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Chip Gear Makers Perfect the Earnings Machine

Makers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are more profitable than ever, which poses an interesting dilemma for investors accustomed to buying low and selling high.
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Chip Gear Makers Perfect the Earnings Machine

Makers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are more profitable than ever, which poses an interesting dilemma for investors accustomed to buying low and selling high.

Low Price Is the Only Winner in Retail

It might seem like the most basic retail maxim, but the second-quarter drilled it home for investors: low prices matter. The only winners in an otherwise bleak retail landscape were the ones offering the lowest ones.
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Low Price Is the Only Winner in Retail

It might seem like the most basic retail maxim, but the second-quarter drilled it home for investors: low prices matter. The only winners in an otherwise bleak retail landscape were the ones offering the lowest ones.

Jack Ma Works His Magic With MassMutual Bid

For Alibaba’s Jack Ma, joining in a $1.7 billion bid for the Hong Kong and Macau businesses of MassMutual looks like a slick way to get into the insurance line.
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Jack Ma Works His Magic With MassMutual Bid

For Alibaba’s Jack Ma, joining in a $1.7 billion bid for the Hong Kong and Macau businesses of MassMutual looks like a slick way to get into the insurance line.

Glencore Bets Heavy on an Electric Car Future

Glencore is betting that being in the “right” commodities for a battery and electric car dominated future is more important than big cash payouts now.
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Glencore Bets Heavy on an Electric Car Future

Glencore is betting that being in the “right” commodities for a battery and electric car dominated future is more important than big cash payouts now.

Chipotle Is a Recipe for Trouble

To justify its high stock price, Chipotle needs to keep growing like crazy while simultaneously regaining customers’ trust. That will be difficult to pull off
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Chipotle Is a Recipe for Trouble

To justify its high stock price, Chipotle needs to keep growing like crazy while simultaneously regaining customers’ trust. That will be difficult to pull off

Disney Thinks It Is Better Off Alone

Disney’s decision to pull its content from Netflix isn’t going to drive the media company’s share price over the next few years. It also may not matter much for Netflix shares.
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Disney Thinks It Is Better Off Alone

Disney’s decision to pull its content from Netflix isn’t going to drive the media company’s share price over the next few years. It also may not matter much for Netflix shares.

Turnaround Not Yet in the Bag for Coach and Kors

The handbag makers’ shares have shot up this year, but both companies now need to live up to higher expectations. The first test for Coach will come when it reports earnings next week.
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Turnaround Not Yet in the Bag for Coach and Kors

The handbag makers’ shares have shot up this year, but both companies now need to live up to higher expectations. The first test for Coach will come when it reports earnings next week.

A Gusher of Cash at Suncor

Canada’s Suncor Energy is among the world’s higher-cost producers of oil. By all rights it should have scaled back its ambitions during the last few difficult years. Instead, it did the opposite, buying out partners on the cheap and plowing ahead with pro
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A Gusher of Cash at Suncor

Canada’s Suncor Energy is among the world’s higher-cost producers of oil. By all rights it should have scaled back its ambitions during the last few difficult years. Instead, it did the opposite, buying out partners on the cheap and plowing ahead with projects that could pay off for decades.

Online Lenders Clear a Low Bar---Higher Ones Lie Ahead

Online lenders On Deck and LendingClub both exceeded diminished expectations Monday but they are looking less special as competition increases.
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Online Lenders Clear a Low Bar---Higher Ones Lie Ahead

Online lenders On Deck and LendingClub both exceeded diminished expectations Monday but they are looking less special as competition increases.

Why Jobs, Wages and Savings Mean Weaker Profits

The U.S. economy has reached a turning point: If companies don’t start paying employees more soon, consumer spending may slow. But the alternative—faster wage growth—would raise companies’ costs.
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Why Jobs, Wages and Savings Mean Weaker Profits

The U.S. economy has reached a turning point: If companies don’t start paying employees more soon, consumer spending may slow. But the alternative—faster wage growth—would raise companies’ costs.

Alcohol-Free Beer Could Give Brewers a Buzz

Near-beer may finally be quitting its niche as a pity-inspiring barbecue drink for drivers and pregnant women. That’s better for big brewers than you might think, though any benefit will take time.
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Alcohol-Free Beer Could Give Brewers a Buzz

Near-beer may finally be quitting its niche as a pity-inspiring barbecue drink for drivers and pregnant women. That’s better for big brewers than you might think, though any benefit will take time.

Heineken vs. Bud: Investors Should Choose Wisely

The world’s two largest brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, both sold more beer than expected in the second quarter, helped by warm weather in Europe as well as a late Easter but investors were much more excited about AB InBev’s results.
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Heineken vs. Bud: Investors Should Choose Wisely

The world’s two largest brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Heineken, both sold more beer than expected in the second quarter, helped by warm weather in Europe as well as a late Easter but investors were much more excited about AB InBev’s results.

Reality Bites for Discovery and Scripps

Today was supposed to be the happy ending in the Discovery and Scripps Networks story. Actual reality sullied the result, as weak performance by the two companies highlighted their tough positions in a tightening market.
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Reality Bites for Discovery and Scripps

Today was supposed to be the happy ending in the Discovery and Scripps Networks story. Actual reality sullied the result, as weak performance by the two companies highlighted their tough positions in a tightening market.

The Great Transatlantic Bond Divergence Unwind

For more than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. and German bonds were like soldiers marching in step. That changed a few years ago, but signs are for this important trade to reassert itself.
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The Great Transatlantic Bond Divergence Unwind

For more than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. and German bonds were like soldiers marching in step. That changed a few years ago, but signs are for this important trade to reassert itself.

Deutsche Bank No Longer Reeling, but Recovery Out of Sight

Deutsche Bank is finding firmer ground, but first-half revenues disappointed and there was little to suggest investors have anything other than a long wait for better returns.
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Deutsche Bank No Longer Reeling, but Recovery Out of Sight

Deutsche Bank is finding firmer ground, but first-half revenues disappointed and there was little to suggest investors have anything other than a long wait for better returns.

Traffic Costs Jam Up Google

Google’s sharp jump in paid clicks came at a high cost. Traffic acquisition spending outpaced revenue growth for the first time in five years.
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Traffic Costs Jam Up Google

Google’s sharp jump in paid clicks came at a high cost. Traffic acquisition spending outpaced revenue growth for the first time in five years.

Bringing In Wealth Beats Trading It for Julius Baer

Managing money for the rich looks like a better business than trading and investment banking: That is the upshot of half-year results for Swiss bank Julius Baer and the theme of last week’s U.S. bank results.
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Bringing In Wealth Beats Trading It for Julius Baer

Managing money for the rich looks like a better business than trading and investment banking: That is the upshot of half-year results for Swiss bank Julius Baer and the theme of last week’s U.S. bank results.

How Markets Could Come Out of the Shadows

The European Central Bank has reached the same spot the Federal Reserve reached four years ago. For financial markets on both sides of the Atlantic, it is an event that comes with consequences.
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How Markets Could Come Out of the Shadows

The European Central Bank has reached the same spot the Federal Reserve reached four years ago. For financial markets on both sides of the Atlantic, it is an event that comes with consequences.

BHP Sees a Hungry Planet, Elliott Sees Another Shale Disaster

BHP has written off billions in U.S. shale investments, but it is poised to plow a substantial amount of funds into potassium fertilizer, or potash. Activist shareholder Elliott is kicking up a fuss.
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BHP Sees a Hungry Planet, Elliott Sees Another Shale Disaster

BHP has written off billions in U.S. shale investments, but it is poised to plow a substantial amount of funds into potassium fertilizer, or potash. Activist shareholder Elliott is kicking up a fuss.

Blackstone and CVC Ready to Bet on Risky Side of Payments

Private equity groups Blackstone and CVC are looking to join the payments party with a preliminary near-$4 billion offer for U.K.-listed Paysafe, the company revealed Friday. It looks like a gamble Paysafe shareholders should welcome.
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Blackstone and CVC Ready to Bet on Risky Side of Payments

Private equity groups Blackstone and CVC are looking to join the payments party with a preliminary near-$4 billion offer for U.K.-listed Paysafe, the company revealed Friday. It looks like a gamble Paysafe shareholders should welcome.

How Quants Calm the Stock Market

One factor helping to keep the VIX and realized volatility extremely low is quant funds that are discovering surprises before they can create big stock-market moves.
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How Quants Calm the Stock Market

One factor helping to keep the VIX and realized volatility extremely low is quant funds that are discovering surprises before they can create big stock-market moves.

Banks Get a Wake-Up Call

J.P. Morgan’s downgraded expectations, delivered on a busy day when Citigroup and Wells Fargo also reported quarterly results, serves as a warning for a sector that has rallied strongly in recent weeks.
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Banks Get a Wake-Up Call

J.P. Morgan’s downgraded expectations, delivered on a busy day when Citigroup and Wells Fargo also reported quarterly results, serves as a warning for a sector that has rallied strongly in recent weeks.

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