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Catastrophes Everywhere, but Big Insurers May Do Alright

Much uncertainty remains around the costs from recent storms and earthquakes that will fall on investors. But for the big traditional groups like Swiss Re and XL, the storm damage may not be that bad.
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Catastrophes Everywhere, but Big Insurers May Do Alright

Much uncertainty remains around the costs from recent storms and earthquakes that will fall on investors. But for the big traditional groups like Swiss Re and XL, the storm damage may not be that bad.

IBM: Big Blue Coming Out of the Red

The company reported another decline in quarterly revenue on a year-over-year basis Tuesday. But revenue fell only 0.4% and ended up exceeding Wall Street’s consensus forecast. That gave its shares a big boost.
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IBM: Big Blue Coming Out of the Red

The company reported another decline in quarterly revenue on a year-over-year basis Tuesday. But revenue fell only 0.4% and ended up exceeding Wall Street’s consensus forecast. That gave its shares a big boost.

Liquor Makers Need to Sober Up to the Decline in Teenage Drinking

Move over millennials: Today’s smartphone-obsessed teens, Generation Z, are the consumers of the future. Worryingly for liquor producers, they’re shaping up to be an antisocial lot.
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Liquor Makers Need to Sober Up to the Decline in Teenage Drinking

Move over millennials: Today’s smartphone-obsessed teens, Generation Z, are the consumers of the future. Worryingly for liquor producers, they’re shaping up to be an antisocial lot.

P&G Shares Look Expensive, With or Without Nelson Peltz

Procter & Gamble is the world’s biggest marketing company, so investors shouldn’t be too surprised if it managed to shout down Nelson Peltz’s efforts to win a board seat.
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P&G Shares Look Expensive, With or Without Nelson Peltz

Procter & Gamble is the world’s biggest marketing company, so investors shouldn’t be too surprised if it managed to shout down Nelson Peltz’s efforts to win a board seat.

A High-Quality Problem for Videogame Makers

Videogame publishers have been on a strong run this year. The transition of the business to digital distribution has boosted profit margins and allowed game makers to generate multi-year returns from games that once measured their shelf life in months.
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A High-Quality Problem for Videogame Makers

Videogame publishers have been on a strong run this year. The transition of the business to digital distribution has boosted profit margins and allowed game makers to generate multi-year returns from games that once measured their shelf life in months.

Netflix Needs a Bigger Box Office

The second season of the streaming service’s “Stranger Things” launches later this month—conveniently about a week after many of the company’s U.S. subscribers will be notified that their prices are going up.
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Netflix Needs a Bigger Box Office

The second season of the streaming service’s “Stranger Things” launches later this month—conveniently about a week after many of the company’s U.S. subscribers will be notified that their prices are going up.

Hurricane Maria Packs a One-Two Punch for Insurance

The losses in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria may surpass the more than $50 billion caused by Harvey and Irma, proving very costly for insurers.
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Hurricane Maria Packs a One-Two Punch for Insurance

The losses in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria may surpass the more than $50 billion caused by Harvey and Irma, proving very costly for insurers.

Catalonia: A Headache for Spain, Not Europe

Spain wasn’t supposed to be on the list of political risks for investors in 2017. The violence in Catalonia is an ugly reminder of Europe’s complexities, but it is a bigger problem for Spain than for Europe.
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Catalonia: A Headache for Spain, Not Europe

Spain wasn’t supposed to be on the list of political risks for investors in 2017. The violence in Catalonia is an ugly reminder of Europe’s complexities, but it is a bigger problem for Spain than for Europe.

China Throws Its Sinking Private Sector a Life Vest

Private capital in China is reeling from a one-two punch of forced factory closures and higher borrowing costs. This weekend’s move by China’s central bank to boost small enterprise lending–the first real monetary easing since 2016–won’t do much to
WSJ.com: Markets

China Throws Its Sinking Private Sector a Life Vest

Private capital in China is reeling from a one-two punch of forced factory closures and higher borrowing costs. This weekend’s move by China’s central bank to boost small enterprise lending–the first real monetary easing since 2016–won’t do much to improve the dark mood among Chinese entrepreneurs.

Why Food CEOs Are Rushing for the Exits

Packaged food companies are in trouble, squeezed by changing consumer preferences, more aggressive supermarkets and stagnant prices. More mergers may be on the way.
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Why Food CEOs Are Rushing for the Exits

Packaged food companies are in trouble, squeezed by changing consumer preferences, more aggressive supermarkets and stagnant prices. More mergers may be on the way.

What Barclays Should Do to Win Back Shareholder Love

Banks need a good story to explain what they are about. Barclays wants to tell a tale of growth, but its audience is struggling to suspend its disbelief.
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What Barclays Should Do to Win Back Shareholder Love

Banks need a good story to explain what they are about. Barclays wants to tell a tale of growth, but its audience is struggling to suspend its disbelief.

More Borrowing Is Not the Answer at Valeant

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is considering a new round of borrowing. That is one reason investors should consider cashing in after the stock’s big recent rally.
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More Borrowing Is Not the Answer at Valeant

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is considering a new round of borrowing. That is one reason investors should consider cashing in after the stock’s big recent rally.

Funeral Stock Is Not Dead Yet

The death care business has boomed lately and is in a demographic groove, but consider recent loser StoneMor instead of industry leader Service Corp.
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Funeral Stock Is Not Dead Yet

The death care business has boomed lately and is in a demographic groove, but consider recent loser StoneMor instead of industry leader Service Corp.

Still Time to Ride the Payments Deal Wave

Sometimes the public just doesn’t appreciate a good thing. That anyway is the view of Danish payments company, Nets, which is recommending a $5.3 billion private-equity buyout offer barely a year after it listed.
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Still Time to Ride the Payments Deal Wave

Sometimes the public just doesn’t appreciate a good thing. That anyway is the view of Danish payments company, Nets, which is recommending a $5.3 billion private-equity buyout offer barely a year after it listed.

Murky World of Drug Rebates Gets Airing in Lawsuit

The closely guarded world of drug pricing is getting a public airing in a feud between two of the industry’s biggest companies. The attention drawn to rebates could hurt the profits of some very successful drugs.
WSJ.com: Markets

Murky World of Drug Rebates Gets Airing in Lawsuit

The closely guarded world of drug pricing is getting a public airing in a feud between two of the industry’s biggest companies. The attention drawn to rebates could hurt the profits of some very successful drugs.

The Hidden Obamacare Detail That Could Cost Hospitals Billions

A seemingly arcane detail of Obamacare could put significant cost pressure on hospital companies and eventually drug and medical device makers.
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The Hidden Obamacare Detail That Could Cost Hospitals Billions

A seemingly arcane detail of Obamacare could put significant cost pressure on hospital companies and eventually drug and medical device makers.

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