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Futures News - WSJ.com: Heard on the Street
From today, December 18, 2017
- Bank Stocks Can Fight the Fed, for Now
At some point, higher interest rates may become a negative for banks, but not for a while. Despite the flattening of the yield curve, banks? net interest margins have been rising, and their stocks have fared well.
- Can the Tax Cut Boost Stocks?
Businesses are getting a profit windfall from the Republican tax bill, but after this year?s stock market rally, the gains won?t make their shares look cheap.
- CSX's First-Class Ticket to Chaos
Railroad CSX paid a princely sum to snag an infirm new CEO this year, and now it faces service woes and has installed an interim chief.
- Can Adobe Keep the Clouds Away?
Software maker Adobe Systems? solid performance should help as rising peer valuations will make investors pickier.
- Airbus Has Trouble in the Cockpit
The investment case for airplane giant Airbus is simple: It has nine years? worth of aircraft orders to fulfill; all it has to do is execute. The trouble is, the people meant to execute it are leaving.
- H&M's Ugly Start to Christmas
Too late for this holiday shopping season, the owner of mall fashion stalwart H&M is finally getting serious about resizing its store footprint for the digital age. The move is long overdue, and will be painful.
- No Sequel to 'Massacre at the Shopping Mall'
Amazon didn?t stop retailers? Christmas from coming. Somehow or other, it came just the same.
- Fox Gives Disney Muscle for Next Net Fight
Getting bigger as Disney is doing gives it improved leverage to negotiate favorable distribution terms with cable and wireless companies, which stand to gain by the rollback of net neutrality.
- How to Tell If Disney Is Getting Fox for a Good Price
Rupert Murdoch is selling out to Disney and getting a fairy-tale ending. Disney shareholders shouldn?t be too worried about overpaying though.
- China Still Fears the Fed
Markets had largely stopped worrying about capital outflows from China. The People?s Bank of China?s rate increase shows that may be a mistake.
- Stop Worrying About the Flattening Yield Curve
Economists are generally hopeless at forecasting recessions. By contrast, the U.S. yield curve has a formidable record, so the narrowing gap between two- and 10-year yields grabs attention. It isn?t the only number that matters, though.
- Steinhoff's Sleepy Board Needs Clearing Out
More heads need to roll if Steinhoff International is to regain credibility after its accounting scandal. The situation can?t be resolved by the regime that failed to spot it.
- Disney's Fox Deal Is Bet on the World
Despite a global brand and some glitzy theme parks in Europe and Asia, Disney remains a quintessentially American company. After its deal with 21st Century Fox, Disney will be much more a citizen of the world.
- Why Apple Is Chipping In on Finisar
Apple is awarding $390 million to Finisar, which makes the key components in the types of 3-D sensing arrays that Apple uses in its iPhone X to scan the user?s face.
- The Fed Gets It Right, for Now
The biggest shock about the Federal Reserve this year is it got its prediction of interest-rate increases right. The danger for investors in 2018 is the Fed will get it wrong and rates will end up higher than expected.
- Will Regulators Penalize Fox-Disney Deal Over Sports?
With viewers turning to streaming video, sports has come to dominate traditional TV. That?s one reason behind a potential 21st Century Fox-Disney deal. And it?s one reason why regulators could frown on such an agreement.
- Bitcoin Mania Comes to the Stock Market
Investors are flinging cash at The Crypto Company because bitcoin is going up. At its peak on Monday, Crypto was worth more than a quarter of the companies in the S&P 500.
- Tired of Pricey FANGs? Try Shenzhen
?Old economy? stocks are booming this year in China, which has sucked cash out of the tech- and consumer-focused Shenzhen index. Now looks like a good time to get in before this trade reverses.