Month: May 2020

Investors should become familiar with bond pricing conventions. Bonds do not trade like stocks. The pricing mechanisms that cause changes in the bond market are not nearly as intuitive as seeing a stock or mutual fund rise in value. Bonds are loans; when you purchase a bond, you are making a loan to the issuing
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Spending by U.S. consumers fell a record 13.6% in April as the COVID-19 pandemic slashed demand for goods and services. The Labor Department reported on Friday that personal consumption expenditures fell $1.89 trillion last month while personal outlays dropped $1.91 trillion. Real personal consumption expenditures decreased 13.2%. The PCE price index fell 0.5%; excluding food
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Key Takeaways Noncurrent assets describe a company’s long-term investments/assets that have useful lives of at least one year. Noncurrent assets traditionally include real estate properties, manufacturing plants, equipment, and other tangible or fixed physical items that are highly illiquid because they can’t be expeditiously sold for cash. In some cases, noncurrent assets also include intangible
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In April 2012, when Facebook acquired the photo-sharing app Instagram for around $1 billion in cash and stock, many Wall Streeters were puzzled. At the time, Instagram was less than two years old, boasted an employee workforce of 13, and had no revenue. In 2019, Instagram generated $20 billion in advertising revenue, according to Omnicore, a
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Todd Bunton, CFA, Growth & Income Stock Strategist at Zacks Investment Research, discusses a stock that might be worth a closer look by investors: Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI). This healthcare REIT is a dominate player in the skilled nursing facility space. It recently delivered a solid ‘beat and raise’, prompting analysts to revise their estimates
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CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday he’s concerned the stock market’s rally from its March lows may run out of steam unless Congress approves additional coronavirus relief measures.  “Without another package, I know it’s trillions of dollars, we’re just going to kind of sputter out,” Cramer said on “Squawk Box.” ”I get worried. It’s just too many people that
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The rising tensions between the U.S. and China could continue to hang over the technology sector, even though President Donald Trump on Friday stopped short of threatening Beijing with more trade actions. The president said the U.S. was ending its preferential treatment of Hong Kong and terminated the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization
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Sonya Carp and her husband own two short-term rental properties in Florida, and they have decided to list one for sale as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Courtesy of Sonya Carp Consolidation is hitting the market for short-term home rentals as the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed travel dramatically this year. Small landlords and venture-backed
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The municipal market concluded the final trading session of May on steady footing, with secondary yields remaining flat Friday amid a pickup in issuance. Meanwhile, New York City will begin to reopen starting June 8, the mayor and governor said Friday. Generic municipal yields have held at steady levels, though some sources said that is
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The Hong Kong government has condemned Donald Trump’s threat to revoke the territory’s special trade privileges after Beijing moved to impose anti-subversion laws on the Asian financial hub.  The US president unveiled a series of measures on Friday targeting Beijing and Hong Kong, which included plans to sanction government officials and to revoke the territory’s
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Starbucks vs. Dunkin’: An Overview Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) and Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) are the two largest eatery chains in the U.S. that specialize in coffee. Both companies offer similar coffee options—although different food options—and both have similar overall strategies. Nonetheless, there are key differences in their business models related to scale, store ownership, and branding. Despite
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We highlight the most interesting ETFs launched in 2019. Defiance Next Gen Connectivity ETF: https://www.zacks.com/funds/etf/FIVG/profile?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Microsoft: https://www.zacks.com/stock/quote/MSFT?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Amazon: https://www.zacks.com/stock/quote/AMZN?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF: https://www.zacks.com/funds/etf/FRDM/profile?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Taiwan Semiconductor: https://www.zacks.com/stock/quote/AMZN?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF: https://www.zacks.com/funds/etf/TDV/profile?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID IBM: https://www.zacks.com/stock/quote/IBM?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Nokia: https://www.zacks.com/stock/quote/NOK?cid=CS-YOUTUBE-FT-VID Follow us on StockTwits: http://stocktwits.com/ZacksResearch Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZacksResearch Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch
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Cindy Harris, chief financial officer for the Iowa Finance Authority, said her agency has a $90 million to $95 million exposure to Libor as well as a line of credit that will expire before the end of 2021. Brian Tumulty, The Bond Buyer The COVID-19 pandemic will not delay the phaseout of Libor at the
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Twitter has intensified its feud with Donald Trump by warning that his latest post breaks its rules for “glorifying violence”, just hours after the US president signed an executive order designed to curtail the power of social media companies. Lobbyists and legal experts have already started to question the likely effectiveness of Mr Trump’s call
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Both of these brokers have features built to appeal to buy-and-hold investors who take a long view. Vanguard built its reputation on mutual funds, and it is the world’s top provider of index funds. The brokerage was launched in 1983. Merrill Edge started operations in 2010 following Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch, so
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Donald Trump said he had ordered a wide-ranging review of the law that underpins how social media companies operate, in a move which threatens to undermine legal protections they have enjoyed for decades. The US president on Thursday signed an order he said instructed his officials to re-examine the 1996 law that granted social media
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