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Archives: May 2009

A Contrarian View on Credit-Related Investments?

Posted by: Lauren Young on May 29

There are two stories in the new issue of BusinessWeek about credit. I wrote a piece about fund managers eschewing credit-related stocks for credit-related debt. And our Inside Wall Street...

Consumers' Irrational Exuberance?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 26

Stocks rallied on May 26, and a surprising jump in consumer confidence is getting the credit. The May consumer confidence reading hit 54.9, quite a jump from 40.8 in April....

No Virginia There Are No Safe Dividends

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on May 18

I received a letter that said I am 78 years old. My financial advisers say dividends are safe. Please tell me the truth, are dividends safe? Signed Virginia Virginia, your...

Buyers Lining Up for Barclays’ iShares Unit

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 15

The pursuit of Barclay’s prized iShares unit, the No. 1 ETF firm, continues to heat up. Here is a guest Investing Insights posting by BusinessWeek’s David Bogoslaw on the latest...

A Flurry of New Equity in May

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 15

Billions of new shares have flooded the market this month. Data from Thomson Reuters today shows almost as much equity has been issued in the last two weeks as in...

A Slow, Painful Recovery Could Help Stocks

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 14

According to many economists, investors and even policymakers like Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, the U.S. economy is in for a long, slow, painful recovery. A WSJ survey of economists...

Are the Financials a Leading Indicator?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 14

I've been asking investing pros which industries serve as "economic weather vanes," i.e. which parts of the stock market could be expected to rebound first in an economic recovery. Many...

The Stock Market's Earnings Problem

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 12

Stock investors are sitting on hefty gains from the past two months, when the S&P 500 index has regained 33% of its value. But there are troubling signs the rally...

Are Equity Offerings a Sign the Rally Is Ending?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 12

Why should the banks have all the fun? Financial institutions from Wells Fargo (WFC) to Capital One (CFC) are issuing millions of new shares and raising billions in new capital....

The Stock Market: Is This the End of the Road?

Posted by: Ben Levisohn on May 11

Is the market’s run over? Greg Troccoli thinks so, at least for the time being. Even before May 11’s drop of 2.2% in the Standard & Poor’s 500, Troccoli was...

What About the Smaller Banks?

Posted by: Dan Beucke on May 11

By Mara Der Hovanesian In the wake of all the ink spilled over the federal bank stress tests, some folks think there has been lopsided attention by the government to...

After Bank Stress Tests, Worries About Earnings

Posted by: Dan Beucke on May 08

By Mara Der Hovanesian Investors have reacted favorably to the recent release of the government’s stress test results. But skeptics still abound. Dan Alpert, managing director of Westwood Capital, is...

Stressing over the "Stress Tests"

Posted by: Ben Steverman on May 04

As bank investors await the results of the U.S. Treasury's "stress tests" of the nation's largest banks, this May 4 advice from Stifel Nicolaus (SF) analyst Christopher Mutascio seems valuable:...


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