Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked the White House about the possibility of using a government jet for his European honeymoon this summer but later withdrew the request.
A Treasury Department spokesperson told CNN in a statement that Mnuchin made the request to ensure he had access to secure lines of communication when he and his new wife, Louise Linton, were traveling.
“Treasury withdrew its request after a secure communications option was identified during the Secretary’s extended travel,” the spokesperson said Wednesday.
Treasury said it has a practice of considering a “wide range of options” to ensure Mnuchin has access to secure communications, including the possible use of military aircraft.
The Treasury spokesperson said it was “imperative” that Mnuchin, who is a member of the National Security Council and directly involved with national security issues tied to North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela, could communicate securely.
investment manager: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
- [By Arie Goren]
Many investors prefer a diversified low-risk portfolio over theriskier strategy of stock-picking. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEMKT:SPY) is very popular for this purpose since it follows the S&P 500 index of 500 large cap companies listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. However, in my opinion, investing in Berkshire (NYSE:BRK.B)stock could achieve the same purpose of diversification with even better results.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) is up nearly 19 percent in 2017, and much of the rally has been driven by news out of Washington. According to one Wall Street analyst, there are still plenty of political fireworks to come between now and the end of the year.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Many ETFs–especially the large diversified ones such as SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) , PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) and iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) –in and of themselves are not dangerous.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE: DIA) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) plunged 1.2 percent on the news, although it's worth noting that the markets had traded near these values Wednesday before riding a Thursday rally.
investment manager: Stanley Black & Decker Inc.(SWK)
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Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion.
Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion.
Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion.
Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion.
SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.
ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million.
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion.
WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
Back in January, the company sold its iconic Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE: SWK) for $900 billion, although not all of it was in an upfront payment. Sears will still carry the brand in its stores, but now they must compete with other retailers to make any profit from it. And guess who else carries it now? Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Great for Stanley shareholders, but not so much for Sears shareholders.
- [By Sean Williams]
For example, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) has been actively attracting short-sellers in recent months. Sears has been downsizing both its Sears and Kmart locations in an effort to save money, and it’s been parting ways with a couple of its core brands. In January, Sears announced that it was divesting its Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK), which will allow Stanley Black & Decker to get the Craftsman brand into far more department stores than just Sears.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion before the opening bell. Honeywell shares gained 0.11 percent to $123.91 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion before the opening bell. General Electric shares gained 1.06 percent to $30.59 in after-hours trading.
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Mattel shares dropped 6.78 percent to $23.50 in the after-hours trading session.
Before the opening bell, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. Stanley Black & Decker shares declined 0.01 percent to $132.70 in after-hours trading.
Visa Inc (NYSE: V) posted stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday. Visa shares rose 2.35 percent to $93.29 in the after-hours trading session.
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- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In January, Sears sold its iconic Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) for just $900 million as one of several desperate attempts to raise cash.
- [By Rich Duprey]
The only disappointment here is the latest moves highlight what might have been possible with the Craftsman tool brand had Sears not ended up selling it to Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK). Although there was some creative thinking involved in the way the deal was structured, giving Sears a percentage of the revenues from Craftsman sales that Stanley generates for the next few years as well as allowing it to also make and sell Craftsman tools for the next decade, it’s a shame Sears had to let the brand go.
investment manager: Entercom Communications Corporation(ETM)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap radio broadcasting stock Entercom Communications Corp (NYSE: ETM), a potential peer of Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS), Saga Communications (NYSEAMERICAN: SGA) and troubled Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS), is the tenth most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 45.06% according to Highshortnterest.com.
investment manager: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation(WAB)
- [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB) scores highly based on my Warren Buffett-based model, which is based on the book Buffettology, and also the Peter Lynch-inspired approach that uses the method outlined by Lynch in One Up on Wall Street.
investment manager: Etsy, Inc.(ETSY)
- [By Brian Withers]
If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.
- [By Jim Swanson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday’s regular session.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Shares of craft-focused internet marketplaceEtsy(NASDAQ:ETSY)stumbled last month, falling 12% according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligenceafter a disappointing fourth-quarter report.