In his annual shareholder letter, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon pointed to data showing a radically shrinking U.S. stock market, echoing an increasingly common refrain on Wall Street and in corporate America. Dimon is working alongside business luminaries such as Warren Buffett, BlackRock’s Larry Fink and GM CEO Mary Barra to promote long-term stock market investment and regulations that will make it easier and more rewarding for companies to sell their shares on public markets.
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. markets lost another stock when European consumer products conglomerate JAB Holding agreed to buy Panera Bread for $7.5 billion, ending the popular soup, sandwich and salad chain’s stellar over-quarter century run on public markets. There are many causes of the shrinking stock market, for instance the administrative costs of being publicly traded and strict regulations surrounding investor communications, but JAB’s emergence and its deal for Panera Bread points to the biggest culprit.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Atlantic Power Corporation(AT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and Pampa Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: PAM), down 4 percent.
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Toward the end of trading Thursday, the Dow traded down 0.24 percent to 16,960.40 while the NASDAQ declined 0.38 percent to 4,656.49. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.17 percent to 1,985.91.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Tuesday, utilities shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT), down 2 percent, and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) down 1 percent.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Glu Mobile Inc.(GLUU)
- [By Harsh Chauhan]
Mobile gaming specialist Glu Mobile’s (NASDAQ:GLUU) net loss almost tripled in the first quarter despite a slight jump in revenue from the prior-year period. Its adjusted net loss of $0.15 per share was more than twice than Wall Street’s expectations of a $0.07-per-share loss.
- [By Jim Robertson]
The gaming space has a reputation for beingdominated by male gamers and full of big-budget combat and action orientated games geared for men. However, thats not necessarily the case. Last December, Glu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU)bought CrowdStarfor $45 million acquiring a game publisher that has had rare success with female gamers throughitsCovet Fashionwhile its last independently produced title, Design Home, has also proved to be another hit with women (about 90% ofDesign Homesplayers are female who are a little older than the Covet Fashion audience).
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows that Zynga Inc peaked after the IPO, but has at least been less volatile since then compared to the performance of remaining small cap mobile gaming stockGlu Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: GLUU) and large capActivision Blizzard:
Best Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: LATAM Airlines Group S.A.(LFL)
- [By Monica Gerson]
LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE: LFL) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.08 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
Weibo Corp (ADR) (NASDAQ: WB) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.04 per share on revenue of $113.66 million.