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Futures News - WSJ.com: Heard on the Street
From today, October 17, 2017
- Why It's Time to Get Back into Goldman
Wall Street?s big two investment banks, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, have shown that they can perform reasonably well even when the environment is tough. What happens if things get better?
- Chinese Cash Will Help Aramco Prove Its Relevancy
With Saudi Arabia bleeding market share in both of the world?s top oil consumers, pitching a public offering to investors may prove difficult. A big private placement with brawny Chinese bidders?reportedly in the works?might do the trick.
- Should Credit Suisse Break Up? The Answer Isn't Obvious
There are things about Credit Suisse that don?t make sense, but RBR Capital Advisors?s plan to split it in three seems unlikely to help.
- China Literature Spins a Pricey Yarn
The Tencent-owned online-books company is headed for a Hong Kong IPO, but a valuation of up to $7 billion may prove a tall tale.
- Netflix? Needs to Keep Feeding the Beast
Netflix investors covet growth above all other metrics, so shares shrugged off the new spending forecast after the company once again saw a strong jump in streaming subscribers for the third quarter.
- How China's Financial Cracks Could Spread
Can financial turmoil in China play havoc with the rest of the world? It has already happened.
- Drugstore Favorites May Be Catching the Common Consumer Cold
Customers may be starting to shop for over-the-counter drugs in the same way they shop for groceries?with a keener eye for cost and content?and this could be painful for consumer-health companies.
- China's $20 Trillion Shadow Banking Business Won't Be Easily Tamed
The country?s financial system has fueled its debt-driven growth and reforming it may be President Xi Jinping?s toughest task.
- Why Beijing Won't Just Let the Yuan Go
China has always been a pressure cooker?too many people, not enough land, and a long tradition of authoritarian governments with a flexible approach to the rule of law that depends on who you are and who you know.
- Wells Fargo Falls Further Behind
Wells Fargo?s third-quarter earnings were a disappointment. Far from digging itself out of trouble, the bank is making a deeper hole.
- Inflation Unfriends the Fed
Low inflation is making the Federal Reserve?s plan to raise rates one more time this year look a bit iffy.
- Big Banks' Credit Card Woes Spell Trouble for Smaller Issuers
J.P. Morgan and Citigroup reported solid earnings, but also flashed a warning signal on consumer debt that investors in some other companies should heed.
- What's Old Is New Again at HP
About to close out its best showing in years, the question naturally hanging over HP Inc. is whether the storied tech company can pull off a repeat performance.
- What a Shocker: General Electric Is Becoming Attractive
Investor expectations for General Electric are low. GE should consider lowering them further as an ugly year gets worse.
- Drinking Beer Alone Could Work Better for Asahi in China
The Japanese company is set to ditch its investment in Tsingtao. Following the strategy of other foreign brewers in China could be more profitable
- Corporate Scandals Say More About Japan Than the Nikkei
Japanese stocks are at a two-decade high, but the recent spate of corporate scandals shows all is still not well.
- Flying High Isn't the Time to Buy Europe's Largest Airline
Lufthansa?s deal for Air Berlin?s assets effectively creates a local airline hegemon in Europe?s largest economy. Analysts see an echo of the M&A wave that has transformed the profitability of U.S. airlines.
- Say Goodbye to the China Bid
The flow of Chinese money into assets around the world is coming to an end.
- HSBC: What to Make of Banking Giant's New Top Team
John Flint, HSBC?s next CEO, has an attitude of service to the cause and a strong background in managing risk, making him the right man to work alongside Chairman Mark Tucker.
- Some Inconvenient Truths About 7-Eleven's Owner
Shares in Japan?s Seven & I haven?t budged much since activist shareholder Dan Loeb won a boardroom battle there last year.
- China's Next Five Years---Squeezing the People to Feed the State
China?s twice-a-decade Communist Party reshuffle this month will hand even more power to President Xi Jinping, whose emerging grand strategy for managing the economy?and avoiding a debt crisis?will shape global asset markets for years to come.
- Oculus Vision Is a Long Way From Reality
Mark Zuckerberg has answered the question of whether he is still committed to virtual reality. Other questions remain unanswered.
- How Alibaba Will Foot a Growing Research Bill
Alibaba?s plan to triple research and development spending may not turn out to be as ambitious as it seems at first glance.
- Watch Out As Risky Loans Overtake Junk Bonds
Yield-hungry investors have made borrowing easier than ever for riskier companies. One sign: this year loans have raced ahead of bonds as the preferred form of debt. But when interest rates rise, this preference could mean trouble.
- 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.
- How Nvidia Keeps Driving Higher
Richly valued chipmaker Nvidia benefits from a consolidated industry with more diverse growth opportunities ahead.
- 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.
- What Could Dash the Hopes of Bank Investors
The third quarter was pretty dull for American banks, which is not so bad considering what was happening a decade ago. Maybe investors like boring, because they gave bank shares a nice boost at the end of the quarter.
- Why Richard Thaler Matters to Investors
Richard Thaler, the Nobel Prize winner, used psychological insights to explain why markets aren?t always efficient.
- Why Deutsche Bank Should Keep John Cryan
Deutsche Bank still has a long journey to good returns and it won?t get there quicker by changing its chief executive.
- 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.