Archives: November 2009

A Rocky Recovery for Home Depot

Posted by: Ben Steverman on November 17

Wall Street is hoping for a strong economic recovery, but again and again investors are disappointed by signs that American consumers remain cautious and careful about opening their wallets. The...

Munis: Does AMBAC's Plight Boost Risk?

Posted by: Karyn McCormack on November 16

Although municipal bond insurers have been on life support for almost two years, Ambac Financial Group’s (ABK) revelation in a Nov. 9 filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...

Cash Just Kept On Piling Up, But It Looks Like The Spending Has Started

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on November 16

Cash and equivalent, an item that is always near and dear to my heart, for the S&P old Industrials, which is the S&P 500 less Financials, Utilities, and Transportation issues,...

Are Viacom Investors Too Focused on MTV?

Posted by: Lauren Young on November 13

Sure, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown and Jay Z make headlines, but are Viacom (VIA) investors too focused on MTV? The folks at Ariel Investments think so. MTV accounts for just...

Can the Low-Quality Stock Rally Continue?

Posted by: Ben Steverman on November 10

Stock strategist these days seem obsessed with the concept of quality. As I wrote as early as June, the March-to-October rally was driven largely by "junk stocks." Leading the way...

Tradition, a Feeling of Accomplishment

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on November 06

This was my ninth New York Yankees World Series parade and my sons first. There are no more $5 hats ($35 for the ‘official’ ones and $10 for the ‘others’),...

Whole Foods' Warning About 2010

Posted by: Ben Steverman on November 05

Shares of Whole Foods Market (WFMI) took a nosedive on Nov. 5, dropping 15.5% to 27.10. What scared Whole Foods shareholders should concern all investors, especially those in consumer-focused stocks:...

Technical Analysis: Are Stocks Headed For a Fall?

Posted by: Ben Levisohn on November 05

When the S&P 500 opened at 1047.30 on Nov. 5 and quickly rallied 1.65% to 1063, investors could be pardoned for feeling a sense of déjà. Just yesterday, the S&P...

Stocks are Overpriced!

Posted by: Ben Levisohn on November 03

Equities are expensive, says High Frequency Economics chief economist Carl B. Weinberg. But before you start dumping all the stocks in your portfolio, pay heed – it’s Europe, Japan and...

Schwab unveils “game changing” ETF platform

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on November 02

The first Charles Schwab-branded exchange-traded funds launch tomorrow, Nov. 3, and Schwab is offering free, uncapped trading to its customers who buy in online—essentially creating a platform that enables retail...

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Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ben Steverman focuses on the latest moves in financial markets and emerging trends in stocks, bonds, and funds, always with an eye toward giving readers a better understanding of the sometimes confusing and often chaotic world of money. Standard & Poor’s senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt will also provide his take on companies’ finances and the markets. Voted one of the “Top 100 Finance Blogs” in 2007.

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