Chicago has enjoyed a massive revival of its private sector. Indeed, the Windy City was named the best corporate relocation target in the United States in 2018. Yet, in stark contrast to its burgeoning enterprise, Chicago’s public finances are in disarray. Constant budget disasters have resulted in an avalanche of borrowing. The city’s bonds are rated as junk by Moody’s, and its already unsustainable borrowing has become ever more expensive.
Now, Chicago is once again looking to issue debt, this time with an eye toward shoring up the city’s pension system. Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to be acting in conventional Chicago mayor style, avoiding oversight and trying to cram down the play by main force. He will likely succeed, but the consequences could prove dire. More importantly, from an investing standpoint, Emanuel’s new plan will make the city’s general obligation bonds, already a dicey investing proposition, totally toxic.
Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: ATA Inc.(ATAI)
ATA Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides computer-based testing services in the People?s Republic of China. It offers services for the creation and delivery of computer-based tests utilizing its test delivery platform, proprietary testing technologies, and testing services; and provides logistical support services relating to test administration. The company?s computer-based testing services are used for professional licensure and certification tests in various industries, including information technology (IT) services, banking, securities, teaching, and insurance. Its e-testing platform integrates various aspects of the test delivery process for computer-based tests ranging from test form compilation to test scoring, and results analysis. ATA also provides career-oriented educational services, such as single course programs, degree major course programs, and pre-occupational training programs focusing on preparing students to pass IT and other vocational certification tests; test preparation and training programs and services to test candidates preparing to take professional certification tests in securities, futures, banking, insurance and teaching industries; online test preparation and training platform for the securities and banking industries; and test preparation software for the teaching industry. In addition, the company offers HR select employee assessment solution, an online system that utilizes its proprietary software and an inventory of test titles to help employers improve the efficiency and accuracy of their employee recruitment process. As of March 31, 2010, it had contractual relationships with 1,988 ATA authorized test centers. The company serves Chinese governmental agencies, professional associations, IT vendors, and Chinese educational institutions, as well as individual test preparation services. ATA Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
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That’s certainly the case with one of the top penny stocks this week, ATA Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAI). Last week, ATA locked in a 218% gain on high trading volume.
- [By Paul Ausick]
ATA Inc. (NASDAQ: ATAI) traded down about 14% Monday to set a new 52-week low of $0.82, based on revalued shares that closed at $0.72 on Friday but traded up about 250% on Monday at $2.53. Volume was more than 200 times the daily average of around 42,000. You’re on your own here to figure this one out.
Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: Baidu Inc.(BIDU)
Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese and Japanese language Internet search services. Its search services enable users to find relevant information online, including Web pages, news, images, multimedia files, and blogs through the links provided on its Websites. The company also offers online community-based products and entertainment platforms; an instant messaging service; and a consumer-oriented e-commerce platform. In addition, it designs and delivers online marketing services and auction-based P4P services that enable its customers to reach users who search for information related to their products or services. The company serves online marketing customers consisting of small and medium sized enterprises, large domestic corporations, and Chinese divisions or subsidiaries of multinational corporations primarily operating in the medical, machinery, education, franchising, electronic products, e-commerce, ticketing, tourism, information technology, consumer products, real estate, entertainment, and financial services industries. It sells its online marketing services directly, as well as through its distribution network. The company was formerly known as Baidu.com, Inc. and changed its name to Baidu, Inc. in December 2008. Baidu, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Danny Vena]
After spending the first half of 2018 in investors’ good graces, Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) has fallen out of favor yet again. As late as May of last year, China’s internet search leader was clocking all-time highs but had lost more than 40% of its value going into its latest earnings report. What caused this perilous fall from grace? Two quarters of decelerating growth, fears regarding China’s slowing economy, and the ongoing trade conflict between Washington, D.C. and Beijing conspired to knock Baidu back down to size.
- [By George Budwell, Keith Noonan, and Jeremy Bowman]
We thus asked three of our Motley Fool contributors which momentum stocks they think are worth buying right now. They picked Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU), and Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA). Here’s why.
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With that in mind, we put together three Motley Fool contributors with an eye for growth investing and asked each panelist to profile one top pick. Read on to see why they think Boeing (NYSE:BA), Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) are stocks primed for incredible growth over the next half-century.
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Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: Focus Media Holding Limited(FMCN)
Focus Media Holding Limited, a multi- platform digital media company, operates out-of-home advertising network using audiovisual digital displays in China. It operates out-of-home advertising network based on the number of locations and flat-panel television displays in its network. The company, through its multi-platform digital advertising network, reaches urban consumers at locations and point-of-interests over various media formats, including audiovisual television displays in buildings and stores, advertising poster frames, outdoor light-emitting diode digital billboards, and Internet advertising platforms. As of June 30, 2010, its digital out-of-home advertising network had approximately 142,000 LCD displays in its LCD display network and approximately 275,000 advertising in-elevator poster and digital frames, installed in approximately 90 cities. The company also provides Internet marketing solutions; and sells software licenses and services, primarily including Adf orward software. Focus Media Holding Limited was founded in 1997 and is based in Shanghai, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.7% against its face value during trading on Friday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $94.25 and was trading at $96.38 one week ago. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes predict parallel changes in its share price.
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- [By Stephan Byrd]
An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) bonds fell 0.9% against their face value during trading on Monday. The high-yield debt issue has a 7.25% coupon and will mature on April 1, 2023. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $99.13 and were trading at $98.13 last week. Price moves in a company’s bonds in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
An issue of Focus Media Holding Limited (NASDAQ:FMCN) debt fell 1.1% against its face value during trading on Tuesday. The debt issue has a 7.5% coupon and is set to mature on April 1, 2025. The debt is now trading at $97.63 and was trading at $98.50 last week. Price changes in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel changes in its stock price.
Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: Clean Diesel Technologies Inc.(CDTI)
Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. engages in the manufacture and distribution of emissions control systems and products for heavy duty diesel and light duty vehicle markets. The company operates in two divisions, Heavy Duty Diesel Systems and Catalyst. The Heavy Duty Diesel Systems division designs and manufactures verified exhaust emissions control solutions that are used to reduce exhaust emissions created by on-road, off-road, and stationary diesel and alternative fuel engines, including propane and natural gas. Its products include closed crankcase ventilation systems, diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, Platinum Plus fuel-borne catalysts, ARIS selective catalytic reduction reagents, catalyzed wire mesh diesel particulate filters, alternative fuel products, and exhaust accessories. This division offers its products for original equipment manufacturers of heavy duty diesel equipment, such as mining equipment, vehicles, generator sets, and construction equipment, as well as retrofit customers consisting of school districts, municipalities, and other fleet operators. The Catalyst division produces catalyst formulations using its proprietary MPC technology for gasoline, diesel, and natural gas induced emissions. Its products comprise catalysts for gasoline engines, diesel engines, and energy applications. This division supplies its catalysts to automotive manufacturers and large heavy duty diesel engine manufacturers. The company sells its products through a network of distributors and dealers, and its direct sales force worldwide. Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. is based in Ventura, California.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Shares of CDTi Advanced Materials Inc (NASDAQ:CDTI) hit a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $0.33 and last traded at $0.36, with a volume of 500 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $0.36.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: Netease.com Inc.(NTES)
NetEase.com, Inc., an Internet technology company, engages in the development of applications, services, and other technologies for the Internet in China. It provides online game services to Internet users through the in-house development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games, including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II, Westward Journey Online III, Tianxia II, Heroes of Tang Dynasty, and Datang, as well as the licensed game, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. The company also offers online advertising on its Web sites. In addition, NetEase has paid listings on its search engine and Web directory, and classified advertising services, as well as an online mall, which provides opportunities for e-commerce and traditional businesses to establish their own storefront on the Internet. Further, it provides wireless value-added services, such as news and information content, matchmaking services, music, and photos from the We b over SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, and Color Ring-back Tone technologies. Additionally, the company offers community services, including instant messaging, online personal advertisements, matchmaking, alumni clubs, and community forums; and aggregates news content on world events, sports, science and technology, and financial markets, as well as entertainment content, such as cartoons, games, astrology, and jokes from over 100 international and domestic content providers. NetEase.com, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China.
- [By Keith Noonan]
Shares of NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) fell 11.4%% in February, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Despite positive momentum for Chinese tech stocks and the broader market, the online media company’s share price tumbled in the lead-up to its fourth-quarter earnings release.
- [By Leo Sun]
Its live broadcasting revenue surged as it added more virtual gifts and premium content, the ad business benefited from more brand ads and the introduction of performance-based ads in the prior year quarter, and its e-commerce business — which was recently integrated into Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace — saw a spike in product sales. Bilibili’s recent acquisition of NetEase’s (NASDAQ:NTES) online comics business should further bolster its “other” revenue.
- [By Leo Sun]
NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 20. Its revenue rose 36% annually to RMB 19.84 billion ($2.89 billion), which missed the USD guidance by $20 million but marked its third straight quarter of accelerating sales growth.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
The stock market gave up ground on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling triple digits and other major market benchmarks following suit with declines of close to 0.5%. Investors seemed inclined to take their foot off the gas after the strong start to the year, as fears about possible deterioration in economic strength and the geopolitical climate weighed on sentiment. Bad news from some high-profile companies also hurt the overall market. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), Carbon Black (NASDAQ:CBLK), and NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) were among the worst performers. Here’s why they did so poorly.
Best China Stocks To Buy For 2021: Sina Corporation(SINA)
SINA Corporation provides online media and mobile value-added services (MVAS) in the People?s Republic of China. It provides advertising, non-advertising, and free services through SINA.com, Weibo.com, and SINA Mobile. SINA.com offers free interest-based channels that provide region-focused format and content, including news, sports, automobile-related news, finance, entertainment, luxury, technology, digital, tools, collectibles, video, music, and wireless application protocol, as well as interactive platform for fashion-conscious users to share comments and ideas on a range of topics, such as health, cosmetics, and beauty. The company’s microblogging platform, Weibo.com, enables its users to follow the hottest topics being discussed online, as well as discussions related to people they know. Weibo accounts consist of celebrities, commercial enterprises, government entities, and grass root Internet users. Its SINA Mobile service allows users to receive news and informatio n, download ring tones, mobile games and pictures, and participate in dating and friendship communities. The company also offers SINA Game, which serves as an interactive platform that provides users with downloads and gateway access to popular online games; SINA eReading, a shop for book reviews; SINA.net, an enterprise solutions platform to assist businesses and government bodies; and SINA Mall, an online shopping Website. In addition, it provides a platform for Chinese bloggers; photo-sharing platform; free email, VIP mail, and corporate email for enterprise users; audio and video-based instant messaging tools; proprietary search technology; and classified advertising services, as well as hosts topic-specific discussion forums in Chinese language; and creates user-maintained and supported online communities. The company has strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited. SINA Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peop le?s Republic of China.
- [By Leo Sun]
Shares of SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) recently stumbled after the Chinese tech company posted soft fourth-quarter numbers. Its non-GAAP revenue rose 14% annually to $570.4 million but missed expectations by $3 million. On a GAAP basis, its revenue also rose 14% to $573 million.
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Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallMarch 5, 2019 7:10 a.m. ET
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- [By Steve Symington]
SINA (NASDAQ:SINA) announced solid fourth-quarter 2018 results on Tuesday morning, once again highlighting the benefits of the Chinese internet technology company’s burgeoning Weibo microblogging platform.
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Stocks to Watch Today: TGT, CRM, FB
This morning, shares of Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) popped nearly 6% after a strong Q4 earnings report. The company reported earnings per share of $1.53 on total revenue of $22.98 billion. Wall Street expected $1.52 per share on sales of $22.91 billion. The firm reported very strong online sales (up 25%) and a 5.3% jump in same-store sales. Analysts had expected a 4.5% increase in same-store sales. The report is the latest sign that Target has emerged as a formidable competitor to Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT). Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) is under fire again due to security concerns around its sign-in features. The company has not allowed users to opt out of the key feature that lets users look up others by phone number and e-mail address. Many people have added their phone numbers in the past thinking it would only be used for two-factor authentication and security. Critics argue this is the latest episode of Facebook compromising user information. Shares of Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) are in focus as the cloud computing giant plans to report earnings after the bell Tuesday. CRM stock is already up 20% so far this year. And many analysts expect the firm to report earnings per share of $0.55 on top of $3.56 billion in revenue. Yesterday, Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff predicted that $30 billion in annual revenue for the cloud computing giant is “right around the corner.” Look for earnings reports from AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN), Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS), Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST), Sina Corp. (NASDAQ: SINA), Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN), Vivint Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: VSLR), and Weibo Corp. (NYSE: WB).
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