The cryptocurrency stumbled out of the gates this week, with most major currencies trading up or down more than 2 percent on Monday. Here’s a look at some of the headlines that were moving the cryptocurrency market today and which currencies were on the move.
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett once again blasted bitcoin at Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting. On Monday morning, Buffett told CNBC that investors who are buying “nonproductive assets” like cryptocurrencies are betting that “the next person is going to pay you more because they’re even more excited about another person coming along.” On Saturday, Buffett called bitcoin “rat poison squared.”
On the same CNBC panel, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) cofounder Bill Gates said he wished he could easily short bitcoin. Gates said bitcoin and ICOs are some of “the crazier, speculative things” out there for investors to buy.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly holding a meeting on Monday with officials from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to discuss whether or not traditional securities laws should be applied to cryptocurrencies. If cryptocurrencies are classified as securities, they would be subject to a high level or regulatory scrutiny, which could weigh on prices.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)
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Likewise, the massive sums that cloud giants are spending on both AI hardware and talent, together with the huge quantities of user data they have for feeding their training systems, make it tough for smaller rivals to launch competing services. And the giant data center build-outs being carried out by public cloud service giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google make it tough for smaller rivals such as Oracle (ORCL) and CenturyLink (CTL) — rivals that are also generally at a disadvantage in terms of the number of features they provide — to keep pace.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Globalstar CEO and chairman Jay Monroe is consolidating his business empire here. Monroe is also the CEO and majority shareholder of investment firm The Thermo Companies, which is stepping in to take over Globalstar here in a deal worth $1.65 billion. The merger will fortify Globalstar’s struggling core business by combining it with regional fiber network FiberLight and injecting some fresh capital into its balance sheet. The resulting company, which will be known as Thermo Companies but should continue to trade under Globalstar’s GSAT ticker until further notice, will gain a $100 million cash boost along with 15.5 million shares of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), currently worth about $280 million.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Companies Reporting After The Bell
Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $10.67 per share on revenue of $2.87 billion.
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $6.00 billion.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.21 per share on revenue of $803.36 million.
Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: SEP) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $751.57 million.
IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $923.80 million.
Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $691.75 million.
Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.29 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion.
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOXA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.54 per share on revenue of $7.41 billion.
ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICUI) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.84 per share on revenue of $346.28 million.
TechnipFMC plc (NYSE: FTI) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.33 per share on revenue of $3.13 billion.
Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $401.76 million.
The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE: DNB) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $1.07 per share on revenue of $386.91 million.
Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ: MTRX) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $285.16 million.
Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MHLD) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $739.31 million.
tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.65 per share on revenue of $428.25 million.
- [By Travis Hoium]
Newspaper company Gannett Co Inc (NYSE:GCI), oil giants BP plc (NYSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS-A), and telecom company CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)all have unique challenges and dividends that I would never count on long-term.
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2. Century Link (NYSE: CTL)
This communications company fits the profile of a stock being bought by insiders but lacking visible outperformance. Shares are lower by close to 30% over the last 52 weeks.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Southern First Bancshares Inc.(SFST)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
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Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Regal Entertainment Group(RGC)
- [By Peter Graham]
In December, UK based Cineworld Group Plc also agreed tobuy larger U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) for $3.6 billion in cash in adeal to create the world’s second largest movie theatre operator after AMC Entertainment Holdings. The combined entity is expected to be better able to compete AMC.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ringcentral, Inc.(RNG)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Shares of RingCentral (NYSE:RNG) were up 2.9% during trading on Friday after SunTrust Banks raised their price target on the stock to $80.00. SunTrust Banks currently has a buy rating on the stock. RingCentral traded as high as $81.20 and last traded at $74.55. Approximately 19,219 shares were traded during mid-day trading, a decline of 96% from the average daily volume of 485,528 shares. The stock had previously closed at $76.80.
Top Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2018: SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.(SXCP)
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Cramer was bearish on Xilinx (XLNX) , Celgene (CELG) , Exelixis (EXEL) , Moneygram (MGI) , Monster Beverage (MNST) , SunCoke Energy Partners (SXCP) and Mattel (MAT) .
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SunCoke Energy Partners (SXCP) : “I don’t like these stocks. That yield is a red flag.”
Mattel (MAT) : “I can’t recommend this one on a takeover alone, so I can’t recommend it. Hasbro (HAS) is much better.”
- [By Ethan Ryder]
SunCoke Energy Partners (NYSE:SXCP) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note issued on Monday.