a FactSet transcript. Moynihan did say, however, the bank managed to generate operations savings despite a lower interest rate environment and "other revenue challenges with a slowing economy." The stock has gained 6.6% over the past 12 months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 4.7%.
6:47 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Emily Bary
Workday leads software stocks lower after analyst dayWorkday Inc. shares are off more than 11% in Wednesday morning trading and pacing the declining software sector after the company held its user conference and analyst day. Several analysts flagged the company's commentary on its human-capital management product, which Workday expects to end the year with 20% growth, marking a slowdown. "Financials will need to continue to grow at healthy rates to offset this," wrote Jefferies analyst Brent Thill, though he said the attachment rate of financials to the core product is relatively low, suggesting opportunity. While Workday also announced some new products, Macquarie analyst Sarah Hindlian questioned the revenue potential for some of them. "For example, blockchain-enabled Workday Credentials allows verification of credentials such as employment and educational history," she wrote. "We think this is likely a limited market opportunity." Another issue for Workday is that its chief executive commented that the company has "definitely seen some delays" in deal activity, but Workday doesn't expect these to impact the business or result in cancellations. Other software stocks are getting hit in Wednesday trading as well, including Slack Technologies Inc. , which was the subject of a price-target cut at Morgan Stanley, and Adobe Systems Inc. , which received a Citi Research downgrade. Shares of Okta Inc. , Splunk Inc. , Zoom Video Communications Inc. , and Atlassian Corp. PLC are also down. The iShares Expanded Tech-Software ETF is off 2.3%, while the S&P 500 has lost 0.1%.
6:05 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By MarketWatch
5:38 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow breaks lower at the open as investors weigh soft retail-sales reportU.S. stocks opened modestly lower Wednesday morning as the market reacted to weaker-than-expected economic data and geopolitical developments. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 50 points, or 0.2%, to 26,969, the S&P 500 index fell 0.2% to 2,988, while the Nasdaq Composite Index retreated 0.4% to 8,118, near the opening bell. A report on retail sales showed that it fell 0.3% last month, the government said Thursday, ending a streak of six straight strong gains that helped to fuel economic growth in the middle of the year. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a 0.3% increase. Consumers have been the pillar of the current economic expansion and cracks in that segment of the U.S. economic sentiment. Moves for stocks come as investors also digest quarterly results from American companies, with Bank of America Corp. reporting profits that topped analysts' consensus estimates and United Airlines Holdings Inc. also posted third-quarter results that topped expectations.
4:26 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Jacob Passy
This is the most affordable housing market for buyers with student debt Americans’ student debt adds up to twice the value of all homes on the market Americans’ student debt adds up to twice the value of all homes on the market.
4:20 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Jon Swartz
As Netflix earnings loom, here comes an onslaught of competition — and content The onslaught of content could be as overwhelming for consumers as the cutthroat competition is among the combatantsThe start of the traditional fall TV season in late September has been teeming with ads for new streaming services from Apple Inc. and Walt Disney Co., both of which debut later this year. It all makes for must-see streaming-TV as Netflix kicks off the earnings season among the principal combatants this week.
3:59 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Ciara Linnane
Incyte reports positive results in late-stage trial of treatment for GVHD Incyte Corp. shares rose 1.2% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the biotech said a late-stage trial of a treatment for patients with steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease, or GVHD, met its main goal of improving overall response rate. Wilmington, Delaware-based Incyte said there were no new safety signals in the phase 3 trial evaluating ruxolitinib (Jakafi). GVHD is a condition that can occur after the transfer of stem cells from a donor when the donated cells trigger an immune response and attack the recipient's organs. "GVHD is a challenging and serious disease, and physicians around the world need access to therapies that can improve outcomes for patients," said Peter Langmuir, M.D., group vice president, targeted therapies, at Incyte. The trial, which is sponsored by Novartis as well as Incyte, continues with results expected to be presented in 2020. Incyte shares have gained 23.5% in 2019, while the S&P 500 has gained 19.5%.
3:21 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Max A. Cherney
Aphria profit didn’t come from selling marijuana Canadian cannabis producer wouldn’t have been profitable without paper gains from sliding stock price, investment changeAphria Inc.’s profits are about the paper, not the pot.
3:17 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Ciara Linnane
China casts a long shadow over stocks as earnings season opens this week Trade tensions, China tariffs and a slowing global economy are just some of the issues expected to feature prominently in Q3 The third-quarter earnings season will kick off at in earnest next week with the first reports expected Tuesday from big banks JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, along with fellow Dow components Johnson and Johnson and UnitedHealth Group.
3:17 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Jon Swartz
Netflix stock battered as investors await a flood of new competitors With a huge lead in subscribers and a packed programming schedule, Netflix is in no immediate danger.The competitive landscape has weighed heavily on the minds of Netflix Inc. investors.
2:39 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019 - By Tomi Kilgore
Hexo to sell Original Stash cannabis flower at 'black market prices'Hexo Corp. unveiled Wednesday its value cannabis brand Original Stash, which the Canada-based company said is priced at "black market prices." The company said adult-use consumers can buy 28 grams, or one ounce, of Original flash dried flower for C$125.70 ($95.11) including taxes, or the equivalent of C$4.49 a gram ($3.40). The first Original Stash product is OS.210, offered as a hybrid sativa dried flower blend at 12% to 18% THC, which will be available in retail stores on Oct. 17. "Our aim with Original Stash is to disrupt the illicit market, educate consumers about the value of a regulated and tested product, and drive them to purchase their cannabis legally," said Hexo Chief Executive Sebastien St-Louis. Hexo's stock has tumbled 49% over the past three months, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF has tumbled 35% and the S&P 500 has eased 0.3%.
6:58 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By David Trainer
Netflix stock has fallen 30% in 3 months but its valuation is still irrational These bears say slowing growth means the stock is worth 57% than where it now tradesThese Netflix bears say slowing growth means the stock is worth 57% less than where it now trades.
3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - Associated Press
Intel will pay $5 million to settle pay discrimination allegations Chip maker says it achieved global pay equality in JanuaryThe Labor Department says it has reached a $5 million settlement with chip maker Intel Corp. over allegations of pay discrimination against its female, African American and Hispanic employees.
1:21 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By Emily Bary
Netflix has history on its side heading into earnings Streaming-video company has never posted back-to-back subscriber missesThe streaming-media giant posted a huge subscriber miss in its last earnings report, but has never fallen short on that closely watched metric in back-to-back quarters.
1:00 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By Sara Randazzo
Major drug distributors in talks to settle opioid lawsuits for $18 billion Potential settlement could head off federal trial slated to start MondayThree major drug distributors are in talks to pay $18 billion to settle sweeping litigation brought by state and local governments blaming them for fueling the opioid crisis, people familiar with the discussions said, potentially marking a broad resolution to lawsuits that have shaken the pharmaceutical industry.
12:19 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019 - By Tim Mullaney
With profits slipping, where should you put your money? Earnings may be in a recession, but does that favor growth or value stocks?Corporate earnings are expected to drop, so what should small investors do about it?
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