Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer.
The billionaire Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver.
“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.
It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM (IBM, Tech30) for the issue.
“We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” Gates said at a Harvard University event at the time.
Users can press a single key to log in — not three — on Apple’s Mac computers.
The tech luminary, along with his wife, is the co-chair of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple teamed up with dignitaries like President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York on Wednesday to promote their new Goalkeepers report, which tracks progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
- [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]
Well-known stocks in that group include JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC).
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Look no further than the 0.8% gain of Wells Fargo (WFC) on the day when it issues a release saying customer interactions with tellers year over year for the month of October were down 10% and new credit card applications “continued their downward trend with applications down 50% year over year,” in part because of reduced marketing spend but also because, again quoting WFC, “a full-month impact of customer reaction to the sales practices settlement.” (Wells Fargo is part of TheStreet’s Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.)
- [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.
- [By Jim Cramer]
After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that WFC’s price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don’t lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- [By John Maxfield]
In Wells Fargo’s (NYSE:WFC) case, a 100-basis-point increase in both short- and long-term rates would bolster its net interest income by between 2% and 5% over the 12 months following the increase. Given that the California-based bank generated $47.8 billion in net interest income last year, that equates to a benefit of between $1 billion and $2.4 billion in added revenue.
- [By JJ Kinahan]
Elsewhere yesterday, the SPX telecom sector was the strongest, climbing 1%. Shares of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), for example, climbed higher by 1.8% after a Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) analyst upped VZ stock to “outperform” from “market perform,” noting the impending rollout of its next-generation 5G network.
Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: 3M Company(MMM)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Second, how will the Dow get to that big magic number? Well, the six biggest stock weightings in the DJIA are: Goldman Sachs (GS), 3M (MMM), International Business Machines (IBM), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), and Boeing (BA). What you will notice looking at a day like yesterday is that tech led the way sector wise. If the Dow is going to outperform, we need mega caps to outperform. We need those six stocks to outperform. So we need a day where financials and industrials outperform to get there. Given the trends in sector leadership, that is bound to happen…We are one Trump tweet talking about how yuuuuuuge Goldman Sachs is away from 20k.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
We saw this pattern with 3M (MMM) , one of my favorite stocks, which got crushed, falling from $177 to $173 because of what the headline writers called a weak consumer-products division. Sure, you can pull a line and see an unexpected decline. But declines do not necessarily mean weakness, which, to me, connotes a failure to have the right product and flagging sales. If you go listen to the conference call, you discover that the weakness had to do with a particularly retailer’s troubles. Sure, you could argue, why do we trust this company? I come back and say, you trust them because CEO Inge Thulin has been money in the bank for years and there’s no reason not to trust him.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Who are the likely candidates for the next round of upgrades? Cramer said he’s betting that 3M (MMM) will be in the mix, along with Walmart (WMT) and especially Home Depot (HD) , which should have a strong spring planting season with good comparisons to last year. Investors might also see upgrades on Honeywell (HON) and Nike (NKE) , Cramer suggested.
- [By Paul Ausick]
3M Company (NYSE: MMM) traded down 1.05% at $210.38. The stock’s 52-week range is $163.85 to $214.57. Volume was about 20% below the daily average of around 1.8 million. The company had no specific news.
Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: NRG Energy Inc.(NRG)
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) which rose over 5% to $22.20. The stocks 52-week range is $9.84 to $23.36. Volume was over 35 million compared to its average volume of 5.8 million.
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian said that there was a big options activity in NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG). Traders were aggressively buying the October 26 calls. Around 6,000 contracts were traded in the first half of the session and they were paying 65 cents for them. The trade breaks even at $26.65 or more than 11 percent above the current market price.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares fell 0.25 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG), down 3 percent, and Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) down 1 percent.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Clarity on the GenOn Energy Inc settlement and PJM Interconnection auction led UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith to upgrade NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) Thursday to Buy with a $20 price target.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
NRG Energy (NRG) has gained 2.1% to $18.49 after getting raise to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.
Skechers USA (SKX) has tumbled 5.4% to$28.35 after getting cut to Negative from Positive at Susquehanna.
Top Canadian Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Rhino Resource Partners LP(RNO)
- [By Alexis Xydias]
Investors are regaining confidence, squeezing pessimists who say the economy remains sluggish outside of Germany and point to record-low trading volume as a lack of conviction in the Euro Stoxxs 61 percent rally of the past two years. Besides gains in stocks from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA to Renault SA (RNO), yields on Spanish and Italian bonds have declined to a two-year low compared with German bunds and the euro has strengthened 4.6 percent to $1.35 in the past six months.