1. Roses are red, markets are too: There’s a fair bit of red in the stock markets right now, but losses aren’t so steep that they’ll break your heart.
U.S. stock futures are flat.
Most Asian markets closed in negative territory. Stocks are mixed in Europe.
The lackluster action comes after U.S. stocks hit fresh record highs on Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 have both rallied by between 3% to 4% since the start of the year. The Nasdaq is up a whopping 7%.
Shares in iPhone maker Apple (AAPL, Tech30) are trading near their highest level ever.
2. Janet Yellen in the hot seat: Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen is giving semi-annual testimony to the U.S. Senate at 10 a.m. ET.
The Fed is considered the driving force behind the multi-year bull market rally in stocks since the Great Recession.
What Yellen says about the timing and magnitude of future interest rate hikes could keep the rally going full steam ahead — or stop it dead in its tracks.
investment software: U.S. Bancorp(USB)
- [By John Maxfield]
One of this era’s most successful bankers has decided to relinquish the reins. U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) announced on Tuesday that chairman and CEO Richard Davis will step down from his role as CEO at the bank’s annual meeting in April. He’ll stay on as executive chairman of the board, while President and COO Andy Cecere will succeed him in the corner office.
- [By Sarfaraz Khan]
In addition to this, Warren Buffett has also built sizable positions in a number of major US banks.Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)have the leading positions in Berkshire Hathaways portfolio. In fact, Wells Fargo is Berkshire Hathaway’s second largest stock holding. In addition to this, Berkshire Hathaway also owns $5 billion worth of Bank of Americas preferred shares and warrants to buy 700 million of the banks ordinary shares at just $7.14 (current price $22.10) anytime until September 2021. These banks are positioned to become the biggest beneficiaries of the increase in interest rates. To get an idea of how this might happen, consider Bank of Americas forecast in which it predicted a $7.5 billion boost to annual net interest income following a 1-percentage-point increase in interest rates.
investment software: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)
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Position: Long GLD small, bonds, SDS; short TLT small, SPY small .
- [By Paul Ausick]
The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) traded down 1.91% at $45.66. The stock’s 52-week range is $39.88 to $47.48. Volume was about 50% higher than the daily average of around 9.2 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
Coke’s old CEO is out, and another Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) executive is in. That probably has little to do with Coke’s major problems, which will not be easy to solve. The first is a relentless drum beat from health experts about the dangers of sugar. As obesity and diabetes grow across most of the developed world, the old snacks are being replaced by healthier foods. In the emerging markets, slowing economies may undermine consumer spending. Coke has few large markets where it can turn to for growth.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Represented are Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC), Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), and Kraft Heinz Co. (Nasdaq: KHC), just to name a few.
The Berkshire portfolio has 34 dividend stocks in total; of those, eight yield dividend returns in excess of 3% annually, according to Buffett’s latest SEC 13F filing on Feb. 14, 2017.
investment software: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)
- [By James E. Brumley]
While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.
These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.
One such mega-trend newly underway right now is the proliferation of wearables… devices that meld clothing (often a wrist-worn device) and technology to perform a function that couldn’t be performed otherwise. Much of the same technology that made the smartphone possible are now ushering in wearables.
It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.
While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.
Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.
On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.
Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an
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CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
- [By William Patalon III]
Vuzix Corp. (Nasdaq: VUZI) – the “augmented reality” company whose shares more than doubled following our September 2015 recommendation – said that its new “smart glasses” were just honored with a “Wearable Device of the Year” award.
investment software: Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc.(WASH)
- [By Monica Gerson]
The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20: