Warren Buffett has remained quiet, despite being the largest Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) shareholder. Why so quiet? I feel he likely doesn’t agree with WFC’s practices (or doesn’t care), but what’s he really to do? He can’t sell, and buying isn’t a sound idea – this isn’t a generational buying opportunity for WFC.
Stocks got clobbered this week on concerns that the Federal Reserve will continue to hike interest despite weaker economic data.
The S&P 500 fell 3.1% to 1,880.05 this week after dropping 1.8% today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.6% to 16,204.97, after shedding 211.61 points, or 1.29%, today. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 5.4% to 4,363.14....more>>>
Oil company ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has been kicked to the curb in 2015 and 2016 on the back of a devastating energy price rout that has even pushed some companies into bankruptcy. Levered upstream companies Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINEQ) and Breitburn Energy Partners L.P. (OTCPK:BBEPQ) filed for bankruptcy earlier this yer because of falling price realizations, and a high debt load that....more>>>
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When Merck (MRK) claimed Gilead Sciences (GILD) had infringed on its patents in creating blockbuster hepatitis-C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni, it asked for royalties of 10% of all sales. While the jury earlier this week found Merck’s patents to be valid, it determined that Gilead would have to pay just $200 million. Leerink’s Geoffrey Porges explains:
Gold surged sharply this week after the Yellen Fed yet again chickened out on raising its benchmark interest rate. Gold-futures speculators’ irrational fear of Fed rate hikes has been a major drag on gold. And rate-hike risks just plummeted in the coming months, since the Fed can’t risk acting heading into this year’s critical US presidential election. So gold’s next major....more>>>
Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA)announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a German engineering company, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation and pave the way for the Tesla Advanced Automation Germany headquarters, with other locations to follow. The company plans to add over 1,000 advanced engineering and skilled technician jobs in Germany over the next two years.
It’s official: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) plunged 51.5% to $33.51 today, its lowest close since Jan. 5, 2011. To put that in perspective, the company is now valued at $11.4 billion, down from $23.6 billion yesterday. Ouch.
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Historically, little gets done by Congress in an election year. But the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the coming fight over replacing him on the bench will bring legislating to a virtual stop, making the previous snails pace of progress seem downright speedy.
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