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Futures News - WSJ.com: Heard on the Street
From today, March 19, 2018
- Why Global Markets Are Still Far From Normal
The world has felt more normal in recent months, in economic terms at least, but things are still far from settled. The widening gap in a key bond trade is one piece of evidence, which also highlights the puzzle of the weaker dollar.
- Time to Give Pipelines Another Look
For the past two years, investors have bought and sold shares of pipeline owners for all the wrong reasons. Now there is a chance to buy them for the right ones.
- Can China's New Central Banker Restart Reforms?
The new head of the People?s Bank of China has pedigree as an advocate of free-market reforms. But with Beijing reasserting the role of the state sector in China?s economy, he will find it hard to pursue real change.
- What Investors Should Expect if AT&T Loses
A victory for the Justice Department over AT&T in their antitrust battle creates a more interesting?and more uncertain?situation in the media and telecom industries, and for deal-making, than if AT&T wins.
- What Happens If AT&T Beats the Government?
No matter who wins, the blockbuster antitrust trial pitting AT&T against the U.S. government will reshape the media landscape. What it won?t do is end the upheaval of an industry contending with new competitors and new technologies.
- Qualcomm: In the Market for Fresh Perspective
Can Qualcomm break from its past without endangering its future? That should be the key question on the minds of the chipmaker?s board of directors in the wake of its close call with Broadcom.
- Drinkers Go Crazy for Gin, Investors for Tonic
It?s party time in the gin industry?but buying a gin producer may not be the best way for investors to join the fun.
- Profitable Plans Afoot to Carve Rump of Yahoo
The $76 billion Alibaba stake owned by the rump of Yahoo could finally be unwound. Recent corporate tax cuts may end up being the catalyst to close one of the hedge-fund industry?s highest-profile trades.
- Don't Be Fooled by Tiffany's Slowdown
Investors are overreacting to a January slowdown despite Tiffany?s success with new products.
- Alibaba's Homecoming May Not Prove a Home Run
Alibaba?s investors may feel excited about its plan to list on a mainland Chinese stock exchange. In reality, there may not be much to celebrate.
- Li Ka-shing Has Already Left China Behind
The tycoon, still one of Asia?s richest men, has been channeling money out of the region and into steady developed market investments in recent years.
- What Price Is Right for Spotify?
There is a wide range of potential values for the music-streaming giant ahead of its nontraditional IPO.
- Why Foreigners Love Vladimir Putin's Bond Market
Russian elections this weekend highlight the strange economic attraction investors have shown for the country?s financial markets.
- In Battle of the Discounters, Dollar General Gains an Edge
Chains like Dollar General have thrived as the go-to stores for America?s left-behind communities. Last year a lot of investors preferred rival Dollar Tree, but the scale is tipping back again.
- What Unilever Gains by Leaving London
Amid all the Brexit brouhaha about why consumer-goods giant Unilever chose Rotterdam over London, investors shouldn?t forget the bigger question: Why did the maker of Dove soap and Hellmann?s mayonnaise choose at all?
- Ctrip's Smooth Ride Has Been Rudely Interrupted
China?s largest online travel website facers slowing revenue, but still trades at a sky-high valuation.
- Time for Pharma to Play Defense With Deals
Health-care payer consolidation continues at a rapid pace. Look for drug manufacturers to chime in with some larger deals of their own.
- Surprisingly Large Winners in a Bill to Help Small Banks
Three of the biggest winners, in a bill meant to help small and midsize banks, are anything but. Some large custody banks stand to get a healthy profit boost if the Senate bill goes through.
- What's to Like About Prudential Insurance Breakup
One of the longest running dramas in global insurance has finally reached its great reveal: U.K.-based Prudential has pressed the button on splitting itself in two.
- Broadcom Lives Well to Fight Another Day
Hock Tan isn?t easily dissuaded. It is a quality that has served the Broadcom CEO very well over the last few years as he has cobbled together one of the largest and most successful chip companies in the world.
- Nike Investors: Time to Switch Teams to Adidas
Nike investors should cast their eyes across the Atlantic where Adidas is running faster and its stock is inexplicably cheaper.
- Don't Worry About American Consumers
A weak retail sales report probably had more to do with the aftereffects of hurricane-related spending than anything else.
- Beijing's Smoggy Skies Obscure China Slowdown
China?s economy kicked off 2018 strongly?kind of. This latest bump doesn?t look very sustainable, however.
- When the Fed Wishes for Inflation
Inflation is dead, at least for now, and that is making life more difficult for the Federal Reserve.
- Don't Mistake Market Calm for Being Out of the Woods
Investors should search the past for lessons about where we are in the market cycle. 2005 was an instructive moment.
- Tillerson's Golden Parachute
Rex Tillerson is having a bad day, but a glance at the share price of Exxon Mobil might make the day of his firing better.
- Gun Stance May Hurt Ailing Dick's Sporting Goods
In the wake of the latest mass school shooting, investors seemed eager to distance themselves from gun sellers while rewarding socially-conscious firms such as Dick?s Sporting Goods. But will they stick by a retailer that is suffering as a result of its new gun policy?
- Trump Takes Qualcomm Off the Market
Qualcomm was saved from Broadcom?s hostile takeover, but the U.S. chipmaker now needs to convince investors of its own plan
- Stitch Fix Stays in Fashion
Styling company Stitch Fix continues to grow its revenue and clients, disproving skeptics, as it added 100,000 clients in its latest quarter.
- China's Super-Regulator Can't Kill Shadow Banking
Investors should celebrate a stronger banking and insurance regulator in China. The demise of Chinese shadow banking, however, remains greatly exaggerated.
- How To Succeed in the Chemical Business Without Really Trying
Running a major American corporation has become so lucrative that critics of long-serving executives like longtime Dow Chemical boss Andrew Liveris are entitled to be blunt. In a world of mediocre to bad corporate leaders, Mr. Liveris stands out.
- Getting the Drop on Big Tech IPOs
Spotify, Dropbox and Zscaler are planning IPOs, but all must deal with high expectations right out of the gate.
- Old Dogs Learn New Tricks in Payments Battle
Banks are catching up in mobile payments and have a stronger competitive edge than the likes of PayPal give them credit for.
- Running the Numbers on Deutsche Bank's Big Spin
Deutsche Bank has made the selling price of its asset-management arm attractive: that is good because the business bears some major handicaps.
- A Glittery Prada Turns Investors' Heads Too Far
When the Italian luxury goods maker revealed poor first half results last September, its Hong Kong-listed shares slumped 12%. On Monday, after it said sales for the first two months of 2018 were up 7.5%, its stock jumped 15%. Some moderation is in order.
- Zara's Blues: What's Keeping World's Most Valuable Fashion Retailer Down
Shares in Zara?s parent company have been plummeting. Should investors be worried?