Stocks couldn’t shake off early losses and all three major indexes ended lower on Thursday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 210.79 points, or 1.17%, to 17830.76. The S&P 500 Index fell 19.34 points, or 0.92%, to 2075.81. The Nasdaq slid 57.85 points, or 1.19%, to 4805.29.
Blue chips were dragged down by Apple (AAPL): Just days after its disappointing earnings, billionaire Carl Icahn said he no longer has a stake in the stock.
From a data standpoint, First quarter gross domestic product grew 0.5%, below economists’ expectations, overshadowing an upbeat jobs report that saw unemployment fall to a four-decade low.
Stifel’s Lindsey Piegza writes that this could push out any interest rate hikes:
From a policy standpoint, should the U.S. economy post meaningful improvement between now and June, assuming the Fed’s concerns surrounding international “risks” are not reignited, policy makers appear well positioned to announce the second rate hike in less than two months’ time. Of course, following this morning’s disappointing GDP report, it’s difficult to imagine a marked improvement in the economy over the next two months. More likely, the combination of stagnant economic conditions, a still-restrained consumer, and ongoing concerns regarding risks of contagion from developments abroad – whether directly identified in the statement or not – will make it increasingly difficult for the Fed to raise rates once in the remaining nine months of 2016, if at all.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc.(HCOM)
- [By Max Byerly]
News coverage about Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo (NASDAQ:HCOM) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo earned a news impact score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.776618457707 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
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- [By Matthew Frankel]
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) has had a cash problem for some time now. Simply put, its businesses have been generating cash quicker than Warren Buffett and the rest of Berkshire’s team can figure out ways to put it to work. While the first quarter saw the cash stockpile decrease for the first time in a while, there’s still almost $109 billion in cash on Berkshire’s balance sheet.
- [By Chris Neiger, Danny Vena, and Jordan Wathen]
Finally, legendary investor and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) CEO Warren Buffett revealed that his company had purchased a massive 75 million Apple shares last quarter, adding to its already impressive haul of 165 million shares — bringing its ownership of Apple to about 5%.
- [By Sean Williams]
This past weekend, the most anticipated of all annual stockholder meetings kicked off. Roughly 40,000 shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A)(NYSE:BRK-B) from across the country descended on Omaha, Nebraska, to hear long-term investment icons Warren Buffett and his right-hand man, Charlie Munger, speak for hours about the stock market, money, and the state of the U.S. economy.
- [By Matthew Frankel, CFP®]
We recently got a look at Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) closely watched stock portfolio, and it turns out that Warren Buffett and his stock-picking team had a fairly active second quarter.
Best Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: UNITIL Corporation(UTL)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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- [By Logan Wallace]
Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG) and Unitil (NYSE:UTL) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.