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Stocks search for direction on a data-rich day
Breakfast with Benjamin: Which way for stocks on big data day? Plus: The downside of low rates; GM gets some love; Earth Day and earthy companies; the surging price of shrimp makes cheap food, well, less so; and reflection and hope in Boston.
Investors turn focus to first-quarter earnings
Breakfast with Benjamin: All eyes are on earnings. Plus: The SEC discovers high-frequency trading, momentum takes out passive investors, AAA credit ratings becoming extinct, new love for emerging markets, six solid stocks to watch this week, overwhelmed at the IRS, and Switzerland votes for the ...
Coming off yesterday's big bounce, futures do not look bright for today
Breakfast with Benjamin: Backing off the big bounce. Plus: Bill Gross confesses, Bank of America pays for cheesy marketing tactics, investing in wind energy and an urgent reminder to change those passwords
Ally Financial IPO is banking on short investor memories
Breakfast with Benjamin: One IPO hoping investors have a short memory. Plus: Bracing for weaker earnings, here comes Fed meeting minutes, bond market opportunities, shoving investors toward behavioral finance and refusing LinkedIn requests.
Bank ETFs ride the choppy waves of Yellen-speak
Breakfast with Benjamin: Bank ETFs ride the choppy waves of Yellen-speak. Plus: Still waiting for Treasury yields to spike, new love for intermediate-term bond funds, hot stocks ahead of earnings reports, and even gold bugs are starting to worry about the precious metal's decline
Investors adopt a defensive stance to wrap up 1Q
Breakfast with Benjamin: At some point in the first quarter, investors got defensive. So what does that mean now? Plus: It's all about Friday's jobs report, Michael Lewis calls out the stock market for being rigged, Obamacare investing risks and opportunities, and will Janet Yellen spook the market
Investors scramble out of ETFs focused on U.S. Treasuries
Expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates leads to biggest selloff since '10
Obama administration's call for boycotting Russian stocks falls flat
Breakfast with Benjamin: Investors not taking President Obama's advice. Plus: Fed warns there's always time to worry about bubbles, Morgan Stanley doubles down on biotech, the cloud computing frenzy marches on, activist investor challenges Coke management perks, and index investing to cut the tax
PE giant Carlyle Group is eyeing the retail investor market and liquid alts
Breakfast with Benjamin: Private equity giant wants in on liquid alts. Plus: QE might have a fueled high-inflation cycle, the small-cap stock ride is ending, time to get some defense in that portfolio, and the poor outlook for the long-term unemployed
Russia and the energy-stock short-sale question
Breakfast with Benjamin: Is it time to short energy stocks, given the Russian rabble rousing? Plus: Gold's reaction to Fed chief Yellen, Candy Crush IPO's dizzy math, how to retire with $1M, and at tax time, age counts (the younger, the better).
Gold rally draws critics along with fans, but it's still a rally
Friday's menu: Both sides of the gold rally. Plus: Who won at last night's Lipper Awards; Yellen gets credit for driving the dollar higher; nearly all big banks pass stress tests; Russian sanctions taking hold; and when to use home equity to buy stocks.
What are the economic consequences of the next Cold War?
Breakfast with Benjamin: How the Russia situation could hit the economy. Plus: JPMorgan abandons its commodities business, Morningstar's deep dive into the Pimco mess, expect the expected from Yellen today, retirees give Boomers the playbook, and, big surprise, short-sellers badmouth stocks.
Stocks look surprisingly resilient following big spike
Breakfast with Benjamin: Stocks holding steady after spike. Plus, Global markets shrug off Obama's meager sanction efforts, Yellen tries to have it both ways with rates, the Senate's housing market destruction plan, and 1,000 years of European border shifts.
ICI pushes back on too-big-to-fail label for big fund firms
Breakfast with Benjamin: ICI resists 'Too Big to Fail' label for fund firms plus Crimea chooses Mother Russia and what that means for the markets. And guess what, the Fed is out of ammo, Pimco spins the Mohamed El-Erian departure while Mr. El-Erian opens a Twitter account.
Say what? Most Americans feel like they've missed the market's historic bull run
Breakfast with Benjamin: Why most Americans feel they've missed the market's historic bull run. Plus: Warren E. Buffett offers retirement advice, playing defense with luxury goods, Candy Crush at $21 a share, comparing QE to the telegraph, and Ackman's never-ending obsession with Herbalife
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February 27, 2014